The difficulty of being Shanaka – Cricket Machan

Shanaka’s numbers prove that he is one of Sri Lanka’s all-time greats in the lower-middle order and he is Sri Lanka’s first and—until Kusal Mendis turned a corner in the World Cup—Sri Lanka’s best truly modern white-ball player. Sri Lanka should pay him his due respect not only to acknowledge the difficult job he has done but also to cultivate a culture that is conducive to producing power hitters. After all, when batsmen who take risks are denigrated, you are going to be left with only run accumulators.

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