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14 places occupied in our World Cup squad… Only one slot to be grabbed.

Considering all the circumstances and the form of our players, following squad is most likely to be picked for the World Cup.

  1. Danushka Gunathilaka
  2. Dimuth Karunaratne
  3. Kusal Janith Perera
  4. Oshada Fernando
  5. Angelo Mathews
  6. Kusal Mendis (wk)
  7. Thisara Perera
  8. Isuru Udana
  9. Jeffrey Vandersay
  10. Suranga Lakmal
  11. Lasith Malinga
  12. Dinesh Chandimal (2nd wk)
  13. Akila Dananjaya
  14. Kasun Rajitha
  15. Remaining allrounder slot.  ( Dhananjaya de Silva or a better in-form allrounder should occupy this slot )
  • – Hit-Wicket –

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  1. Dhananjaya will have a tough fight with two other all rounders for the no 6 position. As both Thisara and Udana are bowling all rounders (for no 7 and 8) a batting all rounder will be the ideal solution for the no 6 position, but as Dhananjaya is not a power hitting all rounder he may loose in the battle with the other two bowling all rounders as both of them are power hitters and did very well in yesterdays matches. This is all happening due to the unfortunate injury issue of Dasun Shanaka. Otherwise the no 6 position would have been grabbed by Dasun for sure.

    I think Kasun Rajithas selection is not yet decided. Dushmantha Chameera also bowled well yesterday.

  2. We need a batsman who can bowl 5-6 overs or even 10 overs. I don’t know how much we can rely on Danushka Gunathilaka’s bowling in international level. As Dhananjaya de Silva is a better bowler than a part time spinner he could have been a handy option if he is in-form with the bat. Unfortunately, Dhananjaya batting form is not so great in ODIs recently. I’m not sure if we have a better batting allrounder to replace Dhananjaya in the squad.

  3. Thanks Lankan Roy & Hit Wicket, I will definitely watch tomorrow matches.

    What do you think about the performance of Chamika K in his batting & bowling ? If he performs the same way in the coming two matches consistently I think he deserves a place in the team. With Udana also playing we can think about playing only two fast bowling allrounders and play Dhananjaya instead of Thisara. It will come down to a situation like playing only two (consistently performing two) fast bowling allrounders out of the three.three together with Dhanajaya.. This will give a very good balance to the team as well. Then we can play either Dhanushka or Dimuth in all matches.

    Even the bowling of Asitha Fernando looked very impressive. Can anyone tell about the speeds he used to bowl? Although the speed gun was not there I gurss from the body languages of the fielders that he was bowling pretty fast (135 – 140 ?). But he has to reduce bowling many out swingers which were moving too much away from the batsmen. Even the commentators were telling that he will be more difficult for the batsmen if he brings the ball into the batsman.

  4. Thanks Lankan Roy & Hit Wicket, I will definitely watch tomorrow matches.

    What do you think about the performance of Chamika K in his batting & bowling ? If he performs the same way in the coming two matches consistently I think he deserves a place in the team. With Udana also playing we can think about playing only two fast bowling allrounders and play Dhananjaya instead of Thisara. It will come down to a situation like playing only two (consistently performing two) fast bowling allrounders out of the three.three together with Dhanajaya.. This will give a very good balance to the team as well. Then we can play either Dhanushka or Dimuth in all matches.

    Even the bowling of Asitha Fernando looked very impressive. Can anyone tell about the speeds he used to bowl? Although the speed gun was not there I gurss from the body languages of the fielders that he was bowling pretty fast (135 – 140 ?). But he has to reduce bowling many out swingers which were moving too much away from the batsmen. Even the commentators were telling that he will be more difficult for the batsmen if he brings the ball into the batsman.

  5. Susantha, I don’t think we can afford to pick all Udana, Thisara , Dhananjaya de Silva and Chamika Karunaratne’s in the same World Cup squad. I’m impressed with both Chamika’s and Asitha’s domestic performances but the quality of our domestic players is questionable. For instance, Chamika’s bowling economy was 5.90 in his test debut in Australia just a couple months ago. Moreover, although, Malinga is not that threatening at this year’s IPL he took 7 wickets against Dambulla straight away. It’s better to go with an experienced fast bowler for the world cup. Out of Rajitha, Chameera & Pradeep I feel that Rajitha has the upper hand in international level.

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