Striking it rich in big contests is the adrenaline pumping aspiration around which the starry eyed build their cricket careers. All the sweat, blood and tears at the nets in making a mark is indeed all about coming to the big party when it matters. It is the big time clarion call to catching the spotlight.
‘DAVID AMONG THE GOLIATHS’
At just 19 years Kamil Mishara, defied age to emerge supreme as the David among the Goliaths for a young buck pitted in a tournament among a galaxy of heavyweights in the recently concluded Sri Lanka Cricket Limited Overs Major Club Tournament. His match winning brilliant century taking strike in the pivotal No.3 slot was a stellar performance fronted in guiding his club NCC to the championship title. fine edged by a comprehensive 8-wicket drubbing of the tournament favourites Ragama CC in the final. If answering the beckoning call for his team was the ultimate championship title stakes, the Player of the Final award was the fitting rich reward for a champion effort that set the youngster apart.
INNINGS OF SKILLS AND ENDURANCE
It was steeped in an innings of skill and endurance having walked into the middle with his side having lost two early wickets. It did underline the arrival of a young colt with the perfect hallmarks of a star in the making for the future. What is more, it was the third ton in the tournament for the left-handed product that cut his teeth in the game at Mahanama Vidyalaya, Panadura.
‘MY AWARD A TEAM VICTORY’
Commenting on his performance, Kamil Mishara, speaking to Sri Lanka Cricket website www.cricket.lk said, “This was not a personal victory of mine, but a team victory. I must say that I became the better by participating in this tournament. I learned a lot from it.”
Mishara went on to add that ‘I was able to further fine tune my batting by facing several bowlers who represent the Sri Lanka team.”
He made no bones about his great desire to wear the Sri Lanka cap when he said, “My cricket dream is to play big time cricket by gaining a call up to the national team as soon as possible,” quipped the youth prodigy who has also captained the Sri Lanka Under-19 team
From an organising point of view, for the country’s establishment Sri Lanka Cricket, the emergence of a schoolboy in coming thumbs up in a challenging big time domestic tournament is the pay off looked to in taking the game forward at national level.