My World Cup 2019 XI


1. Danushka Gunathilaka

2.Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain)

3. Sadeera Samarawickrama (Backup Wicketkeeper)

4. Kusal Mendis

5. Kusal Perara (WK)

6. Angelo Mathews (VC)

7. Isuru udana

8.Suranga Lakmal

9. Lasith Embuldeniya

10. Lahiru Kumara

11. Dushmantha chameera



12: Lasith Malinga 

13: Akila dananjaya

14: Niroshan Dickwella 

15: Asela Gurenatne 

16:Mohamed Shiraz 


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  1. My World Cup Squal

    1. D Gunathilake
    2. S Samarawickrama
    3. D Karunaratne (vc)
    4. K Mendis
    5. A Mathews (c)
    6. MDKJ Perera
    7. Hasaranga de Silva
    8. S Senanayake
    9. I Udana
    10. L Malinga
    11. N Pradeep

    12. Lakmal
    13. A Dananjaya
    13. D de Silva (an an all rounder only considered in the Opening batting spot)
    14. D Chameera
    15. D Chandimal (could be considered at 6 and wicket keeping options)

  2. Our WC squad needs Test Class inteligent batters the likes of MendisDAravinda,Attapattu,Samaraweera,that has had total control over their batting in their heydays, therefore selectors have no other option rather than picking the best proven talent, we have at present. In picking players selectors have to consider entire career of those players, not just the performances of the previous day’s match and the number of chances he offers to score a 50 has to be taken into account as well. OshadaF was picked for being the highest run-getter in one season only, but they don’t apply the same rule for MalindaP the most successful Wkt-taking bowler in the Country since 2007. The selectors have deliberately ignored him.Likewise they have ignored many a highly talented schoolboy Cricketers to field henchmen. [ School, 1st Class career and Qualitywise ] PathumN is far ahead than OF and his consistency record is much more better and easily can be classed with Chandimal, Mathews,RoshenS,AselaG,KusalM,KusalP, SadeeraS,CharithAsalanka,AshenBhandara,…..,they all have long history as consistent bats. For A long 50-Over tournament like the WC a team needs at least 5 Test-class batters such as Koli,Root,Williamson who can maintain a success rate of 4 out of 5 Innings to win a tournament. There’s no way a team could win a tournament with too many blind hitters that doesn’t have necessary skills to play the ball intentionally all along the ground when required, Good e.g. for this is the batting of Sana & Kalu in ‘96 WC. In other Established Test nations teams are selected by players that has history of proven consistency as batters. : We badly need 5 Wkt taking bowlers & 6 complete proven batters such as: Chandimal,Mathews,RoshenS,AselaG. that can win matches single-handedly, stats from their school-days speaks volumes of their ability. My advice to selectors is not to go for half-players for those that has no record to prove their consistency. Consistency of players is the main key to win a tournament. It was solid risk-free batting of Aravinda,Mahanama,Hashan & Dharmasena [ it was these 4 that saved us at difficult times ] and the bowlers that had the perfect control over their trade only won the ’96 WC for us. Main reason why we have lost 50-over T’ments, in recent times, is the wholesale changes that has been done to the test Team. Basically a 50-over Team should be the same for Tests, with one or two changes, but selectors have always wanted T20 style of play in 50-over matches as well, as a result our proven players such as Mathews, Chandimal, Dickwella, MendisKu,SadeeraS were always in a dilemma whether to play their normal game or to play, the way selectors want, which is the main cause for them to be very in consistent in last few years. As for bowlers they have found it difficult to maintain their line & length and to enhance their confidence level due to lack of competitive tournaments as we had in the past [ 10 years ago ]. At present our standards have even gone down below that of Nepal though our School Cricket is still one of the best if not the best at Junior levels. Undisputed Champs of U-15 &U17 levels.

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