As, right now, chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya is giving as much as possible chances to young talent in Sri Lanka cricket, all rounder Kosala Kulasekara also deserve another chance at international level. It’s an exciting period for Sri Lanka cricket.
While, great trio of Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Tilakratne Dilshan are still winning matches for the team, there are also many youngsters in the radar, who are showcasing their talent at world stage.
In last one year, Sri Lanka has found young match winners like Kushal Janith Perera, Kithuruwan Vithnage, Ashan Priyanjan, Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne in batting department and Shamida Eranga, Nuwan Pradeep in bowling front. But the list of emerging players doesn’t stop here. Angelo Perera and Kosala Kulasekara are two other promising youngsters, who could be fit in Sanath’s after 2015 world cup scheme of things. Though, both couldn’t succeed, when given chances in national team, their brief stay at international level, along with their domestic performances, promise that they have got enough talent to survive in international cricket.
Kulasekara, a product of Vidyartha College, Kandy is an all-rounder, batting right-handed and bowling right-arm fast medium. Aged 28, he plays domestic cricket for the Nondescripts Cricket Club and the Ruhuna Rhinos. He has played in one Test and four One Day Internationals for Sri Lanka. His domestic records shows that he could be an ideal inclusion in national team, as an bowling all-rounder, who could provide big hitting in slog over’s. His domestic t-20 strike rate of 135.44, with more than dozen sixes, along with 35 wickets, shows that he could be a complete package.
And it’s not about twenty-20 cricket. His first class wickets tally of 170 proves that he is a genuine wicket taker in long format also. With three centuries and 16 half centuries, he has done well with bat also. Most importantly, he is still young. He was the man of the series in Sri Lanka’s last super 4’s twenty-20 tournament. Though, he is not in the national squad for upcoming twenty-20 world cup, in future, if selectors give him another look, he seems ready to cement his place in national team.