Paths Links People

Paths Links People

Thonigala Inscriptions are of the 2nd Century BC and carved on Rock. information courtesy;Internet

Thonigala Inscriptions are of the 2nd Century BC and carved on Rock. information courtesy;Internet
Tonigala. (a.) Parumaka Abaya puta parumaka Tisaha wapi acagirika Tisa pawatahi agata anagata catudisa sagasa dine. Dewana pi maharaja Gamini Abaye niyate acanagaraka ca [tawi] rikiya nagaraka ca. Parumaka Abaya puta parumaka Tisa niyata pite raj aha agata anagata catudisa sagasa

History; Path to future

History; Path to future
Reading Future through History, Nagala mountain and the Stupa of the Nagala Kanda Rajamaha Viharaya, Nikaweva, Polpithigama, Kurunegala District.

yesterdays kingdoms enhanced people's today

yesterdays kingdoms enhanced people's today
let us view today through past ...........Kingdom of Yapahuwa - 13th Century

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Catches, clubs, coachers and commentaries

“Ohhhhhhhhh! It’s a magnificent shot Ganguli unable to hold the ball it slipped through his fingers ………… actually it’s a very sad moment for the team…………………”

“Sri Lanka is 170 for no wickets”

“Little Kalu is ready to face Ganguli again…… this time little Kalu hit the ball patiently but Ganguli is very conscious fully focused at Kalu and the ball didn’t flipped through his fingers”

“It’s a marvelous catch that is what you called ‘brilliant fielding”

 “The happy fans whistling and giving a huge sound applause and a standing ovation for Ganguli anf for little Kalu as well”    

“Little Kalu batted really well and earned 99 runs for the team that is a good contribution for the Sri Lankan team”.

“And the team has to respect this 99 runs and must plan rest of their overs intelligently without treating the ball in a careless way”.

“Over to you Rameesh Raja”

“Thank you Tony Greig”

“Yes I Agree with you Tony, I think the teams have to focus on every single aspect of the tournament as usual to win the match without giving any scores carelessly or loosing any catches”

“What do you think about the 99 kaluwitharana earned Ranjith (Fernando)”?

“I have seen him batting this well since he was playing at club level I think he is a brilliant innovation of this country but this is not the best of his performance that I have seen”

“I remember Brian Gomez once said when many of us, Premasara Epasinghe, Palitha perera, Kamal Deshapriya giving commentary at Rawel Pindi Stadium   ………………”

There are certain number of players in a team that can not be exceeded even with the extras, the additional players.  The number is limited. It is no easy for a youngster to become a member of any National Cricket Team unless they show their fullest talents, skills.

I do not say that joining a team is easy but I would say even after joining a team, ‘sustaining’ is the most difficult thing to do.

Their ‘performances’ is very important and that is what matters for a team nothing else. The team or a board does not need any long lasting armatures in a team but they need grown up mature players. Any youngster, immature player soon has to be matured otherwise they have to forget their dreams of becoming a hero of sports, lets say in cricket. I think it is no easy to be in the permanent list without really slipping or cut off from the list that board of selectors chooses.  No powerful committee member can delete any name from any list ‘if the player has shown his fullest abilities plus the skills in every match they play.

Recognizing talents; is the other most difficult part in this universe of sports reason is ‘ the talents seekers needs to have broad eyes and senses’ including no ‘ selfish’ mind. But it is somehow happening thanks to many good people.
Often, the elders do not have to teach their kids ‘how to make a kite’ but they make kites by looking at how their elders make them or else how their eldest siblings make them. But there are things that can not be learned just by looking at how others do and it is never easy at the beginning of something, for beginners specifically. The beginner needs a better training. But the good thing about learning themselves other than getting a proper training is, then any team can appoint them with confidence and the team does not have to worry about earning scores and owning the trophies with such enclosement.

We should not forget that cricket is an unpredictable game compared to most the games that exist in this universe. We can not forget that there is a limit that a trainer or a coacher can do. The players have to earn and design their own pages their own way. ‘They need to earn their own styles and strategies such has to be unique and non copiable.

Yes we know that kids learn by imitating others that is one of the ways to learn but sustaining is impossible if they do not come out of ‘the frames of imitating’ and think of earning their own unique styles of playing.

And the players should expect ‘challenges’ on and off grounds. If you are trying to innovate and introduce any new styles ‘do not forget that you need to follow the book of cricket’ and must expect ‘warning of using wrong techniques’ until it verify with a group of qualifiers , experts      

I am not blaming anyone. But the new guys do not need to think of innovating any similar or new versions of ‘Duhsras’ but something else if possible. Perhaps Darrel Haier was doing his job but for a player it is definitely a challenge. And how the player bearers these things depend on ‘the level of confidence’ of the player, that he himself holds within. If the team mates and rest of the society do not stay with him encouraging that would be the end of his sports carrier because such things very badly affect their carrier. So the ‘confidence’, the support and the trust of others around, is important inputting accurate technique is a must for any beginner or any one who think of sustaining in the field.  Similarly if we want we can apply these things to our personal or carrier or any other skills and its improvements.     

For a beginner to begin his sports carrier, ‘meeting a good guide / coacher is very relevant and indiscernibly, immeasurably important.

Any wrong judgment may leads to issues. So the match referees are important. I have seen some players gone for duck’, and some sadly moving towards the pavilion earning only 99 or 49. Isn't that a sad thing for a cricket player and for the entire team?   That is what cricket is all about. There are off peaks and peaks of any players’ carrier but sooner not later they need to cover it up. ‘What we count is over all performances. Nobody just weigh or measure ones performances just by watching one or two matches.         

There are no legends that have one same name. There are no too many GavasKars but only one. Similarly you find only one Garfield, Arjuna, Lara, Jayasuriya, Murali. etc They have their own styles never easy for others to copy or imitate their styles but there are indescribable number of things that the youngsters can learn from these legends watching their clips videos of matches played.   
They have not instantly appeared or coincidentally bloomed from somewhere or have fallen from sky. They are gems well polished and shaped. These talents were identified or recognized by their talent guru’s, trainers, coachers.   

Every sports activity or any job that exists in this complex universe we live has certain ethics, rules, regulations attached to the activity. Even to become a Geisha there are things to learn and practice I learned today by watching ‘The memoirs of a Geisha’ (a movie) 

The coachers can not observe hem from a distance and stay behind them every moment on and off grounds, I said earlier. ‘Protecting the earned name’ is important for a player. Try to remember the players who had to end their cricket carrier because of wrong decisions they made off the grounds.  When ever the players are batting well the first ones to appreciate their hits, performances are the commentators.  They get the report of how they have performed instantly. With suggestions mostly, the commentaries are full of advises and encouragements as well.        

To catch a catch or to hold a catch the players need to know or must learn the technique. The coachers teach them how to catch a catch technically according to what they have learned from the book of cricket. Additionally, for sure they might teach their players or share what they have learned by experiences, all the artistic tack tacks in order to catch a catch professionally and accurately. Every coach has his own style of coaching or guiding, instructing their coachees   

In tests ………………

Most catches
Player
Span
Mat
Inns
Ct
Max
Ct/Inn
R Dravid (ICC/India)
1996-2012
164
301
210
3
0.697
1997-2014
148
268
202
4
0.753
JH Kallis (ICC/SA)
1995-2013
166
315
200
4
0.634
RT Ponting (Aus)
1995-2012
168
328
196
3
0.597
ME Waugh (Aus)
1991-2002
128
245
181
4
0.738
SP Fleming (NZ)
1994-2008
111
199
171
5
0.859
GC Smith (ICC/SA)
2002-2014
117
225
169
5
0.751
BC Lara (ICC/WI)
1990-2006
131
241
164
4
0.680
MA Taylor (Aus)
1989-1999
104
197
157
4
0.796
AR Border (Aus)
1978-1994
156
277
156
4
0.563
VVS Laxman (India)
1996-2012
134
248
135
4
0.544
ML Hayden (Aus)
1994-2009
103
205
128
4
0.624
MJ Clarke (Aus)
2004-2014
105
204
125
3
0.612
SK Warne (Aus)
1992-2007
145
281
125
3
0.444
GS Chappell (Aus)
1970-1984
87
165
122
4
0.739
1974-1991
121
232
122
4
0.525
AJ Strauss (Eng)
2004-2012
100
189
121
3
0.640
IT Botham (Eng)
1977-1992
102
179
120
3
0.670

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283548.html
 for more reading  …………….


How to catch a catch without loosing it, positioning on the correct place of the ground, the strategies that require to learn, the coachers teach their players. Am I repeating what I have already told earlier?       

Some followers from foot path for Mr. Dav Whatmore former coach of the world cup winning National team of Sri Lanka

The coachers can not be in on site / ground when their players are playing other than in the places where the organizers have allocated for them to be seated watching how their players perform in the ground

When it comes to coaching often the school level coachers do not get much recognition than the top class coachers who coach their players at club level, society level, country level or locally or internationally.

I think to identify or recognize talents the school level teachers and coachers play an immensely important role. If the coachers miss any talents during their process of recognizing talents, that affects the talent holders, the life of the talent holder. 

The understanding between the coacher and the coachee is essential here.
Coachers the talent guiders 

Name of the Coach
Country
Duncan Fletcher
India
Waqar Younis
Pakistan
Pubudu Dahanayake
Nepal
Chandika Hathursignhe
Bangladesh
Kabir Khan
Afghanistan
Darren Scott Lehmann
Australia
Steve Tikolo
Kenya
Grant Bradburn
Scotland
Marvan Atapattu
Sri Lanka

There are classic catches takers in the international history of cricket, Jonti Rhodes, Roshan Mahanama comes in to mind very before the others because of their art of taking catches. They are top class fielders in the international cricket teams of their countries

Any National board of cricket, I believe needs to have a very good link between the school coachers, club coachers, players, the heads of personally maintained institutes, or stately administered pools of cricket. That is to harvest ‘talents’
There should be a way to encourage ‘the coachers’ at grass root level’ this is important. I am saying this without really knowing the picture here and there in cricket world. I believe a board of cricket needs to tour around their countries to seek talents, interview coachers, meet them once or thrice a month. I do not know whether there is such a system. The link between every network is important, locally and internationally.

Talent seeking should constantly happen as a routine. Then there is no reason to be feared or afraid of talents or winning world cups or Asian cups, any tournament. At the beginning of Saheed Afridee’s matches I was little afraid to watch him playing because of fastest techniques what others had to do was to learn the copping strategies. I think if my memory is accurate I can remember his fastest 50.        

After this ‘Sri Lanka and Pakistan match ‘Jayawardena’ retiring from the test matches so ‘to fill the space we need to have talents. This is just an example. I know that ‘we have no issues or any problems in seeking talents because we have enough of them.

The national coachers association’ do we have one, district associations?
I am believe that the boards of cricket around the globe surely maintains a list of each and every coach, trainers of each and every school that uplifts cricket as a sport

I believe that we lack no instruments or tools at school levels. It is not possible to build a ground at each school premises ‘sharing facilities is perfectly alright’, cricket bats and balls, pads, small tools to watch demonstrated matches , old matches that mature players played. Every asset is important to distribute including a well trained qualified trainers, coachers. I do not know whether we have any place to train coachers attaching to the training the institute of cricket.

I believe that is why the village talents come to Colombo.


  



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