Bhanuka and Oshada should not have been dropped, both must play in 3rd match

Bhanuka Rajapaksa

Bhanuka & Oshada should not have been dropped for the 2nd match. Both must play in the 3rd match

 Our team selection criteria applied during this important tour has been questionable and unacceptable in my opinion. Lot of questions came up why Bhanuka & Oshada who are the main shot making middle order batsmen in the team were dropped and not given a continues opportunity to fine tune their shot making on these fast and bouncy wickets. What the selectors should think is both are new players having minimum of past experience and should be provided with the maximum opportunities to improve their game / shot making. The most surprising factor was these two first choice batsmen were dropped to try two second option players (Avishka and Dickwella) 

The first two matches were played on two grounds having short side boundaries. So they were the ideal situations for Bhanuka  to play his trade mark leg side sixes. However he has to make adjustments to execute those big sixes facing short pitched & high bouncing deliveries. So he needs more chances for that.  Even Oshada has to make some adjustments in his shot making. 

Avishka and Dickwella are both second option players in the T 20 team. Avishka is still struggling to demonstrate his true form and having a lean patch. Dickwella is a second option wkt keeper batsman as Kusal Janith’s batting is better than Dickwella’s. Keeping wise I think both are performing equally well. 

Our team selectors on tour should realize that we have only 3 matches therefore our first choice players in the team should perform in all 3 matches as a top priority. SO SELECTORS PLEASE PLAY BHANUKA & OSHADA IN THE THIRD MATCH.  


By Susantha Jayawardena


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  1. Malinga continues to make players together under his leadership. It’s very clear that he is not great in captaincy. He is a legendary bowler but poor captain. He owns a place in the team as a bowler not a captain. He needs to agree to play under someone rather than demanding be a captain.

    I personally rest Malinga for the game tomorrow and see how Dasun does;

    My preferred playing XI for tomorrow match;

    1. Danushka Gunathilake
    2. Kusal Mendis
    3. Bhanuka Rajapaksa
    4. MDKJ Perera (wk)
    5. Oshada Fernando
    6. Dasun Shanaka (C)
    7. Warindu Hasaranga De Silva
    8. Isuru Udana
    9. Lakshan Sandakan
    10. Lahiru Kumara
    11. Nuwan Pradeep

  2. I too agree that this short tour has not done anything good for SL targeting the next WC and what was Malinga’s contribution on the improvement in the batting which is the main problem.? In the 4 matches we played, SL didn’t play a single batsman for any particular position starting from the openers and upto no 7. Malinga is a good bowler there’s no doubt but I think he is a poor captain. As a captain he should be able to explain why the seven batsmens positions were reshuffled in all 4 matches, and at the end of the tour we haven’t established a single position. I think all such decisions were taken by Asantha (who was not batsman himself) and all such bad decisions Malinga was not able to discuss anything with Asantha. I think if you look at next year’s WC and it’s requirements we have done so many mistakes in team selection in this short tour..

    The biggest mistake done today was to drop Dasun and I wonder whether Malinga was also involved in that stupid decision.

    My other serious concern was dropping Bhanuka and Oshada for the 2 nd match. Why Dickwella was played instead of Dhanushka. You have seen how Bhanuka batted today . He is a no 3 batsman and today he was demoted to no 7.What a foolish decision of Asantha. For all these problems Malinga should also be held responsible. I think this tour was a waste of our batting resources.

    We will never develop a good batting unit as long as Malinga is the captain

    My strongest view is that Malinga should be in the team only as a bowler. I am not sure whether the best alternative for captaincy is Kusal Janith or Dasun Shanaka. With the experience in Pakistan keeping a very good team unity may be Dasun may be the best choice.

    When they go back to SL they will reshuffle the top 7 batsmen’s positions again.

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