By Pushpendra Albe
With his attractive century against India some month ago and now a sparkling ton against mighty England bowlers, young dinesh chandimal is looking like a next big thing in international cricket.
Who is the most prominent batsman against spin bowlers today? Clearly, we can mention sachin, mahela, clarke with few others in this list. So, now yet another batsman is ready to be fulfill the shoes of these great players. And, he is none other than the- dinesh chandimal, new blue eyed baby for sri lanka.
So, he shows his class in this department in so early in his career, only 2nd ODI he played. Against India, in micromax cup, he shows his true potential against spin. Remember, he was playing against the bowlers like. R ashwin, pragyan ojha. So he started his inning of fours n sixes, by smashing ojha’s 1st ball for a huge six. After that, he smashed sixes against yousuf pathan, r ashwin also. Most importantly he showed great class in his foot work. He smashed five sixes in his gem of innings and every time his feet movement was so quick, that bowlers had no time to think about it. Interestingly, in ipl 3 we seen ojha and ashwin and both were great in their variation. Actually, r ashwin was the most difficult bowlers in ipl for hitting sixes. But, chandimal was classy enough to beat him also.
So, now with his breezy century, dc (aka dinesh chandimal) is the new rising star for sri lanka. He can play at any number. He could be a good finisher, because of his six hitting abilities. He could be a good no. 3 batsman because of his good technique. So, now lankan should try him in test cricket also. Unfortunately, many cricket lovers across the world are still confused about dc. Because he started his career in twenty-20 wc, they thinks that he is just a hard-hitter, just a floater. So, just watch his first class stats- 2750 runs in just 34 matches, with an average of 58.51. So, naturally he is a player for all situations.
So, it’s up to lankan selectors-how they use this highly talented player. Newly appointed chief selector duleep medis mentioned that he would give more chances to young player in upcoming years to froom a new team for next world cup. So, its good for chandimal, He is just 21 year old, and he is a true match winner, a big prospect for future.
And most importantly, he is a magician against spin. So, what will the lankan selector decide now for chandimal…finger crossed…