Why Upul Tharanga should never play for Sri Lanka again

Upul Tharanga’s ODI batting since 1st January 2018 

ODIs – 17

Runs – 319

Average – 21.26

SR – 74.35

50s – 1

He got out in three different edges in the 3 South Africa ODIs. never worked on his batting weakness. one of the worst fielders in world cricket as well


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  1. This has become a very hot subject in this forum and I already expressed a similar view on a blog posted last week. I agree with your comments that Tharanga’s current form as an opener has been appalling. Even in today’s match I was expecting him to score at least minimum 30 runs in a convincing manner so that we could have assumed that he is back to form. But he failed again today.

    Being an experienced batsman, he should know how to play a waiting game and survive the first 10 overs until SA’s most dangerous two opening bowlers (bowling at 150 kph) were taken off. According to Cricinfo Stat guru Statistics for the last 12 month period his average is a very poor 15,5 (in 12 matches while scoring only 171 runs with no half centuries). More over his SR for the same period is only 83%. We are looking for an opener who can score quick runs (beside power hitting) at a min 100% SR (or even min 95%). it will be worth sending a young, & more technically correct opening batsmen like Avishka or Sadeera, provided one of them fares well in the 3, T2o matches in SA. Dimuth’s inclusion will also strengthen our opening (or top order i.e. 1,2, & 3 positions) batting combination.

    I think Tharanga lost the last chance he had to prove that he is back to his true form & quality. I would not think now even if he scores heavily in the Sri Lankan provincial tournament matches, that will give any supporting evidence for his inclusion in the WC squad, as pitch conditions in SL and strength of the bowling attacks will be totally different to what is expected in the WC. That tournament however will be useful in getting some match practices to the proven players like Mathews, Dhanushka & Dasun Shanaka and few others who had injury problems.

  2. Totally agree with you Gentleman it was ashocking to see him struggling to face the new ball bowlers, he is a very experienced opener. But unfortunately he has lost confidence and application it was quite evident the way he faced both Rabada, Nigidi .His responsibility was to anchored the innings as the most senior batsman which he was capable but on all three innings he looks desperate and had no answers to pace of the SA. So it’s looks like end of the road for him.Yeah feel sorry for him a player who had done a lot in the past but in cricket in reality one cannot survive on past laurels only, so SL Cricket has to move forward, now time has come to find stabel opening batsman who does the basics right to face pace and survive to build a opening partnership, as in the past before this tour and on this tour (5 innings )never had a solid start .
    You cannot survive in any tournament or in a series if you do not get regularly solid starts and one of the openers to go on thru the innings. Now we have said all let’s hope after the Provincial Tournament Selectors will find the required opening combination. A word about Avishka Fernando he is just 20 years he has potential and talent but he needs to be guided for the future should not throw him out remember it took longer time for Marvan Attapattu to score but he was not neglected or thrown out completely.
    Hope things will fall in line and we need to forget bitter past and sets our eyes on WC squad .

  3. Totally agree with you both Susatha & Anura. You are right he is the senior most player in the side but never took the bull by the horns and cement his place when it was there for taking. I do feel sorry for him because we know how good he is. Well I am talking about the past, not current UT. But I feel that none of the senior players took charge during pointy moments which is so disappointing. Winning or losing the senes
    is not the issue but how we played is what makes us all shake our heads in disgust because it’s nothing but a meek surrender..It is so painful to watch in which we played.
    When all the spots in our team is under scrutiny except for Kusal Perera and Angelo Mathews who can consider themselves definite starters. While as a Srilankan supporter I am very disappointed that none of seniors showed up when we needed someone to take charge like what we saw Kusal Perera did in the first test. We know it was the turning point.
    I am not suggesting that same thing would have happened, but as a senior you expected to show leadership which we never saw in the one dayers.

    Sadly unless any political interference or u turn by the selectors I can’t see UT going to be in the world cup squad regardless he makes runs in the provincial tournament.. Which is very disappointing.

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