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Dinesh Chandimal – 2018 ODI captain to 2019 World Cup spectator

In 2018, Dinesh Chandimal scored 298 runs at 42.52 in One-Day Internationals (ODI). Only Angelo Mathews, at 52.50, had a better average in the same period.

However, the 29-year-old wicket-keeper batsman is compelled to watch the proceedings in Britain on TV, as the Selectors felt the former skipper wasn’t even good enough to be a standby, leave alone a member of the 15-man squad for the World Cup (WC).

This was a bitter pill to swallow. From Captain-designate 6 months ago, to losing, not only the leadership, but a place in the team, has shattered the former Ananda College cricketer.

“Frankly, I was devastated,” said Chandimal, who has had a roller coaster ride since his international debut in 2010.

“I was almost in tears for a couple of days, trying to understand what befell me.”

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  1. Yep do feel sorry for him, right from the beginning he was moved around the batting order and the role with the gloves. Was given captaincy at a very young age when SL has serious talent issues. His role in the limited overs game was always strange. When he came in to the game, he was a dasher but we didn’t find him a role, and of course we had a string of stars. Then we asked him to tone down his game (anyone notice the comparison to Kusal Mendis) and then gave him a limited over role.

    There is no way Dimuth, Chandi, Thiri and the stonewalling Mathews can all play in the same limited over team unless we have wound back the clock to the 1980’s. I think ONLY of these 4 should be in the team and should bat at #5 behind the dashers.

    Chandi’s test numbers have been solid and hope to see him back to his #4 spot in the test lineup and make runs.

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