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Analysis
W.G. Karunasena
11.07.92
 

Ari puts the anal in analysis. I am petty when it comes to human dealings, but not this pedantic. After poring over the ITL footage Ari says he has cracked Mathew’s formulas. He says there are three types of Mathew spells. The standard spell, the bad spell and the magic spell. Here’s yet another example of some of the garbage Ari scribbles in his books:

Standard spell (Sample Over)

1. Stock ball (Chinaman or orthodox)
2. Variation (Turns other way/hurries on)
3. Stock ball with more flight
4. Faster Variation (Wicket-taking ball)
5. Stock ball with extra drift (Awkward angle)
6. Bamboozler (Mystery ball – Leaper/Skidder/Darter etc.)

His bad spell involves the same ball which gets progressively worse. Ari has graphs drawn. The magic spell involves six different balls with the same action or six identical balls with different actions. I begin to get a headache.

I express the view that it is possible to analyse something to death and Ari replies that the world cannot be analysed enough. He begins talking about the grand plan and knowing that he is but a step away from singing the praises of the great architect in the sky, I leave in the direction of Sheila and the dinner that she is trying not to burn.

Over crispy egg hoppers I ponder if it is possible to reduce a career to a microcosm. I decide that it is, though I choose not numbers, but nursery rhymes. When PS Mathew was good, he was very very good; when he was bad he was crap.