Project 365: Day 185 – Beach cricket in Sri Lanka


2nd January 2015 – Mirissa, Sri Lanka

The 22 yard pitch gave way to a an extended shoreline,
And coconuts stood as the wickets at the runner’s crease.
The young and old, white and black, took to the willows, and
The cricket gods in the country were content, and at peace.
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Beach cricket rules the southern stretch of the country – Mirissa, Sri Lanka

I was to move out from Unawatuna today. All the drinking and the joints from the last 5 days have been getting to me, and I needed to explore some inner peace. Especially after my new year’s eve shower yesterday.

So, I packed the bags and was leaving to Welligama, but one of the guys from the hostel wanted to come along so he could see Welligama. He had a car, so why not? Then, the plan changed a little bit. We were to go to Mirissa, further south, spend the day there, and he will drive me to Welligama.

Sounds like a good plan, so off we went.

Mirissa is a whale-watching paradise, with a beautiful white, sandy beach. And quite a nice beach party scene too, going by the number of beach shacks present. We settled down by a bar on the beach called Zephyr, which was packed despite the fact that new year was over.

But the beach is never complete in Sri Lanka, unless there is some beach cricket going on. And it goes on pretty much in any beach you go to. The Sri Lankans are crazy followers of cricket, and this small nation has even won the cricket world cup in 1996.

I think I spotted a boy, who could be gunning for the next national team.

 

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About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.

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