According to Cricinfo Article:
NINE Times Kusal Perera has been dismissed in the 1st over of an innings in ODI s – the most by any batsman since Kusal's debut. Kusal's duck in this match was his 19 th single-digit score in 40 ODIs as an opener. No opener has gotten out under 10 runs, as frequently as him. who played at least 30 innings!
Good for SL …:)) Keep going… Blitz-FULL success will dawn once in every 24 innings….. SL is looking forward to it.
(just 2 match winning blitz from 48 innings). Other 40+ innings including WC Quarter Final dumped on rest of the batters, who followed to swallow.!
Poor Sanga did that in numerous occasions up to retirement, since world's most experienced number one batter Upul Tharanga was sent on "compulsory leave" by honorable Jayasuriya for 2+ years (in July 2013),
Upul was deservedly REWARDED with 2 year layoff, just 4 weeks after topping 5,000 runs as 2nd FASTEST in SL & putting up his career best unbeaten knock of 174* in Kingston & winning his ELEVENTH MoM award from 157 innings
(Upul received 1 award in every 14 ins – the best among current SL players, next best is Chandimal won 5 out of 88 innings,..(Ratio 1:18), Thirimanne 2 matches ot of 78 ins (ratio 1:39), Angelo Mathews 7 out of 133 ins (Ratio 1:19), Kusal's ratio is just 2 matches out of 45 ins (1:22) No need to say about the other 43 matches.
Tharanga's career stats in the most recent 4 year period from 2009 to July 2013,
@ That point when SL regular number One (Upul Tharanga) was dumped to make room for Kusal Perera:
2009- 2013 July:
4 year period up to 2013 July – Opener Tharanga's overall form at a glance:
UT had played 90 in – 2,808 @ Av 37.12 – SR 76.88 with 7 X 100+ & 19 X 50+
YET DROPPED for 2+ years, without any internationals (except for 5 random ODIs)
These are FACTS backed with stats!
The strangest thing is, even now it is happening allowing just 3 odis @ number 4. Obviously, taking off without allowing any breathing space to settle & convert his starts as seen during the hand picked 5 odis given to him in past 2 yrs!
It seems honorable Marvan is continuing the good work of honorable Sanath (so both openers can secure their records intact, because @ 28 UT had already achieved the milestones they managed in their mid thirties) ;D))
If Tharanga is considered as outcasted…. why not send Thirimanne to do the openers' job.? At least he has the necessary luck to survive with nine-lives & much better skills in batting techniques than Kusal, as seen during WC.
Now no Sanga… no MJ to comfort us.! it seems, for the Cricket fans like us, who truly love & care about SL, will have to swallow this bitter pill somehow forever..! Depending on long steady partnerships to win matches is a thing in the past for SL & now the openly known strategy of SL game is… to win matches, patiently wait until the leather hunting 10-25 ball instant blitz to be dawned upfront, on a blue-moon day !