Kumar Sangakkara's career is nothing if not "defiant."
Before we begin, a clarification: there is a common misconception amongst Americans that cricket matches "last five days", often brought up in an attempt to highlight the ridiculous nature of cricket. This is only very slightly true.
Cricket is a sport based on nothing if not "the done thing". The tea break is famous with those who do not understand the sport and want a good example of how stupid it is. (My response, as has been mentioned before, is that baseball has a song break, which is equally as silly.) But it goes much deeper than that: a…
In cricket, catches are both notoriously hard to judge and very important to judge correctly. About 1/3 of all dismissals, or outs, are through caught balls. This is not terribly dissimilar to baseball; however, very much unlike baseball, no one except the wicketkeeper (catcher) is allowed to wear gloves, making it…
To understand why today was significant, you might want to understand a few things about cricket that might not be apparent:
When I was 13 I started riding my bike long distances for the first time in really ever, and due to my home being smack dab in the middle of farm country and one big-ass campus (I-L-L, West side swallows) I would spend most of my time dawdling around college land looking for something to do.