Last match against New Zealand was disasterous. It broke the hopes of fans back at home. I am going talk about kusal mendis today.
Problem with him is that he was highly praised in the early stage of his carrier. He scored in good manner during first few matches. Specially in test cricket ,he scored valuable hundreds back home. Why he is failing continously in ODI’s?
I think limited overs cricket is very dificult than test cricket. You can’t paitiently playing for draw in ODI. It is a do or die game. Kusal mendis bat at number 3 or 4 which is very crutial spot in a batting line up. I think he is the reason for downfall of sri lankan limited overs cricket. He is not matured enough to handle such amount of presure.
He plays nice shots,pull or flick or cover drives or sweep for spinners. But getting out most of the time with crazy manner. Yesterday he gave a slip catch to out swing fast delivery. His technique is very bad. Those things are instructed during under 13 level. You can not play that kind of a shot specially during initial stages of your inning.
Look at other teams. They have virath kholi, root,williamson, du plesis,babar azam,smith at number 3 or 4 . Kusal mendis is not ready for number 4 or 3 position yet. He will score randomly sometimes but not consistent.
Solution should be not to drop him. He has the potential of being a better batter in future for sri lanka. But for the current world cup, he is not ready. He can not handle pressure. He plays well when there is no pressure. His mind is not able withstand the stress. He has skills. His mental strength is very low. Confidence is 30%.
He should bat after mathews. May be number 6 is ideal for him for this world cup. Few things i must highlight at the moment.
1) karunrathne getting out playing hook shot to square leg
2) Thisara playing ondrive to long on or mid wicket
3)kusal pereras aggressive batting style at the top
4) Dimuth inability to take singles, he tried to score towards third man area to take a single but not fails most of the time
5) Thirimanne got out yesterday trying to play a straight delivery to leg side
6) Now dimuth is playing anchor role. But he should score run a ball inning by tacking singles,otherwise it will put extra pressure on other players
Hope these errors will be learnt and they will not trap into such deliveries again. We cant blame the whole batting line up for a such low scoring game. First 4 batters are the responsible for this match.
It was said that if 3 wickets lost during first ten overs match is going to loose 75% of the time. So our top order should not apply pressure on low order.
Also look at the picture. That was the delivery that thirimanne gave his wicket. It seams like leg side delivery. But it was pitch in slightly middle. But his foot is crossed towards offside. So he is going to play that delivery assuming it is pitched in leg side. So he trapped LBW.
Hope he make adjustmen next time.