Mahela Jayawardana is a really good stroke maker in the Sri Lankan line up. He is fluent on both sides of the wickets, and has the ability of playing innovative shots, like Dilshan.
In the last Pakistan series, when Jayasuriya was absence due to an illness, Mahela opened the innings and scored a brilliant century.
Ever since that innings the Sri Lankan team has decided to send Mahela at No 3, instead of Kumar, to play aggressively, and take advantage of the power plays. Since that century Mahela has failed in his new position at number three.
Sri Lanka has two very attacking batmen at the top in Sanath and Dilshan.That is the reason a No 3 should be playing solidly and more conventionally, and try to consolidate. Kumar is the ideal man to do that.
Since Sri Lanka has an inexperience middle order, Mahela should come at no 4 and try to build a good innings. It’s a real waste to lose Mahela’s wicket trying to play aggressively in the power plays, don’t you think?
In 2006 also Mahela was moved to no 3. He played brilliantly in England but then ran into a lean patch. During the world cup Kumar was again reinserted at No 3. In my opinion Mahela’s feet movement was not the best early on in his innings. So safe option is to send Kumar at no 3 and Mahela at No 4. Hope Sri Lankan team management will realize this very soon.