Tillakaratne Dilshan celebrated enthusiastically when he reached his hundred. Some will say it was because he’d got his name on the honours board at Lord’s, but we doubt that.
Dilshan is the Sri Lanka captain and his team had embarrassed themselves in Cardiff and then done little to repair their reputation at Lord’s. This Test has been hard work for him and he’d had little to show for it until he reached three figures.
Being man of the match in a Twenty20 match doubtless gives you greater material rewards than a Test hundred like Dilshan’s, but it doesn’t necessarily take a great deal of effort during the match itself. Sometimes all you need to do is bat fairly sensibly for a dozen overs when chasing a small total – that’s little more than doing your job.
At Lord’s, Dilshan has made a substantial physical investment, having spent 13 hours on the field so far; but more significantly, he’s made a huge emotional investment over that period of time. That’s why he was so arsed about his hundred and that’s why those of us who follow these matches are more arsed about such achievements as well