The only and main concern for the Sri Lankan team now is the middle order problem. Do Sri Lanka really have a problem? I think everyone will answer that question in the affirmative.
They have made a lot progress, but Mahela’s promotion to open has in fact left a big vacuum in the middle order.
A couple of seasons ago, TM Dilshan was asked to open. It seems Sri Lankan middle order batsmen have done better when they opened. Sanath Jayasuriya, Romesh Kaluwitharana, TM Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardane to name a few.
We checked the figures for the past 12 months for all the players in the middle… The Sri Lankan in the list comes 23rd, which is Mahela Jayawardane: LINK
There are are five Indians, three Aussies, England, Pakistan, Bangladesh, NZ and SA have 2 each, while A. Bagai and K. Obrien are all ahead of any of the Sri Lankans.
The reason why India is bieng talked as favourites is for the very reason. They have five people high on the list for four positions.
While, Asian teams have in the past stuggled with the favourites tag, Sri Lanka will know they need to brush up.
While Sri Lanka can boast of a balanced attack, the same could not be said of India. They have stuggled to keep the opposition down on the field, both with the ball and in the field.
Since we have passed the time to change the team formation, it would be better to have chosen good players from middle order in the domestic circuit.
The only other option for Sri Lanka might be to bat Mahela Jayawardane down the order and put Thilan Samaraweera at four. A hard hitting common sense player is ideal at 5. Mahela fits the bill perfectly. Thissera Perera also should play in every match at least as a bowler while Angelo Mathews should occupy the batting position of six; Mathews is a better batsman than Kapugedara,
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