What I’ve Learned This Summer: Suren Jayemanne
The 2011/2012 summer of cricket is quickly drawing to a close, and in years to come, we’ll look back with sepia-tinged goggles and reminisce fondly about Pup’s three-hundred, KP’s return to form, and Doug Bracewell’s spell at Hobart. At The Sledge, we get nostalgic about things very quickly; as such, we’ve asked some of the brightest cricket writers from around the world to put together pieces on What They’ve Learned This Summer.
So, another summer has rolled into autumn. As the old adage goes, “as the old adage goes”. And as the other old adage goes, “time flies when you’re having fun”. One wonders though, if this summer, the Indian cricket team discovered that time flies, even when you’re not having fun. Here are a few thoughts worth reflecting on as we call stumps on yet another cricket season:
- It is astounding to think that the combined population of the Indian subcontinent is approximately 1.6 billion people. China, as the world’s most populace country, boasts in excess of 1.3 billion people. However, sooner rather than later, India is certain to take this mantle from China. Surely then, if not now, Rahul Dravid will be the most famous Wall in the entire world. And also the oldest.
- Michael Klinger, now the South Australian captain, used to struggle as a Bushranger. Apparently, he couldn’t hack it and wanted to move on. The only way to achieve this, he thought, was to gain a Section 8 psychiatric discharge from the Victorian squad, by habitually wearing women’s clothing and engaging in other crazy stunts. After a brief stunt with the Southern Stars, Klinger was discharged from the Bushrangers and ended up with the South Australian Redbacks. I miss M*A*S*H.
- Today, “Hindsight is 20/20”. In 2020, “Hindsight is (that cricket was ruined by) Twenty20”.
- Shane Warne is always newsworthy. Partly because journalists will never tire of finding puns with the word “spin”.
- Maybe it was Mark Arbib, the faceless man, that sent Brad Haddin and Ricky Ponting packing this summer? Or perhaps it was Jay Leno…
Whatever it is, all I know is that I can’t wait til the cricket season rolls around once more! Over.
Suren Jayemanne is a stand-up comedian who masquerades as an accountant. You should listen to his radio show.
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