Young Sri Lankan batsmen who should be given a chance at the 2015 World Cup.
The legacy of attacking cricket can be maintained, if the selectors take a positive approach. There is no dearth of talent in the small island.
Dinesh Chandimal : He is already a star in the making, so there is no logic to comment further on Chandimal’s talent. The selectors must give every possible opportunity to him.
Lahiru Thirimanne: Oddly, selectors didn’t pick him for the ODI series against England this year, even after an impressive Test match. Perhaps they think that Thirimanne is a batsman best suited for the longer version. But with sound defence, he looks a player for all formats. More importantly, he is quite flexible and can bat higher up the order if required. He is not a dasher, but surely has the potential to fulfil a spot in the future Sri Lankan line up.
Dimuth Karunarathne : Dimuth struggled against England and Scotland, even though he made 60 against the latter. His domestic average of 44 shows that he has talent and his innings against Scotland shows that he can handle the pressures of international cricket. When 2015 comes, the team needs another opener to support Upul Tharanga – this maybe that man.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa : Very few players are considered stars even before entering international cricket. But 19 year old Rajapaksa has earned a reputation already because of his destructive batting. His idol is Adam Gilchrist and he bats like Sanath Jayasuriya. After a promising school career, he made a sparkling 166 against Lankan CC in only his third domestic match; it shows he has the capability to carry forward his talent into higher grades. The selectors can give argue that he is too young for international cricket, but they should look towards Pakistan cricket, where 21 year old Umar Akmal and others have flourished early.
These are the batsmen to keep an eye out for in Sri Lankan cricket. If the selectors take a bold approach towards, the future looks bright.
In my next blog post, i look for future all rounders.