He must have loads more to be sued for - thieves of the SLC. Damn shame!
We really really need this. Good strides in a positive direction for Sri Lankan cricket.
@ Andrew Silva, why don't you answer my questions instead of diverting the comments back to unavailing upul.
What do you stand to gain by posting blogs and comments under various names in various websites?
Are you doing this for money?
Are you related to upul?
Are you the man yourself?
Why it didn't occur to you that there are many players who are better than upul but you chose to promote a player who had many chances but failed to deliver. Furthermore he never corrected his flaws or improved as a better player.
@ Stormy :
There is no real debate in this matter, since no one could dispute this reality with any factual substance to date, This absurdity was pointed out in June 2014, when Upul's replacement Kusal's constant failures extended to an incredible record level ending almost 50% of his innings under 10 runs & 10 balls including 8 Ducks:(KJP - 19 in - 69 runs @ 3 Av -55 SR). All predictions made more than a year ago have come true.
SL had a real problem at opening spot since Tharanga was axed in mid 2013.
Its a well known fact none can deny. Let me ask you a question, why did they eliminate Worlds 2nd best consistent No1 opener capable of making big Tons & 50+ and world's best in the business of making long partnerships ? for more than 2 years without any opportunities?? To put runs on the board, first a batsmen should get a window of opportunity. Did he get any opportunity at all to open in Odis since mid 2013? Can you consider the solitary Odi given in Indian tour during the past 30 months as a chance?
Remember UT was axed just 3 weeks after recording SL's 2nd FASTEST 5,000 with his career best unbeaten 174* in Kingston Vs Ind, winning his 10th MOM award in July 2013! Wasn't he a good opener when axed 30 months ago? He didn't make those 5k+ runs & all those records in a SINGLE DAY or "10 years ago" as you foolishly think. Career STATS are cumulative, ongoing dynamic records that reflects the overall career & true ability, NOT limited to any short period of time in a career.
You said "Obviously we cannot play a guy based on stats alone, especially from 10 years ago when he was a good batter" . Now Stormy, just open your eyes and look at the most recent 2 years of Tharanga's career as an Opener, up to his unjustified axing:
2011-2013 Aug** : 58 in - 1,865 - 174* HS - 35.18 Av - 75.59 SR- 5 x 100 -10 x 50
Forget about all other achievements of UT, just Tell me, Is this record can justify his 30 months axing, to slot in an inconsistent failure like Kusal Perera in his place?
As No1 Opener this guy had scored 4,902 r @ 34.27AV with 13x100 & 25x50 facing 6,623 deliveries in every corner of the world, over 8 year period up to then, dealing with the best in the trade of seam bowling in shorter format. These are long maintained hard earned records.
But for Tharanga nothing counts..! No recognition for his impressive productivity records, career stats, wide experience or not even match winning performances. That is how he became World's first ever batsmen to be dropped from a Test squad (NZ tour Dec 2014) after being the highest batting contributor (67 Av) in previous series decider Test (v Pk in Sept 2014). So no point talking about the 3 axing episodes followed despite regular progress shown with 40 Av from 5 tests & recording 47 Av @ No3.
Failure Kithuruwan (2014 SA series 10 Av, Pk series 16 Av & 2015 Pk series 14 Av), then sent to NZ with SL-A, while repeatedly blocking the progress of Tharanga (Compare performance in same series: 2014 SA series 35 Av, Pk series 42 Av & 2015 Pk series 47 Av). Tharanga failed just once V India after repeatedly hammered with 3 layoffs...within 6 randomly given tests, and the recalled Test chapter closed for him as they obviously wanted :))
You are right, As mentioned above no matter how much runs he consistently put up for SL, ONLY Upul's frequent mode of dismissal (being a left-hander) is NOTICEABLE to Partial Visionaries in SL cricket rely on nonperforming single-digit-masters like Kusal Perera, Thrimanne, Kithuruwan etc. Last year, Sanga had mentioned in a speech that Brian Lara had defined the way left-handers are getting out, when asked why he was mostly got out in his career, edging to slips. So obviously, it can't be any different to left-handed Opener Tharanga, but not in the eyes of SL humbug criticizers.
Opener UT OUTSIDE subcontinent faced 2,245 balls :
51 ODIs - 1,631 runs @ 35.5 Av. 4 x 100 - 10 x 50
Can this record achieved by an Opener with a major batting flow in seam friendly conditions? No explanation from any of those humbug critics..
Lol @Yahapalanya. I think you are being harsh. Didn't know UT likes it both ways?
Galbanis, yamasana, MDK Julius Caesar, UK Hearth,Bumblebee & Andrew Silva. Don't you think it's about time. You have been caught, it's better you stop this boring blogs with irrelevant stats trying to convince everyone upul has been badly treated. He is bad. Because he is no good. Whatever he achieved in past is history. He still has his weakness outside the off stump. He can't compete with the likes of Dhanjaya, Gunatilake, Udawatte.
Thank goodness he was exposed for his behavior
Stormy, they call cricket a game of glorious uncertainties for a reason:)
Surprised not to see AB and Kholi not in Shezad in.
So we are back to the Tharanga debate again! The write has a point in that I think Thranga was not managed properly given the odd game then dropped and recalled again - one cant really gain much confidence or build a career in that manner.
When this debate started a while back (before the WC!!) I felt there was no room for Tharanga because Sanga, Mahela, Thiri and Dilshan played in the top order - all accumilators. Now that Sanga and Mahela are out (and Dilshan almost done), there are grounds to consider the experienced Tharanga. We did that (was it the Indian tour and was that for test?) but I dont think he grabbed his chance.
Is there still a role for him? Possibly yes provided he puts runs on the board. Obviously we cannot play a guy based on stats alone, especially from 10 years ago when he was a good batter. Also his issues outside the off stump cannot be ignored. Yes alot of batters have the issue but in my opinon Tharanga was noticable more than others.
Put it this way, he is not getting any younger so we need to settle this matter once and for all soon.