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Will recalled Chandimal make it to playing XI?

Dinesh Chandimal

Sri Lanka recalled axed former captain Dinesh Chandimal for the two-match Test series against New Zealand but prospects of the wicket-keeper batsman making it into the playing XI for the opening Test in Galle look bleak. 

Chandimal, a veteran of 53 Tests with an average of 41.86, was dropped from the team and its leadership ahead of Sri Lanka’s tour of South Africa in March when the right-hander aggregated just 24 runs in four innings in the two-match Test series in Australia.

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  1. I totally disagree.

    Chandimal is not currently in form to perform in our test team as a specialist batsman. After the test series in BD which ended in Feb 2018 and due to his poor form he played only in 5 test matches and for the period of last 12 months, has an awful average of 14.0 (10 th in the list) scoring just 126 runs with a SR of only 32%. I am surprised how our fans ignore this current poor performance level of Chandimal when they propose him for the test team. He can fit into the team only as a wkt keeper as Dimuth already confirmed in a press conference. But that too after competing with Dickwella. Dickwella has done much better than Chandimal during the last 12 months as a batsman and I am sure Dickwella will be picked (to bat at no 7) as the wkt keeper for the final XI.

    Our selectors made the wrong choice of including Chandimal in the squad of 15, and in my opinion he shouldn’t have been picked in the squad. As Roshen Silva is unable to play they should have picked another inform specialist batsman. Chandimal has to realize that his poor form will be a problem for his selection, and should go back to the A team and come back. But his arrogance policy will not do any thing good for him. He did not want go to India recently with the A team. Instead he picked to play in Canadian T 20 for money. What happened there. He miserably failed again as a batsman in playing only 4 matches. He could score only 52 runs.

    I think the media hype and stupid comments of our cricket fans are spoiling this young cricketer. By doing so they not only give him false hopes and encouraging him to fight for a place in SL team. He will never win that battle. Asantha made the right choice for the WC selection when he disclosed that he cannot give him any place in the ODI batting line up. Very soon when Roshen Silva comes out of his injury he will come back to our team (for no 6). Then Chandimal will be further dumped.

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