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Seeing SL perform like this is really disappointing and sad. No one is putting a fight when one falls everyone else follows. I don’t wanna sound negative but there is no positive in SL perform. Here is my thoughts on some topics.

Dimuth: should this guy even be captain. He had drunk driving incident and SL made him captain wait to go. People might look at scorecard and say he did good. But the truth is he had couple of chances. Even the ball hit the wicket but bails didn’t fall. His batting style is so negative cuz he basically saying I will hang around and u guys attack, which is really putting pressure on the other guy and it’s also difficult do since the opposition has great bowlers. Even today match I haven’t seen kusal go that hard in recent months. I think dimuth approach had a influence and then he got out. Also u can see dimuth trying really hard find single and boundaries but he is unable to do so.

I don’t wanna waste time talking about this too much cuz it’s no use.

The more I see SL without dickwella the more I am convinced dickwella is the future of SL cricket. This guy only failed in SA tour but selectors dropped him for world cup. He is the highest ranked SL ODI batsman. There are players like kusal mendis that never really performed and not even getting dropped for a game.

What I see from SL players in this team is that they semmed be to negative, depressed and serious people. I say this after seeing leaking kusal and lakmal talks, Angelo tweets, player interviews (malinga, kusal mendis and so on), body language in the field. None of the players seemed to be enjoying playing cricket they just wanna play some shots and get out. I don’t see anyone fighting to put a good score on the board. Dimuth was just ride the wave not putting a fight. Angelo thisara malinga they semmed to be putting fake but they semmed depressed and not happy inside.maybe what this team need is depression pills to deal with their current mental state. The body language of players while batting and bowling is really negative no one semmed to be enjoy playing cricket. U got ask what’s point of all this if players aren’t enjoying and fans are not enjoy.

The only person that brought little bit of happiness to this team was dickwella and he is not even in the team. Guy is friendly with everyone and does his stupid jokes. But one thing sure he bring energy and life to the team with his funny and stupid jokes fighting spirit.

I don’t care what happens in this world cup. I don’t think we have chance. However it’s really important what happens after this. SL should look to make dickwella the captain in all formats. I say this because out of the all the players he is the only one that has been able to perform consistently, he has leadership skills, Friendly with everyone, not too serious individual. If u look over his stupid jokes you will see guy is the smartest player in SL team. When he is batting he takes control of the game he is the only guy that I seen constantly communicating with the other batsman.

Unlike others he shows passion, character, not faker he is not shamed to be himself in the middle. I write this about dickwella cuz I  Know SL people and selectors hates this guy. They just waits for him to fail to make fun of him and drop him. I think we should be give more importance to this guy because I think he is the future as a player and a captain.

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  1. Pramudith Petta Yaddehige, it would be more befitting instead of having the subject heading as My thoughts it should be Niroshan Dickwella future captain. What i am struggling to understand that when the whole nation regardless of the religious beliefs and Srilankan supporters around the world is hurting after what we saw our team performed yesterday which is nothing short of humiliating and depressing, you decided to come out with this trying to promote one player. I am having difficulty in understanding you if you are really a Srilankan supporter? When we are so upset and trying to pick up the pieces and trying to make sense of what our team has to do be competitive? Instead of putting a sensible constructive criticism you decided to stick it upto all , to our team our nation and most of all Srilankan supporters by trying to convince everyone that having Niroshan Dickwella is the only answer? I thought Cricket is a team game not about an individual!
    I agree with you in some point that our team lacks imagination, but to say that Niroshan Dickwella brings happiness is taking the Mickey out of all Srilankan supporters who are more knowledgeable and would have watched Niroshan Dickwella and his best and the worst. Maybe you are insinuating that Niroshan antics are so funny he makes our team a laughing stock by cajoling the captains to go for DRS when he catches a ball which never touched the bat for caught behind or a ball which is clearly missing the stumps for an LBW decision to be eventually turned down and ofcourse losing a review to his stupidity .
    I have no issues that Niroshan has some talent but his constant sledging, cajoling the captains for go for DRS and trying to hit every single ball out of the ground makes him look like an idiot. The day Niroshan realizes that he is a professional cricketer who is paid to play a game he loves called Cricket and give some respect to cap he is wearing instead of being a showman trying to impress his girlfriend sitting in the stand then he will be a good player. Until then trying to be a pied piper by trying to convince others he is captaincy material is very premature and an argument lacks substance.

  2. Hey man chill. This is my first time posting something this was my overall thoughts. I am no way trying promote dickwella. I always support who ever represent SL. I just wants best for SL cricket that it. I don’t want this to be about certain player because I don’t wanna start arguments about players, selection and non selection of players. And Like u mentioned dikka is no way perfect he makes a lot of mistakes. But my point being that we should back players that are even little bit consistent cuz at the moment no one is. And stat proves that dikka has been the most consistent in the past after tharanga and he is not in the team. Meanwhile He is making hundreds against India A. One of issues with SL is lack of leadership. Leader should be able bring a team together, come up with plans, ideas, create a positive environment, talking responsibility, good communication, friendly with everyone. Out of everyone dikka has shown most of these traits. I don’t think dimuth is permanent solution to this problem. Like most captains in the recent past he is mostly likely to disappear after world cup. I think dikka could be leadership solution and he is good player. He needs improve his game and more but he has the potential. This is just one part of the SL problem. We needs good players, mentally touch, and smart individual.

  3. I was at the ground yesterday and I agree with you that players just don’t look happy. A personality like Dickwella is lacking but he didn’t help himself by constant failures leading up to wc19. I just think we need another voice in the dressing room like MJ. Watching the match live at the ground I saw some players are clearly out of their depth. They are just not good enough.

  4. Pramudith Petta Yaddehige, I do agree that Srilanka needs a real leader but Dimuthu is not that person for the one dayers. However as i have stated clearly Niroshan has so many flaws and he needs to irion out called discipline which he clearly lacks. You are saying that you were not promoting anyone but clearly you are suggesting that Niroshan is the answer to our team. To me he needs to understand that hitting each and every single ball out of the park is not is called batting unless he is playing in a carnival and trying to impress his girlfriend. Well let the dusk to settle before all of us can put our own pist mortem about our selection and strategies. We just played the first match we still have eight more games to play. Lets not talk about what ifs when the team is already selected regardless whether our favorite player is in side or not. Lets talk constructively and support our team rather being doomsayers.

  5. Pramudith Petta Yaddehige, I do agree that Srilanka needs a real leader but Dimuthu is not that person for the one dayers. However as i have stated clearly Niroshan has so many flaws and he needs to irion out something called discipline which he clearly lacks. You are saying that you were not promoting anyone but clearly you are suggesting that Niroshan is the answer to our team. To me he needs to understand that hitting each and every single ball out of the park is not is called smart batting unless he is playing in a carnival and trying to impress his girlfriend. Well let the dusk to settle before all of us can put our own post mortem about our selections and strategies. We just played the first match we still have eight more games to play. Lets not talk about what ifs when the team is already selected regardless whether our favorite player is in side or not. Lets talk constructively and support our team rather being doomsayers.

  6. This is loose talk by Pramudith rooting for Dickwella. Either a friend or a blind fan like some for Tharanga.Or other reason. Talk facts correctly,it was not only in SA, Dickwella failed miserably before & after.Do you remember he was NOT chosen for the Asia cup tour at all. He did n’t score well in any recent domestic competition at all & not in NZ or Aus. In fact for weird reason,DeMel made him the VC saying that would prompt him up but to no avail. Even in India A against a second or third string team just managed one single big score.Is that the leading from the front? Every WC team has a blistering consistent WK,DeCock,Mushfiqer,Bairstow,Dhoni Latham etc.People say he has leadership qualities, my foot, he is the most anxious unsettled batter you could ever see at the wicket. He is constantly praying & each stroke is followed by many crosses & upward looks!! What a symbol of a player lacking self confidence, self doubt & restlessness.

  7. Jeez. I am not posting anything on this site again. Dikka definitely not best player or perfect character. But after seeing what all current player have to offer in terms of consistency, dikka is the most consistent. I was talking about after this world cup. As most of u know this team is oldest team in world cup. He failed in provincial tournament yes. But he average like 34 in past 2 years in odi. I just don’t think it was rational decision drop him. I don’t think current world cup team includes the best players in SL. But I really hope everyone included in this team performs and hopefully win us some games. I want players to be energetic, motivated do better, be Happy, enjoy these moments cuz not everyone get to represent their country at the world cup, play with passion, dedication do better. But most of the time I see depressed, sad, moody, drama queens, seem like they just their, seem they have no plans they just go about things. Like they don’t want to win. U must plan execute plans to win games. U not gonna win games if u don’t put the effort. With most of our players skill not problem. Mentality very important in cricket. I just don’t see that side of the players. There are 8 more matches to go, I really hope they can turn things around put a fight. Show case their talent and skills. As viewer, it’s sad seeing players not enjoying the game and not having fun cuz that makes it hard for me enjoy.

    Message to website. I was looking delete my post as Soon as post this article cuz I knew people would get my intention wrongs or something. But I couldn’t find it. So can u delete my article. I am just 21 year old fan. I don’t wanna be accused of anything. I was just sharing my view point.

    Good luck to the team and peace to everyone.

  8. @Pramudith, don’t delete your comment or try to defend your read. It’s your thoughts which you are entitled to make, just like others are entitled to agree or disagree – it is after all a forum. I think its important to have folks like you who make posts and keep this forum going as opposed to those (like me) who don’t. What would we debate without opinions so keep them coming and don’t get bothered if others have opposing views.

    Having said that, we spend a lot time focusing on a single player. As we speak there are other threads that Kusal Mendis is to blame for SL cricket’s failure and Upul Tharanga should be the President of Sri Lanka. What we have here is treating the symptoms! SLC is in total turmoil which is the number of one issue and unless we fix that, there will be many other knock on issues. How many captains, coaches and selectors have we had since the last WC? While it’s interesting to debate all sorts of other things including Dikka, Kusal and Tharanga, the real issue here is the polititians need to get out of SLC and hand over the game to the folks who know to run it or all we will keep debating for the next few years is if Dikka should captain or Tharanga should open the bowling etc. All very interesting but lets not lose focus on the real issue.

  9. I think who ever wrote this posses a short memory, how can you forget our greatest test match against SA. Rather than talents and skills, players attitudes under Dimuth’s captaincy. Did you see anybody depressed? You were talking about Dikka and Tharanga with all outdated tools of measurements. Best thing to do as a Sri Lankan is to pray for the selected players and worship your idol Dikka in your secret prayer room.

  10. @ Pramudith Petta Yaddehige, please don’t delete your post. As per Stormy comments, we all have our own opinions about players, and everyone is entitled for their own opinions. As you correctly pointed out not all the best players were selected, but its not worth talking about when its not going to make any difference. I am sure you must have heard about Bhanuka Rajapaksha’s special knock. Only if he did that regularly i couldn’t imagine what kind of impact he would have brought to our side!!
    Something to look forward to.

  11. I think this is another battle between an immature fan (I call it that way due to the very young age of 21 yrs of the author) and several of forum fans who waste their valuable time in answering to meaningless analysis of the former. I too had to face the same situation recently when I argued for a long period of time with a die hard fan of Tharanga and then I decided in future I will never respond to such meaningless comments and wast my time, but I would like to offer some good advice to the author, “Mr Pramudith, you are so young and has a long way to go to achieve some maturity, and then you will definitely be able to analyze cricket issues in a more professional and meaningful way, My good wishes to you”. Please also read the following extract taken today from another news article written on Dickwella.

    World Cup snub my fault, says Niroshan Dickwella
    The Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman says his poor run with the bat cost him a place in the World Cup. By ASHWIN ACHAL

    30 MAY, 2019

    A lean patch of three consecutive single-digit scores, against South Africa, came at the wrong time for Niroshan Dickwella. It was just a month before the World Cup squad was announced, leading the selectors to drop the wicket keeper-batsman.

    Dickwella, however, has taken the setback in his stride. “I didn’t get runs in South Africa, and I got dropped. That was my fault,” Dickwella said here on Thursday.

    “The World Cup is a big event, but at the end of the day, it is just another tournament. I look at this as a learning experience. I’m confident that I’ll make a comeback and become a match-winner for Sri Lanka,” he said.I am not going to get into any arguments with

    The 25-year-old, now part of the touring Sri Lanka-A team, showed his class with a fluent 113-ball 103 in the first unofficial ‘Test’ at Belagavi. “Now I’m back in the runs, and hope to get a big score again in the second match here,” Dickwella said.

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