Statistical analysis of Lakshan Sandakan’s T20I bowling: Why no Sandakan in T20Is, why is he dropped?

Sri Lanka cricketer Lakshan Sandakan

I 100% Agree to the fact that Sandakan was dropped from the ODI Side? But why was he dropped from the T20Is? When he last played a ODI against India he returned with figures of 1/71 (10) But when he last played a T20I against ENG He was at 0/28, Not so good eh? But look at the World Cup squad and it’s Spinners – Danajaya De Silva, Praveen Jayawickrama, Maheesh Theekshana, Kamindu Mendis, Pulina Tharanga, Lahiru Madushanka,Wanindu Hasaranaga.. Out of the following Only Dhananjaya De Silva and Hasaranga has played more than 10 T20S, and really Akla performed much poorer than Sandakan, So SRI LANKA HAVE A VERY INEXPERIENCED ATTACK OF SPIN!!

Sanndakan’s T20 Performances since 2020

1/35 (4) Vs IND

1/ 38 (4) Vs WI

0/17 (2) Vs WI

3/10 (3.4) Vs WI

3/29 (4) Vs WI

0/28 (4) Vs ENG

Sandakan is ranked 24 

He is ahead of

Yuzvendra Chahal (26)*

Dushmantha Chameera (30)*

Shardul Thakur (31)*

Hayden Walsh (32)

Jasprit Bumrah (33)*

Josh Hazelwood (34)*

Jofra Archer (39)*

Mitchell Starc (48)

Tom Curran (49)*

DJ Bravo (50)*

Kaigso Rabada (79)*

* – Players who play IPL

See this, Bumrah, Archer all of them are behind Sandakan!

If this isn’t enough 

The WI vs SL Series he played he took 6 Wkts for 39 runs (In those WI pitches) At an average of 6.50 and economy of 5.08!

Aren’t these stats good enough to make it to a cut at least as a reserve, Malinga said that Sandakan should get a chance. And I think too, Please drop a comment on your ideas

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    • (cont)
      I have a very strong feeling that our Spin coach is not performing his duties perfectly. Also I have not seen any pictures on spot bowling coaching done for our bowlers. Spot bowling coaching is usually done on a seperate pitch where both spinners and spinners are trained to maintain accuracy in controlling the line and length. That is the weak area of our bowlers. Out of our spinners only Wanindu is perfect on this aspect. But during the 3 T20s he also could not maintain it perfectly. All the three young spinners (Theekshana, Pulina and Praveen) however I think are better than Sandakan on their accuracies. But they have to polish it further by doing lot of spot bowling.

      Even majority of our batters are not picking the deliveries from the bowler’s hane before the delivery. When they dont do that and pick it after pitching they are very late and have more chances to miss the line. I think this is the problem with our batters. This is why we have coaches to guide our batters.

  1. Dilruwan.
    Good past experience performances (as shown in your statistical analysis) cannot be taken as a guideline for the WC selection if the player’s current performance level is not good enough. This is what happened to Sandakan. I also had a great respect to this bowler in the past but the way he performed in the recent Invitational T20 league & Indian ODI series were so bad and very rightly the selectors did not pick him for the Indian T20 and both SA ODI and T20 matches. Recently we saw how badly sandakan performed where he did not have any control over his accuracy (he was so wayward in his line and length) Even in his recent records it is well proven.

    (1) In the Invitational T20 League, out of the main five spinners we played, Sandakan had the worst Eccon. rate of 8.46 (Theekshana 6.4, Prasanna 6.4, Akila 7.36, Pulina 7.44). This was due to Sandakan’s erratic bowling where he delivered many loose deliveries to the batsmen. Even in Indian ODI series he performed very poor

  2. (cont)
    In the Indian tour out of the four main spinners Sandaka’s performance was the worst. See below;

    Average; Sandaka 62.0 – Wanindu (WH), 27.3; Praveen (PJ), 19.7; Akila (AD), 14.7
    Eccon; Sandakan 6.64 – WH, 4.31; PJ, 5.3; AD, 4.4
    Strike Rate 56 – WH, 38; PJ,20: AD,20
    From the above (Taken from Cricinfo Statistics) it is proven that Sandaka is the worst performer out of the four main spinners in SL. So I am surprised how you can give a good performance rating to him.

    Please do not fall into a category of some social media who back their favorite players without having any valid reason.

    Without any doubt we have proven records that Wanindu, Praveen, Pulina & Akila to show that all of them have performed better than Sandakan therefore very rightly they are selected by the SLC for the WC squad.

  3. Yes, You have proven many correct points, but still are spin seems very inexperienced, And to be honest I privately don’t like Sandakan too (Because he missed a run out chance again AUS) But I just felt sri Lanka need somebody LIKE sandakan to make our spin experienced!, We don’t even Have AKILA! And why didn’t SLC Include Sekkuge, Who performed well, Your ideas?

    • Yaeh, we looked inexperienced. With wanindu and Theekshana, Seekuge would be a very good addition to the squad. he will be more suited and well experienced also. At the same time he did performed very well in the recent domestic tournament. its really unacceptable that some accusation towards our players, now we starting to hear, very disheartening if its true.

    • Thanks, Its very much satisfying, its okey to loose trying their best, these group of young tallented cricketers are going to get better with the time, we have to be patient with them. If we persist with them, we will have a very good team for the 2023 world cup atlest. These exposures will do world of good for these cricketers.