If we add tharanga as the opener we will be number one again like before when he was playing.
Mathews should bat at no 5, most technically corrected batsmen should play at no 3/4 and anchor the inning, yes Agree Mathews will be good at any position he play but we do not have better option more suited to bat at no 5 other than Mathews, I think Mathews should play as the wall against the flooding, Chandi and Thiri should bat at 3/4, considering the current stats Chandi holds the best average in the current team excluding Mathews but still it's better to try Thiri 1 down for few tours and let him settle in there..
Kumar looks awesome with his new beard.
Difference between Past player & new players is clear. Past players didn't have natural talents when compared to now a day players. But they had the passion to be improve & they worked very hard to improve & polish their talents. For example players like Sangakkara, Mahela, Sanath, Murali, Mavan, Dilshan....etc. All of them have a good international record rather than their domestic record. But now although young players had that natural talent they don't want to improve & they are very lazy. As a result of that most of their talents are going to wrong way. For example players like Bhanuka, Kapugedera, Anjelo(Perera), Akila, Munaweera.... etc.
Srilanka has the printouts of World cricket legends;
Kusal Janith - Sanath Jayasooriya
Lahiru Thirimanne - Kumar Sangakkara
Ashan Priyanjana - Mahela Jayawardene
Dilshan Munaweera - Virender Shewagh
Kithruwan Vithanage - Uvaraj Singh
Tharindu Kushal - Muttiah Muralidaran
We can easily remove players like Dilshan Munaweera, Chamara Kapugedera, Anjelo Perera, KusalPerera, Danushka Gunathilaka due to their bad performance. But we should understand what are they capable of when they are get going. If those guys can eradicate their technical issues, Loose shot selections & improve their patience & common sense of cricket they can definitely be a most dangerous players. Therefore we should stick with those players without considering their failures.
I am personally disappointing about the Bhanuka Rajapakse because when he played for the under 19 world cup he was the best batsmen in that squad passing players like Kithruwan, Romesh, Dhanushka, Andri, Udara. I thought that he will be our next Sangakkara. But what happened to him now. Even he doesn't have a good domestic record as well. Why authorities are allowing those kind of players to be destroy.
This is the problem. One should not play A team cricket to win. They should play A team cricket to get experience. Banuka Rajapakse, Anjelo Perera are good players and one day they can represent SL team. So it is better to give the exposure to them rather than giving chances to some one match wonders.
Our Lions will always roar!!!! Practise makes perfect!!!!!
Natz is right..... though we were disappointed at the performance!!!! What am confused is why Thirumanna was sent down and Kusal was put as opener!!!!!! And the strangest part is NONE performed well!!!!
More than a ceremony the Board should have had a meeting with a pow wow!!!
Was it a psychological problem?????
@ Anonymous #4 :
what to say... Tharanga & all his services & achievements/records as an opener (until he was chased away) are non existing things for some people. Strange thing is they don't even remember that Upul had opened SL in 150+ Odis around the world & now they consider him same as, he had just started & pointing a 3 match lean period in Aus to conclude all his abilities & weaknesses, after playing 176 ODIs over 8 years & scoring over five thousand runs with 41 over 50 scores including many 100+ scores. Pathetic..!
as you rightly said, SJ & Marvan are also among them. They don't care, whether SL win or not,. what they want is somehow ruin Tharanga's career & progress at any cost. Why.?
they all talk about a very few good innings of Thri, Chandi, Mathews out of numerous bad innings causing defeats. they highly praise about Kusal's talents & rate him over sky high limits, without a single ODI knock against a strong opponent to show his so called potential. Zillion chances, million failures went unnoticed.All they say is, he is still inexperienced. Didn't he he play for 2 yrs now with forty odd consecutive chances given to him ? isn't this experience & exposure not enough for anyone to show at least some of their skills in a productive way, if they have any? Sadly all what he did was constantly failing and virtually put Sanga to become the 3rd opener in the side. Why don't they admit this reality is beyond me.!
Where is Angelo Perera? The poor fellow must not be on the good side of some of the exco members at SLC.
Stormy - Akila Dhananjaya is the young spinner...seems to have lost his magic and isn't even doing too well in domestic cricket.
#2 Kapugedera - lost his place on the SSC side this season. They gave him at least 6 or 7 innings and he did not pass even 10 in a single inning. Poor fellow.
Bhanuka and Munaweera too seem out of form.