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Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 11:00

so oxenford reported him even after he apologised during the innings break? what a crass thing to do in sanga's last match in kandy too!

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Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 10:42

overrated flattrack bully

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Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 10:33

Folks, I am not in favor of the big three but in my mind there is no bowler in the big 3 with a suspect action as far as I can see. I would like to check Ashwin but the blunt reality is the guys that were reported looked suspect to me and it has been proven as such by the testing process.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 10:20

Rather ironic statement: there are the players who sweat it out, there are the fans without who there is no game, there is a game itself and this is what cricket is all about but then there is SLC! The administrators who are only there to gel the three previous parties but seem to run away with all the money and generally mess about.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 10:14

Just realized the 7th one dayer will be the final time the Sanga-Mahela show will be performing in SL. What a partnership and sad to see it comming to an end so despite my previous suggesting to rest Sanga, I guess he must play.

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On balance, I think it is fair comment to say that Chandimal has not had a fair chance to prove his capabilities. Comparisons to the early days of the Sanga , Mahela, careers can be misleading. The question behind the numbers is what they did to their game and approach to it, that vaulted them to the top echelon. The same with Mathews. He did not change from being a slogger to a fine batsman only because he was given chances. There has had to have been a change in technique, mental approach, etc., in all three cases. From what I have read, Chandimal has put in a lot of effort into his game. His time is coming.

It is hard to argue against the senior, and proven batsmen, from being given the task of batting when the game is on the line. I do not think it is a case of insistence by Sanga and Mahela. What evidence is there that it is so? All the young players have to earn their spurs. That is the way it is, and generally, for the better. Chandimal will play an important role in Sri Lankan cricket.His experience vis-a-vis Sanga and Mahela, is no different to that of Herath and Muralitharan. Needs must, and you go with the best options at the time.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 10:06

Interesting concept - not showing the oppisition your hand. I like it if that is actually the plan. The concern of course is a spin based tactic on Australian wickets but its not like we have an ace paces hiding in the first class clubs.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 09:52

Chandimal divides opinion among many fans,they'll be a lot of hate without even looking at the numbers.His odds are good making the final 15. If mahela moves to the opening slot,no 4 opens up,which i think is his best position.

My problem is his technique has changed over the years.He's moved away from what has worked for him and has payed the price.The way he played the spinners in the recent indian series was embarrassing for a player from sri lanka.

Also this might be completely off base,watching from outside i think he might not be well liked by some of the seniors in the team.Which is little consequence if he does the bat do all the talking.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 09:49

Interesting read and like most sportsman from the school days, I too have had the pleasure of competing on this veneue. Long before Sanga that was but we played and stayed at the Asgiria ground as kids on tour.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 09:46

Fair point this and worth a discussion, especially the comparrison on numbers to Sanga and Mahela at the same time. The expectation on Chandi has been huge and he hasnt really been a total failure AND he has been thrown in and out of the side, up and down the order. I think he has even opened in test cricket. Hardly a fair go in my mind.

Another point is neither Sanga or Mehale have been moved down the order to give a Chandimal the chance to without presure. Its a very different proposition when you come in to bat with a Mahela still in the shed as opposed to all the big guns gone.

Finally, we have tried other options as a replacement and go no where. I think its time to settle for Chandi as a long term option. After the WC we will have two huge holes in the batting and a wicket keeper and surely Chandi is the best choice.

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