HERE ARE SOME INTERESTING STATISTICS TO PONDER… ABOUT THE WORLD STAGE TOURNAMENTS & SL'S EVER BEST PERFORMERS IN THOSE TOURNAMENTS IN BATTING
SL's Ever Best Batting Performers in Global Tournaments – ICC World Cups & ICC- CT Tournaments to date: Batted at No: 1 to 7 batting spots & who have collected minimum 500 runs
SL's Ever Best Batting Performers in Global Tournaments – ICC World Cups & ICC- CT BEFORE 2015 WC: Batted at No: 1 to 7 batting spots & who have collected minimum 500 runs –
(In 2015 WC, every player enhanced their Strike Rates & Averages by few notches up, thanks to the modern day Field Restrictions & Batting Strategies in limited over cricket…. Compare the 2 charts to find out this fact).
Sanga scored 4 more Centuries & increased his Average from 43 to 51 & SR from 76 to 82, while Dilshan added 2 more Centuries & increased his Average a few notches up from 45 to 49 & SR from 89 to 91 ( Unfortunately Tharanga was deprived that opportunity, since he was overlooked for the WC squad in 2015 – Tharanga's slight improvement of Average & SR seen in top chart is due to the solitary match he played in ICC-CT 2017 in Eng, scoring 57 Vs SA @ 83 SR as Opener).
Highest number of 50+ runs scored individual batting Rankings of all top order batters in the World – batted @ No 1-5 in ICC Global Tournaments (WC & ICC-CT) , who had scored minimum 500 runs & minimum 2 Centuries:
WORTHWHILE NOTING THE FOLLOWING FACTS Related to SL in above World Rankings :
– Our Sanga tops the World Rankings with 17 x 50+ scores (49 innings – 56 Av) – 2.8 innings per 50+ score
– Mahela Jayawardane Ranked @ No 6 with 13 x 50+ scores ( 47 innings – 39 Av) – 3.6 innings per 50+ score
– Sanath Jayasuriya Ranked @ No 8 with 11 x 50+ scores (48 innings – 36 Av) – 4.4 innings per 50+ score
– Upul Tharanga Ranked @ No 10 with 10 x 50+ scores (in Just 27 innings – 43 Av)* – 2.7 innings per 50+ score**** and ONLY Dravid (IND) with 2.1 , Gibbs (SA) with 2.5 & Tendulkar (IND) 2.6 have Better innings per 50+ score Ratios than our guy Upul Tharanga, among the top 10 batters.
But Unfortunately the TENTH BEST Ranked 50+ scorer in World Stage Tournaments who actively & significantly propelled SL (with Sanga, Mahela & Dilshan) to TWO WC FINALS (2007 and 2011) was Halted from playing in 2015 WC by SJ & Now even His ODI career seems to have prematurely terminated @ 33 yrs just before the 2019 WC, due to Jealousies & Nepotism prevailing in SL Cricket…. WHAT A SHAME for the Whole Nation.!
Three Cheers to the Responsible Culprits…..!!! JAYA WEWA.!!!