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I Couldn’t Kiss The Lion – Lasith Malinga

“I couldn’t kiss the lion! If I kept kissing the lion after taking wickets, I would have been a hero. I didn’t learn to do such fake display. I just wanted to take wickets. If I took two wickets yesterday, I wanted to take four today. I didn’t want show a different face to the media. I have the same face within and beyond the boundary.” says Sri Lanka’s speedster Lasith Malinga.

He made above remarks during an interview with Ravaya newspaper.lasith-malinga

Lasith Malinga picture via his Facebook

When I read this interview in Ravaya, a Sinhala weekly, on November 13th, 2016, I was happily surprised to see a great deal of genuineness and intelligence in Malinga’s answers to the journalist. Recently, Malinga has been criticized in the Sinhala press for being money-minded and putting league cricket above national duty. Yet, I always felt that Malinga has been one of the cricketers greatly misunderstood by national and nationalist media. The interviewer, Bangagamaaracchi, a very talented journalist, is able to show us Malinga, the man in the following interview. – Translator

[Interview with Lasith Malinga by Tiran Bangagamaracchi. Translated by Liyanage Amarakeerthi]

He is arrogant; outgoing, and also a man given to fashion. He talks straight and does not mince his words. For that very reason, media prey on him. No matter how media try to tame him. He is who he is.

He is Lasith Malinga.

He is as straight as a yoker.

Some people shrink their faces in fear when hearing the name “Rathgama” [ because it is considered a violent place populated by straight forward even violent people]. Having being born there, how do you feel about Rathgama?

Malinga: As everyone else from Rathgama I am also proud be from there. Everyone must be feeling that way about their own birth places. I am proud to be from Rathgama because it was the school that taught me from my boyhood to speak straight and to speak truth. It also helped me to understand society. People shrink in fear on hearing ‘Rathgama’ because it is an inherently thuggish place. People in my village speak truth, and they are even ready to die for truth. I have also inherited those qualities. I speak what I have to no matter whom it might make happy or unhappy. A lie can be told with a great deal of ornamentation and decoration. It is difficult to make the truth ornamented like that. That is why many people are afraid of truth. I can’t do anything about it. That is my nature inherited from my village, and I am proud of it.

How did you develop a liking for playing cricket?

By watching cricket. Since I was in grade five I watched older boys playing cricket. So I started playing. Not to enter the national team. I ‘lightly played light ball cricket’. But still I bowled with the same action that I bowl now. So I could bowl some unplayable deliveries, and I was a wicket-taking machine even then.

How did you get into leather ball cricket?

By accident! It was even after I became seventeen that I started playing with the leather ball. I was very studious before that, and I received distinctions for all the subjects in my GCE(Ordinary Level) exam. I had started my Advance Level in mathematics when I began playing leather ball cricket. In fact, I wanted to play leather ball cricket at the school, Vidyakara College, but they didn’t take me in. But I kept playing soft ball cricket during the lunch interval using a chair as the wicket. I was still a wicket-taking machine. While times passed that way, the master in charge of cricket at the school came to my class one day and said, “we have to go to match but one player is absent. I have seen you bowl well with a tennis ball. Would you join us?” By that time I hadn’t even touched the leather ball. But still I went along. I took fourteen wickets in that match. The umpire for that match was Mr. Keerthi Warnapriya, the head coach of Mahinda College, Galle. Later he had sent a message to one of my teachers that he would like to get me admitted to Mahinda College because he thought I had a good future in cricket. On that very day, the message came to our home too. My parents liked to admit me to Mahinda College. But there was an issue. I was already in a National school, the best tier of government school, studying mathematics and Mahinda College was also a National School. One cannot move out from one national school another to study the same subjects. So, I changed my subjects to Agricultural Sciences for the sake of cricket. Then, I had to get give up my formal education in order to play cricket. I am not sad about that today. I am happy in fact. But if I continued with my studies I would have reached the highest in that too because I have such a head.lasith-malinga

Lasith Malinga picture via his Facebook

Then you were able to cut a road to come into Colombo to play cricket?

Yes. After spending about eight months at Mahinda College, I came to Colombo. I grew fast as a cricketer. After coming to Colombo, I couldn’t play under-nineteen matches. So I played for clubs. I took wickets in every match I played. In the meantime, I met Champaka Ramanayake. He was at the same club that I was a playing for. He gave me his spot in the club team because I took wickets. If it was not for Champaka Ramanayake there wouldn’t be a Lasith Malinga today. He later became my coach too.

Malinga, Is it easy to be a cricketer?

It is easy. But it is difficult to get into the national team.

To get into the national team, is it enough to be a good player?

A good question! Since I am in the national team I would avoid answering that question though. But let me tell you something else. Even if you get into the national team, it is very difficult to remain there. You must be successful as a player.

This journey of yours, is it a journey you made only by being a talented cricketer?

Yes. Indeed. I took wickets when I played inter club matches. So I could get into the national team. Even in international matches I took wickets. I did everything I could on behalf of the country. I have the belief that I am a player who could win a match even all by myself. I have proven that I can.

But you look lonely in the team. Aren’t you?

Do you see it that way? (Laughs) I do my best. I believe that I need to win matches even alone. Once we cross the boundary line and enter the ground we don’t have diverse ideas. Only idea is to win the game. I am like that.

Media relentlessly criticized you. Why was that?

I couldn’t be the person the media wanted. They think that we all have to behave the way they want. If we cross their line, they come after you. That’s what happened to me. While they were attacking me they said it was they who created me. I replied by saying that “why did you create only me? You could have created about ten like me.” They got even angrier. I say what I have to say. Media cannot create a cricketer. They can attract attention to themselves by promoting a cricketer that has been created already. I became cricketer with my own talents. I took wickets with my own talents. So, when the media say that they created me, what should I say? What I shouldn’t have said?

Where did you get things wrong, if you did?

I couldn’t kiss the lion! If I kept kissing the lion after taking wickets, I would have been a hero. I didn’t learn to do such fake display. I just wanted to take wickets. If I took two wickets yesterday, I wanted to take four today. I didn’t want show a different face to the media. I have the same face within and beyond the boundary.

No one else but you said, “Yes. I play cricket for money.”

Yes. I say that even today. I don’t lie that I play for the country. A national team does indeed play for the county. But we are professional cricketers. This is my profession. I train myself all day for that profession. I get paid for playing. And we make money and get paid a portion from that money. I got paid the same salary paid to some others. But the talk was that Malinga is playing for money. Then, others played for free? I didn’t get even five cents more than the others. This is a job. I do my job well as long as I am there. I do that honestly. After we retire, we don’t have pensions. So, we need to make money to live comfortably in retirement. One shouldn’t calculate this much for a run or this much for wicket and so on. A cricketer has to sweat so much in training for years to be able to make that run or to take that wicket. One has to leave one’s familial obligations aside to commit oneself to cricket. If everyone else talked straight as I do, this profession would have been so much improved. What I say today will appear to be true in future.

You are into fashion, aren’t you?

Yes. But that is only externally. When I was younger I also applied coconut oil to my hair and parted it in the middle and combed it sideways! But after I got out of school, I thought I would do some fashions in a way that wouldn’t hurt anyone. So I went on a tour to the West Indies with my hair colored and wearing an ear ring. You know what? They accepted me as one of their own. I took so many wickets too. But some people here hung on to my hair. What I am asking is this: See whether I am talented and effective. Don’t look at my hair. There is no book saying that one cannot play cricket wearing ear rings or coloring one’s hair. Is there? One more thing, one cannot get wickets just because one has ear rings or colored hair. Like I said, I do my fashions. If anyone says that my doing fashions hurts our culture I don’t know what culture is in this country. I do my fashions but they are not just outward or external façade. My fashion is still me.

According to you, what is ‘the gentleman’s sport’?

For me, it means playing your game in the ground with discipline. During all my cricketing life I have never been found guilty of breaching the ICC codes of conduct. So, I am a gentleman cricketer. Am I not? To play cricket with discipline is to be a gentleman cricketer. I have been that kind of a gentleman. But I don’t show off as a gentleman. [These criticisms of my behavior] are the work of some media gentlemen who don’t know a thing about being a gentleman.

Are you angry with media?

I am not angry with them. I don’t have any particular friendship with them either. But What I am saying is that one shouldn’t talk about the kernel just by touching the peel. I may be the most criticized cricketer in history. But I have achieved so much as well. I was the captain when we won the T20 World Cup. I have taken 397 ODI wickets. I have set four world records in T20s. Those are records I set in matches where Sri Lanka won. I am the only person to stick with the same team in IPL. They take me in at Big Bash or BPL. Not matter for whom I play, I do my job honestly. Some people claim that I play better at IPL. Such nonsense makes me laugh really! All these private leagues hire me because I have played well for my country.

Are you a rich man now?

Yes. I am.

After you get out of cricket?

I have the foundation needed to live my head held high.

Are cricketers teetotalers?

I will talk only about myself. You might not believe me, I don’t drink even a little bit of champagne. I don’t even think about drinking. And I am not against drinking either. Those who drink are entitled to do so.

Some cricketers enter politics. Would you do that one day?

Never! I am not suitable for something as noble as politics. Who I am to rule the country?(Here Malinga is playing with the Sinhala word “deshapalanaya, politics, which literary means “ruling the country)

You worship the ball before bowling. Why do you do that?

Even though I don’t go to temples, I am a good Buddhist. I worship the ball that was what helped me to get here. It was because of the ball I live this comfortable life. I love cricket more than myself. Cricket ball has given me everything. Then is it sinful to worship the cricket ball?

There is a rumor in the field that you take your parents on foreign tours?

Yes. They also like to visit other countries as we all do. These are times that I can afford to spend some money. So, I take them to places at own expense. I must make them happy. After all, they are the ones who created a Lasith Malinga.

What is your word of wisdom or advice for our readers?

May be it is difficult to be happy looking at others’ success. But at least, try not to be jealous of others. That itself is a great thing.

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    Ben Hurling

    Malinga is not for president.

    Keep out of him, keep him out of politics. At least we have a honest human being in a sports person.

    He sounds like my kind of person.

    I really enjoyed reading his interview.

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      I too veddah, after bloody million yrs I found one sinhala genuine honest guy…good luck…

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        Jamis Muthu Banda,
        the Tamil Speaking Sinhalam

        Doesn’t Malinga look like one of my people, beautiful curly hair, honest, strong, focused, and shuns worship of politics and false Buddhism …..?

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          The stupid game of sticks and stones where he loves the stone more than himself.
          most do not like politics but can’t help being enveloped by it.

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          “”Doesn’t Malinga look like one of my people, beautiful curly hair, honest, strong, focused, and shuns worship of politics and false Buddhism …..? “”

          That balance between being an egghead and a good egg.

          Aren’t you overestimating the `mathematician` and underestimating yourself Or is age telling on you??

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        Unfortunately for so many bloody reasons no Tamil can match his genuineness.

        Well said Lasith Malingam.

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          Jesuthasan

          “Unfortunately for so many bloody reasons no Tamil can match his genuineness.”

          No Sinhala/Buddhists either.

          It appears that we have 21 million of them.

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      HURRAY !

      Well compiled and thoughtful answers (The English translation and presentation could have been a bit better).

      I think we have a good young man here. I was surprised to learn from this interview that Lasith Malinga has never been fined for breaking the ICC codes of Conduct, which speaks volumes about his discipline.

      I also like his comment about drinking, by speaking only about himself and being not averse to others drinking make’s him stand out among many others, we see around us today.

      Which also brings to mind our former President’s “MATHATA THITHTHA” campaign which was nothing but BULLSHIT. Whilst they were enjoying their drinks they were trying to show the fools of our country that they were “Lord Buddha” reincarnated.

      We need young men like Lasith Malinga to take the bull by it’s horns and tell what people just don’t like to hear, which after all are the facts.

      My hat off to Lasith, keep it up young man we need people like you in our thrice blessed country. Young men like you who have the guts to think what is best for them in a balanced way.

      My best wishes to you, Lasith.

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    You made me proud as a Sri Lankan. Now you make me proud as a Southerner too. All the best my good Sir.

    Janaka

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    Dear Lasith Malinga

    //“I couldn’t kiss the lion! If I kept kissing the lion after taking wickets, I would have been a hero. I didn’t learn to do such fake display. I just wanted to take wickets. If I took two wickets yesterday, I wanted to take four today. I didn’t want show a different face to the media. I have the same face within and beyond the boundary.” says Sri Lanka’s speedster Lasith Malinga.//

    Yes. You are a hero because you took wickets, not because you kissed the image of a lion or a donkey, or you wore a saffron robe. Besides, you are wise.

    Unfortunately, there are too many Sinhala “Buddhist” donkeys who keep kissing the image of a lion, when all they have are Para genes from India, Baharat. They are called Sinhala Modayas.

    They all are Paras in the Land of Native Veddah Arthho.

    The Buddha’s Path to Wisdom Chapter 6, The Wise Man. (There is also a Chapter for Sinhala Buddhist Fools, those who want you to kiss the image of the Lion)

    76. Should one find a man who points out faults and who reproves, let him follow such a wise and sagacious person as one would a guide to hidden treasure. It is always better, and never worse, to cultivate such an association.

    77. Let him admonish, instruct and shield one from wrong; he, indeed, is dear to the good and detestable to the evil.

    78. Do not associate with evil companions; do not seek the fellowship of the vile. Associate with the good friends; seek the fellowship of noble men.

    79. He who drinks deep the Dhamma lives happily with a tranquil mind. The wise man ever delights in the Dhamma made known by the Noble One (the Buddha).

    80. Irrigators regulate the rivers; fletchers straighten the arrow shaft; carpenters shape the wood; the wise control themselves.

    81. Just as a solid rock is not shaken by the storm, even so the wise are not affected by praise or blame.

    82. On hearing the Teachings, the wise become perfectly purified, like a lake deep, clear and still.

    83. The good renounce (attachment for) everything. The virtuous do not prattle with a yearning for pleasures. The wise show no elation or depression when touched by happiness or sorrow.

    84. He is indeed virtuous, wise, and righteous who neither for his own sake nor for the sake of another (does any wrong), who does not crave for sons, wealth, or kingdom, and does not desire success by unjust means.

    85. Few among men are those who cross to the farther shore. The rest, the bulk of men, only run up and down the hither bank.

    86. But those who act according to the perfectly taught Dhamma will cross the realm of Death, so difficult to cross.

    87-88. Abandoning the dark way, let the wise man cultivate the bright path. Having gone from home to homelessness, let him yearn for that delight in detachment, so difficult to enjoy. Giving up sensual pleasures, with no attachment, let the wise man cleanse himself of defilements of the mind.

    89. Those whose minds have reached full excellence in the factors of enlightenment, who, having renounced acquisitiveness, rejoice in not clinging to things — rid of cankers, glowing with wisdom, they have attained Nibbana in this very life.

    http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/dp06.htm

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      Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu!

      You certainly are C. P. (Copy & Paste) Amarasiri – A Para Veddah commenting on the Para game of the Para Suddas. What would you call Buddha. Don’t you know he too is from India?

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        Dear EDWIN RODRIGO

        “What would you call Buddha. Don’t you know he too is from India?”

        Let’s call a myth of Buddha visiting Lanka a myth, and a lie.

        Amarasiri calls Siddhartha Gautama, an Enlightened Philosopher, a Lover of Wisdom, and many claim that he attained enlightenment, and therefore called him Buddha.

        Buddha never came to the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, despite all the lies in Deepwamsa and Mahawansa and the Katta Kathas(Pacha Kathas), and therefore BUDDHA was Not a Para or Prasdeshi, as far as the Native Veddah Aethho are concerned.

        However, all the others who claim to be Sinhala, Demala, Marakkala, Portuguese etc. are indeed Paras, Paradershis in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

        The account given in the Mahavamsa has no historical evidence to support the proposition that the Buddha ever visited this island.

        Did the Buddha visit Sri Lanka?
        Point of view
        By Ranjan Gooneratne

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          Come on Amarasiri, read the comment by Funlover. At least he is being honest. Why don’t you give a straight answer to a simple question?

          Buddha has been bowled leg breaks, off breaks, full tosses, googlies, yorkers, (perhaps Malinga can name many other types) and being called a Para is nothing for him or even followers like us. We don’t go about beheading people for insulting Buddha. We have only pity for them because the repercussion of using such words will be borne by the perpetrator.

          Let me tell you a story involving a Brahmin called Akkosa Bharadvaja, who had a grouse with Buddha because he was losing his followers to Buddha. One day Akkosa confronted Buddha face to face and subjected Buddha to a barrage of insults of the lowest type. Buddha listened to all that expressionless and in silence.

          Pindola was expecting Buddha to retaliate in like manner but his complete silence unnerved him and he asked Buddha, “why are you silent. Say something”. On that cue Buddha started this conversation:

          ‘Well, brahman, do friends, confidants, relatives, kinsmen and guests visit you?”

          “Yes, Gotama, sometimes friends, confidants, relatives, kinsmen and guests do visit me.”

          “Well, brahman, do you not offer them snacks or food or tidbits?”

          “Yes, Gotama, sometimes I do offer them snacks or food or tidbits.”

          “But if, brahman, they do not accept it, who gets it?”

          “If Gotama, they do not accept it, I get it back.”

          “Even so, brahman, you are abusing us who do not abuse, you are angry with us who do not get angry, you are quarreling with us who do not quarrel. All this of yours we don’t accept. You alone, brahman, get it back; all this, brahman, belongs to you.

          “When, brahman, one abuses back when abused, repays anger in kind, and quarrels back when quarreled with, this is called, brahman, associating with each other and exchanging mutually. This association and mutual exchange we do not engage in. Therefore you alone, brahman, get it back; all this, brahman, belongs to you.”

          On seeing his folly Akkosa became a disciple of Buddha and finally attained Arahathood.

          (Translation CP’ed from Buddha net)

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        “What would you call Buddha?”

        Answer: Para Buddha!

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          Funlover

          //“What would you call Buddha?”//

          //”Answer: Para Buddha!”//

          Incorrect. Why?

          Siddhartha Gautama, later called Buddha, never came to the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, despite all the lies in Deepwamsa and Mahawansa and the Katta Kathas(Pacha Kathas), and therefore BUDDHA was Not a Para or Prasdeshi, as far as the Native Veddah Aethho are concerned.

          It is like the millions of others in India, Bharat, Damba-Diva, who never left their homeland for Lanka, the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, to become Paras.

          However, the Para-Sinhala, Para-Demala, the Para-Marakkala, the Para-Portuguese, the Para-Malays, the Para-Dutch, the Para-English, the Para-Chinese etc are Paras, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho. Of course, they are not Paras in their native lands, because that is where they belong.

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            Ha! Ha! There is no other Paraya who can match your Para sense of humour Para Amarasiri. And it is very logical too. I just need one more clarification though. What you are saying is that anyone, even a tourist, or someone just on transit, who sets foot on the land of Native Veddah Aethho is a Paraya. Is it not a bit unfair? Can we have a more reasonable period to attain that status?

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              EDWIN RODRIGO

              I understand that in the United States, they call foreigners Aliens.

              Alien of extraordinary ability is an alien classification by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The United States may grant a priority visa to an alien who is able to demonstrate “extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics”, or through some other extraordinary career achievements.

              In the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, they are called Parayas for Paradeashis.

              Similarly, Siddhartha Gautama, later called Buddha, never came to the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, and therefore BUDDHA was Not a Para or Prasdeshi, or an Alien, as far as the Native Veddah Aethho are concerned.

              However, all the others who came by Hora-Oru, Kalla-Than and Illegal-boats are Paras, Paradeshis, Aliens, if they set foot on the Land of Native Veddah Aethho. Whether it is 1 sec or 1 year, they are Paras, for the duration of the period.

              It is like you are in a bus. You are a passenger for the duration of the ride, as long as you are in the bus, and hopefully you paid your fare, not a hora-rider, an illegal rider.

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                Amarasiri, Precisely defined. Congratulations. In Sci Fi Aleins are defined differently. An alien is an alien whether he sets foot on earth or not and irrespective of their abilities etc. Why not apply the same here?

                Anyway, I am sorry to break the bad news to you. Native Veddah Aethho have to be considered as Parayas in the light of the latest findings. The real non Parayas in SL have been found to be the Balangoda Man (Homo sapiens Balangodesis). They were living in the land now known as Sri Lanka as far back as 38,000 years ago. They must have been the descendants of the first group of people who left Africa about 40,000 years.

                This of course means that we are all parayas. It is a para country with no one but parayas. You don’t need anymore proof of that other than just looking around. Do you see anyone who is not a Paraya? I don’t.

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                  EDWIN RODRIGO

                  Balangoda man and others are the ancestors of Native Veddah Aethho.

                  Therefore they are not Paras, Pradeshis in their OWN the Land.

                  All others are Paras.That include the Para-Sinhala, Para-Demala, Para-Marakala, Para-Malay. Para-Portuguesa, Para-Dutch, Para-English, Para-Chines etc.

                  Remember the Myths, are Para too. That include Para-Buddhism, Para-Hinduism. Para-Jainism, Para-Islam, Para-Christianity, and other Para-beliefs and myths, that are not native to the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

                  Like calling the 100 million old mountain, Adam’s Peak or Sri Pada, the the footprints of Adam or Buddha.

                  None of them visited the Land of Native Veddah Aethho. All Myths!

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                    So we have non para Amarasiri, descendant of Balangoda, presently Bintenna man commenting on an interview by the Rathgama man. Looking at all those muscles of the Rathgama man, I dare not mention that adjective. Let the Bintenna man do it. After all he is the one who started all the para business.

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                      EDWIN RODRIGO

                      “After all he is the one who started all the para business.”

                      If the Paras never arrived by Illegal Boats, Hora-Oru and Kall-Thoni, to the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, there would have been no Para problem. The transient Paras could be named by the Native Veddah Aethho as Alien Aethho, just like the Americans, most of whom are Paras to begin with, except for the Natives.

                      So, the Para Religions and Beliefs (Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Islam, Christianity etc.) are Alien as well. They were all; set up to fleece the Paras by the Para-Monks, Priests, Mullahs, their cronies and Para-Politicians.

                      To what extent were you fleeced by the above Para-characters?

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    “”Even though I don’t go to temples, I am a good Buddhist””.

    I like that and I love that.

    So do I.

    your belief should be in your heart and you have to follow that frankly.

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      Lasith Malinga

      //“”Even though I don’t go to temples, I am a good Buddhist”//

      You are a wise cricket player, who happens to be a Sinhala Buddhist, but understand Buddhism well more than the others, who call themselves (Moda) Sinhala “Buddhists”.

      Buddhism is a philosophy. Temples, Trees, and Statues are not needed.It is a relgion, because it describes after life beliefs, Nirvanna, even though there is no Soul.

      A temple is just a meeting hall, and it might be just under any tree.

      No representations of the Buddha were made for about four or five centuries. It is sometimes said that prior to this time it was ‘forbidden’ to make statues or pictures of the Buddha, then they relaxed the rules.

      Statute proliferated. Buddha was turned Divine, and into a God, in the form of a statues, and housed in temples, just like the Hindu Temples, along with the other “Gods” such as Vishnu, as some believed that Buddha was an Avatar of Vishnu.

      Is there is an Avatar of Socrates or Aristotle anywhere?

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        THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS OF AMARASIRI

        Amarasiri, why don’t you put your para philosophy and all those indirect attacks on Buddhist culture and religion in the form Amarasiri’s 4 Noble Truths.

        1) All people except the native Veddah Aththos are Parayas.

        2) Amarasiri is not a Paraya.

        3) Therefore Amarasiri is a veddah.

        4) Therefore Amarasiri is not a Kalaveddah.

        Just a suggestion on my part. Sure you can improve on it.

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    Malinga is a jewel in this island full of thorns.
    He is a good Buddhist and a good cricketer.
    He is honest in his opinions about life and cricket.
    Ma Lanka should be proud of him.

    P.S
    His hair style is unique and beautiful.
    Only a man like him can get away with this model.

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    Mahavamsa normalizes having sex with a lion. Whats wrong with kissing a lion?

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      Indeed. It would be the equivalent of We Thamizh ‘showing affection’ to a lingam :D

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    Native Vedda, Malinga seems to be my kind of person too…. too straight to be in politics; much like his deliveries.

    He comes across as a decent, straight-forward, fair dinkum bloke. We could do with more like him.

    Well done I would say to Malinga. For speaking the honest truth without flinching.

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      Justice & Fairplay

      We both agree with Malinga.

      Its a good starting point.

      There is lot to be done.

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        NV,

        “There’s a lot to be done” indeed!

        We need to work on Ranil and the President. They need to be persuaded do the right thing. Most of the time they dont seem to do so.

        It was one hell of a struggle to rid this country of those blighted Rajapakses but It appears these two have already forgotten the fact. If I were Raanil, I wouldnt touch the MaRa family even with a barge-pole but now Mara himself is state sponsored on his trip to China. That will tell us enough about further investigations by the State on the Mara activities.

        Often this above mentioned duo say and do things which casts a lot of doubt about the sincerity of their purpose, never mind the public utterances. They both have lost a lot of public support and goodwill and true to form they dont know it. The deceit is now no longer a mere suspicion.

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        Native Vedda

        “There is lot to be done.”

        Let’s separate the Good Paras from the Bad Paras. Still too many bad Paras. Then send all the bad Paras to their homeland India, Bharat, Damba-Diva. They are not needed.

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      To be honest, I think if we enter this guy Malinga into Parliament, except for the JVP, all others would RUN!

      Now that would be a sight, wouldn’t it?

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      Hey Malinga, one thing’s for sure Mate.

      All you need to do is to lob a delivery at very slow speed and watch….No need for Yorkers!

      Both the President and the Premier have shown beyond all doubt that they cannot even put away a very slow lob arriving at waist level.

      As fielders … they are both lost causes. They cant stop anything.

      As bowlers they will never bowl anyone out. Not even the No 11 of the other side caught red handed.

      So it looks as if they cant bat, cant bowl and cant field.

      If you cant do any of those, how can you captain a side?

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    A real good experience to read and enjoy the interview. An Honest Person in Malinga is fully seen. Unlike most he admits with no bars that he plays Cricket because he enjoys, and its reneumarative. He Wants the Money that is in Cricket. He wants to save for his retirements.

    In the Old Das we hear of Sprtsmen including Olymipic Champions selling their Tropys to make ends meet.

    Way to Go Maliga. Keep it up.

    Levi

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    Keep it up Malinga…. hope our politicians will get inspired by your “straight speak” Being honest in word and deed will certainly improve the quality of life in our nation.

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    Kalinga, you really touched my heart with your answers. You are a man who wear your heart on the sleeves.
    You will be admired for such brutal honesty in a western world. Not in Srilanka where people are easily fooled by white sarong wearing rogues carrying mal wattiyas and worshiping lord Buddha statue at one junction and commit murders at the next junction.

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      Ranjan Fernando

      “Not in Srilanka where people are easily fooled by white sarong wearing rogues carrying mal wattiyas and worshiping lord Buddha statue at one junction and commit murders at the next junction.”

      This is called the tradition of Sunday Night Sil and Monday Night Kill

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    Malinga, you really touched my heart with your answers. You are a man who wear your heart on the sleeves.
    You will be admired for such brutal honesty in a western world. Not in Srilanka where people are easily fooled by white sarong wearing rogues carrying mal wattiyas and worshiping lord Buddha statue at one junction and commit murders at the next junction.

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    Malinga is a genuine man. He has been unjustly treated by the media. Finding honest people like him in Sri Lanka is very difficult.

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    All of us from Rathgama are proud of you. Well done, son.

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    Lasith Malinga has won my heart by this open talk. He is honest to the core.

    Let me say something beyond the interview.

    During my years, Malinga would not have made the national team! There was a belief that the game of Cricket was only for Colombo elites.

    Now, back to the interview.

    Malinga is a lucky bloke! He was born at the right time, when Sri Lanka was no more for only Colombo cricketers.

    There are many more Malingas amongst us. Unfortunately, light has not shone on them.

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    If I would have Sri Lankan, I would make a statue of “Salinga Malinga” middle of Colombo and thank him day and night. What a great personality of a Buddhist person.

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    “I worship the ball that was what helped me to get here”. Well said, Malinga. That was the FIRST ACT of Gauthama Buddha too after achieving ENLIGHTENMENT sitting under the BO TREE. It is said, he spent seven days looking (meditating) at the tree that gave him shelter and taught the world how to be GRATEFUL to anything that had given you life achievements. You have spoken the TRUTH and shown the world how and why be GRATEFUL. A TRUE BUDDHA, be always and NOT A “BUDDHIST”. You are a HERO, Malinga.

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    My Dear Mr Malinga,

    You will never get everyone to like you and don’t expect everyone to like you either because you a super bowler. If you do come down from your high pedestal you have a very good chance of more people beginning to like you.

    Being straight forward is not going to help you every time, try to practice a little diplomacy and being polite too. Don’t hurt the feelings of people when answering the questions they throw at you.

    I have seen you on TV how you leathered into a journalist when he asked you a simple question with regard to signing your contract with SL Cricket. This happened in the Car park of SL Cricket and the whole Nation saw your attitude towards that poor man on National News Broadcast.

    I too come from a village very close to yours … Dodanduwa Patuwatha and have lots of relations in the area and in Rathgama too. I know we all are a little hot tempered may be because we always speak the truth. But that doesn’t mean or give us the right to talk to a person in an insulting manner. Learn to respect others and they in turn will do the same to you… This is not Rocket Science.

    I am sorry to say that the problem you are facing right now could also happen or get aggravated when a person gets rich too quickly. They say money has gone to his head. So my advice to you is take it easy see for yourself where you have gone wrong in the past and try to correct it to enjoy life.

    Good Luck Malinga and hope to see you soon in action with SL cricket in Sri Lanka. India achieved their goal by ruining your career in International cricket by hanging you on that IPL for Indian Cricket to shine. One last thing I like to tell you is Money is not everything.

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      Mal Abbey,
      Lasith Malinga plays cricket because he loves cricket and wants to do well as he had very clearly stated. He is not there to be liked by everybody or for a popularity contest. He plays IPL because he is rewarded well as a professional but in turn he maintained his gratitude playing always for the MI by not being bought over by the highest bidder.
      So what’s the problem?

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    Christopher Anandappa

    “Finding honest people like him in Sri Lanka is very difficult. “

    Well, how about you?

    Aren’t you a honest person?

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    Malinga is a highly talented cricketer born once in a century similar to Muràli and Sanath. Unfortunately some of us Sri Lankans cannot appreciate other’s success and tend to insult them. This is a national shame.

    When you look at the body language of Lasith M when he represent teams such as Australuan BBL and Indian IPL you can see how happy he is and how highly Lasith is recognised in those countries.

    One of the greatest feats of Lasith’s bowling was his bowling final overs of the world cup 20-20 finals against two of the world’s best batsmen Dhoni & Kholi in 2014. They just couldn’t score against him.

    Instead of being proud that we have such great people born in this country we insult them through jealousy. Its high time we recognize this fact.

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      Gamarala

      “Instead of being proud that we have such great people born in this country we insult them through jealousy. Its high time we recognize this fact.”

      Let’s make Malinga President and Bowl all the culprits out.

      The current President, Turncoat, Traitor, Gona, Mala-Perfthaya is in cahoots with the crooks and killers ad seems to have accepted Santhosams from the Crooks, and interfering with the independent commissions.

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    Thanks Malinga, you speak from your heart. This patriotism garbage comes from people who are all far$ and no Shi* guys. Carry on taking more wickets Malinga and make us all proud. You can do it……..go Malinga go!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Malinga
    From your answers I presume you are a real Man.

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    Malinga, the Slinga.

    Honest, Forthright and Fearless.

    Now for him showy kissing of the flag.

    A true servant of the game. He let’s his deeds talk.

    Good batsmen have been near to defecation at the sight of Malinga running in to bowl at the death (rumour has it that some have).

    Long may he continue!

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    I always knew he was this man. GEnuine and Arrogant.

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    I couldn’t kiss the lion!

    The Sinhala politicians should take note of this and stop putting a fake act and go one step further and stop licking the arse of Thugs
    in yellow robes

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    I liked your comment very much –
    “While they were attacking me they said it was they who created me. I replied by saying that “why did you create only me? You could have created about ten like me.” They got even angrier. I say what I have to say. Media cannot create a cricketer. They can attract attention to themselves by promoting a cricketer that has been created already. I became cricketer with my own talents. I took wickets with my own talents. So, when the media say that they created me, what should I say? What I shouldn’t have said?”

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    There is a rumor in the field that you take your parents on foreign tours?

    Yes. They also like to visit other countries as we all do. These are times that I can afford to spend some money. So, I take them to places at own expense. I must make them happy. After all, they are the ones who created a Lasith Malinga.

    ______________________________________________________________
    Lasith, I take my hat off to you in respect. That comment made me tear man. Your parents are indeed blessed to have a great son like you. The amount of intelligence and truthfulness that comes out of you, we cannot even find 1% of that in our dirty politicians. Thank Lasith, you made us all proud. Respect!!!

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    Are you a rich man now?

    Yes. I am.

    Straight drive pass the interviewer; the interviewer failed to field a follow up question.

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    Phew, when I just about lost all hope of my Sinhala Buddhist brethren for their utterly corrupt, horrific, violent behaviour and appalling lack of sensitivities, here emerges a Sinhala Buddhist man who somewhat restores my faith in humanity in Sri Lanka.

    I admire you as a top cricketer Lasith and now I admire you as a truthful level headed Sri Lankan (perhaps the only one).

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      BBS you insulted me

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        Mrs Panabokke,

        I am sorry but how did I insult you. Perhaps you are an exception to the rule. I have derived my facts from the ground in Sri Lanka. We Sri Lankans should wake up and confront and defeat the hydra called racism that lurks within us. Unfortunately time and again we release this beast to engage in terrible inhuman deeds.

        Every religion and race has issues and often ignorantly and proudly display their culture and views which others find confronting. There are more civilised ways to deal with difference. The Sri Lankan Sinhala Buddhist should know better and should act better and should set an exemplary modality so that others will learn and follow.

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      LOL

      You must be really proud to be from the peaceful ones following Muhammed…

      Remember this no sinhala has ever reacted in this country without a reason. Sinhalese react only when they cannot bear the tribal politics of racist minorities

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        sach the stupid II

        Nuisance is looking for her spittoon, go help her find it.

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        Sach you are a jackass. What Malinga achieved in one day you cannot achieve in your whole lifetime. Sit under a tree and scratch your balls.

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          Tamil from the north

          “Sit under a tree and scratch your balls.”

          sach is not a he, but a she.

          Please give her appropriate advice.

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        Sorry sach,

        You are welcome to your bit of LOL.

        However I disagree that Sinhalese had good reason to engage in the terrible deeds that we every so often engage in.

        I am not a follower of Muhammed or any of the so called ancient religions. Those religions are based on ignorance, myth and priestcraftry. The world will be a better place if we all embrace the humane instincts within ourselves instead of embracing arcane mumbo jumbo and give into tribal instincts.

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          Sinhalese have every reason to act like that to counter act. Facing two of the most racist and tribal communities ( one mad with language and another mad with religion), in the island with the most ruthless terrorist organisation…Sinhalese have every reason to act

          Actually given the nature of enemies they face they have acted very mildly

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        yes, even raping and butchering children has a good reason in the Sinhala psyche. That’s what happens when you descend from bestiality.

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    Hats Off Malinga, your answers are toe crushing yokers.Your interview completely changed my perception about you. The media painted a completely different picture of you.You have cleared all the misconception about you. I am a Tamil and I wish I should have born in your village so that I would have inherited at least 10% of you frankness and honesty.

    Keep going

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    Aww… I am so jealous of this man! Not only is he a much better cricketer than I but he also seems to be a much better human being than I. I will be hitting the bottle tonight

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