Dhananjaya De Sliva is a natural opening batsman and the selectors are wasting his talent by playing him at no.6 and no.7 or not even playing him.
He has an average of 25.69 in 16 International matches in which in 7 matches where he opened the batting average 49.80 with three 50s.
The selectors must be patient with Dhananjaya De Sliva as an opener and his the only player that demolished Mitchell Starc opening the batting in the tour against Australia in the ODIs and T20s.
He has the potential to be the better than Tillakaratne Dilshan. Sri Lanka did the same mistake with Tillakaratne Dilshan when he started his career where they wasted his talent for a long time at no.6 and no. 7 then when he finally started to open his average increased by 20 or 30.
Tillakaratne Dilshan is the best example as in his career he averaged 39.27 in 330 matches and his average opening at no.1 is 51.08 and at no.2 is 45.15 but when Tillakaratne Dilshan batted at no.6 and no.7 at the start of his career his average was 27.32