By Ryan Francis | December 3, 2014
He hopes his good form in Bangladesh will earn him a World Cup place. © AFP
Chamara Kapugedera has returned to Sri Lanka midway through a fantastic season for Victoria SC in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League limited-over tournament in Bangladesh, where he amassed 365 runs in just five matches, to play in the local Premier League tournament.
The 27-year-old last month sent a timely reminder to the selectors of his ability to clear the ropes. His innings of 161 not out off 136 balls against Prime Bank CC was followed up with a blistering run-a-ball 106 against Mohammedan SC two days later. In all, Kapugedera hammered 11 sixes and 37 fours at a strike-rate in the high 90s.
"I was seeing the ball well and there was rhythm just flowing," Kapugedera told Island Cricket. "When things are going right, your feet move as much as your hands and you see the ball like a football."
"It was sad to leave the tournament, but I thought it was best for me to return and play in the Premier League at home."
Kapugedera was not awarded a central contract this year by Sri Lanka Cricket, which he said was a "low point" in his career.
"I am confused why I wasn't good enough to get a contract, but that's life."
He admitted though that he had not made the most of the opportunities that had come his way. After making his ODI debut in Australia as a 19-year-old in 2006, Kapugedera's staggered career has seen him play 92 ODIs.
"I kick myself sometimes thinking of it, maybe I should have converted those opportunities, but when I look around today, I see others too in a similar position as I was, so I don't see much of a difference between my situation and other young batsmen trying to break into the international scene," Kapugedera said.
"Number four or five is my preferred position, and that's where I've done well, but I will bat at any position Sri Lanka most needs me at. I have opened batting for Sri Lanka and I've batted as low as nine before.
"I can bat at six or seven for Sri Lanka to make use of my big-hitting skills later in the innings."
Despite last making an appearance for Sri Lanka in 2012, Kapugedera said he has hopes of making it to Sri Lanka's World Cup squad.
"I have great memories of playing in Australia and New Zealand," he said. "I've enjoyed the bouncy tracks there and the ball coming on to the bat."
Sri Lanka's selectors have experimented with several changes to the side in both the recent series in India and at home against England, and are in the process of finalising their World Cup squad.
The ICC Cricket World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand in February.
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