As far as i am concerned the above game has only gone on to highlight our weaknesses in the modern day game more than really highlighting our brilliance against weak cricketing nations such as Ireland or Bangladesh.
As we all know Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first on a relatively good batting track. Which no doubt was a very positive way to go about things. But what happened after that is all history and a very good eye opener for our selection committee and our cricket administration. First of all let me highlight our batting weaknesses.
Sending Dilshan to open with Jayasuriya obviously has more positives than negatives and has no doubt brought a new dimension to the way Dilshan approaches the new ball bowlers which is rather refreshing as we all knew the talent this bloke always had. But what concerns me the most is the fact once these two power hitters end up in the dugout we are more or less left without any power hitters in the middle order to help bolster our batting in the last 5 over’s. Up until now Sri Lanka has not been able to find a good Number 6 batsman to replace the likes of Mahanama or Arnold .
Obviously this role requires a inform batsman with a terrific eye and a good skill to hit the ball around and get us the much needed boost in the latter order which players like Albie Morkel for South Africa or Andrew Symonds for Australia keep on producing . We have tried the likes of Chamara Silva, Jehan Mubarak and even Maharoof but not too much of success has come through.
I feel we need to look elsewhere and give may be Indika De Saram a chance rather than letting him rut in the dugout and have a holiday in England. Or the alternative is to actually look out for a player may be in first class cricket circle who is a clean hitter of the ball and nurture him and break him in to the side in the lesser known games so that he gets a feel for it.
The Next area which is of grave concern for me really was finding a good consistent bowler to support the likes of Murali, Malinga and Mendis. We have once again tried the likes of Kulasekera (with a bit of success) and Isuru Udana (good slower ball and a good cricket brain but no variety at all) through this T20 WC but I am sure all of us can agree these two bowlers are really mediocre when it comes to bowling in the depth over’s when we really need to strangle the opposition batting.
I was quite shocked at how Sanga threw the ball at Kulasekera rather than giving the ever green Jayasuriya who would have been a better choice with his varied selection of the faster Yorker and the leg cutter he bowls so accurately. But i am sure Sanga had his reasons to have given Kulasekera the ball but what happened there after is merely history yet again. I am sure may have really highlighted the obvious reasons and the obvious flaws in our current t20 squad in this article but i am sure these are some of the flaws we need to look at even while playing good opposition in test and one day cricket alike. As we cannot always expect the top order to fire or expect the Malinga’s,Murali’s and the Mendis’s to deliver all the time.
Navin De Alwis