It seems the newly appointed selectors under Ashantha de Mel, unfortunately repeats the same grave mistakes, by putting faith on never improving world’s worst failure like Kaushal Silva as Opener.
Kaushal Silva is the bottom ranked WORST Test Opener among all Openers in the World, who had played 25 tests or more, during the period since his debut as Opener in 2013 to date. බලන්න කණගාටුයි සිල්වා ඉන්නෙ පතුලෙ ………
This is 33 yr old Kaushal Silva’s (career 74 ings/ 28 Average) batting misery… increasingly continuing even in his recent 16 innings since last 50+ score came Vs Zmb, more than 2 yrs ago. බලන්න කණගාටුයි සිල්වා ළන්කාවෙ ටෙස්ට් ක්රිකට්වල අගතියට මේ තාක් කරපු විනාශය…..
There are FOUR batters chosen again to the squad, with unacceptably low Test Performers (av in 20s or less) in batting since 2016 to date, with pathetic Test batting Averages ranging from 15 to in 27. No other Test Team in the whole World has a batting unit filled up with such failures… No wonder why SL Cricket is sinking to the Abyss – තිරිමාන්න 15 av, කුසල් පෙරේරා 22 av, කව්ශල් සිල්වා 23 av, දනන්ජය ඩි සිල්වා 27 av – දකුණු අප්රිකාවෙදි ආයෙත් “කොත්තු අනනව” සිකුරුයි…. ළන්කාවේ ක්රීඩා ළෝලීන්ට මේ සුපුරුදු තාරාවන් බිත්තර දාන සැණකෙලිය නැරඹීමෙහි අවසානයක් ඇත්තෙම නැද්ද?
Note: ONLY 2 batters (Kusal Mendis & Dimuth) among Top Ranked 5 batters were chosen to the squad apart from 5th ranked injured Mathews, leaving out Chandimal (due to failure in last series) & Upul Tharanga (never given a chance to this 4th ranked batter with 37 Av with 2 x100 & 3 x 50 from just 16 innings – The BEST efficient 50+ big scores producing player among all @ just 3.20 innings per his 50+ scores (including 2 hundreds), he is above 2nd placed Dimuth with a 3.26 ratio (19 x 50+ took 62 innings).
Productive Opener Tharanga was overlooked so far, since his requested opted out 6 months period was over in March 2018. Despite the dire need of such a solid performer to the horrible side, why he was overlooked so far, despite showing immense progress in productivity as a Test Opener, since recalled after 7yrs in 2014 is baffling ?
Fast tracking young blood is a good move. But rushing & pushing such instant flash-talent, straight away to the deep-end in SA could be a fatal mistake – judged by just 10 extra ordinary innings purple patch in an 109 domestic 1st class innings ( @ 36 Av) long career, in our substandard domestic first-class scenario – This was proved many times before in our cricket history.
Judging by a 10 inning domestic level purple patch, pushing him instantly to the wolfs in mighty South African setup is rather unacceptable. If he keeps maintaining the newly found glory in domestic scene, (since 1st class domestic career started in 2011)…. a gradual promotion through SL-A would have worked out better, minimizing the potential mistake. Kusal Perera, who is still struggling to improve his averages beyond 20s in both formats & Jehan Mubarak’s fate are good example for such placements found in national side, purely on flashes of brief domestic highs..!