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Dimuth Karunaratne becomes only the second player to carry his bat in a World Cup match

Sri Lanka succumbed to a disastrous 10-wicket loss against New Zealand in their opening fixture of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Cardiff on Saturday.

However, their captain Dimuth Karunaratne (52*) became only the second player to carry the bat in a World Cup after Ridley Jacobs (49*) of West Indies did the same against Australia in the 1999 Cricket World Cup. Dimuth Karunaratne also became only the second captain to carry the bat in ODIs after Upul Tharanga in 2017.

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  1. I would like to remind one of many diehard individual efforts put up by Opener Upul Tharanga during his brief tenure as skipper, becoming the World’s First Skipper to carry his bat throughout the inning in 2017 November, just 18 months ago.

    The difference here is, the opening skipper Upul Tharanga (who was systematically kicked out of 2015 & 2019 WC squads by subjecting to repeated axing and mental suppression – not allowing any international exposure over 6 months period since mid-2018 leading to the WCs) remained unbeaten with one of his many diehard efforts 112* Vs Pk in 2017 Nov (apart from his 90 ball 119 vs SA & 82 ball 95 vs India in Dec 2017 etc) …. to bring the side so close to the winning goal… but ran short of very few runs & unfortunately stranded without partners, more than 2 overs remaining to bring a famous victory .!

    The side led by Upul 18 months ago was filled with the SAME BUNCH of eternally failing culprits responsible for SL hell-hole in past 2 yrs, but continuously enjoying the gratis spots unjustifiably granted in the WC squad as well – ie: Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Dhanjaya de Silva, Milindha Siriwardane etc)…. while the most productive overall pair of ODI run makers during past 2yrs, Upul Tharanga & Niroshan Dickwella being axed out of the scene.!

    They not only preferred proven failures, but as usual parachuted their selective dual sweethearts (Dimuth Karunarathne & Jeevan Mendis ) just before the WC.! These two unjustified lucky players seems to be just reserved to play the most important World Cups, appearing from nowhere (without playing a single ODI over FOUR YEARS since their total failures in 2015 WC – to justify their spots in this WC cup XI, creating another hilarious record by SL in World Cup history). Outrageously, Dimuth was handed over the unearned captaincy too (based on a single Test series success as in previous WC spot, that was granted based on a single Test inning).

    The shameless SL authorities, hell-bent on nepotism (clearly according to school ties – just imagine the odds of having 4 players in the WC squad in reality, including the injury prone former skipper (who hasn’t done anything significant at international level to justify his current form during past 8 months), parachuted new skipper (haven’t played a single ODI for 4 yrs, since totally flopped in 2015-WC), current Minister of sports & CEO SLC are all happened to be in the same camp of happy-go-lucky school mates). The pathetic history seems repeating the entire destructive process caused the 2015-WC flop, despite Sanga & Dilly’s career best efforts seen during that WC.

    Finding productive openers, who could make consistent runs anywhere, in any situation, is not an easy task. This is even much harder in limited over cricket, as evident from futile experiments, ridiculously going on since mid-2013 in SL ODI arena.

  2. Playing Test innings in ODIs to save your own a*s will not serve any purpose as far as the entire Nation concerned. That can only boost your horrible record, somewhat superficially to a certain extent .

  3. Didn’t Sunil Gavaskar carry his bat in a WC game (was it 1979?) when he scored something silly like 30 off 70 balls! That was in the first days of limited overs cricket when people hadn’t really worked out how to play the game, ironically you could same about SL right now. It’s like we are a new team in to international cricket, out of depth and struggling and work out how to compete at the top level.

    The sad reality is the game today is what we invented. The art of thinking outside the box and going for all out attack. The teams have taken it to a new level but this is what we invented and here we are in the 2019 WC opening with Dimuth – talk about coming the full circle. Think about England in the last WC. I think they had Cook and Bell in the team and got knocked out by Bangladesh and see where they are today. How about the Windies, 2 time champs and having to qualify, which will happen to us next time and it’s possible we may not qualify – certainly will be the case the best we can come up with open with Dimuth!

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