After Mahela Jayawardene recorded his sixth Test double hundred, it was tempting to wonder whether he ever gets bored.
We get bored very, very easily. We get bored midway through unlocking our front door and that takes less than five seconds. The only exception to this is rail travel, where we’ve perfected a certain frame of mind that’s not unlike a waking death.
That sounds horrific, but all we actually mean is that all brain activity effectively ceases. We once travelled from Istanbul to Venice via trains and boats without stopping for a night’s sleep. The alarming part is that we didn’t read or sleep or do anything. We basically just sat there, staring at the seat directly in front of us for hour after hour.
We reckon that Mahela Jayawardene can adopt this frame of mind while being staggeringly adept at batting at the same time.