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All Time XI of Sri Lankan Cricket

Cricinfo along with a set of former Sri Lankan Cricket Greats including Ranjan Madugalle, Russel Arnold, Palitha Perera, Sidath Wettimuni, Mahinda Wijesinghe, etc.. has named an All Time XI of Sri Lankan Cricket. The selected all time XI are as follows:


1. Marven Atapattu
2. Sanath Jayasuriya
3. Kumar Sangakkara (W)
4. Aravinda de Silva
5. Mahela Jayawardena
6. Arjuna Ranatunga (C)
7. Chaminda Vaas
8. Rumesh Rathnayake
9. Ashantha De Mel
10. Somachandra de Silva
11. Muttaiah Muralitharan

They also had an online poll within the Cricinfo website itself and did ask the users or viewers to cast their votes as well for the following catagories:

– Opening Pair
– Middle Order
– Wicket Keeper
– All Rounders
– Spin Bowlers
– Fast Bowlers

After concluding the poll sucessfully among the viewers, the following names were selected as the All Time XI of Sri Lankan Cricket.

1. Marven Atapattu
2. Sanath Jayasuriya
3. Kumar Sangakkara (W)
4. Aravinda de Silva
5. Mahela Jayawardena
6. Arjuna Ranatunga (C)
7. Chaminda Vaas
8. Rumesh Rathnayake
9. Lasith Malinga
10. Ajantha Mendis
11. Muttaiah Muralitharan

The noticeable absentees, which should have been in the All Time XI according to my view is Roshan Mahanama, Ranjan Madugalle, Roy Dias and Duleep Mendis. I think Marven should have been easily replaced with Roshan Mahanama, because Mahanama is a better bet than Marven Atapattu in both batting and feilding.

Ranjan Madugalle, Roy Dias and Duleep Mendis too should be in the All Time XI, but since all of them are middle order batsmen, it is hard to decide on who to be dropped from the middle order. Maybe Mahela’s place should have been given to either Ranjan Madugalle or to Roy Dias.

If you consider the bowling, Somachandra de Silva is a better bet than Ajantha Mendis, but not Ashantha De Mel. Champaka Ramanayakke too should have been considered along with Graham Labrooy. Either one of them will look good in Lasith Malinga’s slot.
Author: Nimantha de SIlva
www.nimantha.com

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