in

1ST ODI VS BANGLADESH

MY XI FOR MALINGA’S FARWELL ODI 

1.D.Karunaratne(C)

2.K.Perera(wk)

3.A.Fernando

(A settled top 3 )

4.S.Jayasuriya(deserves a prolonged opportunity together with Shanaka )

5.A.Mathews( can even opt to play him at 4 to prevent a collapse and drop SJ to no.5)

6.D.Shanaka ( give him more time to make an impact with proper batsmen at the other end .Is a tremendous young talent who has constantly been hard done by the selectors. Coaches should work on his bowling too and he can be the perfect all rounder SL so badly needs )

7.D.De Silva( competition is with Akila and if akila performs really well in the practice match he can be swapped for DDS and have Wanindu bat at no.7 .However akila should also be a key member of SLs ODI squads going forward )

8.W.Hasaranga(great young talent .Batting and bowling have considerably improved since he last played ODIs .Deserves a prolonged run )

9.L.Malinga

10.L.Kumara(competition is with Rajitha and this spot should be confirmed based on the practice mach .Both are key cogs in the future of the Sri Lankan bowling attack)

11.N.Pradeep

One Comment

Leave a comment
  1. Agree with the above 11 players. Weaknesses in the upper middle order and the lower order power hitters positions are well addressed.

    I think the selectors should change their attitude on reserving a permanent place to Thisara in our ODI team. If you look at his recent poor performances in both batting and bowling, he should be replaced by an inform batting all rounder. The biggest mistake of the selectors in the past was to assign the no 6/7 crucial position to a non performing & out of form all rounder like Thisara. According to the current form he cannot be considered as a batting or a bowling all rounder. Thisara’s & Udana’s failures in their batting at no 7 & 8 positions were major reasons for our poor performance in the WC.

    Although Dasun is a batting allrounder (and a trusted clean hitter who can change the game with his ability of clearing the fence) he needs to improve his bowling which has to be the immediate task of our fast bowling coach. But as our spin bowling strength in the team is vastly improved with the inclusion of Shehan, DDS & Hasaranga and we are playing all 3 matches on a spin friendly pitch, Dasun’s few overs of fast bowling may be avoided in this tournament,

Leave a Comment