Sri Lankan Player Nissanka’s Record Double Ton Sinks Afghanistan

Sri Lankan Player Nissanka’s Record Double Ton Sinks Afghanistan, Pathum Nissanka has just become the first Sri Lankan to score an ODI double-hundred. Yes, read it, say it out loud, and let it sink in Cricbuzz Live. This is not a drill, and why would anyone even prepare for such a preposterous eventuality?

Sri Lankan Player Nissanka's Record Double Ton Sinks Afghanistan

To say Nissanka doesn’t fit the mold for batters to achieve this feat would be an understatement. For the record, here’s the list of other men’s double-centurions in no particular order: Rohit Sharma, Martin Guptill, Chris Gayle, Sachin Tendulkar, Fakhar Zaman, Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Glenn Maxwell. See a pattern? And now Nissanka.

And here are some from Sri Lanka who got close. Sanath Jayasuriya, of course, whose 189 is in the minds of many Sri Lankans better than any of Rohit’s doubles. Then there’s Tillakaratne Dilshan who struck 160, 160*, and 161*, but never more. Many thought it would be Kumar Sangakkara during his 169, but he too fell short. Upul Tharanga flirted with the double en route to 174 but never really threatened.

But then comes Pathum Nissanka, heaving an Afghanistan spinner over deep midwicket. It was in March 2021, away in the Caribbean, when he made his international debut, and the overwhelming feeling was Sri Lanka had unearthed their next great Test batter.

Here’s Nissanka Again Paddle-Sweeping a wide

Here’s Nissanka again, paddle-sweeping a wide yorker from Fareed Ahmed past a short fine leg. “Perhaps one of the most technically sound young batters from Sri Lanka. He has struggled to find his feet in ODIs so far.  ” That was ESPNcricinfo’s verdict as Nissanka was nominated for Debutant of the Year in 2021.

Oh, here he is squeezing another wide yorker past the backward point. “He’ll carry Sri Lankan cricket forward – certainly in Test cricket. And he’ll play a massive role in one-day cricket. How he develops his T20 cricket, time will tell.” That was then head coach Mickey Arthur shortly after his debut.

Now he’s rocked back and is pulling it high over deep square leg. “In recent months, he’s made an impact in the shorter formats too, but it is Tests to which he is most suited,” wrote Andrew Fidel Fernando in March 2022.

And now he’s careening one past the bowler and crashing it through cover as well. Safe to say, Nissanka doesn’t like being put in a mold. But one thing he does enjoy is work. Quiet, in the shadows, buckle down when everyone’s packing up but you’re still going, to work.

It’s The Kind Of  Work That Gets You Battle-Ready

It’s the kind of work that gets you battle-ready when you enter the national side for the first time. Despite having to drag yourself through Sri Lanka’s dysfunctional domestic system.

It’s the kind of work that makes selectors want to keep picking you despite a high score of 24 in your first 11 ODI innings. The enables you to find your best while-ball form despite contracting COVID-19 and dengue in two years.

It’s the kind of work that doesn’t allow you to sit back and admire your four successive fifties. The ODI World Cup but instead makes to strive for more.

More importantly, it’s the kind of work where the task at hand is more important than any sort of personal glory. It might seem an unusual thing to say when Sri Lanka has just celebrated their first double-centurion. But Nissanka was selfless during his innings.

Also Read: More importantly, it’s the kind of work where the task at hand is more important

Batting Alongside Nissanka Was Avishka Fernando

Batting alongside Nissanka was Avishka Fernando, a player who many might have put ahead of Nissanka while rating potential double-ton candidates. But it was Nissanka who took the lead over his senior partner, taking the attack early to Afghanistan.

When Kusal Mendis was struggling to get going, Nissanka took on Mohammed Nabi and Noor Ahmad to ensure the scoring rate didn’t dip – a frequent gripe in Sri Lanka’s recent innings. And when Sadeera Samarawickrama signaled his intent to take on the bowlers in the final 10 overs, Nissanka – at this point within touching distance of 150 and an average-boosting unbeaten knock – outdid him.

In the end, he was rewarded with records and accolades. His 210 had come at a strike rate of 151.07, only comparable to peak Jayasuriya – with the man himself applauding the achievement from the stands.

Even as Charith Asalanka embraced Nissanka in a bearhug, all he could do was grin – almost in disbelief. Had he done that? Well, he had, and now it’ll be back to work.

By abdurrauf2930

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