Udana picks himself for World Cup

If there is one Sri Lanka player who has picked himself for the upcoming World Cup in England, it is none other than the 31-year old Isuru Udana Tillekaratne who hails from a village in Balangoda.Udana’s performances with the bat and ball during the recently concluded five-match ODI series and T20 series in South Africa spoke volumes of the prowess of him while the rest failed to make any contributions.

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  1. Yeah we need 10 more players like him.We needs Angelo Matthew, Chandimal and Lasith Malinga to find the rest it’s in the hands of the Selectors.
    Hope they will not makes mistakes like sending Niroshan Dickwella who do not value his wicket, neither do the basics right, never looked like a professional batsman.His inclusion cannot be accepted it was a bad judgement. Judgement is vital in selecting players.Please we are not trying to teach the Selectors but as ardent fans we see lots of things and say in good heart it’s constructive criticism only to the betterment of the game.
    He needs badly to be guided no doubt he is talented but he has not been guided properly by the people who are responsible.
    So we needs batsman 1, 2 3, 4,5 who do the basics right who can stay and build innings if not it will be another outing ,only just participation.
    We are fans only but people who are responsible in picking them, coaching them should find correct combinations upto now specially in one days they have failed miserably to find and coach players. No point just selecting if they are unable to to face & carry out in the middle.let’s hope all mistakes ,errors ,short comings etc are ironed out by April 11th when they announce the WC squad. Hope everyone rallys round to do well in the WC 2019.

  2. I think Udana is a certainty for the WC and it is my opinion that he should bat ahead of Thisara at no 7 position. According to the strength & ability on power hitting as well as consistency, Udana can be rated above Thisara. So Thisara can bat at no 8. Our problem is the no 6 position. Although Dhananjaya is batting at no 6, he is not the ideal batsman for that position. A batting all rounder who can hit more sixes has to bat at no 6. My best choice in Dasun Shanaka. He usually bat at no 4,5 position therefore can be classified as a batting all rounder. It’s very important to have a batting all rounder instead of a bowling all rounder for the no 6 position.

    Re Dickwella: I have a different opinion. I know his shot selection during the first 10 overs is pretty bad. He is very weak in his leg side pull shot, especially on facing short balls. As everyone is telling he never uses his brain, especially during the first 10 PP overs. But he is very strong on his cover drives and he can achieve a very high SR by scoring many boundaries with typical cricket shots. Also as SLC have invested so much on him for a long period of time, that too at the expense of a promising youngster like Sadeera, it may be a good idea to allow him to bat at a lower position. That is at no 4 or 5. but in-that case he has to compete with Mathews therefore his selection chances for the team is very slim unless he is taken as the spare batsman for the no 4 or 5 position. In shot making Chandimal and Dickwella may be similar but I rate Dickwella above Chandimal (for the no 4,5 position as Chandimals scoring rate cannot be accepted (he is too slow) to satisfy the high scoring rates that are required for this WC.

  3. Are we picking Udana as a batter or bowler who can bat? If he is a bowler, the first question is can he hold his own bowling 10 overs and if so, why haven’t we played him as a bowler all these years? I agree that he was special in SA with the bat and probably deserves a spot as a batter alone.