How can Sri Lanka win the World Cup with the current 15-man squad?

Ask your self this question; does the current Sri Lanka XV man squad in the world cup has what it takes to go all the way to win the trophy? Believe me SLC could use all that price money to pay off it’s debt. Us fans of the Sri Lankan national cricket team have nothing to complain and tag this team as a bad side. Frankly at the moment lot of people are doing that.
Did the selectors choose the right team? In my opinion they did their job well, however there are 2 players who doesn’t deserve their spot on the roster. Obvious choice here is Dimuth Karunaratne followed by Suranga Lakmal. I don’t doubt their talent what so ever, but their spots in the world cup roster was not well thought of. Dimuth Karunaratne has not fired at all in New Zealand after that 150+.  Yet Sanath Jayasuriya thought it was vise to pick him up. But he backed up his case pretty well by saying Kusal Janith and Upul Tharanga were given enough chances to prove stamp their Authority as openers. Now lets move on from Kusal and Tharanga debacle and focus on how to get this opener situation under control. Sri Lanka has three options, Persist with Dimuth, Secondly let Thirimanna open and final option is to let Mahela open.  I will let the team management do the required in terms of opting for the option, however I like the fact that Thirimanna opening, the reason being he has got runs batting at top of the order.
Jayasuriya himself admitted few days ago that Dimuth choice was a mistake on his behalf. I though his comments were pretty poor and not professional what so ever. The particular comments show us fans that how unstable Sanath is as a selector, he is useless, lets put it that way. As a selector if you choose a player, you stick your neck out to him, stick with him no matter what. You don’t discourage him in open media.  Just don’t choose him to the final XI, but show your faith Sanath. Second choice is Suranga Lakmal, and is a bad choice because he is injured. He is not a threatening bowler, or a Malinga caliber, if he is not hundred percent, why pick him? There are enough fast bowlers like Lahiru Gamage, Binura Fernando and Dusmantha Chameera. One of those players who were the ideal fit bowler would have been the realistic choice. But however Lakmal choice is not going to haunt Sri Lanka, he is a talent and he has elevated his game at the right time.
So who missed out from the world cup squad? Dilshan Munaweera, he was playing so well but selectors moved right past him. Should have been handy when it came to the opener situation, ‘just saying’. Farveez Maharoof is next. Fast Bowling all-rounder with a hint of swing in Australian wickets, not a bad mantra at all. He would have been ideal if the selectors decided to give Thissara Perera the bench warming duties to get his head out of distractions and to focus on his game. Final spot is Lahiru Gamage, balls at 135 – 140 km/h, ideal bowler in New Zealand more than Australia. With that though, we conclude ifs and what not’s paragraph.
Finally lets see if Sri Lanka can actually win this god forsaken trophy know as the ICC Cricket World Cup, which gets all the match fixing bookies going. The answer is ‘Yes’ with lots ifs and buts.  Ifs are get the playing XI proper, make sure every one is healthy and in form. But there is still uncertainty. Lets put it this way, Sri Lanka has a Himalayas on top of Mount Everest to climb and win that trophy. Will our 38 and 37 year olds mix with the 20 year olds and go ahead with the climb? We will see from Feb 14, 2015.
So tune in to your television sets.  Don’t let the lost series in India and New Zealand bother you Sri Lankan cricket fans. Point being, you cannot win games in a teams back yard fielding your second string attack. I will now sign off by saying Sri Lanka should field this starting XV at the valentine day World Cup opener, because Sri Lanka cricket team is every Sri Lankan’s first love and it’s bad to disappoint your true love on the valentines day.
 1) T, M Dilshan
2) Lahiru Thirimanna
3) Kumar Sangakkara
4) Mahela Jayawardena
 5) Dinesh Chandimal
6) Angelo Matthews
7) Thissara Perera
8) Jeevan Mendis/Rangana Herath
 9) Sachitra Senanayaka
10) Nuwan Kulasekera
11) Lasith Malinga

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