During his playing days, Sanath Jayasuriya was a fearless and powerful batsman. Now, he is a powerful politician and equally effective in team selections for the Sri Lanka as a chief selector. So obviously, with some bold decisions, he could make Sri Lanka a powerhouse in world cricket, as in recent time’s team has found many exiting youngsters. For that to be happen, all he needs to strike a right balance in the team, for all three formats. Here are the some options for Sanath –
1. Seniors are only for the tests and ODIs: during the one-off twenty-20 against visitor Bangladesh in March this year, Sri Lanka had opted for an entirely young team, excluding Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan. Now, Sanath and co. need to stick with the policy, whatever the result may come. It will give the youngsters a platform to feel of international cricket, at least in the shortest format.
2. Use Chandimal as a no. 3 batsman: in his short twenty-20 career, he has shown that the shortest format is not his kind of game. Even then, if Sanath and co. is willing to stick him as a t20 captain, he should be bat at no. 3, where he could build his innings and could laid a platform, from where on big hitter’s like- Mathews and Thisra can launch the innings.
3. Bring back Chamara Kapugedera: If Mubarak could be recalled after five years, Kapu certainly deserve another look. Yes, both have been proven failures at international level, but Kapu, at least, has the age in his side. Just as, India Reintroduced highly talented Rohit Sharma as an ODI opener, after his struggles as a middle order batsman, Sri Lanka could do the same with Kapu, to establish him as a permanent no. four in the team. Just like Rohit Sharma, Kapu is also a rare talent, all he need another chance, at least in t20.
4. Kusal Perera and Munaweera as t20 openers: as they did against Bangladesh, they should stick with these two openers for the future assignments as well. Both are young and dynamic players, and can get a boost of confidence for the other two formats as well, while representing their county in the shortest format.
5. Thirimane is not a t20 player: Sanath and co. must understand that Thirimane is not a ideal t20 player. So it will be a wise option, if he concentrates for other two formats. It will be good not only for Sri Lanka, but also for him.
6. Angelo Perera and Kusal Perera should be slotted no. 7 slot in ODIs: as it apparent, that Dilshan and Tharanga will be the preferred openers, at least until next world cup, Sanath and co. must give fair chances to both Perera’s at no. 7. Both they are capable of hitting boundaries and big sixes, so they can make full use of batting power plays. Then, Sri Lanka will have another Perera- Thisara- for the death overs slogging, and will do wonders for the team, whether they are chasing or setting a target for the opponent.
7. Preferred XI for the future t20s : 1. Dilshan Munaweera 2. Kusal Perera 3. Dinesh Chandimal 4. Chamara Kapugedera 5. Angelo Mathews 6. Angelo Perera 7. Thisara Perera 8. Nuwan Kulasekera 9. Sachitra Senanayake 10. Lasith Malinga 11. Shamida Eranga.
With those available options and talent, Sri Lanka has the maximum chances to be one of the most feared team in world cricket. Not, it’s up to Sanath and co., whether they are willing to take these kind of bold decisions or not.