- Asela, Kusal overlooked for Test series against India
- The Lankan squad was picked yesterday and has been sent for ratification by the Minister of Sports.
- Rumors are Kusal Mendis, Kaushal Silva have been dropped possible they will join the Sri Lanka A squad in West Indies or Pakistan at the start of Next year to prove there back into form.
“Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne and Kusal Perera all passed the yoyo and skinfold tests but as Asela and Kusal were short of match fitness we did not select them,” said chairman of selectors Graeme Labrooy.
“This was a directive we received from the Sports Minister to prove that the individual selected is declared physically fit. Without the report the Minister would not accept the names. We have been following this procedure since we picked the teams for the series against Pakistan,” said Labrooy.
My Squad considering the rumors-
1. Dhananjaya de Silva(All-Rounder)(Right-hand Batsman)(Slow Right-arm Off-Spin)
2. Dimuth Karunaratne (Left-hand Batsman)
3. Sadeera Samarawickrama (Right-hand Batsman)
4. Dinesh Chandimal (Right-hand Batsman)(Captain)
5. Angelo Mathews(Right-hand Batsman)
6. Roshen Sliva(Right-hand Batsman)
7. Niroshan Dickwella(Left-hand Batsman)(Wicket-keeper)
8. Tharindu Kaushal(Slow Right-arm Off-Spin)
9. Rangana Herath (Slow left-arm orthodox)(Vice-Captain)
10. Dhammika Prasad (Right-Arm Fast-Medium)
11. Nuwan Pradeep (Right-Arm Fast-Medium)
12. Dasun Shanaka(All-Rounder)(Right-hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Medium)
13. Lakshan Sandakan(Slow left-arm chinaman)
14. Dilruwan Perera(Slow Right-arm Off-Spin)/Jeffrey Vandersay(Slow Right-arm Leg-Spin)
15. Lahiru Gamage (Right-Arm Medium-Fast)
Types of Players in the Squad for India Conditions-
6 Pure Batsman
4 Types Of Spin Bowling Options
3 Fast Bowlers
Considering India`s pitches are spin friendly I would definitely go with Tharindu Kaushal and Lakshan Sandakan who are big turns of the ball especially Tharindu Kaushal and then the experienced Ranganaa Hearth to guide the two youngsters. Both Tharindu Kaushal and Lakshan Sandakan have improved from when they last appear on international stage and are more economical. Especially Tharindu Kaushal in the most recent domestic tournament.
Exiled from the Squad- Kaushal Silva,Vishwa Fernando, Suranga Lakmal,Lahiru Thirimanne
Included in the Squad- Dhammika Prasad,Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva,Tharindu Kaushal
I would personally favor Tharindu Kaushal,Lakshan Sandakan and Jeffrey Vandersay ahead of Dilruwan Perera even thou he is more experience because Dilruwan Perera is inconsistent with ball and can`t turn the ball as much as these youngsters which is required when you going against player who continually have seen these type of ordinary spin bowlers like Dilruwan Perera, therefore, you need big turns like Tharindu Kaushal,Lakshan Sandakan and Jeffrey Vandersay to surprise players like Virat Kohli and his teamates.