The Difference between MINOD BHANUKA and 3 IDIOTS

Wanindu Hasaranga

If we see talent wise Kusal Mendis and Danushka are far more Talented batsmen than Minod. But what is the difference that makes Minod a Hero and Mendis a Zero.

Minod performs every time when TEAMS NEED HIM. 

1.During SLC league Minod was out of form . But in the Final match to Win, the Team needed to put up a big total or else Chandimal and Avishka will easily chase them. So Greys team needed a good score from Minod and yeah he did it . match winning 75 runs .

2. Even in the 1st ODI vs SA Dasun Shanaka told “if we bat first 10 overs without losing a wicket. that a huge advantage’. and Minod delivered it correctly. he stayed patient until 10 overs and tried for risky shots only after that.

3. During the T20 series Vs India Minod didn’t score more than 20 . So in the 3rd T20 he had to put a good score to secure his place. and he did it . Another match winning knock in the low scorer when avishka and sadeera gone for few runs . he scored 31 and made it simple to reach target of 81

But on the other hand, Trio kusal, dickwella, and danushka are Completely Opposite . They never perform when the team need them . they just score big in easy matches first batting or with teams like Zimbabwe (dickwella’s only centuries in career). Kusal mendis has never performed a single match winning knock.

So its not just about TALENT , its about how you perform , when you perform and the passion and dedication you have when you play for your country. Well played Minod. Wishing all the best to Keep Improving .

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    • I will define the ban on these three players as a “BLESSING IN DISGUISE” for our cricket. At least now SLC can move forward and develop a good, young and well disciplined team /s to bring back to SL,the lost past glory in cricket. It already has started I believe. If these three players didn’t have a ban we wont be able to even see these fantastic young players like Charith Asalanka, Minode Banuka and Kamindu Mendis. I am pretty sure that these three youngsters will be in a much better & improved level in performance within the next 6 months, when it will be very difficult for these three banned players to come back into our ODI and T20 teams again.

  1. Minod is a shrewd and smart cricketer. He is a good keeper. But I think he is not good enough to bat in the top order. He should be at five or six. If we open with Avishka and KJP or even Dasun opening if KJP is not available and Bhanuka Rajapaksa at No 3, we can really get most of the runs we need fast and early in the innings and Asalanka, Minod and DDS can bat normally in the middle and build huge totals.

    • I feel at the present level of performance Minode B fits into the team as the second/third option WK batter incase Kusal J is not playing. Even for the opening position, Chandimal could be a better choice but he has not yet performed as an opener partnering with Avishka.

      Bringing Minode down the order is not a good idea as he is still struggling to improve his SR which is very important. Our no5 (Dasun), no6 (Wanindu) and no 7 (Chamika) positions are already filled and there is no chance to give a position to Minode in the lower middle order.

      Besides I don’t see any reason to play Minode when either KJP / Chandimal is in the team as it will effect the team balance pretty much and bring down the overall SR and total innings score as well.

      • You can’t score 300+ having Chandimal to Open . This is ODI and he won’t score fast like T20 league. Thats why we have quick scorers like minod and rajapakshe.

        Kusal perera also not much consistent . if you see only scores its more or less same like minod 20s and 30s. but on his day .no one can beat KJP

      • Morever in ODIs Chandimal has not scored even a century in Last 4 years.
        I don’t find a reason put him straight to playing xi just because he is experianced. He has to fight for his place perform for it and come in and This is healthy competition

    • Shanaka opening ? i am not sure how will he play vs New Ball swing.
      for the time being Minod keeps improving (Two 50+ opening partnership in 4 matches) so i don’t think a half century from Minod is far away. We just have to give him the time and experience

    • Shanaka opening ? i am not sure how will he play vs New Ball swing.
      for the time being Minod keeps improving (Two 50+ opening partnership in 4 matches) so i don’t think a half century from Minod is far away. We just have to give him the time and experience

  2. Exactly, for the time being our 2nd choice for the opening spot in the absence of KJB must be Minod. More than anything, these players should have the passion, motivation and dedication to play for the sri lanka. Atleast they should feel some shame when country looses in a match, unlike those three what they did in England after loosing to them in such a shameful way representing our country. Chandimal should also try to earn his place back in to the playing eleven with continuous performance in the domestic circuit if you want to replace another hard earned player in the team. it should be a healthy competition.