Concerns are many I am afraid and as we speak other than for Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan, the rest are a major concern including the fielding which has been a concern for a long long time.
Kusal for Dimuth
Tharindu Kaushal for Jeevan (As usual Tharindu got another 7 in an innings and 65 from bat, how would anyone keep him out?)
Chameera either for Kulasekara or Perera.
7 batters and 4 front line bowlers. Tharindu can be considered as an allrounders and all of them are potential wicket takers, no half bowlers who can neither can bowl nor can bat. I am sure Kusal would have done much better than Dimuth. If not its Kusal Tharanga should come in. Think they can change the squad until Feb 6.
Seriously? We want to replace the fast bowling coach now? Just a few months ago we were saying how SL fast bowlers have improved. In England for example or was that another coach? This is insane - surely Ramanayake (who did little for decades) is not going to make a huge diffrence at this late stage.
Seriously we couldnt have a worse run up the WC in terms of form and confidence coupled with some strange selections. The only good thing is we are in a familiar conditions which not all other teams have (except the greedy 3 - that wasnt a fluke). Injuries havent helped neither has the non-contribition in any form from anyone other than Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan. We cant blame the selectors for all this after all even seleted players have not performed. I guess we can hope things can only get better!
chandi is hopeless .
My concern is you thiri. how many years you need to learn about play a good odi knock with good strike rate?
if we need to win wc at this rate there is no other option than kill the opposition by batting. with thin bowling and poor fielding we cannot all out the opposition. we may chase down couple of 250-275 targets but not a 300+ targets with this batting line up. plus we may set up target of 250-275 which is not enough either to defend. i say this by looking at how thiri and chandi batting. how many years thirimanne takes to raise his strike rate above 75+ only god knows.
there is no point held the likes of chandi or thiri in middle order. middle order need players who really suits for it. thisara not a option for stable middle order. we had good opportunity to develope strong middle order player within last year. Kithruwan is ideal option who is genuine middle order player . he have all range of shots plus he can score quickly . if we developed him we dont need to look at mathews fitness . but having the most defensive batsman in sl as batting coach we cannot develope aggressive player and we are witnessed already how badly we need specialist middle order batsman. forget allrounder .we need proper batsman.
our concern is our fielding .
this is absolutely bullsh*t .. how can you blame the bowling coach when the fielders can't hold onto the opportunities which created by the bowlers ?
what's the point even ramanayaka can lift the bowlers if the fielders can't hold on to catches ? it's hilarious to see that these ppl thinks LBW & hitting the stumps are the only way a bowler can get a player out . first ffs improve the team fielding to stop this embarrassment .