“It is going to be very difficult for Sri Lanka. They couldn’t win at home, how do you think they’re going to win in India? India’s domination will continue. They are a very good team having all-round abilities. They bat well and deep, they’ve got good spinners and seamers, and also a very positive leader,” Whatmore was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
Counter the contrast in batting depth Sri Lanka XI could be-
1. Sadeera Samarawickrama (Right-hand Batsman)
2. Dimuth Karunaratne(Left-hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Medium)
3. Dhananjaya de Silva (All-Rounder)(Right-hand Batsman)(Slow Right-arm Off-Spin)
4. Dinesh Chandimal (Right-hand Batsman)(Captain)
5. Roshen Sliva (Right-hand Batsman)
6. Angelo Mathews (Right-hand Batsman)
7. Niroshan Dickwella (Left-hand Batsman)(Wicket-keeper)
8. Dasun Shanaka(All-Rounder)(Right-hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Medium)
9. Dilruwan Perera(All-Rounder)(Right-hand Batsman)(Slow Right-arm Off-Spin)
10. Rangana Herath (Slow left-arm orthodox)
11. Suranga Lakmal(Right-Arm Medium-Fast)
- It would be good if Dasun takes wickets in the Practice match as it will put the case forward to him to play as a frontline seamer and increase the batting depth.
Soild Statement From Cricketage.in against the criticism –
Though, their critics, who were miserable failures during their time, Will point out even after this.
For example, why Lahiru Thirimane is in the test squad?
However, they can't name a single player, who could have replaced Thirimane in the squad. Mendis needs to be away form the limelight for a while. Asela Gunaratne and Kusal Perera are still not ready to be included. Roshen Silva and Sadeera Samarawickrama are already in the squad. Kaushal Silva needed to be dropped.
So, Thirimane, though he is an epic failure in the test cricket so far in his career, deserves at least one more chance, particularly as his recent form in ODI cricket gives a hope against hope that he could finally come good for Sri Lanka!
That's why, this selection committee, led by Graeme Labrooy, deserves full marks for their brave approach, bold selections. After disastrous three years or so, now Sri Lanka cricket has finally blessed with a set of selectors, who gives hope for a good cricketing future for Sri Lanka!