Thirimanne to open in the World Cup?

Thiri last played an ODI in 2017 December, but he has been very consistent each time he opened the batting for Sri Lanka. 3 out of his 4 centuries came out while opening the batting and the other one at 1 down. 102 off 110 against Pakistan in the 2014 Asia cup, 101 off 108 against Pakistan in the 2014 Asia Cup Finals, 139 off 143 against England in the 2015 World cup. All these 3 centuries came in while opening the batting and came in with a strike rate of over 90. Lahiru Rumesh Thirimanne to open the batting then?

We tried out 8 openers in the provincial tournament and here are their performances;

Avishka – 54, 5, 27*, DNBTharanga – 12, 1, 15, DNBDickwella – 6, 19, 2, 4Gunathilaka – 3, 7, 0, 15Weerakkody – 56, 41, 17, 0Thirimanne – 10, 82, 6, 115Sadeera – 15, 4, 12, 70Dimuth – 35, 44, 86, 0

When the regular 4 openers failed it was Thirimanne who performed well and made a strong case to be included In the World cup squad

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