Cricket has always played a big role in my life. If you are Sri Lankan, whether or not you love the game, play the game or watch it, somehow cricket has the ability to get in the way of everyday life.
Say you are about to park your car somewhere in Sri Lanka. Not only should you check any nearby trees for falling coconuts, you should also make sure your car is safe from any potential flying cricket balls from kids playing nearby! In my suburb, whenever there is a major cricket final, it is normal to experience a power outage due to the sheer volume of people having their television sets switched on at the same time. Sometimes, the electricity board purposely switches off power before the match to save energy in preparation for the big day! If it turns out to be a thrilling game that comes down to a last ball victory or a super over, even the hospitals are prepared to take in the heart-attack patients! (Ok maybe I’m exaggerating here but we do hear in the news of people having heart attacks after watching action packed cricket games). If you find a big crowd huddled outside a shop in the middle of the city, it is less likely to be an emergency and more likely that the shop has a TV facing outwards with a cricket match showing.