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Monday, November 24, 2014 - 17:29

@iafsl After Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan retired from 2015 WC Sri Lanka playing 11 and batting order should look like this surely in ODI's.

1. KUSAL JANITH PERERA
2. DILSHAN MUNAWEERA
3. KITHURUWAN VITHANAGE
4. ANJELO MATHEWS
5. CHAMARA KAPUGEDARA
6. LAHIRU THIRIMANNE
7. THISARA PERERA

So I will nominate Kithruwan Vithanage ATM. But order can decide after the WC and it is early to decide by now.

Posted in: Who should bat at 3 after Sangakkara retires? by Surod - Reply to this comment.
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 17:23

If you want to reach somewhere you should have the fire burning inside you. Ofcorse you obviously want to move on from the Indian tour but you should feel the pain. Because in anyone's imagination it was a disaster.. not because we lost 5 zip..because the way we lost!! We were never in any of the games.. except the last one dayer..which can't be even considered because India rested some of thier main players. We can give excuses about not planning or testing the water with fringe players.. But the fact is with our full strength batting line up(until the 3rd one dayer)..we couldn't post a 300 over score on flat wickets.
By saying that the dressing room was upbeat is whole load of Baloney... how do you measure that.. obviously on the field? But did it dictate the way we played? By sugercoating a debacle doesn't take away the pain.
Hopefully we can put that to rest and really go hard on this POHMS and beat them convincingly and start the ball rolling on our quest to win the WC.

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Monday, November 24, 2014 - 17:14

BTW I do know I have put some players who are currently opening

Posted in: Who should bat at 3 after Sangakkara retires? by iafsl - Reply to this comment.
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 17:08

Kapugedara should have been the ideal man to try and see rather than giving Kandamby a chance.

Kapugedara is a technically correct batsman who can adopt to any situation if needed with his big hitting ability. Apart from that he is in good form in present. He is doing a reasonable job with ball too and may be handy to use 5-6 overs in down under during wc matches.

Posted in: Kandamby's inclusion in the ODI squad is, by Surod - Reply to this comment.
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 17:03

Priyanjan also ATM a bits and pieces like cricketer who neither does anything with the bowl nor does the bat. But at least he is still 25 and have a long way to go. Possibly if he can improve in 2019 WC but not in this world cup he is not in my squad as explained in earlier comment or may be at the last place.

There are lots of bits and pieces cricketers in the world. Most can be found in West Indies. Darren Sammy is a perfect example for bits and pieces all rounder who have played so many international games.

If you closely analyze Jeewan Mendis batting you will see that in the earlier in his innings he hit and miss far too balls and some times ball is going to other parts of the ground rather than where he hit.

He had awful 3 months with the bat but nice to see he is getting some form back in his last couple of innings in Dhaka Premier league and for the Sri Lanka A against England in the practice match. But he has done reasonable job with bowl in the last 3 months. So it is worth a look at he can do a good job in international areana during this series.

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Monday, November 24, 2014 - 16:40

Agreed with Uppercut Jeewan is a more like a bits and pieces of a player. If you look closely he will definitely struggle with the bat although some say he is a specialist batsman. He can;t hit the bowl and clear the ropes too easily.

On the other hand also bowling also not that quality like Sachitra. Sachitra before the ban was exceptional and a specialist in spin bowling. Don't know whether he will be that effective after the remodel action.

As a all rounder I would have choose Maharoof ahead of Jeewan. But why not if Ajantha Mendis with his only wasting bowling still in the side why not include Jeewan who at least able contribute in small amount with bat also.

If Sachitra and Herath in their useful form both should be definitely in the playing 11. If all the players in their best form this is the best squad to select for the WC ATM.

Playing 11

KUSAL
DILSHAN
SANGA
MAHELA
ANJELO
THIRI
THISARA
KULESEKARA
SACHITRA
HERATH
MALINGA

Other Members

KAPUGEDARA
MAHAROOF
LAKMAL
ERANGA/PRASAD/CHANDIMAL/PRIYANJAN/KITHURUWAN/JEEWAN/SEEKUGE - One member among this and don't really care. But other 14 is a must for me.

Posted in: Should Jeevan Mendis be recalled to the ODI squad? by Surod - Reply to this comment.
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 16:19

I hope you understood the poll, if not I have explained it below.

7 match bilateral series

Example – Sri Lanka is playing a 7 match bilateral series against England.

Tri-Series

Example – Sri Lanka is playing a tri-series against England and Australia which have total number of 7 matches. Sri Lanka is able to play 4 matches in group stages and a possible final.

Round 1

1.SRI LANKA vs England
2.SRI LANKA vs Australia
3.Australia vs England

Round 2

4.SRI LANKA vs England
5.SRI LANKA vs Australia
6.Australia vs England

7.Final

Quadrangular tournament

Example – Sri Lanka is playing quadrangular against England, Australia and South Africa which have total number of 7 matches. Sri Lanka is able to play 3 matches in group stages and a possible final.

1.SRI LANKA vs England
2.SRI LANKA vs Australia
3.SRI LANKA vs South Africa
4.England vs Australia
5.England vs South Africa
6.Australia vs South Africa
7.Final

Posted in: Which type of 7 match cricket tournament do you prefer to have most ? by Surod - Reply to this comment.
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 16:08

From now until the WC they should be giving their WC XI as much match practise as possible and getting out of form players back into form. They wasted that chance in India too recently and were making wholesale changes.

Posted in: Sri Lanka squad for first three ODIs against England by Hilal - Reply to this comment.
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:59

I think you are right Hilal, maybe the selectors themselves don't know the make-up of our one day squad for WC? Looks like they are pushing few players like Ajantha Mendis to come good in justifying thier selection. But my point is why would they pick Ajantha & Jeevan in the squad anyway. Because both don't deserve to be even in the final 25 preliminary squad.

Posted in: Sri Lanka squad for first three ODIs against England by Byron Raj - Reply to this comment.
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 12:45

@R.Peterson,
yes I wouldn't mind Sachitra and Herath both playing, but I don't think
either Seeku or Jeewan is in the same league as Sachitra
there were times I cudnt figure out whether they made the team as a
bowler or batter, i.e
they r more bits and pieces players rather than a specialist like Sachitra. But yes if Sachitra is available then 2 spinners down umder is worth it.

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