All-time XI: Sri Lanka April 1, 2010

Sangakkara and Jayawardene in Sri Lanka all-time XI

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Aravinda de Silva, Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene were unanimous choices for Sri Lanka's all-time XI, picked by a ten-member Cricinfo jury of ex-players and journalists. Notable omissions included Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera.

Over half the side consists of current players and those recently retired: Chaminda Vaas, Sanath Jayasuriya and Marvan Atapattu, who got nine votes apiece, also made the XI.

Three players in the team featured in Sri Lanka's inaugural Test - former captain Arjuna Ranatunga, fast bowler Ashantha de Mel and legspinner Somachandra de Silva.

The vote for the second spinner clearly divided the jury, with the two de Silvas tied on three votes each. Somachandra de Silva, who played 12 Tests in Sri Lanka's first two years at the top level, and led them in two, was picked for his superior Test record.

Ranatunga, the country's most charismatic captain, who led Sri Lanka to a World Cup win in 1996, got eight votes, while de Mel got five. De Mel's fast bowling partners in the XI are Rumesh Ratnayake, who took nine wickets in the team's maiden Test win, against India in 1985, and Vaas, Sri Lanka's second highest wicket-taker after Murali, who also serves as the allrounder by default.

Jayasuriya was picked by all but one jury member as one of the openers, but there was no room in the XI for his old partner, Roshan Mahanama, with whom Jayasuriya added a world-record 576 for the second wicket against India in 1997. Instead, the second opener's spot went to former captain Marvan Atapattu, who made 5502 runs from 90 Tests.

Sangakkara was given the gloves over present Test keeper Prasanna Jayawardene and the highly rated Mahes Goonatilleke.

The jury included former players Ranjan Madugalle (now an ICC match referee), Sidath Wettimuny, Ranjit Fernando, Russel Arnold and Ranil Abeynaike, as well as some of Sri Lanka's leading cricket writers.

Sri Lanka is the fifth team in a Cricinfo series of XIs where all-star teams are picked for the top Test-playing nations.

Cricinfo also asked readers to vote for their favourites. The readers' XI had more contemporary players than the jury's. Mendis was picked as second spinner after Murali, while Lasith Malinga was preferred over de Mel.

The readers' XI: Sanath Jayasuriya, Marvan Atapattu, Kumar Sangakkara, Aravinda de Silva, Mahela Jayawardene, Arjuna Ranatunga, Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga, Rumesh Ratnayake, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis.

Read the jury's quotes on the XI here.

The nominees

Openers: Marvan Atapattu, Sanath Jayasuriya, Roshan Mahanama, Sidath Wettimuny, Tillakaratne Dilshan.

Middle order: Roy Dias, Arjuna Ranatunga, Aravinda de Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Hashan Tillakaratne, Asanka Gurusinha.

Wicketkeepers: Mahes Goonatilleke, Amal Silva, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Kumar Sangakkara, Prasanna Jayawardene.

Spinners: Somachandra De Silva, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajit de Silva, Ajantha Mendis, Don Anurasiri.

Fast bowlers: Ravi Ratnayeke, Chaminda Vaas, Rumesh Ratnayake, Ashantha de Mel, Lasith Malinga.

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  • RoshanF on April 4, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    This is what happens when you have half the jury consisting of respected biased old timers (well relatively). Cannot believe that Ashantha de Mel and DS de Silva made it into the team. The jury should have had it their minds that it was not pioneering test cricketers who were to be selected but truly HIGH IMPACT players. All the other All Time XI's had this considered very highly. Neither de Mel nor DS were high impact - no not by a long shot. Politically yes, but not on the field. Also as some had pointed out Roy Dias has to be brought in though he did not get to play too many tests due to favouritism among other things. I would slot him in place of Mahela and have a genuine keeper to effect stumpings and difficult catches off Murali - it has to be Mahes Goonatilleke. Malinga has to replace de Mel and Mendis for DS even though they haven't played that long. Remember this all time XI is to represent Sri Lanka against the worlds best ever. NO HOPE of de Mel or DS causing even a ripple.

  • Shafi79 on April 4, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    Depends on who is referring to Ranatunga is'nt it? To us sri lankans he was the best captain we had, not because he won the WC alone but because of the manner in which he stood up to all the bullies going around world cricket, specially those from down under (which also happens to include umpires). Add to this the manner in which he was able to inspire his team to acahieve what they did, and the change he brought about to sri lanka cricket i would definitely call him "Charismatic".

  • Cam_PT on April 4, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    I think this has been the hardest selection so far. And no matter which way you look at it the SL XI is a shadow of the other All-time XI's. Hopefully time will rectify that as it is a younger cricketing nation.

  • mattcricket on April 3, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    As much potential as he has, Mendis cant even be considered for an all time XI as due to the fact that he has less than 50 test wickets to his name. Surely Ranatunga is better described as controversial rather than charismatic due to multiple run ins with various opponents and authorities

  • Ooops on April 3, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    Only the class of Roy Dias is missing

  • Timur on April 3, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Roy Dias was a classy batsman. He missed a century in the inaugural test match against England, when his helmet fell on the wicket and was out hit wicket. He has made immense contribution to Sri Lanka cricket. He deserves a place in the Sr Lanka All Time XI.

  • aryaman1994 on April 2, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    "Notable omissions included Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera."???? how were they even close to players of such quality?theyve both had a good season each, and dilshan maybe a bit more than that, but i dont see them even in the top 20 Sri lankan cricketers. also marvan looks dodgy.. rest is all good

  • Jaglal on April 2, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Romesh Kaluwitharana and Asanka Gurusinha must be included in any Sri Lankan All-time XI.that is fairly and objectly selected.

  • Sampath_KCS on April 2, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    I agree with the readers Xi than the Jury's eleven. I can imagine how difficult it would have been for Russel Arnold who is the only recent player in the jury. I have utmost respect to Ranjan Madugalle in the jury & cannot understand the inclusion of Asantha de Mel. Sanga would have been a specialist batsman in the eleven than a wicket keeper. Sanga himself would agree that Prasanna is far better than him as a keeper. But these thinks can happen. We can forgive the jury because even our selection committee make bad decisions & SL cricket have paid hevilly for it. The biggest crimes they have done is to keeping Aravinda De Silva out of the team for two years in 2000/2001 & indirectly forcing Vaasi to retire from cricket.Sampath Perera.KC.Colombo.

  • akelumw on April 2, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    for People like Ralp & shajw who have doubts of Arjuna's ability with the bat, I must admit that those days it was him who was the next best to Aravinda. In fact in early 90s (before 95) he was at times even better than Aavinda. He was the match winner & the finisher of SL. Those days there was a famous idea in SL fans that Ara just comes & scores his runs and gets out, often without finishing the job. But it was Arjuna who brought SL to many victories. As Gavaskar once said till Miandad of Pak & Arjuna in the middle no game was over. U can say lot of big things about Mahela, Sanga or Thilan but those days Arjuna had to face against the best of the bowlers in the world like Lille,Imran Wasim & Waqar, Amborse & Walsh @ their very best & Kapil, Botham, Mcdermott, Qaudir, Hadlee & so. But do v hv such great bowlers now? and those days wickets were much balanced & often given fair chance 4 bowlers. but today no such bunch of greats & wickets are batting paradises.who r true greats???

  • RoshanF on April 4, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    This is what happens when you have half the jury consisting of respected biased old timers (well relatively). Cannot believe that Ashantha de Mel and DS de Silva made it into the team. The jury should have had it their minds that it was not pioneering test cricketers who were to be selected but truly HIGH IMPACT players. All the other All Time XI's had this considered very highly. Neither de Mel nor DS were high impact - no not by a long shot. Politically yes, but not on the field. Also as some had pointed out Roy Dias has to be brought in though he did not get to play too many tests due to favouritism among other things. I would slot him in place of Mahela and have a genuine keeper to effect stumpings and difficult catches off Murali - it has to be Mahes Goonatilleke. Malinga has to replace de Mel and Mendis for DS even though they haven't played that long. Remember this all time XI is to represent Sri Lanka against the worlds best ever. NO HOPE of de Mel or DS causing even a ripple.

  • Shafi79 on April 4, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    Depends on who is referring to Ranatunga is'nt it? To us sri lankans he was the best captain we had, not because he won the WC alone but because of the manner in which he stood up to all the bullies going around world cricket, specially those from down under (which also happens to include umpires). Add to this the manner in which he was able to inspire his team to acahieve what they did, and the change he brought about to sri lanka cricket i would definitely call him "Charismatic".

  • Cam_PT on April 4, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    I think this has been the hardest selection so far. And no matter which way you look at it the SL XI is a shadow of the other All-time XI's. Hopefully time will rectify that as it is a younger cricketing nation.

  • mattcricket on April 3, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    As much potential as he has, Mendis cant even be considered for an all time XI as due to the fact that he has less than 50 test wickets to his name. Surely Ranatunga is better described as controversial rather than charismatic due to multiple run ins with various opponents and authorities

  • Ooops on April 3, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    Only the class of Roy Dias is missing

  • Timur on April 3, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Roy Dias was a classy batsman. He missed a century in the inaugural test match against England, when his helmet fell on the wicket and was out hit wicket. He has made immense contribution to Sri Lanka cricket. He deserves a place in the Sr Lanka All Time XI.

  • aryaman1994 on April 2, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    "Notable omissions included Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera."???? how were they even close to players of such quality?theyve both had a good season each, and dilshan maybe a bit more than that, but i dont see them even in the top 20 Sri lankan cricketers. also marvan looks dodgy.. rest is all good

  • Jaglal on April 2, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Romesh Kaluwitharana and Asanka Gurusinha must be included in any Sri Lankan All-time XI.that is fairly and objectly selected.

  • Sampath_KCS on April 2, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    I agree with the readers Xi than the Jury's eleven. I can imagine how difficult it would have been for Russel Arnold who is the only recent player in the jury. I have utmost respect to Ranjan Madugalle in the jury & cannot understand the inclusion of Asantha de Mel. Sanga would have been a specialist batsman in the eleven than a wicket keeper. Sanga himself would agree that Prasanna is far better than him as a keeper. But these thinks can happen. We can forgive the jury because even our selection committee make bad decisions & SL cricket have paid hevilly for it. The biggest crimes they have done is to keeping Aravinda De Silva out of the team for two years in 2000/2001 & indirectly forcing Vaasi to retire from cricket.Sampath Perera.KC.Colombo.

  • akelumw on April 2, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    for People like Ralp & shajw who have doubts of Arjuna's ability with the bat, I must admit that those days it was him who was the next best to Aravinda. In fact in early 90s (before 95) he was at times even better than Aavinda. He was the match winner & the finisher of SL. Those days there was a famous idea in SL fans that Ara just comes & scores his runs and gets out, often without finishing the job. But it was Arjuna who brought SL to many victories. As Gavaskar once said till Miandad of Pak & Arjuna in the middle no game was over. U can say lot of big things about Mahela, Sanga or Thilan but those days Arjuna had to face against the best of the bowlers in the world like Lille,Imran Wasim & Waqar, Amborse & Walsh @ their very best & Kapil, Botham, Mcdermott, Qaudir, Hadlee & so. But do v hv such great bowlers now? and those days wickets were much balanced & often given fair chance 4 bowlers. but today no such bunch of greats & wickets are batting paradises.who r true greats???

  • on April 2, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    My XI would be as follows: Sanath J, Marvan A, K Sangakkara, Aravinda De Silva, Mahela Jayawardena, Arjuna Ranatunga (C), Prasanna Jayawardena (WK), Chaminda Vass, Rumesh Ratnayake, Ashantha De Mel, Muralitharan Note: This team has the best captain in Arjuna, special wk in Prasanna, who gets the nod over Mahesh Gunatilake for his batting,Three different pacies, Murali and back up spin of Sanath & Aravinda. Roy Dias (12th man) PS: Dilshan, Thilan S, and Rangana Herath could find a place within the next 3 years.

  • on April 2, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    Kulasekera should have been added instead of Malinga.

  • krishna_j on April 2, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    will include Siddath Wettimuny for Marvan - am amazed no one thought of him seriously

    Stylish Roy Dias for Asantha De Mel as an extra batsman as De Mel was only effective in helpful conditions

    Somachandra De Silva was a bit overrated - Mendis is a better bowler

  • Jasentuliyana on April 2, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    Godd but possibly not perfect choice. Arujuna unless included as captain should be replaced with Roy Dias (Mahela once Cricinfo Captain of the Year & Sanga can do the job). Dharmasena & Dulip Mendis deserves nomination. Mendis like Dilshan needs more time and consistancy & Mendis has no place at this point. Wicket Keeper position is up for grabs with Mahes in the mix. Over all acceptable choice. Nandi. J.

  • shajw on April 2, 2010, 3:03 GMT

    I'd make a few changes - my XI would be: Atapattu, Jayasuriya, Sangakkara, Aravinda, Mahela (c), Hashan, Vaas, Rumesh, Mahes Goonetilleke (wk), Malinga, Murali. I'd also have DS de Silva, Roy Dias and Ranatunga in the XIV. With Sangakkara and Hashan playing purely as batsmen, the top six looks pretty solid. Add in the fact that Vaas and Rumesh can produce decent knocks and you have enough batting bench-strength to justify a specialist wicket-keeper: Mahes just gets the nod ahead of Prasanna. Murali picks himself, and with the accuracy of Vaas at one end, I've gone for Malinga and Rumesh as two genuine quicks capable of discomfiting batsmen with pace and bounce - an asset Sri Lanka has long lacked. It's a shame to leave DS de Silva out, but with two able part-timers in Sanath and Aravinda, three pacies provide more balance to the attack. Mahela gets the captaincy as the best of the six in the side who've done the job. Had Arjuna made the XI, he would have been the automatic choice.

  • crazyhead on April 2, 2010, 2:42 GMT

    This is fairly acceptable list, except that this team has no specialist keeper even though TESTs demand a specialist keeper.. The other notable omission is Roshan Mahanama, but that is expected with Sanath and Marvan in the frame.. Overall no big surprise.. Statiscally, on batting numbers alone Ranatunga wont make any list, not even in top 20 of Srilanka. But I guess he made it here due to his contribution to Srilankan cricket on the Cricket world map with his captaincy. Next, Dilshan may make this it to this after 3-4 years, if he he consistant enough.. Right now he is not there yet, period. Overall fine list.

  • Ralp on April 2, 2010, 1:53 GMT

    Ashantha DeMel, Romesh Ratnayaka, DS DeSilva don't deserve to be in this elevan. Think where SL stood at world stage when these players were in the team. We had no chance with rest of the cricketing nations. These plyers don't even have a decent first class record. But SL has come a long way to become one of leading cricketing powers now. So anyone playing for SL these days are heads and shoulders above anyone we had those days and definitely better than 3 bowlers i mentioned. I don't doubt their talent. But cricket in SL has improved a lot over the years. Other noticeable misses to me are Hashan, malinga, mendis & Thilan. Arjuna was a great captain. But was not a great batsmen. We remember him as a player won games for SL. But that was because he was one of the better batsmen we had at the time. Also we didn't win many matches those days. Why would you pick 5 bowlers. My Team, Sana, Marvan, Sanga, Aravinda, Mahela, Thilan, Hashan, Vaas, Malinga, Murali, Ajantha

  • on April 2, 2010, 0:42 GMT

    The player that I hold with upmost respect is Sidath Wettimuny. He was the stand out player of Sri Lanka's first forage into international cricket, and without players like him, Sri Lanka wouldn't have become the force in cricket that they today. Nonetheless, he wouldn't make the Sri Lankan All Time XI, but deserves a mention.

  • on April 1, 2010, 23:21 GMT

    Refreshing the old memeories and the hard work done by old buddies.I remember in late seventies when west Indies came to SL some of the windies players were fielding holding umbrellas.Alas.....Those days are dead and gone.Can be proud about our steady journey.keep it up boys.

  • Arthaurian on April 1, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    SL always manages to produce such astonishing talent, it's incredible. Just seems like something is holding them back from fully budding you know.

  • on April 1, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    obviously its a april fools joke.

  • Futurrackz on April 1, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    Nice team! However it's too early to call Mendis out of the team, if in the near future he brings into his bowling better control and accuracy;and also ways to generate extra bounce he will definitely make it in the eleven. But, for the time being this is the best. Herath deserves nomination and Mathews not good enough as a all-rounder for tests.

  • AZY99 on April 1, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    On What basis was the middle order selected? Arjuna's selection is based on captaintancy or the ability with the bat. He was captain when SL won the world cup but is not one of the best batsman in SL. Roy Dias should have occupied his position. Even Arjuna once said that if Dias was in the present era of cricket he would have been considered next to Tendulkar. Fine Fine player, ask Sunil Gavaskar, he always compares the elegance of Jayawardena to Dias and often makes his point that Dias is a touch more elegant that Jayawardene. "What a player Roy Dias was" said Gavaskar once.. Big Blunder!!!!

  • on April 1, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    I totally disagree with omitting Mahes Gunathilake...he can never be even compared with sangakkara...i believe some of the judges who are his contempereries may be prejudiced against him due to his undertaking the rebel tour.

  • Indike on April 1, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    I think Roshan Mahanama should replace Sanath Jayasuriya as the opening partner for Marvan Atapattu. Mahanama has a better technique than Jayasuriya to play test cricket. For the record, Mahanama had more Hundreds and Fifties for Sri Lanka and was the leading batsmen until 1995. Arguably Mahanama is the best fielder Sri Lanka has ever produced, and a immense team player than Sanath.

  • SajidMirza on April 1, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Where is Roshan Mahanama ?? He was such a classic player and involve in the world record partnership with sanath. Why Dharmasena even not in nomination? Despite this it is the best Sri Lankan 11. As we know they have not a long international cricket history so the nominations and picking up is much easier then other countries.

  • CricketPissek on April 1, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    decent team. my only change would be to drop one of the fast bowlers (Ratnayake or De Mel) and have a specialist keeper instead. Either Mahes or Prasanna.

  • on April 1, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    What about Graeme Labroy !!

    I am not sure I have spelt his name correctly. It's too difficult.

  • dandrew on April 1, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    I would go with (In Batting Order) Mavan,Sanath, Roy Dias, Aravinda De Silva, Mahela Jayawardena,Sangakkara(WK),Arjuna(Capt),Rumesh Ratnayake,Chaminda Vaas, Malinga and Muralitharan. 12 Man Mahanama. Ravi Ratnayake never really excelled in either batting or bowling and I cannot see Duleep fitting in this list. De Mel was very inconsistent whilst Sidath was brilliant in patches. I cannot understand how Arunasiri made the list. Dilshan and Ajantha Mendis have not done enough to make the list.

  • on April 1, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    This is my all time favorite

    T Dilshan Sanath Jayasuriya Romesh Kaluwithara(w) Marvan Attapatu Kumarra Sangakarra(w) Aravinda De Silva Mahela Jayawardne R Mahanama Arjuna Ranatunga(c) Russsel Arnold Angelo Mathews Chaminda Vaas Muttiah Muralitharan Lasith Malinga Ajantha Mendis

  • Timee on April 1, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    i think dilshan would have made it if it was the one day team but to me he is never a pure test cricketer he will always give the opposition chances and you will never want your opener to give chances, this will always expose the middle order at an early stage

  • on April 1, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    This is a respectable team...But I'm shocked not to see Rangana Herath, the left arm spinner, atleast in the list of nominees, who out-performed both Murali & Mendis in the recent past...Arjuna should be there considering especially his captaincy skills, otherwise Thilan is a better test batsman than Ranatunga...Ratnayake is an ok choice over Malinga since Malinga is not a consistent test bowler...I also don't think that Mendis is a test match winning bowler anymore so it's not a bad choice to keep him aside....Roy Dias and Dulip Mendis will be undone by Sanga's and Mahela's skills....Mahanama might be a better fielder than Marvan but he hasn't performed again good fast bowlers as an opener like Marvan has done in numerous ocassions...So Marvan is the obvious choice to open with Sanath...Overall I like the team that the panel has selected..!! All the best Sri Lanka!!

  • ronynairrony on April 1, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Roy Dias and the other great Mendis (Duleep) miss out from your list. A hard call that was understandable but which leaves an air of regret. Have you thought about nominating a 12th man for your all time lists ? One of the two above would walk in. Roy Dias for being the greatest cover driver of a cricket ball since Hammond (and a throwback to a golden age before the through the line static mow that passes for an off side drive these days; and Mendis for a glorious afternoon at Lords and a vintage innings against India (possibly a 13th man?). Dislhan and Malinga are not yet there; ditto Angelo Mathews and Samaraweera

  • liswom on April 1, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    The team is quite alright except it does not have a regular wicket keeper. Mahes Gunatilleke, arguably the bet wicket keeper produced by Sri Lanka should have got into the team even at the expense of Sangakara.

  • rashidkp on April 1, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    I think Mahanama should be there. Such a great player. Mahanama is also good opening batsmen. So replace Attappattu. Otherwise its good selection.

  • akelumw on April 1, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    I ask this from cricinfo team, who you've chosen as the captain of this team?

  • JaGggu on April 1, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    Ajantha Mendis !! You must be kiddin rite ...he is not even present in the current XI !!

  • MaarifSohail on April 1, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Interesting choice but some glaring omissions. What needs to be investigated is if justice has been served. The Sri Lanka team of the 1970s which was a precursor to the official team of 1982, had some brilliant cricketers, who did played international matches especially the 1975 and 1979 world cup editions. I feel cheated to see them being ignored. Also I feel the criterion has been records instead of true potential and the conditions under which the cricket of the 70s and early 80s was played. Post 1992 cricket is no match to the cricket before that I would still say the list needs an honest revist and should reflect players who probably would have out performed, out gunned, out scored and out bowled the chosen ones. I know it for a fact that the team selected would have lost to the 1975 and 1979 teams, if the conditions and rules of that era were set as the regulations to test who makes it. The sad part is that some of the all time greats were not even considered for nomination.

  • Sidhanta-Patnaik on April 1, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    Romesh Kaluwitharana - No mention?

  • Mr.niceguy on April 1, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    This is very good selection even though others don't agree. Stylish batting or legends doesn't make players to the all time great XI its avg: and pure match winning ability what matters. All these XI players have that ability. Dilshan is in form of his life time, if he is to draft in to this list he needs to continue his form at least another 3 to 4 years.

  • Cricinfo Editorial on April 1, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    The omission in the readers' XI has been corrected. There are 11 players now.

  • on April 1, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    ROSHAN MAHANAME AND ASANKA GURUSINGHE SHOULD BE ADDED TO THIS GROUP IN PLACE OF MAHELA JAYAWARDANA & LASITH MALINGA. COZ THEY ARE LEGENDS OF SRI LANKA CRICKET.

  • Brian07 on April 1, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    Good s;ection and good to remember good one.

    my se;ection will include Roshan M, A Ranatunga. exclude Mendis. No room for dilshan may be in few years he may be my first choice if he does well.

  • Crackterz on April 1, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Yes it iz awfull not to see Dislshan's name in the list. Please reconsider.

  • mezrg on April 1, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Agree with the selectors for a test XI. I think this will change for a one day side where Marvan will be replaced by Dilshan and De Mel with Malinga. I would still opt for Ajith De Silva over DS since Ajith had more variations.

  • on April 1, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Roy Dias and Duleep Mendis need to be in this side - was there ever a more stylish bat than Roy Dias? And Duleep Mendis was a fine player - among other accomplishments scored a century in both innings of a test vs India in 1982. Savage square cutter.

  • jinath on April 1, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    8 of them were in this match http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63895.html

  • on April 1, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    What happen to Arjuna? He is da best captain of the sri lanka. man who led the team to worldcup!! he should be in the team.

  • on April 1, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    I think they should include Mahanama. best fielder of the sri lanka ever produced and we can drop Ajantha mendis. Because we normally go with 4 genuine bowlers. Vass -10 overs Rumesh -10 overs Malinga -10 overs Murali -10 overs aravinda+Sanath -10 overs that's how it normally goes. so i think we can add one extra batsman by dropping Mendis. we can take Mahanama for that. personally i think Athapathu can be replaced with Dilshan.

  • manasvi_lingam on April 1, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    Pretty good team. But I wish that Dilshan had been given the chance instead of Attapattu.

  • akelumw on April 1, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    I'm not surprised that Arjuna Ranatunga's name is not in this all time greats. Because most of the people who are in their early 20s mustn't have seen the best of him as he along with Aravinda played as only match winners for SL from 80s to mid 90s, b4 Sanath, Murali and Vass emerged. And he was the greatest cricketer that SL has ever produced as he led us to WC championship in 96. SL may win many WCs in future but with very limited resources under his belt what Arjuna did in 96 was unmatchable, as we're hardly a force to reckon with then. And he nurtured most of the players of current SL team in the likes of Mahela, Murali, Sanath and Marvan & Vass (retired). And he was the man to put some steel on the backs of SL cricketers who were transformed from just a nice little bunch of humble guys to a true competitive unit who stand shoulder to shoulder, with so called heavy weight countries of cricket. Finally I must say if any SL great XI is selected he has to be 1st to be chosen for sure

  • Hassie on April 1, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    There are 10 players in the readers XI because Sanga is doing the job, of wicketkeeping and batting at middle order, so now there is a vacant place for a wicketkeeper.

  • on April 1, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    arjun s name is missing...only 10 names...lol..same choice...only perferd dilshan over mavan...still nt a bad team...jus arjun s name is missing...

  • siddique_d on April 1, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    Hi, am an Indian National but where is Mr. Duleep Mendis

  • howizzat on April 1, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    1.Sanat Jayasuria(vice captain) 2.Kumar Sangakkera(wicket keeper) 3.Roy Dias 4.Aravinda De Silva 5.Mahela Jayawardhane 6.Arjuna Rantunga(captain) 7.Hasan Tilakaratne 8.Chaminda Vaas 9.Asanta De Mel 10.Asoka De Silva 11.Mutthaih Muralidharan. On the benches: 12. Marvan Atapattu 13.Romesh Kuluviratana 14.Rumesh Ratnayeke 15.Ravi Ratnayeke 16.Somachandra De Silva.

  • Mahesh.R on April 1, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    This is my XI too, just with one change. I voted for Dilshan and not Atapattu.

  • on April 1, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    They are 10 players. Maybe Dilshan can come in after all. Since we need eleven players to complete the XI. I didn't think that Cricinfo would do such a blunder!

  • ceyloncricket on April 1, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    Go Lanka Go! My XI would be otu of the nominees:

    Sanath Jayasuriya Roshan Mahanama Aravinda De Silva Kumar Sangakkara Romesh Kaluwitharana Arjuna Ranatunga Chaminda Vaas Ravi Ratnayeke Ajit De Silva Muttiah Muralitharan

  • VikramSulakhe on April 1, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    XI=10. The readers' XI: Sanath Jayasuriya, Marvan Atapattu, Kumar Sangakkara, Aravinda de Silva, Mahela Jayawardene, Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga, Rumesh Ratnayake, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis.

    Thats 10 players only.

  • fakhy on April 1, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    im surprised that the readers went for ajantha mendis. he just had one good season and is yet to prove that he can be murali's successor...

  • 9ST9 on April 1, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    no surprises here, Despite their great talent Dilshan, Malinga and especially Mendis have a lot to prove before being included in an "All time" XI

  • ArkadyRenko on April 1, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    Good list, but it seems the esteemed critics over at Cricinfo didn't like it that the readers differed from their views! There are only 10 Sri Lankans in the Readers XI! And the guy missed out doesn't seem to be a guy that even an Aussie jury would miss out!!!

  • Jay_Sean on April 1, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    Nostalgia, still remember those days when Lankans were at great form, with jayasuriya, Mahanama, Rantunga, Arvinda De Silva and Gurusinha !

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  • Jay_Sean on April 1, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    Nostalgia, still remember those days when Lankans were at great form, with jayasuriya, Mahanama, Rantunga, Arvinda De Silva and Gurusinha !

  • ArkadyRenko on April 1, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    Good list, but it seems the esteemed critics over at Cricinfo didn't like it that the readers differed from their views! There are only 10 Sri Lankans in the Readers XI! And the guy missed out doesn't seem to be a guy that even an Aussie jury would miss out!!!

  • 9ST9 on April 1, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    no surprises here, Despite their great talent Dilshan, Malinga and especially Mendis have a lot to prove before being included in an "All time" XI

  • fakhy on April 1, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    im surprised that the readers went for ajantha mendis. he just had one good season and is yet to prove that he can be murali's successor...

  • VikramSulakhe on April 1, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    XI=10. The readers' XI: Sanath Jayasuriya, Marvan Atapattu, Kumar Sangakkara, Aravinda de Silva, Mahela Jayawardene, Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga, Rumesh Ratnayake, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis.

    Thats 10 players only.

  • ceyloncricket on April 1, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    Go Lanka Go! My XI would be otu of the nominees:

    Sanath Jayasuriya Roshan Mahanama Aravinda De Silva Kumar Sangakkara Romesh Kaluwitharana Arjuna Ranatunga Chaminda Vaas Ravi Ratnayeke Ajit De Silva Muttiah Muralitharan

  • on April 1, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    They are 10 players. Maybe Dilshan can come in after all. Since we need eleven players to complete the XI. I didn't think that Cricinfo would do such a blunder!

  • Mahesh.R on April 1, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    This is my XI too, just with one change. I voted for Dilshan and not Atapattu.

  • howizzat on April 1, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    1.Sanat Jayasuria(vice captain) 2.Kumar Sangakkera(wicket keeper) 3.Roy Dias 4.Aravinda De Silva 5.Mahela Jayawardhane 6.Arjuna Rantunga(captain) 7.Hasan Tilakaratne 8.Chaminda Vaas 9.Asanta De Mel 10.Asoka De Silva 11.Mutthaih Muralidharan. On the benches: 12. Marvan Atapattu 13.Romesh Kuluviratana 14.Rumesh Ratnayeke 15.Ravi Ratnayeke 16.Somachandra De Silva.

  • siddique_d on April 1, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    Hi, am an Indian National but where is Mr. Duleep Mendis