PAK vs SL,1st Test: How impatient Dhananjaya de Silva was for his hundred?


Before going out for the final day’s play in the Rawalpindi Test, it was clearly in the mind of Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne to declare the innings immediately after Dhananjaya de Silva achieves his hundred in the rain affected match and he immediately did so at the completion of over.

PAK vs SL, 1st Test: How impatient Dhananjaya de Silva was for his hundred?

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Dhananjaya was on 72 (28 runs short of his century) at the end of the game on 2nd day, 13 short at the end of the match on 3rd day, and match was washed out on 4th day and could only complete the century on the last day of this drawn Test.

How impatient he could have been all these hours?

We put this question before Australia’s renowned psychologist Dr. Phil Jauncey, who has also worked recently with many current Sri Lankan players.

Here’s what he observed:

“Dhananjaya’s batting and handling the rain day off, I have no idea what he did in that situation, but I can tell what I had been teaching them in the past. I tell players that it is important for them to understand the difference between goals and aims. A goal is something we can control, whereas an aim is something we cannot. Aims include winning, being selected or getting a hundred”.

“A cricketer must set him/herself goals of what bowling or batting will help them achieve the aims of getting wickets or scoring runs. In cricket one can bowl or bat well and not get wickets or score many runs. Thus, if on the wash out day, DDS was thinking that he hopes to score a century, he would be thinking of things beyond his control. If on the other hand he was focused on how he must get himself in and then keep batting the way he scored his first 72 runs, he is in control.”

“I tell players that it is ok to have disappointment but not regret. Disappointment is that after doing the best we could, we did not achieve our aim. Regret is that we did not perform at a way that helps us achieve our aims”.

“In other words if Dhananjaya had go out to a great ball or great catch before his ton, that would have been disappointment, but if he had got out to rash shot trying to get a high score that would have been regret”.

Another instance

WI v IND Georgetown Test 31 Mar 1983–Viv Richards was not out 97* at the end of day-1[WI 259/5].

April 1 was a rest day; and there was no play on April 2 (day-2 because of rain);

So Richards had to wait for two days; and until after lunch on scheduled day-3 before getting those 3 runs to complete his hundred.

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