Sri Lanka’s Cricket Manger Asanka Gurusinha view on the Squad

The second Test against Pakistan we won, it was not Rangana who took the wickets, he took a few but the others chipped in as well,” said Gurusinha. “That’s what we need for the other bowlers also to contribute. Dilruwan did a great job there. We have to look at Dilruwan and the pacies. We have a good balanced side but at the end of the day if you are not going to get 400 runs then we are in trouble.”


Gurusinha said it was difficult to talk about the competition they will expect from India at this stage. “We are not sure what type of wickets they will prepare. We can get two different wickets one is turners because their spinners did well against us in Sri Lanka but at same time they can give us some bouncy, seaming and grassy tracks because they are going to South Africa straight after our series.”

Gurusinha said that selectors were seriously looking at a 6-5 combination of six batsmen and five bowlers, the five bowlers will include an all-rounder.

Sri Lanka has a spinning all-rounder in Dilruwan Perera and a fast-bowling all-rounder in Dasun Shanaka in their Test squad of 15.

 Asanka Gurusinha​ is the On-Tour Selector so he makes the final call on the XI with the Captain 

Predicted Cricket Mangers XI from this Squad –

1.   Sadeera Samarawickrama (Right-hand Batsman)
2.   Dimuth Karunaratne(Left-hand Batsman)
3.   Lahiru Thirimanne(Right-hand Batsman)
4.   Dinesh Chandimal (Right-hand Batsman)(Captain)
5.   Angelo Mathews (Right-hand Batsman)
6.   Niroshan Dickwella (Left-hand Batsman)(Wicket-keeper)
7.   Dasun Shanaka(All-Rounder)(Right-hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Medium)/Dilruwan Perera(Slow Right-arm Off-Spin)
8.   Rangana Herath (Slow left-arm orthodox)
9.   Vishwa Fernando(Left-Arm Fast-Medium)/Lakshan Sandakan (Slow left-arm chinaman)
10. Suranga Lakmal(Right-Arm Medium-Fast)
11.  Lahiru Gamage (Right-Arm Medium-Fast)

My XI from this Squad –
1.   Sadeera Samarawickrama (Right-hand Batsman)
2.   Dimuth Karunaratne(Left-hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Medium)
3.   Dhananjaya de Silva (All-Rounder)(Right-hand Batsman)(Slow Right-arm Off-Spin)
4.   Dinesh Chandimal (Right-hand Batsman)(Captain)
5.   Roshen Sliva (Right-hand Batsman)
6.   Angelo Mathews (Right-hand Batsman)
7.   Niroshan Dickwella (Left-hand Batsman)(Wicket-keeper)
8.   Lakshan Sandakan (Slow left-arm chinaman)
9.   Rangana Herath (Slow left-arm orthodox)
10. Suranga Lakmal(Right-Arm Medium-Fast)
11.  Lahiru Gamage (Right-Arm Medium-Fast)

  • If you want to score 400+ you need to have Dhananjaya de Silva and Roshen Sliva who are consistent performers in the XI
  • Dimuth Karunaratne will probably be the 5th or 6th bowler as Chandimal favors him as a bowling option.
  • Sandakan will be the most deadly spinner in spinning and bouncing conditions in India. He has improved in Pakistan series Sandakan was more economical than Dilruwan against Pakistan in the Test series.
  • The Practice match will give a more clear picture of XI as it will resolve some of the fights for the positions in the XI.'

Most Likely Possible Finalised Support Staff at the Start of January 2018-
Head Coach: [Australian]  Jason Gillespie or  [Sri Lankan]  Chandika Hathurusingha
Batting Coach: [Sri Lankan]  Thilan Samaraweera
Fielding Coach:  [South African] Nic Pothas
Fast Bowling Coach:  [Sri Lankan]  Rumesh Ratnayake 
Spin Bowling Coach:  [Sri Lankan]  Piyal Wijetunge
Strength & Conditioning Coach:  [England]  Nick Lee
Someone to fill in the vacant positions of Physiotherapist, Psychologist, Physician, Team Manager, On-Tour Selector 
Asanka Gurusinha should be Fired Cricket Manger.

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