Dilshan as captain of Sri Lanka

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TM DilshanDilshan is a Pirate.

From his bear claw goatee to his bandana to his bling. If they ever made a Sri Lankan remake of Pirates of the Caribbean, Dilshan would be Jack Sparrow. But the problem with Pirates is that, by nature, they can’t be trusted.

Dilshan is captain of Sri Lanka because no one else wants the job. Mahela gave it up. And King Kumar wants to become a full time speech writer. In fact the only person other than Dilshan who had a real chance of getting the job was Sanath. As long as he could pass the motion in Parliament.

Like it or not Dilshan the Pirate is what we’ve got. If first impressions mean something, then Dilshan probably wouldn’t have got the girl. If you want to know how Sri Lanka is doing then you’d get all the info you need by looking at his face. Captaincy doesn’t appear to have pulled the plank on Dilshans buccaneer attitude with the bat either. See what I did there. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. That 193 at Lords came at almost 80. And the cost of a digit. Could you ever tell Jack Sparrow what to do ? Ok… Would he have listened?

Dilshanis his own man. He doesn’t pretend to be something he isn’t. But right now you can almost tell that the man is torn between kicking a player in the back side for dropping a chance and blowing his cheeks like Mahela used to. Ultimately this will be what makes or breaks Dilshan as captain. Fighting to be someone he isn’t to completely losing the plot to finding something in between. One thing Dilshan outwardly demands from every player on the field is a 150%. He isn’t someone who is going to sit back and let things unfold. That doesn’t become the man. He isn’t arrogant enough to not ask for his peers help. And Mahela and Sangakkara are humble enough to guide him through this transitional period. These are all great signs.

In his first year of captaincy he has already faced the no1 test side in the world at home. Now we’ve got Aus at home. SA away. Aus and India away. Then Eng at home next year. That is as rough a year as it comes. Add to this the fact that the team it self in a development phase, Dilshan’s headaches are just beginning.

In these times of unprecedented number of tests for us in the FTP, Dilshan probably isn’t even the ideal man to lead the side. Sri Lanka lies on the verge of going from an average test side to a good or even great one. There is a big chance that Dilshan might end up falling apart. And along with him, Sri Lanka. But just like every other pirate, he will probably die trying. And his merry men will be expected to do the same.

And that is all really matters. Although winning will also be good.

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Sakala Bujang's picture
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Nice article, and it will be interesting to see how this all folds out considering Dilshan is only captain til December. I dont think Matthews is in fact ready, hes still too hung up on trying to make a huge heroic score and bash everything out the park, he needs to show more maturity and play a more natural game; then he can advance.

Marcian's picture
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A good read and witty article. I think you just coined a new nickname for him: T.M "Jack Sparrow" Dilshan :-)

Ravana's picture
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Lovely style, I enjoyed that thanks ! Great assessment of Dilshan, I hereby rename him JACK Sparrow.

Sanki8OH8's picture
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Very good read!! You made some great points there...

Damith Samarakoon's picture
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Thanks guys glad you Enjoyed it. Well it would be fooling to replace Dilshan as captain after December. He deserves a fair go as much as anybody. Who know, he might end up being one of the best captains SL has ever had.

Hilal's picture
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Good read, Damith!

Anonymous's picture

that's a good write up gives him credit for what he does. dont forget he is captaining a team without 3-4 greats sanath, Murali, Vass and Malinga. All the previous captains had their services. and dont forget that the players are not bound by the contract. So compared to the 3-4 previous captains he is doing a great job. It's a pitty that SL supporters (fans) are devided about who should captain SL and not support the man. When he didn't score in Eng in the ODI's fans wrote that he should't be picked, when he was the highest scorer for us in the world cup. Now that he has the job for a year we have to back up and the way he does things. I've also noticed how Mahela changes the field and Sanga moving players which is a good sign. If Dilshan got their support and selectors backing all he need is the fans.

Ryan's picture
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It's great to see you back Damith. Dilshan is aggressive and I think that he has it in him to make stronger decisions than Sangakkara who didn't take many risks as captain.

Damith Samarakoon's picture
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Thanks machang, good to be back. This is what I am hoping for as well. Drop by www.theflyslip.net when you can too !

Stormy's picture
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Enjoyed the read and fair point on Dilshan the pirate. I think you need to accept that before measureing Dilshan. When his aggression comes off everyone marvles at it but when it doesnt people start to measure him against technical experts which is unfair. All you can hope from Dilshan is he comes off more times than not and if those odds arent good enough he shouldnt be in the team. Obviously SL have accepted those odds as part of the bargain and we must also accept his brain freezes.

His captaincy is no different. Dont expect him to hatch a complicated plot to get a batsman out. He is more instinctive and goes with the flow - that's the man and and that's his game.

Is he a good captain? We'll find out I guess but my guess is he will be a good change at best nothing more. Hope he proves me wrong and become a true pirate of the Carribean with an exciting story behind his captaincy reign.

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