My team for the 3rd ODI.
01) Kusal Perera
02) Upul Tharanga
03) Kusal Mendis
04) Lahiru Thirimanne
05) Angelo Mathews
06) Dinesh Chandimal
07) Dasun Shanaka
08) Seekkuge Prasanna
09) Ferveez Maharoof
10) Suranga Lakmal
11) Nuwan Pradeep
I would go with experienced Tharanga to open with Kusal. However, still the bowling line up is not the ideal one. SL desperately need a Left arm pacer in the team (Someone like Binura, Udana or Wishwa). Hope Chief selector will take this matter into his consideration.
Mr gaja you may be a gaja friend of thirimanne. whenever there is name of GREAT thirimanne you are always excited to talk. we all know how consistent he is. mr gaja,do you know how he managed to score these runs. that was a flat track and Sri Lanka around 120 - 1 when he came to bat so there is no pressure at all. on that day hero was dilshan. if he wasn't able to score at least 20, your world class player never score 87. so don't think much about him. we all know he is best player in the world now in all formats of the game. BUT HE IS NOT SCORING????
Why i say the backroom is not working is that Eion Morgans issue is well known al teams do that so it was an obviois choice.... but for other batsmen our backroom staff needs to dig throught the data and find tactics.... which we rarely see.
When we have bowlers who can't bowl cosistently how can we expect the cpatain to attack.....but since one day games do not have draws he should attack and loose.... Also the back room support is not there for the captain SLC is not getting the best support but looking at cost cutting so that they can enjoy a trip to ENG with their families.... As @delan82 has suggested we should send Chandimal and Mathews through some leadership training course not sure if SLC can afford it.....
1. MDKJ Perera
2. U Tharanga
3. K Mendis
4. D Chandimal
5. A Mathews
6. D de Silva
7. D Shanaka
8. S Prasanna
9. F Maharoof
10. S Lakmal
11. N Pradeep
The problem is of all the players on this list no one has a stable position for one reason or another (selectors, form, fitness, various other reasons).
Chandimal is prob the most stable at present. That too he has only returned to the mix in the last 12 months or so.
His captaincy in that tie when Angelo left was not so great, although unfair to use half a game to judge him.
The others you can work out why they have been in/out of the side.
@lazyone I don't think he is the worst SL captain. Have you forgotten Hashan Tillekeratne? That was a move that should never have happened.
Angelo is a great player his record speaks for itself. The captaincy may have brought the best out of his own game but he is not a good tactician when it comes to the team.
He spoke recently of not minding losing a few games in order to win. But at times I wonder if he knows how to win. He seems more focused on not losing than going for the win, so his comments don't really match his tactics.
Whereas someone like Kohli when he captained in Dhoni's absence in Australia took the risk to go for a win knowing losing was a possibility in doing so.
Angelo wants the safe negative approach where the only outcome is either a draw or a loss.
I'm talking in Test cricket here. This England series as pointed out by a number of people is not the only occasion that this captaincy style has occurred. So it's not a one off thing.
I saw the article from Rex about SLC officials losing patience with his captaincy.
This is not new either. The previous regime had similar issues and the selection panel debated replacing him as captain.
And if there were more suitable candidates this would have happened already.
This is not about panicking or favouring individuals. It's about asking is this leader realistically going to get the best out the team and inspire them to be better? Not just getting the bets out of yourself but the entire team and squad. If the answer is no and things likely to be stagnant you have to make the call and move on.
Angelo is not new into the captaincy job he's been doing it for a while.
Yes the void from the retirements of Mahela and Kumar is tough and hard to replace and will especially be felt in test cricket but you can't use that excuse forever. We keep saying rebuilding but its mid 2016 and both left T20 in 2014, and ODIs in early 2015.
Mahela finished Tests in 2014.
"The rebuilding" line was used for this years World T20 some 2 years on and with the majority of the successful team from 2014 still around.
Team composition will help any captain but it doesn't explain the defensive mindset of trying to create pressure on opposition and take wickets to win a game instead of pushing everyone out towards the boundary. Even more bizarre when you do the hard work and get through the top order of the opposition and start doing this when the tail comes in.
What is a bit ironic though in the ODI series Angelo was captaining well in game 1 but when he went off injured Chandimal employed his negative tactics with England in trouble in the chase.
So not sure if Dinesh is going to be any better.
Maybe the baord needs to take a handful of potential leaders including those currently in place and send them for some captaincy /seminar course and learning the art of being positive and inspiring, and how to win.
Yes of course I'm influence in this decisions.. Don't underestimate anyone.
I was bit relaxed, Cuz there was no criticism on this guy for a while. People forgot him. It is good for him. Please don't post his good innings and make these guys to have a go at him.