TOP 18 CONTENDERS FOR SOUTH AFRICA ODI SERIES AND WORLD CUP

Niroshan Dickwella
  1. NIROSHAN DICKWELLA [VICE CAPTAIN]

  2. DHANUSKA GUNATHILAKA

  3. KUSAL MENDIS

  4. KUSAL PERERA

  5. DINESH CHANDIMAL{IF THE PITCH IS SLOW}

  6. SADEERA SAMRAWICKRAMA

  7. DASUN SHANAKA

  8. THISARA PERERA

  9. AKILA DANANJAYA

  10. JEEVAN MENDIS

  11. JEFFREY VANDERSAY

  12. LASITH MALINGA[CAPTAIN]

  13. KASUN RAJITHA

  14. KAMINDU MENDIS

  15. ASHAN PRIYANJAN

  16. ANGELO MATHEWS{IF FIT}/ ASELA GUNARATNE;’

  17. NUWAN PRADEEP

  18. SURANGA LAKMAL

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  1. My XI

    1- Niroshan Dickwella
    2- Danushka Gunathilaka
    3- Kusal Janith Perera
    4- Kusal Mendis
    5- Roshen Silva
    6- Kamindu Mendis
    7- Thisara Perera
    8- Akila Dananjaya
    9- Isuru Udana / Suranga Lakmal
    10- Lahiru Kumara
    11- Lasith Malinga – Captain

  2. Best 11 should be ;
    1) Upul tharanga
    2) Kusal Perera or (Dikwalle / Gunathilaka )
    3) Kusal Perera or Kusal Mendis
    4) Dinesh Chandimal (opt 2 captain )
    5) Angelo Mathews (opt 1 captain )
    6) Thisara Perera
    7) Jewan Mendis/Asela Gunarathna (depend on pitch)
    8) Dasun shanaka
    9) Akila Dhanajaya
    10)Lasith Malinda (no where near the leadership quality
    11) Suranga Lakmal / Kasun Rajith/ Lahiru Kumara

    Bench Streangh should be
    1) Lahiru Kumara
    2) Kavidu Mendis
    3) Nuwan Pradeep

  3. 1.Niroshan Dickwella
    2.Dhanushka Gunathilaka
    3.Kusal Janith
    4.Angelo Mathews
    5.Kamindu Mendis / Charith Asalanka
    6.Asela Gunaratna
    7.Thisara Perera
    8.Dasun Shanaka
    9.Shehan Madushanka / Lahiru Kumara
    10.Kasun Rajitha
    11.Lasith Malinga

    *** Akila Dananjaya can replace No. 9 place holders, if he is cleared to ball.

  4. Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Kamindu Mendis, Thisara Perera, Jeewan Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Lahiru Kumara

    Reserves:
    Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha

    Pending Clearance:
    Akila Dhananjaya

    In terms of the playing XI, a lot would depend on the conditions in terms of the all rounders and bowlers. If conditions suit swing/ seam – I would play Suranga Lakmal; otherwise I would leave him out for Kasun Rajitha. Likewise, I would probably play Dasun Shanaka instead of Kamindu Mendis. Of course, if Akila Dhananjaya is cleared he is automatically in the playing XI in place of Jeewan Mendis.

  5. Chandimal: low on SR, low Average and low on confidence
    DDS: mainly playing as batsman and isn’t consistence and his SR kind of low for modern day
    Kusal mendis: been nothing but disappointment in odi. He does big talks of getting 1000 runs in odi in a year but can’t even get 50. He is still young so he can improve and come back strong in few years. Should play test thoo
    Shanaka. Barely bowls, so can’t play as all rounder
    not even proper batsman whacking few sixes doesn’t make u one. Even when he had the opportunities he would get out without scoring much.
    Asela: ever since Australia matches he has not been able to perform. Again mainly a batsman as we saw in NZ matches he should not be in the team. Poor SR and consistency
    My team would be
    1. Dickwella
    2. Gunathilaka
    3. Kamidu mendis: good batsman and also with his bowling can be very useful
    4. Upul tharanga: experience, more consistent than others.
    5. Angelo Mathews
    6. Kusal perera: needs a proper batsman @6 and we have done poor in latter part of the inning
    7. Thisara perera: move up the order if SL in good position need bat at least 10 overs
    8. Isuru Udana: need a death bowler we leaking too much runs in the death and can bat a bit
    9. Lakmal/ rajitha/ chameera
    10. Malinga
    11. Sadakan: has to play him since we don’t have good spinners. We just got to hope he will come good as he plays

    Akila: I don’t know how effective he will be after remodeling. But if he is good he can replace sadakan

  6. As we imagine too much, and considering Thisara’s batting form, SL needs to slot in a bowler who can bat long too. I would go with Kamindu, So If I have a choice to choose the XI, then it would be
    Dickwella
    DdS / Gunathilaka
    Sadeera
    Kusal Mendis
    KJP
    Thisara
    Kamindu
    Akila (if available or Hasaranga)
    Chameera (If Akila plays otherwise SL can play Vandersay)
    Malinga
    Udana

    While Dds or Guna will serve the bench followed by Vandersay, Kumara, Hasaranga and Sandakan.
    SL will have all type of bowling options, RF, LFM, RFM, Off Break, Leg break, Chinaman & Slow Left Arm.

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