I would like to further highlight the poor performance of Tharanga against top-quality teams.
His batting average against top-quality bowling attacks is as follows:
Australia – 22 Innings – average 24.38
India – 43 innings – average 30.70
New Zealand – 19 innings – average 32.74
Pakistan – 34 innings – average 28.79
South Africa – 26 innings – average 24.80
The West Indies – 12 innings – average 27.18
England – 16 innings – average 48.14
Numbers do not lie. Only against England he has a good average. However, one must note that he scored most of his runs against England prior to 2015 when England was not a good one-day side and when they did not have a strong bowling line-up. What is more this is a guy who played test cricket for almost a decade but could not score a century against any top team. All his centuries in test cricket came against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Even in ODI cricket his best performances are against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. His strike rate in ODI cricket is 75.93, whereas Danushka Gunathilake’s strike rate is 84.7 while his average is 32.41 out of just 36 matches. True, he is inexperienced, but he is a highly talented cricketer.
Unfortunately, he does not have a lot of support from the media like Tharanga. Tharanga is heavily backed by Rex Clementine. There are many other people in the media who back Tharanga. Tharanga is now 34 years old. We must back young talent like Danushka.