As expected, Sanath, Marvan & Mathews, have completely ruined all hopes of Cricket fans in Nation SL. This pathetic ending was clearly predicted since December by me in "The selection incongruity that could derail SL's journey to 2015 World Cup pinnacle" & a few others in some blog postings, If not for the hard efforts of Sanga & Dilshan, SL wouldn't have even entered the Quarter Finals.
Those people who are responsible for this downfall have no shame or integrity whatsoever. Otherwise who would send a proven internal failure like Kusal Perera to open in such an important World Cup Quarter Final match ? Kusal pushed Dilly to fail & Sanga to Open (Virtually Sanga had to do this repeatedly in most innings, facing the new ball). Unfortunately, this time it pushed him to a shell, curtailing his normal stroke play & forced him to protect his wicket for the sake of stabilizing effort. Somehow, Sanga had to stop the inevitable rot already initiated by Kusal, in the 2nd over (as usual). He knew his presence was vital to put up a defendable score on the board, since Dilly too got out early & he didn't have any other reliable, experienced batsmen in the playing XI, who is capable of building a long partnership, other than Mahela.
Unfortunately, Mahela was completely out of form, since his solitary Ton Vs AF. Thirimanne has the ability, but he is lacking the most valuable experience & temperament required to put up such a big partnership, against a formidable side.Especially, under immense pressure in a WC knockout game.Skipper Matews is useless in that sense. SL had the ideal option at their disposal, but unfortunately, Tharanga was the least important outcast in the eyes of SL's decision making supremoes, on tour.
Now this has become the biggest joke in international podium. Kusal is a player, who had already ruined one global tournament ICC-CT in 2013, scoring just 14 runs from 4 innings @ 3.5 Average, apart from his 26 single digit scores & 7 ducks, failing to survive beyond 10 balls in more than 50% of his 43 ODIs gifted at a trot by Sanath, during past couple of years..!
The following contrasting piece of stats alone would prove the absolute reality & says the long story, in short..!!!
2011 – WC QF : SL Openers:
1) WU Tharanga – Not Out –102* runs – SR 83.60 – 12 x 4 – 1 x 6
2) TM Dilshan – Not Out – 108* runs – SR 93.91 – 10 x 4 – 2 x 6
2015 – WC QF – SL Openers:
1) KUSAL Perera – 3 RUNS – 10 BALLS – SR 30.00 – 4 x 0 – 6 x 0
2) TM Dilshan – 0 runs – 7 balls – SR 00.00 – 0 x 4 – 0 x 6
Batting was SL Strength, but SL selectors left out the 3rd MOST Productive Batsmen in Global Competitions,( WU Tharanga: 26 innings = 20 WC+ 6 CT – 1013 Runs – 75.78 SR – 42.20 Av – 4 x 100 – 5 x 50), They preferred Kusal Perera & Thisara Perera (constant failures) over Upul Tharanga, as repeatedly done during the past couple of years .
Look at what SA did in this QF. Bowling is SA 's strength & they were bold enough to go with FOUR frontline Pacemen & a Specialist Spinner. Ultimately they utilized their strength to the max, to blew away SL's below strength batting unit (assembled with weak links linked to the Almighty Selectors on tour). For SA, it became easier than a walk in the park, thanks to our unforgivable way of team selections. SL selectors have become the laughingstock to the whole World ..!
Thoroughly DISGUSTING… say the least..!!