Commonwealth Bank Series February 10, 2012

Angelo Mathews does exist, then

I once wrote that Angelo Mathews did not really exist
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I once wrote that Angelo Mathews did not really exist. He just seemed a bit too awesome. And not like other Sri Lankan cricketers. Angelo wasn’t a graceful middle-order mestro, or a tubby fighter. Angelo wasn’t a top-order slogger, or even a tricky spinner. That’s what Sri Lankan cricket was; we’d got use to their best players fitting these stereotypes. And suddenly here was this broad-shouldered (© Tony Greig), seam-bowling allrounder who could win a game batting, bowling or fielding.

It was too weird for me to process, so I just pretended he didn’t exist.

I felt like this when he fell over wickets against India, bowled Sri Lanka into a World T20 final, took a catch that went viral on Youtube and smashed Australia around the G. Now, finally after all these years, I am willing to admit that Angelo Mathews does exist, and he exists well. Really well. Weller than most. Peter Weller, well.

Forget for a minute he looks like he’s been drawn by a Sri Lankan artist trying to make a cool superhero, and that his skin looks so smooth that I sometimes think it’s not actually skin. And just think about the way he fights.

Allrounders usually come in two ways: gifted and lazy, or plucky and up for a fight. Mathews is gifted and up for a fight. He loves a fight. The worse Sri Lanka play, the better he seems to be. Every time I come into some pointless ODI with Sri Lanka already having collapsed to no real chance of a win, there is Mathews, annoyingly stuck at the non-striker’s end, looking frustrated and angry.

Always angry. So very angry.

Mathews really doesn’t like to lose. And I don’t mean that in the clichéd sports way, I mean it in the you can see it in his face way.

When he brought up his half-century tonight at the WACA, he didn’t raise his bat for the crowd’s polite adulation. He just looked angry. Angry that yet again his team was not playing as well as a team that 8 months ago was in a World Cup final.

Players who don’t like to lose are the best to watch up close. Their faces are magnificent. There is a reason fans talk of Ponting face. Players like Mathews and Ponting just despise losing, and don’t really try and hide it.

The last time he had to carry an unworthy side over the line against Australia, his anger turned to joy, when armed with just a plucky tail, he won the game and was uber-heroic. This time he tried to use that anger again and very nearly did, but even without the win this just adds to his character.

The hero can’t win every time, after all.

I now look forward to my future watching of an Angelo Mathews who does exist. Or maybe I was always right, and he doesn’t exist, because it seems he wasn’t given Man of the Match. Which seems odd.

Jarrod Kimber is 50% of the Two Chucks, and the mind responsible for cricketwithballs.com

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  • Jara Kimber on April 17, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    Love it

  • t0a5t on March 18, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Angelo can do anything if he puts himself to it. That injury has put Angelo down and Sri Lanka is in a bad position.

  • anon on March 12, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    ok...... anjelo perhaps could be better a bit higher up as a batter, now the taranga or tirimanna can bat at no 6.he could then build up a better batting average.

  • Ifthikar on February 25, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    Great article and seeing the number of comments, amazed me - just shows what fans think about Angelo Mathews. At one time, I was wondering why Sri Lanka persisted with an allrounder who would only bat and not fire a single ball in anger at the batsmen. I think the time has come to pass on the captaincy reins to Angelo before it is too late and groom him to lead Sri Lanka before it is too late. Having ex captains in the side would be a good thing but Angelo needs to time to blossom as a captain now that he has proved his worth in the side. Keep up the good work Angelo.

  • Jada on February 15, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Thank you for contributing to the sadly lacking homoeroticism in cricket. And I mean that sincerely lol

  • Muragedera on February 14, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    You know what 'KIMBER' means in Sinhalese right?

  • Mano on February 13, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    super wrting. Really love the way you write. Gifted ability. you explain everything as its happening now. no one get boared with this kind of wrting. keep it up. i admire your writing more than what is said there..a true write exists and he is here!!

  • klds on February 13, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Hats off to Angelo !!!

  • DF on February 13, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Those you have seen Arjuna Ranathunga play when he was 19-22 will agree this is our 2nd AR in the making

  • Prasad Hapuarachchi on February 13, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Your comments about Matthews was very interesting. You will make a first class commentator like Brian Johnson of BBC. He was full of humor and so is you.

  • Jara Kimber on April 17, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    Love it

  • t0a5t on March 18, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Angelo can do anything if he puts himself to it. That injury has put Angelo down and Sri Lanka is in a bad position.

  • anon on March 12, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    ok...... anjelo perhaps could be better a bit higher up as a batter, now the taranga or tirimanna can bat at no 6.he could then build up a better batting average.

  • Ifthikar on February 25, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    Great article and seeing the number of comments, amazed me - just shows what fans think about Angelo Mathews. At one time, I was wondering why Sri Lanka persisted with an allrounder who would only bat and not fire a single ball in anger at the batsmen. I think the time has come to pass on the captaincy reins to Angelo before it is too late and groom him to lead Sri Lanka before it is too late. Having ex captains in the side would be a good thing but Angelo needs to time to blossom as a captain now that he has proved his worth in the side. Keep up the good work Angelo.

  • Jada on February 15, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Thank you for contributing to the sadly lacking homoeroticism in cricket. And I mean that sincerely lol

  • Muragedera on February 14, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    You know what 'KIMBER' means in Sinhalese right?

  • Mano on February 13, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    super wrting. Really love the way you write. Gifted ability. you explain everything as its happening now. no one get boared with this kind of wrting. keep it up. i admire your writing more than what is said there..a true write exists and he is here!!

  • klds on February 13, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Hats off to Angelo !!!

  • DF on February 13, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Those you have seen Arjuna Ranathunga play when he was 19-22 will agree this is our 2nd AR in the making

  • Prasad Hapuarachchi on February 13, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Your comments about Matthews was very interesting. You will make a first class commentator like Brian Johnson of BBC. He was full of humor and so is you.

  • madneSS on February 13, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    totally awesome article!! Seriously angelo is a guy who knows what's he's doing but never gets what he wants from the team, those blokes really don't have the fighting part!!!

  • Deva on February 13, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Performing in one innings out of 10 doesn't really makes somebody a hero from being non-existent for all this while. Certainly agree that he put up a show & entertained the audience all over, however it doesn't mean one should overlook his dismissal performance against SA. In this crazy world of cricket, fans and critics tend to forget past sins just by judging a player on one exceptional performance. Look at the difference between the likes of Kallis, Watson as compared to other all rounders like Angelo Matthews, Ravindra Jadeja, Stuart Broad, it seems like the rest of the lot is forced to be an all rounder rather than being an original genuine all-rounder. Angelo has to go a long way to be ranked amongst genuine all-rounders like Kallis-Watson. He has to be consistent enough to prove his mettle.

  • Shamalka on February 13, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    I'm really really proud of Anji we've been from the same school St.Joseph's. His brother was an even better player who never could make an appearance in the SL team due to some monopoly which was there during that era (1990's) I guess. That monopoly was brought down by Chaminda Vaas (the other guy from St.Joseph's) and now Anji. Hope he'll be given the captaincy despite of his school, religion, race etc. so we could win another WC within the next 8 years. As someone had mentioned, he was the difference between the two teams at WACA and he'll definitely be the difference between many teams and SL in years to come. He's a street-fighter who never gives up. He should be given a run up in the batting order without wasting his God given talent. He'll probably end up as one of the greats of the game!! All the v.best Anji!!

  • UPUL CHANDANA on February 13, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    In Angie I see another Arjuna. Never rattled by opposition and a smile to irritate the calmest opponent. He's a man of conviction; showed it when he guided Chandimal to his 1st ODI century in England. In the middle when overs were spent defending and the target rate was climbing I read his lips when he told Chandimal in singhalese; "I'm telling u go for it, dont worry about what is being said". That was after Dilshan and a few seniors were waving their arms from the pavillion and some English cricketers expended their 2cents of wisdom. At that moment he showed the courage of Arjuna a la The boxing day fracs with OZ umpires. When Angie takes over the captaincy and specially when the current seniors (viz Mahela Sanga Dilly Sam) retire, there will be a new generation second to none. Those who want hiim to bat higher, NO he is fine at 6 but Thirimanne is a misfit in this lineup. Personally i would look at someone like Chinthaka Jayasinghe/Indika De Saram/Kaushalya Weeraratne at 7.

  • Lalindra2012 on February 13, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    Mathews can't handle pressure though mathews pulled off that famous win in MELBOURNE,there also with 3 runs to win being the last recognized batsman and senior partner he rAn out malinga,then in the T20 IN THE CARIBBEAN WHEN KAPUGEDERA WAS BATTING,HE UNNECESSARILY RUN OUT HIMSELF ,IT WAS SUICIDE ON ALL OCCASIONS, IF YOU TAKE IN TO ACCOUNT ANGELO MATHEWS ENTIRE CAREER IN EVERY CRUCIAL MATCH MOSTLY WHEN CHASING A TOUGH TARGET AGAINST VERY GOOD OPPOSITIONS HE HAS RUN OUT HIM SELF OR RUN OUT HIS PARTNER NEEDLESSLY,CARELESSLY AND SHOWING HOW RECKLESS HE IS!!AND ALSO BECAUSE OF HIM ONLY SRI LANKA HAD TO MAKE 4 CHANGES IN A WORLD CUP FINAL.NEVER IN THE CRICKETING WORLD HAS A YOUNG PLAYER GOT INJURED BEFORE A WORLD CUP FINAL AND FOUR CHANGES BEEN MADE FOR A TEAM BECAUSE OF ONE PLAYER!!! A POINT TO PONDER FOR THE SELECTORS TO SELECT A TEAM IN 2015 .HOW CAN YOU HAND OVER A FUTURE CAPTAINCY FOR A INJURED PRONE PLAYER LIKE MATHEWS.JUST IMAGINE CAPTAINING IN A WORLD CUP & GETTING INJURED.

  • Lalindra2012 on February 13, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    Can Angelo Mathews keep his head cool and pull off crucial matches 4 Sri Lanka? i don't think so,he in India when Lanka was chasing 400 score ruined the chase by not accelerating,scored too slow in England when the tournament was 2all and SL lost da series thanks to mathews,in SL in the 4 ODI WHEN SANGA AND MAHELA GOT OUT WHAT DID HE DO FACED A FEW BALLS DANCED DOWN THE TRACK AND SPOONED A CATCH 2 MID OFF,THE LATEST MATCH IN PERTH ,UNLIKE DHONI MATHEWS WAS SAVING HIS ENERGY TILL DA LAST OVER WHERE IF YOU SCORE A SIX EVEN IT WON'T BE ENOUGH!! SCENARIO..!! SHOULDN'T HAMMERED THAT SIX FEW OVERS BEFORE,WHAT WAS HE THINKING? GOD ONLY KNOWS WHY MALINGA DIDN'T FINISH HIS LAST OVER AND WHY MATHEWS SAVED HIS ENERGY TO LOSE THE MATCH 4 DA LANKAN'S BY 5 RUNS..,

  • bishnu sapkota on February 12, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    fantastic knock by mathews.......i m great fan of sl....but i cant see every time defeating this team....so come up all players,learn from angelo.... great mathew ...u shuold be given man of the match in that game,becoz u gave life to that game...

  • Krishan on February 12, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Truely awesome !!! Mathews got loads of talent !!!

  • Rthumma on February 12, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Angelo truly is a a good all-rounder of current cricket. Unlike late 90s and early 2000s we don't see such players often anymore.

  • Ravi thakur on February 12, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Wish anegeli played for India. I wud i've been his biggest fan!!!

  • Nipuna J. on February 12, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Nice writing. True, Mathews has become the all-rounder that Sri Lanka was missing. But like every other player he's just got to become more matured guy than the national player turned school boy. Anyway, looking forward to read more stuff like this.. Cheers.

  • hasi on February 12, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    he,s highly talented India will have a big loss on tuesday

  • hasithasl on February 11, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    when SL find the best no6 batsman ,why people asked he shuold bat high. i think hes the right charactor play with late midddle order and tail. give banuka rajapaksha,chandimal & thirimanne to bat in top

  • Ben on February 11, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    well said wasa.hats off for one of the best aliround cricketers ever from S.L.

  • Rosh on February 11, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    What a fantastic end Mathews.doesn't matter who wins the game. The way you fought last night, you are a winner in our books. Chandimal,prasad & Thiranne, you are fantastic too

  • Niro on February 11, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    Normally teams and players from sub continent tend to give up if they feel that they are about to loose a game. It's really good to see that Matthew's got Aussi spirit going on inside not to give up until last ball is balled. We may have loose the battle not the war. Keep it up you good work AM, you'll be a great leader like Arjuna for sure.

  • udendra on February 11, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    cool article - all those Angi-bashers who existed after he made room for Chandimal to get a century at lords should read this.

  • Akhil Dureja on February 11, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    you are the best critic i've ever seen. such brilliant and true description about angelo matthews. the line i loved the most was-' Every time I come into some pointless ODI with Sri Lanka already having collapsed to no real chance of a win, there is Mathews, annoyingly stuck at the non-striker’s end, looking frustrated and angry.'

  • Lakmal Rajawansha on February 11, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    A great article mr kimber.I Read it many times.As for the MoM problem,I have to give you all a good example.A pool match between ENG vs SL during the 2007 WC.England had to chase 235+ runs to win,but they were 160 for 7 at a time.Then came Ravi Bopara.He played a good half century and brought England so close to a victory.But Bopara was dismissed by Fernando from the final delivery when England needed 3 runs.Yet Bopara was adjudged the MoM due to his fighting spirit.Yesterday Mathews' innings was more magnificent and charming than that of Bopara's.Yet he was not given the MoM.Feel sorry for him!

  • chariiirox on February 11, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Wonderful article ! Just absolutely marvelous ! :D :D hats off !!!

  • Vajee on February 11, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Thanks Jerrod! A well written piece of article. It almost brought tears to my eyes... Hats off to Angelo for his effort to make a pointless ODI into a thriller...

  • feluda13 on February 11, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    I am a big fan of yours.. both the sadist hour and chucks. But I cant help but notice one thing Mr.Kimber, why dont you write or speak anything about the whitewash England just had in UAE? I would really like to hear your view on that. Is Test no.1 ranking becoming a jinxed spot to be?

  • muath on February 11, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    the next captain must be given to him

  • Upul Rajapaksha on February 11, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    hats off to you Mr. Kimber. superbly written article. i believe you are very honest and unbiased when you are writing. the way you described those things are adorable and nicely evaluate about mathews. thoroughly enjoyed

  • Budditha Fernando on February 11, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    He is the man.. He is the hope of future Sri Lankan Cricket... only 24 years old.. All the Best My Brother.. Score a Hundred in Next game...

    "Every time I come into some pointless ODI with Sri Lanka already having collapsed to no real chance of a win, there is Mathews, annoyingly stuck at the non-striker’s end, looking frustrated and angry" Well said..

    And also i agree with Jarred.. he should be promeoted uo the order to 5...

  • Upul Rajapaksha on February 11, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    hats off to you Mr. Kimber. superbly written article. i believe you are very honest and unbiased when you are writing. the way you described those things are adorable and nicely evaluate about mathews. thoroughly enjoyed

  • RW on February 11, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Great article, Jarrod. Summed him up perfectly :D

    @Brooke, sounds like you've forgotten his partnership with Malinga at the MCG not too long ago.

  • Hme on February 11, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Future captain of sri lanka, hope he will play this year IPL

  • Samitha on February 11, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    wow! what a post. it's amazing the way u write.honestly. and i was really very angry about ur previous post saying tht he dsnt exist, well well well dawn of self realization :P if i am to give points for this post i'd give u a 10/10 and a happy face and a star because it truly is amazing, the way you write. :)

  • Alex on February 11, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    I love this player, he's got unbelievable talent :)))

  • king on February 11, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    what a player, hats off

  • Lord Emsworth on February 11, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Mathews is let down by his captains who send him at number 7 when he should be batting at number 4. Demote Mahela J to number 7 and promote Mathews to number 4. The centuries will come then... No offence to Mahela but he cant occupy the number 4 spot anymore. He has lost his batting zip a long time ago and cant cope anymore. MJ is a Good Captain yes...but a captain must lead from the front

  • Tissa on February 11, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Enjoyable to Watch Matthews and equally enjoyable reading this article. Why They don't send Matthews little earlier, so he has more overs to cover up the mistakes from Top Order Players.

  • kirti singh on February 11, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    true he deserved man of the match award afterall he battet well was top scorer of da game outplayed clarke in bowiling picking up 2 wicket @ i of clarke n filed outstandingly so really deserves it

  • jonny on February 11, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Alas it is true, he does not actually exist.. He is merely a figment of every Sri Lankan fans imagination that we decide to envision whenever Sri Lanka are playing terrible cricket. For example, in that game yesterday, we were making such a mess of that chase that every sri lankan fan collectively imagined a hero just to come and give us a chance, just to scare the Aussies and let them know that we're still the team that beat them in an away one day series. The fact that he wasn't man of the match when he took 2 wickets and scored a fighting 64 while Clarke scored a pedestrian 88 ball 57 with a solitary wicket shows that he cannot possibly exist..

  • 07sanjeewa on February 11, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Well written mate!But Angie must transfer his gifted qualities to help SL to become consistent team in cricket world.Otherwise SL ever be a shocking winning team.Of course we can enjoy a win like that in MCG or would've been in WACA by reminiscing for entire life time,But that's not to be the way SL cricket will be remembered.Angie have some talent,But most precious thing that he posses is ability to execute his (not extraordinary)skills in under pressure.He has the ability to serve SL Cricket more than Arjuna,Aravinda,Sanath,Sanga and mahela,If SL is lucky,reasonable and thoughtful they can extract glory from this gem.Otherwise really dark days ahead of SL Cricket.But their post 96 fans will cheer them anyway.Because they have great memories to reminisce for a lifetime.Thanks for this Article.

  • Robocop on February 11, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Get real guys, Man of the match has to be a winner, Ok if there was a best loser or man of the losing side - it would be Matthews, Jarred is right - the man of the match was not what Matthews had in mind (like all you fireside Adjudicators) what he had in mind was winning the match - to him the man of the match award would have meant nothing - probably only a bad memory of being a shot away from victory for his team (team being the vital element in his world).

  • anton thambiraja.. on February 11, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    @ 3shan, u r talking about t indian cricket team not about the srilankan team.. srilankans r allways fighters u know that ..

  • sas on February 11, 2012, 7:58 GMT

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  • Jarred Corea on February 11, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Well i know Matthew quite well as he played cricket for our brother school in Sri lanka...& even then he was the ultimate fighter,,,,hated to lose,,,& if he had got the man of the match award last night knowing him he probably wouldnt even have accpeted it,,,lol:)),,,i mean he was gutted when he got out,,,,& i do feel sorry for him each time he is in this situation,,,,its not the first time now,,,,its like the 5th or 6th time he's been batting by himself u could tell,,,,& he has won us the match on 4 of those occassions,,,so he does exist,,,,clearly he should be promeoted uo the order to 5 & mahela is best opening,,,thirimanne & tharanga can bat at 6 & 7 respectively,,,,angelo would exist even more then,,

  • Anonymous on February 11, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    spot on

  • Aashad on February 11, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    ya! i agreed Angelo should be the man of the match at last night. He took 2 wickets with very good ecnomicaly and he show with bat again.

  • 3shan on February 11, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    Sri Lankan Crickerters do not know the meaning of "fighting". they lack selfbelief. they are a poor outfit. they play just for shake of playing. only luck bring them success not talent. Sri Lanka Cricket team show the world that you have a backborn to fight

  • Nithin on February 11, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Angelo Mathews is a perfect all rounder.Future Captain for Srilanka.

  • Balumekka on February 11, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Mathews is currently the best fast bowling allrounder from subcontinent. Probably one of the best fielders around and one of the quickest thinkers when it comes to fielding (Some of his catches at boundary will tell all about that). His batting has always been so intelligent and custom adjusted to conditions. He has the potential to be someone like Ian botham. At present, I see his talents in par with someone like Watson. Yet he is so underrated, which is very good for his future I think. A true fighter like him would always love to be the dark horse rather than a famous stallion!

  • Iranga Osadi Peiris on February 11, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    well written mate! Love reading your pieces.

  • 1988 on February 11, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    yes i was really odd he was not given the MOM..really really odd...any way a good article...five stars mate>>>>

  • Vivian_Richard on February 11, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    Angelo Mathews is really one of a kind. Somehow he reminds me of a certain VVS Laxman, firing when the chips are down. Thumbs up to the article and thumbs up to the latest star on the block for Sri Lanka.

  • Everie Perera on February 11, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    He is young, a good fighter and he is one of the best all rounders we have in our country.For him to perform better, and to get the best out of him he should, be sent one or two places, above the present batting, position,as our Nos, 8,9,10 and 11 batsman are very mediocer.

  • vedagiri on February 11, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    Mathews is a really an extremely talented cricketer. Wish India could have a cricketer like him.

  • SAM on February 11, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    I agree with each and every point you made. Hats of to Mathews, for his performance yesterday and for what he has done since he showed up on the scene! It is high time to give him the Captaincy because no one in the Srilankan team does it better than him under pressure. He might be the next Arjuna, something Srilanka desperately needs at the moment.

  • ben on February 11, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    yes you are very correct.also s.l needs him to be captain the side too.

  • Amith on February 11, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Who are the Man of the match addicators?

  • Craig on February 11, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    That's not why you said he didn't exist. you have wrote that he is not a good batsman or bowler. not because he is awesome.

  • Ak on February 11, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    Yes, that was odd - giving Clarke man of the Match when Angelo Matthews should've been the one. Guess the pundits don't understand that man of the match should be about the best player in the game; not the second best player who happens to be on the winning side.

  • Robo Cop on February 11, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    Nobody loves a loser, so the Man of the match award goes invaribly to winners.......Sri Lanka will go down as a team that threw away the World cup in the Final........so losing has been a habit since then.....Feel sorry for Matthews as the "professional Duo" gets all the laurels whilst the "performing Due" gets only a pat on the shoulder........will leave you to work that out.

  • Shashidhar n b on February 11, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    Ya he is good allrounder.He is desparate tryer to win the match for his side.I remember lost year the same situation aginest him and he wins the match with help of Malinga.After loosing match Clarke said its unbelivable but this time he lost.This type of players very nessesary for all team exspecially for India."HATS OFF ANGALO"

  • ashok on February 11, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    haha...brillaint article....i love the spirit angelo brings to the game..as a passionate fan, nothing irs me more than seeing player giggling on the balcony or out in the middle when the game is all but lost.....the rest of our inept top order (of late) can learn something about the right attitude from angelo....hopefully we can turn this around!

  • maverick on February 11, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    After reading this blog, I'm convinced that anybody who exists can write an article on Cricinfo...what a fall!!!!!!!!

  • chin on February 11, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    Chandimal out was not out. If not that decision SL can win the game. The umpire supported the Aussie team like most of Aussie umpires.

  • Rob on February 10, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    Very nicely written article. I don't like to believe but this Mathews does exist. Looks like this Sri Lankan does have all the players in the top order to do it for them but they don't and hence we see 'The Mathews'.

  • laurance on February 10, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    briiliant article mate!

  • TJ on February 10, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    Yeah, nice one. He is one of the coolest players to watch nowadays. Great blend of anger and temperament, like Punter in his prime as you say, plus a bit of later Andrew Symonds. The MOM award is pretty naff, they now rarely give it to the best player of the match, merely the best on the winning team. He was robbed! Go Angelo eyes...

  • shantha on February 10, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    Imagine doing all that as a true professional player in a team where they have been robbed off their pay by the corrupt officials for the last whole year. Well done Angello Mathews...

  • KV on February 10, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    Matthews does exist period!

  • DKS on February 10, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    I agree..he deserved Man of the match award.

  • Mike M on February 10, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    It was top knock by Mathews pity he was on the loosing side.He's batting to low,might have won it if he batted higher.The guy averages almost 50 in FC cricket,should bat no lower than 6.Super knock touch wood he can repeat it next time.PS.Nice article Jarrod hope Mathews has got in to your radar for ever now mate.....

  • Chris on February 10, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    Angelo Mathews! what a player! what a fighter! what a cricketer!what a gentleman!

    It's not strange the SL selectors still cannot understand whether they are standing or sitting? As everyone can see that wasting a talent by sending him at no 6/7. Mathews is always winning the game with tail enders, not once not twice but many times he has done that. He is a player who as done his part perfectly. This is the time to selectors to push him up on the batting line and give him more time to get SL home rather than loosing.

    It's easy bat with batsman's than with the tailenders!

    Man Of The Match!Welldone poor Clerk! this can describeas something he steels from Mathews or Mathews donated something that he owns, either or iether!

    This is Australia, always trying to highlight there players.

  • Mario on February 10, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Good one Jarrod. Mathews does exist, its the new generation of Sri Lanka cricket and if it is any indication of things to come, praise be to the one up top. The truth is, on the surface Sri Lanka cricklet might be struggling; albeit temporary, with the amount of unwarranted outside pressure that is insurmountable at Sri Lanka Cricket. But there are several great players who are been nurtured through the schools system which made sure guys like Mathews did exist; and watch for the younger kids who will come through to be greater stars than Sanga or Mahela. But the day even they get to perform without the influences, that day you could write another article saying Sri Lanka cricket doesn't exist! Anyways today he should have been man of the "match", but now-a-days its more like the "man of the winning side" award.

  • Brooke on February 10, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    Sheesh, get a room.

    Matthews has yet to get his breakthrough performance. It's always promising to but shy of effecting a win, or bating away and increasing his average when the game's already lost. He's not a hero yet...but maybe in time he will be.

  • Cricket Lover on February 10, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    One of the wittier writings I've read in a while. I loved the ending.

  • Ram Perera on February 10, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    Mathewss not being given MOM is understandable. That is the Aussie character. MOM to me means the outstanding player. I have seen MOM being selected from the losing side. That kind of selection is in keeping with the proper meaning of MOM Ram

  • Rosh on February 10, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    What a fantastic end Mathews.doesn't matter who wins the game. The way you fought last night, you are a winner in our books. Chandimal,prasad & Thiranne, you are fantastic too

  • Rosh on February 10, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    What a fantastic end Mathews.doesn't matter who wins the game. The way you fought last night, you are a winner in our books. Chandimal,prasad & Thiranne, you are fantastic too

  • Cedric Thiele on February 10, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Well Done, fantastic article. Yes this is the first true Allrounder that SL Cricket has produced and I'm sure that in a few years time he will lead SL to the top of world cricket.

  • Angelo Fan on February 10, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    This is a great piece written on Angelo Matthews. It truly depicts his fighting spirit and his charisma as a player that excels in all departments of the game.

    I always did wonder about his skin looking shiny and perfect. Now you solved the mystery ;-)

    Once again it feels great to read some adulation for a player of such calibre.

  • Vijay on February 10, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    He was the man of the match for most

  • jay on February 10, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Hehe a very nicely written post, and enjoyable too! I've been hoping that Matthews get the opportunity at coming in at number 4, then we may just see what he can do with more overs to spare.

  • sachin b on February 10, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    u got it right! Good work

  • Deepanjan Datta on February 10, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Nice read. Indeed, there are few who are gifted and yet, can channel their inner hatred to lose to almost outward over-reaching results. Angie is a wonderful cricketer, in almost all departments of the game, and armed with an attitude to out-do himself regardless of the match situation. Such players often transcend the national bias ( which is India for me); for every-time you watch him, you know you'd either see good cricket, or a good scrap, or both!

  • wasa on February 10, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    correct Mathews should be the man of the match

    Mahela and Sanga go down the line and send the young ones up in line Thirimanna to open drop tharanga get Samaraweera in the middle

    sri lanka can do very well then come back to the top of the ladder again

  • k.g.priyantha on February 10, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Yes well said, he is one of our match winner real fighter like tiger, never give up at the end. he should'nt get that run in 4th ball when prasad had to face,he could finished the match then easily nevertheless you are great all rounder and good asset for future SL cricket.Good luck..

  • SunnyG on February 10, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    One advice. Run a Spell/Grammar check before clicking on the "Post" or "Submit" button.

    Mathews is a great addition to an otherwise sorry SL team. What India could give to have him in the Indian team. BCCI...do you have an Asian "Kolpak" version in the works? If not, may be it is worth a look.

  • Nalin Ariyawansa on February 10, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Good on you Jarrod Kimber, Like the way you came across in this article. It always good to have a match.

  • Mahesh on February 10, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Nicely written article, very sarcastic. I was laughing like hell for this sentence - "Every time I come into some pointless ODI with Sri Lanka already having collapsed to no real chance of a win, there is Mathews" ... too good!

  • Rajan Daniel on February 10, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Sure, Angelo the gardian angel of the team when comes to trouble situations for the team. His personal phylosophy does make a difference- what he truely beive, specialy in his ability nev er been over confidence, and never boasting, but with reality. As most the players beliving in some kind of supernatural favours, Angelo though believe in his abilities and performance.

  • cjsw on February 10, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Fascinting player who does not exist!isn't he?

  • Fezzan on February 10, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Perfect.

  • zubair on February 10, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Awesome! Enjoyed the article in and out. Good job sir

  • JK on February 10, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Hi Jarrod - I do agree that Matthews is an anamoly for a subcontinent player. He is also remarkably good vs. short pitched fast bowling (a trait he shares with his compatriots sangakarra, kalu, and de silva)......Makes me wonder how he can manage to look so comfortable, when some folks just N of the Lankan border look so ungainly! (I am Indian by the way) Anyways, just as a pointer - I would shy away from speaking about broad shoulders and tight skin - can we stick to the cricket plzzzz?

  • Charindra on February 10, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    Oh boy.... If ever there was an agonizing loss, this was it. I'm so mad at the middle order for folding so pathetically. And as for Mathews, he has annoyed me at times, especially during the phase when he was playing as a pure batsman, because he just didn't seem to justify the hype and the faith put in him by the selectors, team members and the cricket fans in SL. But performances like this, and the one at the MCG with Malinga, actually help me understand why he's seen as a future captain, with the all round skills of Jayasuriya, the cool head of Arjuna, and the pressure absorbent quality of Aravinda. Bravo!

  • mihil on February 10, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Man in form, at Srilankas' darkest hour,Anjelo Mathews!!

  • Goran'agar on February 10, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Awesome article celebrating an awesome person. Another heroic moment which you might not have seen Jarrod was in the World Cup Semi-final vs NZ.SL were collapsing left right and centre after a solid start.It was a choke that was about to top South Africa's one in the quarter final.For some fans it was too unbearable to watch and covered their eyes.For others the tears had started to well up. Into the cauldron limped Angelo Mathews (injured earlier in the day).The Kiwis barked at him after each delivery yet he stood firm and calmly got the chase going again. Then at a critical juncture he launched Tim Southee into the stands for a magnificent 6 and a 4 to seal the match beyond doubt to send the stadium into raptures and fulfill the hopes and dreams of a people and a nation.He missed the WC final allowing politics to seep in and SL cricket died a slow death that night, and it has stayed that way ever since.

    Until tonight,when The Hero returned and restored hope.

  • Buddika on February 10, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan, & when ever this guy is on the crease, there is still hope for us, even with the last man. This guy makes cricket interesting.

  • NaniIndCri on February 10, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    He is a very talented player but he bats too low down the order, don't understand why.

  • Avishka on February 10, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Mathews all the way...! What a character he is...!

  • Uppercut07 on February 10, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    he cud b da next big thing for sri lanka following one sanath jayasuriya!!!

  • lahiru on February 10, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    he is a cool player and great talent to watch..mahela's pathetic batting display and lahiru's batting head of mattews cost us the game..

  • Prabath Mario on February 10, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Really appreciate the article here... it is not an exaggerated superfluous boasting of one, but rather a good appreciation of a sportsman.a very Good Critic!Enjoyed reading it!

  • Magodiya on February 10, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Henis obviously a commentator's dream - a pronounceable Sri Lankan name after all is a rarity. Pity about the six off the last ball - which did not quite come off!

  • Gayan on February 10, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    He is a great fighter i like him very much

  • Oliver Jones on February 10, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Perhaps Mathews is the true entertainer in modern day cricket. Undoubtedly Afridi, Steyn, Gale, Pietersen and Ajmal (but to name a few) will bring in the crowds, sometimes undeservedly. But it's players like Mathews which will re-ignite fires lost in collapses.

    To me, Mathews reminds me of Graham Thorpe. While all chaos is ensuing round him, Mathews tries to find a path. Back in the day, Thorpe only had swing-and-miss tailenders, whereas Mathews has seemed to find a way to nurture the tail. I hope they never give him the captaincy by name, because this talent is one that should be allowed to flourish forever.

  • Pol Pol on February 10, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    In Angelo we really have a future captain who wants to win games for Sri Lanka like what Arjuna did. He has shown his fighting qualities by not giving up even with the tail. I really think he should be batting a step or two up the order so that he could settle himself before having the final bash.

  • Vilander on February 10, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Yeah Angelo is awesome alrite, but why did ou speak about his skin like that ?. Can you please focus on the cricket next time around and not betray yourself.

  • Dishan on February 10, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Channel are very popular aren't they for their weird MOM decisions, Clerke out of all people? if not for Mathews it should have been Doherty for his strangulation

  • n£r0 on February 10, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Dilshan being the slasher he is he should be dropped down the order in seeming bouncy pitches. Mahela being technically more fluent and compact should open. and somehow mathews should come up the batting order. a player of his calibre needs more time on the crease,and the team superiors should think twice bout wasting such talent down the order where he is batting now. how is he supposed to win a match batting with bowlers,with the required rate above 6? he cant play rash shots neither can he take singles!! open with mahela,bring dilshan-aka slahser-down to number 7 and bat mathews after chandimal!!

  • Ranuka on February 10, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    yah!.. angi.. the genuine all rounder!.. most probably the best all rounder that sri lanka has ever produced!...

  • Lanjay Seela on February 10, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Not sure if I agree with the aesthetic verballage, but I agree Angelo is definitely a fighter. He should bat a lil higher in my opinion. He seems to come in when its all but a lost cause. He's still got a lot to prove before we start celebrating him as a match winning all rounder. Long way to go yet... Oh and he has a cool name. Angelo Matthews.

  • nitish on February 10, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    mathews played a superb knock he deserve the man of the match despite of his side lost the match .it was wonderful to watching when he was smashing the ball out of the park, rest of the lankan batsman was not good enough to get ausies out of the game. well played angelo mathews hats off it would have wounderful if ur side won but it doesnot happened,better luck i hope ur next appearance will be a winning cause for ur team against ausies

  • raj on February 10, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Dear Mr. Kimber, Where are you? How come I don't see the chucks any where in the CB series. I love your show! Get back there ASAP. Thanks, Raj

  • Anonymous on February 10, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Nice Job - a fitting tribute to such a well deserving performance from a cool, happy guy who turns to anger to fight on - i see a Casius Clay in him..well, good luck to Anjelo in his bright future..

  • Meranda Sumi Silva on February 10, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    I couldn't care less anymore. It's very bizarre way of selecting man of the match. Talk about effort players put in to the game to make it success; And Angelo was way ahead of than anyone out of 22 players who played out there today's game. Well I heard the man-of-the-match was given basically considering Clarke's bowling, fielding, captaincy and bating despite everything he didn't concede that he batted well which leaves me utter confused. The main reason man-of-the-match would have gone to Angelo is he gave a little pressure to Australian's, a game worth watching to its spectators and made it thrill to the last minute though he couldn't pulled it off eventually most importantly he made it remember which otherwise would have been just another 50-50 ODI match. So if this not enough to be picked as man-of-the-match even though he end up on losing side then I conclude to-be-the man-of-the-match then Angelo got to win all the time or make sure you end up on the winning side.

  • Pablo Mukherjee on February 10, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    wonderful piece - keep it up.

  • PM on February 10, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Angelo Matthews isn't even a real name.

  • subash on February 10, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    mr Kimber,

    i must say your the most honest writer on cric info , with out exaggerating things and you echo feeling of many cricket fans,

    very well written , we indians hope that we can un earth a talent like mathews , albeit we have a better one in odi's ie our skipper

  • Pz on February 10, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Angelo is a very talented player...smone every country will be wishing for if they had such..He is smbody Srilanka had been searching for years & Probably the new captain for the T20 world cup I guess as Mahela wont take the crown more longer than a year of time... But according to my opinion Mathews must bat more above the batting order Such as in 3 or 4..bcs it is smwhat strange that a playeer of his class doesn't have even got a single century in one day arena...if that happens this lad may become smone unstoppable than Rohit or Kohli from India or De villiers os RSA.. When taken to bowling department he must work more on his pace i guess.so then he can produce some very usefull slower deliveries as well. He must not be used for more than 3 over spells at times.. Hope Chandimal and Kapugedara will be promoted so i guess ...becs if Kapugedera bats @3 or Open & Mathews @ 3 & Chandimal @4 may make a perfect combination...Strong hitting,technically strong bunch of lads..

  • indika on February 10, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    man....... as a sri lanka even sri lankans cant give a better evalution of mathews thank you sir for being honest.hats off.

  • hemant on February 10, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Very good sentiments -- we all need to remind ourselves once in a while why we watch sports.

    -- "When he brought up his half-century tonight at the WACA, he didn’t raise his bat for the crowd’s polite adulation. He just looked angry. Angry that yet again his team was not playing as well as a team that 8 months ago was in a World Cup final."

    -- "Players who don’t like to lose are the best to watch up close. Their faces are magnificent. There is a reason fans talk of Ponting face. Players like Mathews and Ponting just despise losing, and don’t really try and hide it. "

    -- "The hero can’t win every time, after all. "

    Thanks for posting. It was a joy to read.

  • mayan on February 10, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    wow that's the way to write, awesome reading

  • Valli Veera on February 10, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    "Every time I come into some pointless ODI with Sri Lanka already having collapsed to no real chance of a win, there is Mathews, annoyingly stuck at the non-striker’s end, looking frustrated and angry. Always angry. So very angry."

    I just laughed out aloud when I read this bit.. how very true :)

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  • Valli Veera on February 10, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    "Every time I come into some pointless ODI with Sri Lanka already having collapsed to no real chance of a win, there is Mathews, annoyingly stuck at the non-striker’s end, looking frustrated and angry. Always angry. So very angry."

    I just laughed out aloud when I read this bit.. how very true :)

  • mayan on February 10, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    wow that's the way to write, awesome reading

  • hemant on February 10, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Very good sentiments -- we all need to remind ourselves once in a while why we watch sports.

    -- "When he brought up his half-century tonight at the WACA, he didn’t raise his bat for the crowd’s polite adulation. He just looked angry. Angry that yet again his team was not playing as well as a team that 8 months ago was in a World Cup final."

    -- "Players who don’t like to lose are the best to watch up close. Their faces are magnificent. There is a reason fans talk of Ponting face. Players like Mathews and Ponting just despise losing, and don’t really try and hide it. "

    -- "The hero can’t win every time, after all. "

    Thanks for posting. It was a joy to read.

  • indika on February 10, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    man....... as a sri lanka even sri lankans cant give a better evalution of mathews thank you sir for being honest.hats off.

  • Pz on February 10, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Angelo is a very talented player...smone every country will be wishing for if they had such..He is smbody Srilanka had been searching for years & Probably the new captain for the T20 world cup I guess as Mahela wont take the crown more longer than a year of time... But according to my opinion Mathews must bat more above the batting order Such as in 3 or 4..bcs it is smwhat strange that a playeer of his class doesn't have even got a single century in one day arena...if that happens this lad may become smone unstoppable than Rohit or Kohli from India or De villiers os RSA.. When taken to bowling department he must work more on his pace i guess.so then he can produce some very usefull slower deliveries as well. He must not be used for more than 3 over spells at times.. Hope Chandimal and Kapugedara will be promoted so i guess ...becs if Kapugedera bats @3 or Open & Mathews @ 3 & Chandimal @4 may make a perfect combination...Strong hitting,technically strong bunch of lads..

  • subash on February 10, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    mr Kimber,

    i must say your the most honest writer on cric info , with out exaggerating things and you echo feeling of many cricket fans,

    very well written , we indians hope that we can un earth a talent like mathews , albeit we have a better one in odi's ie our skipper

  • PM on February 10, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Angelo Matthews isn't even a real name.

  • Pablo Mukherjee on February 10, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    wonderful piece - keep it up.

  • Meranda Sumi Silva on February 10, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    I couldn't care less anymore. It's very bizarre way of selecting man of the match. Talk about effort players put in to the game to make it success; And Angelo was way ahead of than anyone out of 22 players who played out there today's game. Well I heard the man-of-the-match was given basically considering Clarke's bowling, fielding, captaincy and bating despite everything he didn't concede that he batted well which leaves me utter confused. The main reason man-of-the-match would have gone to Angelo is he gave a little pressure to Australian's, a game worth watching to its spectators and made it thrill to the last minute though he couldn't pulled it off eventually most importantly he made it remember which otherwise would have been just another 50-50 ODI match. So if this not enough to be picked as man-of-the-match even though he end up on losing side then I conclude to-be-the man-of-the-match then Angelo got to win all the time or make sure you end up on the winning side.

  • Anonymous on February 10, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Nice Job - a fitting tribute to such a well deserving performance from a cool, happy guy who turns to anger to fight on - i see a Casius Clay in him..well, good luck to Anjelo in his bright future..