Magnificent Sanga . Our Hero
What a player
People can have different views, but if a point has been firmly proved wise would never deviate from the main topic & try to cover up with all sorts of gobbledygook. That is like trying to cover up backs with bare hands.
For example, Trying to find brief lean patches in a career maintained over 170+ odis having put up 2nd fastest 5,000+ runs in SL maintaining an av 34 with 13 tons (recorded with a least number of innings on record), plus 28 fifty plus scores is like trying to find a LEPERD without any SPOTS :))
As obvious to any head with some substance inside, if the selectors had decided to eliminate productive players with such overall records on that basis, players like Mahela Jayawardane would have been axed many moons ago (MJ's record: 2008 - av 28 - 2009 - av 25 - 2012 - av 31 - 2013 - av 32 - 2014- av 32).
Also if you dissect a overall career record of any productive player to "Selective Segments" of lean patches as @ delan 82 had desperately done in his postings intending to demean Upul's overall achievements (that he can't accept or bare), Even our Best batter Sangakkara could not be spared. Because you will never be able to find any Spotless Leperd in this world.
As an example Look at one of such brief lean patches Selectively found even in Sanga's recent batting record (in 2014) - His Overall record Dissected as in
@ delan 82's futile demeaning effort :D))
Sangakkara (from 9 Jul 2014 to 28 Nov 2014):
9 innings - 157 runs - 17.44 Av
So according to delan 82's latest productivity measuring method, should we drop our best batter Sanga toooo...? D))))
According to some UT's every achievement during his 8 years playing in 170+ ODIs long career spread over every opposition in every corner of the world is due to a GRATIS or a FLUKE or WEAK OPPONENTS selectively RESERVED just for him to MAKE all those RECORDS/Aceivements (including World records & numerous SL records)..! How Lucky he was :))
The Next thing they would do is calling me a duplicate of the author of this blog writer or some others who write to surface reality mostly covered with fake gibberish... simply that's how they try to suppress it...
How can you guarantee someone would have scored and improved, you can't!
Those same edged that Thiri had luck off could have happened to UT too.
You are slightly incorrect with your stats for UT as opener. Not sure if it by accident or deliberate, but I'll give you benefit of the doubt. You have included only figures where he has batted in the number 1 position ie faced the first ball.
But number 2 position is also an opener, and if you add those handful of innings the average drops a little further. But yes overall rounding will take it to 34 either way.
You are correct that no batsmen who constantly edges the ball behind can survive in international cricket...that's why UT was dropped in the first instance.
After starting in 2005, and having an excellent 2006 his average at one stage peaked at over 40. Then came the shocking 2007-2008 period which saw his average plummet and decline all the way to 29 by mid 2009.
He had a solid 2010 and 2011 with the latter his best year since 2006. By Aug 2011 he had pushed it back to 36. Then there was another decline and downward spiral.
When he was dropped what's to say he would have suddenly turned it around around as opposed to continue in free-fall.
Part of the new rule changes including reverting back to old method of 2 new balls. Whilst this helps many good batsmen as the harder newer ball is easier to hit than a softer older one, for people like UT that have problems with edging the new ball it brings increased risks and danger for getting dismissed even earlier.
If that 174 not out was not scored in the Caribbean, against and attack that was mediocre outside the subcontinent in the latter few years this would have been even far worse. It's only in this WC that the Indian pace bowlers stood up, 6 months ago and earlier they were shocking, as their tours to Australia, England and elsewhere out of Asia will reflect.
You take about UT being one of SL's most consistent but you haven't mentioned that 50 of his innings have been below 10, and 87 below 20. That's more than half his innings below 20
If a guy like Gautum Gambhir who has 26 innings less than UT, and 100 runs less overall, but a much superior average and SR than UT can't make it these days how can how can you claim UT will automatically succeed.
GG last internationals in 2013, so no rule change benefits for him to average just under 40.
If are in North America why lie and say you are from Afghanistan and using the name of a kid from Australia?
If you saw him only in 2007 WC, that was the tournament were he was at his most consistent! Putting extra pressure on the rest of SL's batsmen! LOL
UT is in the same boat as players like Thisara Perera, and to a lesser extent Chamara Silva, Kapugedera, Mubarak. They all have talent and ability, but seem to expect success to just fall and come to them without wanting to put in the hard work to succeed and continually improve at the highest level. These players need a good kick in the backside from some decent coaches and selectors, and asked if the actually want to achieve greatness both as a team and individual and contribute to their country or happy to sit back and accept mediocrity!
Any idea how much money is paid for country cricket. Sure different players will get different amounts but just wondering how lucrative county cricket is these days with all the T20 leagues around. Its a tough long season of cricket is County cricket.
Dont be surprised to see Nishantha getting a role in Srini's committee's.