Thilan is a smart guy. He started his career he was an off spinner who batted a bit. Then Murali came along and he realised he was never going to get into the team. So he needed to find another route and went about dusting off his bat from the kit bag.
Thilan Samaraweera is not the guy who gets the headlines.
He isn’t any one’s favorite player or the guy everyone waits eagerly to see bat. After a decent run at home around 2000/01 he kept getting picked for the team. I was not a fan cuz he kept failing abroad and could put a horse to sleep. This year has been different though.
No one’s scored more runs, has a better average, or more hundreds.
The silver lining is the runs abroad. Everyone who didn’t like Thilan was always going on about how he didn’t travel well. With An average of 70 away, Thilan finally seems to have turned the corner and put me and quite a few more people back in their place.
True its Bangladesh and West Indies, but hell its a start.
In a year when Dilshan, Chamara Silva and Prasanna made Glenn Mcgrath’s batting look acceptable, Thilan kept the middle order afloat.
When they needed him to hit the high pitched key, he sang to the tune of a 100 in the WI. When they needed the deep low bass, he sang to the tune of a 90 in Bangladesh while carrying the tail. Even his strike rate is up to 60 from his usual 42 this year. Keep this up and this time next year you’ll be a super star.