These religious ceremonies should be stopped. Do other countries do this? Why only one religion is represented? What about the rest?
Sorry Tharanga hater you are in for a big shock. He will be a regular in the side in the next 2 to 3 years. And then all the comments and blogs you wrote under different names will be a waste of your time and make you look like a fool!
Dude, I hate to see Tharanga getting any opportunity to get established, which could become a real headache for my favorite player to keep his spot intact, because he is not doing so well as this guy. UT should be not allowed any opportunity at all to play consecutive matches in any format. Don't give him any breathing space at all.!
Sanath did the right thing by chopping him at 28 years and kept him for two years under the carpet, with only a few hand picked single odis here and there to bring his form and career averages down. If this guy was allowed to play a few matches at a trot he will definitely make a sound impact, so it will be hard to dislodge him from the squad.
It was a big mistake to recall him in 2014 for tests & given 4 Tests at a trot, where he made a substantial impact with two near hundreds against Sa & Pk and won a crucial decider with his batting. Afterwards, somehow Sanath dialoged him from Test squad to NZ, but had to face lot of criticism. Because it was too contrasting one of a kind decision noticed by lot of people, who normally don't see things going on.
Now see what happened again, when he was given another Test in 2015 Vs pk in June,... this guy made another impact with a couple of near fifties, while most other SL batters failed. That 3rd test V pk would have easily won, if not for the SL bowlers & fielders who let Pakistani batters off the hook to put up 350+ score in 4th inning.
You should have given much more acceptable reasons. The 14 reasons given in your blog are too lame, because everyone knows he is just 30 years.
Also, counting his innings in 2007 before dropping & adding it to his innings played after 7 years to bring down his 40 Av achieved during recalled stint up to july 2015 make your intention too obvious for people.
Also, everyone knows that he was given just 2 Tests in 2015 & he averaged 47 in 1st one played this year & was dropped again for 2 tests , before he played the last one on that green deck at SSC as opener. People also remember in that Test one of his innings was deliberate cut short by the SL 3rd umpire, supporting our goal.
Good thing that U didn't mention that this guy had maintained his 39 Av in FC for TWO HUNDRED innings, over 15 years since 2001. Otherwise, people will know, it is pointless to compare FC averages of Rookies who played around 100 or much less innings during the less competitive sub standard FC era of past 4-5 years, where 3 x 300+ individual scores mushroomed within past 3 yrs due to poor standards.
Good thing that U have ignored to give any proof or link to your statement categorizing him as the 2nd worst opener and also ignoring to say that he was the ONLY Opener who got less than 10 consecutive Tests to play as an opener and the ONLY ONE to be laid Off longer than 7 years in S history..
Anyhow, three cheers for all Tharanga busters & past selectors who repeatedly busted him.!
Rex use your brain! Why do you think IPL is only affecting countries like Sri Lanka and West Indies? Because of terrible administrators like Arjuna! West Indies has their own Arjunas who have destroyed their cricket. IPL is not to blame because IPL has helped Australia and other nations improve their game.
Give one chance to thiri and no chance to upul please
Give one more chance to Thirimanne.. We had faith on Chandi, Thiri and Kusal, both Chandi and Kusal started to shine I really hope Thiri will also show what he is capable of..
This is true. .If we have to persist with UT means we do not have young talent in the country. .no more UT please let a young kid be tested
@GalBunnis: IO don't think UT is better than Kaushal Silva or Dimuth Karunarathne. UT is appalling against moving ball, and never is a test opener. On other hand KS and DK have played tough innings. UT is a very good player of spin, so not employing him at #5/6 against India and Pakistan was a mistake. But against pace even Mubarak is better than him.
Upul Tharanga's Test Record since his recall in June 2014 to Jul 2015 up to 2nd layoff interruption to his progress, despite ample productivity showed in his 10 innings, despite one year layoff! He was instrumental in bringing the last success in a Test series for SL (Aug 2014 V PK), being the highest BATTING CONTRIBUTOR in vital decider.
This is the Batting COMPARISON CHART of SL players in their most recent 10 innings in TESTS with no layoff interruptions or with minimum layoff interruptions that directly effects batting form (to be fair for every player):
1) WU Tharanga: 05 Tests/10 in - 400 RUNS @ 40.00 AVERAGE> 62.50 SR
2) FDM Karunaratne:05 Tests/10 in - 285 RUNS @ 28.50 AVERAGE> 51.25 SR
3) HDRL Thirimanne: 05 Tests/10 in - 180 RUNS @ 20.00 AVERAGE> 38.87 SR
4) JK Silva :05 Tests/09 in - 179 RUNS @ 19.88 AVERAGE> 38.66 SR
This clearly shows the PRODUCTIVITY of each player (although not equally treated).
No matter how anyone try to dissect any individual career as they wish with completely ignorant attitude, but the FACTS remains as FACTS!
Anyone with intellectual capacity to understand would know the massive difference that can have on an experienced player who scored 5k+ international runs (even in another format) during a 7 year period.
Therefore, the futility of dissecting his overall career, adding the last few innings he played in 2007 before layoff to DIMINISH the highly impressive reemerging stats (after 7 year layoff) is evident to any sensible person.
This is certainly a Despicable DELIBERATE act with ulterior motive to tarnish productive achievements of a player belongs to SL.
ONLY Fools can be Fooled with this kind of posts commonly see today in forums & media. Upul Tharanga is not the best in the world, but even with his batting flaws, he is much more productive and better consistent than most guys who had wasted too many consecutive opportunities without producing results for over 3-4 years now..
Tharanga deserves a clear run of frequent opportunities and should be allowed to play some consecutive matches in both formats. This is a long due must for SL to go forward. There is no reason whatsoever to deny that opportunity only for him, as far as I can see.
1) WU Tharanga:
5 TESTS> 10 INNINGS> 400 RUNS> 92 HS> 40.00 AVERAGE> 62.50 SR> 2x50 (83 v SA - 92 v PK) - with 1 layoff interruption.
2) FDM Karunaratne:
5 TESTS> 10 INNINGS> 285 RUNS> 130 HS> 28.50 AVERAGE> 51.25 SR> 1x100- 1x50 (130 v PK) - with NO layoff interruptions.
3) HDRL Thirimanne :
5 TESTS> 10 INNINGS> 180 RUNS> 80 HS> 20.00 AVERAGE> 38.87 SR> 1x50 (62 v IND) - with NO layoff interruptions.
4) JK Silva :
5 TESTS> 09 INNINGS> 179 RUNS> 80 HS> 19.88 AVERAGE> 38.66 SR> 2x50 (80 v PK) - with NO layoff interruptions.
Anyone with good leadership skills and with the good cricketing knowledge CAN contest for SLC election, therefor YES Mr. Arjuna can.