Shaminda Eranga suffering from nerve-related back injury
Russel Arnold responds to questions from fans in his weekly column
June 16, 2012
After making an impressive debut, Shaminda Eranga has seemingly disappeared into oblivion. © AFP
Why was Shaminda Eranga excluded from the Pakistan-Sri Lanka series? – Ranjith
Shaminda Eranga is injured. He has a back injury which is nerve related and it keeps flaring up from time to time. The last time it flared up was only two fitness sessions in to his latest comeback from injury.
Can you tell us how Rangana Herath's nickname ‘Toga’ came about? – John Mathews from Sri Lanka.
The nickname came about when he first came down to play for NCC in the U23 tournament. I asked him and he does not recall how it came about or why. But there was a cartoon character around named 'Toga' back then and I think it has something to do with that.
Can you name one player from your era that excelled at the domestic level and had the skills to succeed at the top level, a highly skilled player who you think should have played for Sri Lanka but sadly missed out? – Iraj Jayawardene, United Kingdom.
I can name a few, as there have been many. Naveed Nawaz is a batsman who missed out and Mario Villavarayan is a bowler who missed out.
Why isn’t Dinesh Chandimal being given a chance to open the batting? He looks to be a very aggressive player. Wouldn't he be a better choice than Upul Tharanga? – Ragu.
He is aggressive but over the last year or so Chandimal has shown great maturity in holding that middle order together and played wonderfully well in Australia. Looking at the future, I feel it's best if he is left there and he makes that position his own. Once this team settles down and he starts playing a bit more freely, we will see his true colours.
What is your opinion about the Sri Lanka Premier League? – Uzair Mohamed Muiz.
It will be a huge boost for us if we can pull it off. But we need to understand that it will never be as big as the IPL. However, it will certainly be an opportunity for many young cricketers to showcase themselves, to rub shoulders with star players in the game and learn from them.
What’s the reason behind sacking Chamara Silva? He would bring a nice balance to the middle order? – Tharshikan Krish Shan.
Sri Lanka needs to build for the future. Therefore, we need to get in a mix of youth while also having experienced players in that mix. If Chamara Silva was in the team now, you would have four of the top six past their mid-30s when the next World Cup comes around. Who knows if these players would still be around? So, I think the right way forward is to prepare the younger guys now and focus on them.
Have Sri Lanka lost their competitiveness after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011? – Osanda Prashan Gunaratna.
I don't think so. The dynamics of the team have changed since the World Cup and it takes time to build a new team. With Murali, we had a trump card and now we cannot expect like-for-like replacements. The outlook of the team also does look different and this is normal. We need to be well oiled and try to be more consistent; the guys are still fierce competitors.
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