I have been vindicated about my claim that Tharanga has a great deal of support from the media and various websites. This guy Yohan Vass appears to be a diehard supporter of Upul Tharanga. He has so far submitted 16 blogs and out of them, 14 posts have been devoted to promote Tharanga.
I have already proved with evidence that Tharanga has failed to deliver against top quality bowling attacks in the ODI format in my earlier blogs.
Danushka has played only 36 ODIS and Dimuth has played only 17 ODIs. However, Tharanga has played 235 ODIs. Even Mahela Jayawardena’s batting average after his first 50 odd ODIs was less than 30. Hence, you cannot compare the performances of Dimuth and Danushka with that of Tharanga. Both Dimuth and Danushka have played very few ODI matches and they have not been given the opportunity to prove their worth.
It is said that the capability of a batsmen can be correctly assessed only through test cricket. If that is so, let us examine how Tharanga fared in test cricket. It is nothing but pathetic. Out of 58 innings, he could only muster a very lacklustre, unimpressive, and paltry average of 31.89. Then, let us examine his averages against top-quality teams in test cricket except against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
South Africa – 23.50 from 11 innings
Pakistan – 35.6 from 10 innings
New Zealand – 21 from 4 innings
England – 21 from 8 innings
India – 14.1 from 10 innings
Nevertheless, like in ODI cricket, he had accumulated impressive averages of 61 and 58.13 against weak teams like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh respectively.
Who is selfish?
Mr. Yohan said Danushka is selfish while Tharanga is such a team man. But facts prove otherwise. Danushka’s strike rate in ODIs is 84.7 whereas Tharanga’s strike rate is 75.93. This selfish tag is suited to players like Tharanga, Chandimal, and Thirimanne who are heavily supported by the media. In fact, Danushka scored 76 runs from 72 balls during that ICC Championship Trophy match against India while chasing 321 runs which we won. So, how could anybody say he is selfish?
Tharanga’s poor technique
Tharanga has a very poor footwork and an awful technique. Even commentators have pointed out that. His poor technique was the reason he could not be successful in test cricket. He cannot bowl also.
The favourites of the Media
Nevertheless, he has so many friends who send articles in favour of him.There are commentators like Sajith Fernando and Anusha Samaranayake who support him through the media. Both of them represent the NCC, which is the club of Upul Tharanga. What is more influential Ranjith Fernando is also from the NCC. Furthermore, he is heavily praised by Rex Clementine who also favours selfish players like Chandimal and Thirimanne. I do not have anything against Tharanga personally. But he is trying to get into this world cup squad by exerting pressure through the media via his buddies. It is quite hard to understand why the media is fascinated about a player in the calibre of Tharanga because he is no Lara, Ponting, Mathews, or Kohli for that matter.
In conclusion, it is suffice to say that he is a highly overrated player. Some say he is one of the best ODI openers we have had. That is extremely untrue. The best ODI openers we have had so far were Sanath, Marvan, and Dilshan.