MINODE, DHANAJAYA & ASHEN ARE THE WEAK LINKS IN T20 BATTING LINE UP &
SHOULD BE REPLACED BY BETTER BATTERS
Can we do that in the next match. I don’t think so. Our cupboard is empty and we have to wait until our first choice options (Kusal Janith & Bhanuka) are recovered from their injuries. However Minode & Ashen are playing as the second choice replacements for Kusal Janith & Bhanuka R. So hopefully Bhanuka R will be available for the next match.
It was obvious that the above three batter’s performances and their shot selection were far below the level that is required for T20 format & was the main reason for our defeat in the first match. Lot of improvement in the batting of the two youngsters Minode & Ashen is required. However when our first choice batters (Kusal P & Bhanuka R) are available both these two young players will get a break and the batting line up will be much stronger.
However since there is no batsman available (Pathum Nissanka may not be a good replacement) to replace Dhananjaya we may have to bat DDS towards the end of the batting line up. The following team combination should be a good proposal to overcome the difficulties faced in batting in the first match.
1 Minode Banuka (1st choice is Kusal P who is injured)
2 Avishka Fernando
3 Bhanuka Rajapaksa
4 Charith Asalanka
5 Dasun Shanaka
6 Wanindu Hasaranga
7 Dhananjaya de Silva
8 Chamika Karunaratna
9 Dananjaya Lakshan
9 Praveen Jayawickrama
10 Dushmantha Chameeera