Three blind mice ate the piece of cheese......! Kumar, Dilly, Mj & all SL fans deserved a better deal than that.
why Dimuth was selected over Upul for NZ test squad never answered, why they retained Dimuth to continue in NZ ODI series & WC, became clear, when suddenly jumped in Kusal, (played over Upul )in Scot Odi & went onto dump QF for SL. why they didn`t consider Chameera in NZ ODI series, why the selected Jeevan over another batter or a bowler (he didn`t have neither of it) , never answered. why they played Dimuth over Chandi in many ODIs in NZ & how Thisara did enter every playing XI except in one ODI were never answered. why did they consider the worst among failures in opening, to risk a WC QF, above 3 batters (Thiri, MJ & Upul) who had done a thousand times better job as openers in the past was never answered.
Voted for Mahanama, but Upul Chandana should be in the list.
Looking at the form they are in I think Romesh Buddhika is at the top. Milinda Siriwardhanas' name is missing here as he is the highest run scorer so for in the current league. I have seen him playing in SLPL and his role is very similar to the Yuvaraj Sing of India. Middle order batter he can clear the boundaries very easily and handy orthodox left arm spinner. Also Udara is another option as he is a good opener and his form is very good. Also he is a good leg spinner may be better than Sekkku.
I don't think it was the Indian tour. It was the long NZ tour. This tour became a Cricket-playing "VACATION" for SL players and their families. How many pictures did we see of our players with their families enjoying NZ. How many parties did they attend? I do not blame players for taking their families on a such "LONG" tour to a beautiful country. But by doing so, they had to divide their time between cricket and making the families happy. The management, especially Sanath, and the rest also joined the fun. SL community in NZ threw in some parties to add more color. Some players got "Beer Bellies." The focus on cricket was compromised and the WC stated slipping from our grasp. I have no problem families enjoying a nice vacation. The problem was the timing. We would have gone for 3 matches instead of 7. The long tour (7 matches) helped NZ to gain confidence, SL team to enjoy NZ and SL fans to lose a chance to be happy.
Yashoda Lanka & Bhanuka Rajapakse not have shown any significant skills in domestic level????
There are many lessons from the great man but none can be more valuable than his commitment to improvement. As we all know Sanga didnt burst on to the international scene with a glut of runs. Infact there was a time when we even considered if he should be playing limited overs cricket. At the end to make 500+ in the WC in alien conditions at better than a run a ball and an invauable 50 in the t20 final says everything about the man and how he improved and adapted his game.
Seriously? Cos we lost to a better team in the QF? Cos SA bowling was on the money? Don't buy this at all. Firstly choke is usually associated with a team who is expected to win but didnt and pound for pound SL was never going to win that game. Also SL are the defending world t20 champs and Asia cup - this same team. Accept the loss and lets move along.
I guess illogical selections were never a problem neither was the lack of wicket taking options. The very least we must get right now is to nail down the exact issues so it can be addressed.
Agreed fitness and fielding were issues too but no amount of fitness will count if selections are illogical and there are no wicket taking options.