Cricket is a battle between bowlers,batsmen and fielders . But there is more to it, than just bowling, batting and fielding.This is culmination of tactics, a psychological battle. But various strategies that apply in the cricket are not visible to audience. The spin ball is one of such. The spin ball floating in the air is a dilemma that misleads the batsman. There are 6 type of spin balls that,Doosra,googly, flipper, reverse swing,carom ball and teesra.
Spin balls that mislead batsmen use in politics too. Sri Lanka is a country of island tribes. Hence, although these tribes aware about cricket spins, they do not know about political spins. Similar to cricket spin, there are many variations in political spinning. The world-renowned PR companies sells these spinning Technics. There are 20 types of political spins. ( For more details use the key word ”Types of Political Spin” )
- The leak: Releasing information only to a favorite journalist or about a particular issue.
- The freeze: Set consequence for negative reporting.
- The spray: Bullying and intimidation, trying to punish journalists for negative coverage.
- The drip: The act of keeping favorite journalists on a drip of exclusive information.
- Staying on message: “On the face, it doesn’t look like a very sinister type of covert spin tactic. It becomes problematic when the desire to stay on message and the constant petition of that message … becomes a form of obfuscation.”
- Pivoting: “Politicians do it all the time … They’re in an interview. They don’t like the question they’ve been asked, so they pivot the discussion in other directions so that they can talk about the thing they want to talk about and stay on comfortable ground. They get training in how to be masterful at it.”
- The vomit principle: It’s not until they have repeated their message so many times they feel nauseated that they can assume it’s breaking through with the public.
- Playing a dead bat: Not responding to the media.
- The truth, but not the whole truth: Sharing only the most beneficial information or sharing only the least damaging information.
- Throwing out the bodies, taking out the garbage: Using the cover of a major event to get rid of bad news.
- Get rid of it now: Revealing a scandal or negative information all out at once to get it over with, rather than having it continue to develop and “bleed out.”
- Fire-breaking: Staging something to divert people’s attention. (See “Wag the Dog.”)
- Dead cat bounce: An outlandish claim to divert attention and scrutiny. “If someone dropped a dead cat onto the table everyone would go, “It’s completely out of the blue, completely random and designed specifically to divert attention.”
- Kite-flying, testing the waters: Leaking an idea or policy to journalists or on social media to gauge reaction before deciding whether and how to pursue it.
- Being a small target: When a vicious attack is imminent, Prevent that vicious attack by deliberately launching a small attack by him
- Flying under the radar: Not publicizing the work you’re doing, particularly on divisive policy issues.
- Dishing the dirt: Smear campaigns waged by giving journalists negative information about one’s opponent.
- Dog-whistling: “Using specific, subtle messages to target a particular section of the community. They’re often racist
- Wedging: Raising an issue that’s popular thus sensitive to the party you’re opposing. “You try to wedge them on something, to sow division in the party about that and really make it difficult for them to maneuver
- Mediated authenticity. Using social media to portray normalcy, unlike packaged traditional media.
When the Rajapaksa family took over the country, the Central Bank owned about $ 6 billion. After 2 years it dried up to zero . Approximately 4 billion was spent by Basil. People should have questioned Basil about that. But people were going on saying, ”Kaputu kak කපුටු කාක්” until Basil went home.
Dhammika is a leading billionaire in Sri Lanka. Dhammika holding a ministerial post is a conflict of interest. People should question that. But now seemingly people are questioning his cricket knowledge .
Facts being so, it is well evident that the spin ball, Basil & Dammika used was, ”Being a small target” strategy otherwise When a vicious attack is imminent, Prevent that vicious attack by deliberately launching a small attack by themselves.
In simple language, ”Kaputas hit the plane” and ” Sanath Gunathilaka-Aravinda Perera” sayings were not deficiency of their knowledge but deliberately created by them.