With the internet flooded with Meme’s on how uncanny Kushal Perera’s batting resembles that of Sanath "Master Blaster" Jayasuriya, led me to give thought on how our up and coming Cricketers resemble some of the greats.
I do feel we have showcased enough talent that could possibly lead us to the next world cup and this is optimistic approach of the "Could Be’s".
Kushal Perera and Sanath Jayasuriya: Yes the powerful use of the bottom hand, the almost similar cut shot, and most importantly, the aggressiveness can lead us to see the Sanath in young Kushal. But can this 5ft 6 left handed wicketkeeper fill the shoes of one of the most dominating batsmen Sri lanka and the World ever had? His outings as a opener shows promise, and would definitely like to see more of him as an opener in ODI’s and possibly a No.7 in Test Cricket.
Dilshan Munaweera and Thillakaratne Dilshan: Ironic aye? One Dilshan replaces the other. Munaweera shone as an opener for Uva Next, showcasing an arsenal of well timed strokes. Comparatively, Munaweera shows a little more footwork in his shots than Dilshan but the daring yet reckless batting style of both the Dilshans does not go unnoticed.
Dinesh Chandimal and Mahela Jayawardena: We’ve always been lucky to have the class of a stylish right-hander in the middle order. It started with Aravinda Silva and then Mahela brought in his graceful stroke play. Chandimal has been predicted to be a batting great and with a First Class average of 55.68 and already scoring 2 remarkable ODI Centauries, it’s safe to say he is en route to being the middle order pillar of our generation.
Lahiru Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara: Now this might be a long shot, but I feel Thirimanne shows the "Work Horse" mentality that Sangakkara is known for. With alot of work needed on his technique and questions of his ability to play around the park, Thiramanne might have to step it up if he is to cement that critical No.3 position that Sanga has made his own.
Angelo Mathews and M.S Dhoni: Our Captain. Our hard hitting, young Captain. I’m hoping Mathews will resemble the calm yet canny nature of M.S Dhoni while replicating the destructive batting of the Indian Skipper.
Shaminda Eranga and Chaminda Vaas: Young Eranga has proven his ability to swing the ball both ways and with decent pace, has already made a mark in Lankan Team. I see him to be our only hope for a seamer and Vass rumoured to be appointed as our bowing coach, possibilities are high that Eranga might be our next Vassy.
Akila Dananjaya and Muttiah Muralitharan: I don’t know. Something about this scrawny young mystery spinner reminds me so much of Murali when he started. Both started at such a young age and both bring the X-Factor to the Sri lankan Side. With the quality of our test cricket down in the dumps after Murali retired, can Dananjaya spin his way to greatness? I hope so.