14 reasons why we should not give another chance to Upul Tharanga

14 reasons why we should never give another chance to Upul Tharanga

01) He has poor techniques and no potential for test cricket

02) He is too old to give consecutive chances

03) Playing 21 test matches his overall test average is 30 which is very poor for an opening batsmen

04) His first class batting average is 38 where he is nowhere near the top 20 FC averages.

05) His last 10 test cricket average is 27

06) His last 15 test cricket average is 23

07) His average in 2015 test cricket is 24

08) His FC stats in 2014/15 is below 39

09) He has played 21 test matches as a opener but only managed to score 1 ton even that was with Bangaladesh

10) His average of last 8 test match is 30.17 where Shaminda Eranga’s average of his last 8 test match is 30.75 (Even Shaminda Eranga is better than Upul? I don’t think so 😉 )

11)  He never corrects his batting techniques where 74% of his dismissals are out caught.(edging out side off stump)

12) As an opener who has played more than 10 matches Upul Tharanga has the 2nd worst stats in Sri Lanka history (out of 12 players)

13) Upul Tharanga refuse to bat down the order and only want to play as a opener,  even though we have issues with Dimuth and kaushal they are way ahead than UT with techniques and both overall and recent stats and also younger in the age.

14) Upul Tharanga is only better than Thirimanne in the current Sl squad but Thirimanne had to play everywhere in the batting line up where UT was given the prime position of the batting line up all the time.

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  1. Nope he should be given a
    Nope he should be given a long run instead. Tharanga has the most centuries for a Sri Lankan cricketer now, after Dilshan. He was dropped after scoring a 90 against Proteas and twin forties against the Pakistanies recently, which was based purely on bad selections favoring him over Mubarak. he is still 30 y/o and a much a better player than both Dimuth K and Kaushal Silva who are the currently struggling at international level.

  2. Upul Tharanga’s Test Record
    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> 2×50 (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> 1×100- 1×50 (130 v PK) – with NO layoff interruptions.


    3) HDRL Thirimanne :

    5 TESTS> 10 INNINGS> 180 RUNS> 80 HS> 20.00 AVERAGE> 38.87 SR> 1×50 (62 v IND) – with NO layoff interruptions.


    4) JK Silva :

    5 TESTS> 09 INNINGS> 179 RUNS> 80 HS> 19.88 AVERAGE> 38.66 SR> 2×50 (80 v PK) – with NO layoff interruptions.


  3. @GalBunnis: IO don’t think UT
    @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.

  4. This is true. .If we have to
    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

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