Dinesh Chandimal – A Gifted cricketer
By Nalin Abeysekera
He is a talented young cricketer. He is good in his foot work. This is very important “Bradman like” skill where experts argued as one quality of a great player.
He can use the crease well, often dropping well back to create his own length for his cut shots against the spinners. He has his own way of attacking. And he looked pretty secure in defense too. He knows well about his shot selection. This is all about talent and he is a natural batter.
Dinesh Chandimal came into limelight in intentional arena after he scored 111(6 fours and 5 massive sixes) against India to help India to pack their bags to home in important ODI in Harare, Zimbabwe. Not only as a batsman he skilled as a wicketkeeper also by contributing to Sri Lankan cricket.
It is really interesting to look at the fact box of this player coming from down Souh, Sri Lanka. Lokuge Dinesh Chandimal ,(born in November 18, 1989 at Balapitiya) only 20 years old, first represented Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda.
Then he entered to Ananda College and scores more than 1000 runs in two consecutive seasons. Apart from that in 2009, Anandians led by Chandimal created history by winning six games in a row which will be hard to beat for a good number of years. That was the time where Ananda College finished their most successful seasons in history with a staggering 13 outright wins.
Shortly after completing a prolific school season for Ananda, scoring over 1500 runs, Chandimal was invited to join NCC by Kumar Sangakkara. Chandimal was only 19 when scored his maiden first-class century against New Zealand in 2009, representing a Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI in two three-day practice matches.
In these matches he had to face to the bowlers like Chris Martin, Darryl Tuffey, Ian O’Brien, Jacob Oram and Daniel Vettori. Chandimal can be considered as a talented batsman, wicketkeeper as well as the player who can held in his nerve in critical time of the match. He has proved his leadership skills by captaining his school as well as Sri Lanka under 19 team to Bangaladesh in 2009.
I once met this cricketer in Aluthgama in one religious place and by talking with him I got an idea that Chandimal is very charming character who always like to listen and respect to elders which is always lacking in new generation of cricketers. This must be coming from his family as well as form school background.
Sri Lankan Cricket board should understand the talents of players like Chandimal and not to experiment players like him of just shuffling the squad which will put their cricketing career in danger.
It is high time for authorities to make concrete decision on out-of form aging players in the team for the forthcoming world cup and accommodate talented match wining youngsters. There should be a quick decision making on this. This is the expectation of all cricket loving people in this nation.