Thirimanne needs to do much better – Karunaratne

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  1. I think it’s high time to replace Thirimanna’s openers slot with an inform performing player from the test team or a young opening batsman who has performed well with Emerging XI. Following batsmen are the most suitable openers to replace Thirimanna.

    1 Kusal Mendis to be promoted. He has previous experience as an opener. Kusal Janith is another candidate. But as Kusal M is RHB he fits into a better opening combination with Dimuth. Also since Rshen Silva will come out of his injury very soon (who will occupy no 6 position), Kusal’s promotion as an opening batsman will not create any vacuum in the middle order.

    2 Sadeera Samarawickrama (24 yrs) RHB (wkt kkeeper bat)

    3 Pathum Nissanka (21 yrs) RHB

    Sadeera is more suitable than Pathum due to having more experience.

  2. We’ve been all expecting more from Thiri and the real question is why we keep picking him despite failing since his latest comeback. Remember we went through a whole SA tour in which Thiri did little.

    I still don’t get his game plan which is based on stonewalling followed by wild shot selection. Just don’t get after all these years how this can be a game plan. I presume we will keep playing Thiri while ignoring a young chap like Oshada (who actually did something in tough SA conditions – the same conditions that Thiri did nothing) and standing around wandering what is wrong.