My T20 squad;
1.Kusal Janith Perera
13.Lakshan Rangika Sandakan
My Odi squad;
2.Kusal Janith Perera
7.Kusal Janith Perera
My team for Pakistan tour is Kaushal Silva and Dimuth should open Sanga one down Thirimanna two down , then mathews , No 6 chandimal , Kusal should get a chance as a keeper ,Tharindu kaushal , Rangana Herath , prasad and Nuwan pradeep should be the 11 , then Shaminda, Dushmantha ,Kithruwan , Malinda Pushpakumara as reserves ...
@Stormy, agree completely with your view about the search for 140kph fast bowlers. Sri Lankans do not have the physical build as people to produce the type of fast bowlers found by other countries. The occasional person crops up, and can reach these speeds for short durations. In any event, these bowlers soon become stock bowlers rather than strike bowlers. The result is a spate of injuries and loss of form There are many bowlers in world cricket who are below the holy grail of 140kph, who are successful at all levels of the game.One cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's year. Line, length, variation, bowling nous, are no less important than outright speed. Consistent 140kph bowlers in Sri Lanka are a mirage. We should maximise our strengths rather than searching for a needle in a haystack.
koushal silva, lahiru tirimanne, kumar sangakkara, angelo matiws, kithruwan vitanage, kusal janith perera, upul taranga, tarindu koushal, rangana herath, suranga lakmal, shaminda eranga, other players: dushmantha chameera, dammika prasad, danushka gunatilaka, dimuth karunarathna
I can understand Kumar's over reaction to this incident after being treated like a king in Sri Lanka. Mr. KS , these things happen to many Asians at airports, hotels, restaurants etc. around the world. I am not saying it is right but, that is how it goes.
You are a king for many Sri Lankans. But, for some foreigners you are just another Asian. So, get used to it. Don't be upset if it happens to you again. Give it back to them if you can. Otherwise, just brush it off and move on!
Almost all the religious leaders were insulted. They did not tweet. They stayed calm.
Good squad selection @Stats Guru. Looks reasonable to me how ever my squad is different. I think we need Dimuth and Kaushal. We have grromed these two openers and they have done reasonably well too. So it is a crime to leave them out. And I dont think its a wise move to open with Tharanga and Thiri bith are left handers too, Pakistan has got some world class left arm fast bowlers like wahab riaz. I can only imagine Tharanga and thiri struggling and edging the ball. Opening with our already settled gutty and genuine test players is the best option. My squad is as follows.
Ashan Priyanjan (Looking forward to him becoming an excellent test player in future. So far nothing much impressive)
Dinesh Chandimal (WK)
3 Spinners including Ashan and 4 Pacers including Mathews. And we got good batsmen up to number 7. I think this is the best way to balance the team for the time being.
Other Players in the squad
Kusal Perera / Prasanna
I see lots of calls for 140+ fast bowlers from SL but dont really see where they are comming from. Firstly the average SL build will never given and advantage for fast bowling. Next thing is wickets in SL frist class cricket doesnt allow for fast bowlers so its like looking for something that's just not there.
Its easy to look at Aus, NZ and SA and fall in to a trap that fast bowling all about bowling fast. The reality is these guys play in a set up that a spinner rarely play a role in first class cricket. Pace bowlers bowl long spells and develop skills to control the ball.
I feel SL needs to look no further than Chaminda Vaas type fast bolwer. He should be the model for a SL fast bowler and it was all about skill and control rather than outright pace.
Nice to get back to cricket after the WC and the lead up to Sanga's retirement!
If we go back to the last test V NZ I guess there is not much expected to change but I see most of you have slotted in Kusal Perera for the wicketkeeper! I thought Dickwella was the man on the bench with a potential for Chandi to step in as well. I presume Kusal's recent form has prompted his name for the test side. I am all for Kusal as I beleive he can be something special but in the limited overs game. Not sure of Kusla's wicketkeeping skills for test cricket given he doesnt keep in limited overs cricket - the equation is simple: the best keeper must play. We cannot play a second choice keeper because he can bat.
I would also make two other selections with the future in mind. (1)Tharindu the spinner and bascially give him the chance to become the next big spinner (Dilruwan didnt exactly do badly but dont see him being a match winner). (2) I would also select a young pace bowler who is in decent shape. Our fast bowlers (Lakmal, Ernaga & Prasad) have been like "made in china" products seldom able to play a few games in a row before falling apart or not performing. I would like to just select a young chap and given him a decent run in the team.
at statsGuru; we should give priority to players who have a good first class record. If they can't perform well in domestic level no point of talking about international level.
- Koushal Silva's first class average is 47.53 & Dimuth Karunarathna's first class average is 46.78. Both of them have centuries in international level as well. Both of them have better techniques to deal with new ball specially in test matches. Dimuth was the only batsmen for srilanka who scored a 100 against last NZ test series except Sangakkara. Therefore no point of removing both of them from test squad.
- Kithruwan Vithanage's first class average is 44.80 with strike rate of 85.44. Roshen Silva's first class average is 48.88. Considering overall record Roshen Silva has the best. But at the moment Kithruwan among the runs. He scored a 351 runs in one of his first class match more recently. It is the highest score by a srilankan batsmen in domestic level. Kithruwan has a better strike rate as well. Therefore Kithruwan definitely should be in the Odi squad. But we can't waste player like Roshen Silva who has the 3rd best average in domestic level after Mathews(54) & Chandimal(52). Therefore I prefer to pick up Roshen Silva ahead of Kithruwan Vithanage only for test matches.After retirement of Sangakkara ,Kithruwan can fill his position.
- Instead of Dammika or Pradeep chance should be given to the Binura Fernado to add more variety to the bowling attack. Also he can gain some confidence because this is a home series.
Therefore my 15 again;
7.Kusal Janith Perera
Others- 12.Shaminda Eranga