Commonwealth Bank Series 2011-12 March 2, 2012

Sri Lanka call up Kapugedera as replacement

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Chamara Kapugedera, the middle-order batsman, has been named as a replacement for one of the three injured allrounders in the Sri Lanka squad that qualified for the finals of the Commonwealth Bank tri-series. Which of the injured players - Farveez Maharoof, Angleo Mathews and Thisara Perara - is being replaced, has not yet been decided. Sri Lanka will play Australia in the best-of-three finals from Sunday, in Brisbane.

Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said that the team management, in consultation with the national selectors, had opted for a batsman. He will fly to Brisbane on Friday night. "The request was for a batsman for the No. 6 position and Kapugedera was picked," Ranatunga said. "The team management will take a decision tonight, on which of these injured players will be sent home."

Kapugedera, who has not represented Sri Lanka since the World Cup final last April, had shown some form for Nondescripts Cricket Club in the ongoing domestic first-class competition, the Premier League Tier A tournament, scoring two hundreds in his previous four games. The pick of his innings was a 168-ball 158 in the first week of February, which came against defending champions Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club.

Sri Lanka entered the final league match - a must-win game for them - without the services of Farveez Maharoof, who picked up a back complaint during Tuesday's game against India in Hobart. Then, during the Australia chase, Thisara Perara and Angelo Mathews went off the field with injuries. Perera bowled only five balls before walking off with a back problem and Mathews was forced off with a calf injury. After the match, captain Mahela Jayawardene had said that he was hopeful that Mathews and Maharoof would be fit for Sunday's game, but Perera's chances of playing were less certain.

Edited by Nikita Bastian

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  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    kapu good betsman,de mel good selectour,mahela good captain.

  • POSTED BY PKosgoda on | March 4, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    The Author of this article trying to to justify K'gedara's selection in highlighting the only 100 he has scored for the season though he has played 13 'ings (9 Lea & 4 LOs). Apart from the above mentioned 158 he's done nothing in this season. An article written by this same person on this website titled "Malinda Warnapura takes Colts top" is trying to acclaim Warnapuras (relatives of a former national player) only & has failed to mention the name of Rosen Silva the main actor behind the success of Colts, who carries a batting ave of 113+ in the on-going Pre Div League Tournement, one of the most consistent batsmen with an 1st Cla Bat Ave 54+ at present. A prestige web site like yours shouldn't fall into the level of local news papers in catering for individuals. You may verify facts given by me in your Stats Guru.Pls note that our recent success of SL is totaly due to youngsters & Thilan who weren't included in the last WC squad in order to make way for henchmen.

  • POSTED BY cravin on | March 3, 2012, 23:40 GMT

    Kapugadar is a world class basemen. He the ideal player to open for SL in T20 & ODI with Dilashan.WHY? Because he is a natural gifted hitter and class basemen. The only CB final we won in Aus because of him. He scored 38 no (in 18 balls)in that finals and also don't forget the T20 Semi finals against IND. His talent was wasted almost 2 years for asking him to bat at no 6 or 7. Look past 1 year Mahela's stats when he bat at number 5 or 6. If we want to get his best he should open with Dilasha in T20 & ODI because he is a natural attacking player and has wide range of shots. People who are worried his stats remember this when Jay & Kalu open for SL their ave was 18+ & 11+ respectively.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    this is really goes to the nerve.............. when we consider the Premier League Tournament Tier A of SL......... highest runs scorer id Chamara silva...... kapugedara had 2 centuries but in other games, he was totally a waste. same time the replacing player should be an allrounder........ coz it is Thisara Perera is leaving........ what about Jeevan Mendis??? or Thilan Samaraweera???? will this become a worthy selection????

  • POSTED BY Deepfreezed on | March 3, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    is Medis doing the selections panel again? We all know how that worked out in SA.

  • POSTED BY DwightR on | March 3, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Samarweera once again gets unjustly overlooked! kapu has been given endless opoortunity before & has unproven that he is a good domestic player but will never be a good international player. Samareweera however is proven vetern and can provide leadership as well as play the role of support, anchor or finisher in the middle order, he really is the perfect #5 or 6, ah well lets see how long the latest kapugedera experiment lasts & what he actually contributes...

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    This is wrong."The pick of his innings was a 168-ball 158 in the first week of February, which came against defending champions Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club".That man is Chamara Silva.He is in good form than Kapugedara.BAD CHOICE.

  • POSTED BY Costner on | March 3, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Instead of Kapu they should have tried Upul Tharanga. However, Kapu is a fantastic young player whom we cannot write off. He has proved his abilities in pressure situations though never got an opportunity to built a long inning. Wish him all the success.

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | March 3, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    I sincerely hope Kapu shows some consistency as this is surely his last chance. Thankfully he is still rather young but the question must be asked - he is ANOTHER tried and failed being recalled - the modus operandi for SLC. Why not give a young talent a chance. Since Kapu's last knock two new talents have been given a shot and both Chandimal and Thirimane have done well. For me it should have been another new player but may be Kapu will grab this opportunity - if he comes good it will be another youngster in the side which will be great.

  • POSTED BY playitstraight on | March 3, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Oh no, not again. Why choose him, when there are so many better young batting talents available! I have heard high praise of the young Bhanuka Rajapakse and even though he should not have been given a chance since he has never played an international match and also because it is the finals, there were definitely some other players available. In the WC 2011 final, when Kapu was playing his first match in the WC, he scored 1 off 6 balls. Still, they decide to bring him in here in the CB series finals. I sincerely hope and pray that he can prove himself as a hard-hitting batsman and reward the faith shown by the selectors and the captain.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    kapu good betsman,de mel good selectour,mahela good captain.

  • POSTED BY PKosgoda on | March 4, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    The Author of this article trying to to justify K'gedara's selection in highlighting the only 100 he has scored for the season though he has played 13 'ings (9 Lea & 4 LOs). Apart from the above mentioned 158 he's done nothing in this season. An article written by this same person on this website titled "Malinda Warnapura takes Colts top" is trying to acclaim Warnapuras (relatives of a former national player) only & has failed to mention the name of Rosen Silva the main actor behind the success of Colts, who carries a batting ave of 113+ in the on-going Pre Div League Tournement, one of the most consistent batsmen with an 1st Cla Bat Ave 54+ at present. A prestige web site like yours shouldn't fall into the level of local news papers in catering for individuals. You may verify facts given by me in your Stats Guru.Pls note that our recent success of SL is totaly due to youngsters & Thilan who weren't included in the last WC squad in order to make way for henchmen.

  • POSTED BY cravin on | March 3, 2012, 23:40 GMT

    Kapugadar is a world class basemen. He the ideal player to open for SL in T20 & ODI with Dilashan.WHY? Because he is a natural gifted hitter and class basemen. The only CB final we won in Aus because of him. He scored 38 no (in 18 balls)in that finals and also don't forget the T20 Semi finals against IND. His talent was wasted almost 2 years for asking him to bat at no 6 or 7. Look past 1 year Mahela's stats when he bat at number 5 or 6. If we want to get his best he should open with Dilasha in T20 & ODI because he is a natural attacking player and has wide range of shots. People who are worried his stats remember this when Jay & Kalu open for SL their ave was 18+ & 11+ respectively.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    this is really goes to the nerve.............. when we consider the Premier League Tournament Tier A of SL......... highest runs scorer id Chamara silva...... kapugedara had 2 centuries but in other games, he was totally a waste. same time the replacing player should be an allrounder........ coz it is Thisara Perera is leaving........ what about Jeevan Mendis??? or Thilan Samaraweera???? will this become a worthy selection????

  • POSTED BY Deepfreezed on | March 3, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    is Medis doing the selections panel again? We all know how that worked out in SA.

  • POSTED BY DwightR on | March 3, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Samarweera once again gets unjustly overlooked! kapu has been given endless opoortunity before & has unproven that he is a good domestic player but will never be a good international player. Samareweera however is proven vetern and can provide leadership as well as play the role of support, anchor or finisher in the middle order, he really is the perfect #5 or 6, ah well lets see how long the latest kapugedera experiment lasts & what he actually contributes...

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    This is wrong."The pick of his innings was a 168-ball 158 in the first week of February, which came against defending champions Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club".That man is Chamara Silva.He is in good form than Kapugedara.BAD CHOICE.

  • POSTED BY Costner on | March 3, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Instead of Kapu they should have tried Upul Tharanga. However, Kapu is a fantastic young player whom we cannot write off. He has proved his abilities in pressure situations though never got an opportunity to built a long inning. Wish him all the success.

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | March 3, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    I sincerely hope Kapu shows some consistency as this is surely his last chance. Thankfully he is still rather young but the question must be asked - he is ANOTHER tried and failed being recalled - the modus operandi for SLC. Why not give a young talent a chance. Since Kapu's last knock two new talents have been given a shot and both Chandimal and Thirimane have done well. For me it should have been another new player but may be Kapu will grab this opportunity - if he comes good it will be another youngster in the side which will be great.

  • POSTED BY playitstraight on | March 3, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Oh no, not again. Why choose him, when there are so many better young batting talents available! I have heard high praise of the young Bhanuka Rajapakse and even though he should not have been given a chance since he has never played an international match and also because it is the finals, there were definitely some other players available. In the WC 2011 final, when Kapu was playing his first match in the WC, he scored 1 off 6 balls. Still, they decide to bring him in here in the CB series finals. I sincerely hope and pray that he can prove himself as a hard-hitting batsman and reward the faith shown by the selectors and the captain.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    great choice.i think kapu is used very unfairly.you must give him a permanent slot in the batting order like chandimal and then he will deliver

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    asantha de mel is back guys!! kapu is his favorite other than that 1 cannot see y he is picked !! c silva is is great form!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    I'm sure Kapu will prove the potential he has, like he did in the World T20 Vs India where he showed some big hitting :) GL KAPU !! Grab the last chance u'v got !!

  • POSTED BY sampi72 on | March 3, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Three of our allrounders injured...So whats the purpose of sending a batsaman who has scorded 0,2,1,0 in his last 4 innings....If Anji is unable to play ....Mahela should play at number5 and Tharanga should be given another go...The place Thisara should be filled with an alrounder.....whioch should be maha(If he fits) .........If sri Lanka need a experience batter at number 6 to cover Angi....He should be Chamara Silva based on the fact that he is the highest run getter in domestic season.....If need a slow medium alrounder with hard hitting bat......he should be Chinthaka Jayasinghe or Chathura Peris....

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Im not sure Kapu is the right choice...Where is Shaminda Eranga???? he can replace Tissara as a bowling allrounder

  • POSTED BY 31dinu on | March 3, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Good decision this is.lot of people are saying Kapu is useless,but the thing we didn't realise is we didn't use him as well as NCC using him...history does not matter,but Kapu need to realise that he wont have much chance again as lot of young players like bhanuka are ready to have their chances. People didn't saw the best of kapu,becouse when he's in form and doin well most of our top order did well.so he was under the shadow of them... If we need to see something special from him,atleast we need to give him #5 or #6 ..but as Thirimanne doin well @ #5 ,we can use him as #6 ..i think Anji should come #7 .becouse @ there we can see the best of anji.unless he is playing more defencive mode when he has more time to spend @ middle.

    This will be kapu's last chance in resent future as selectors didn't pick him for the asia cup squd .........hope he will have more luck and we can see that vintage kapugedara...

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Oh, Kapu again brought for a final, just like WC 2011. How he come good at least this time

  • POSTED BY dsklokuge on | March 3, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    I am really unhappy calling up youngster kapugedara. why we can't use Upul Tharanga as No.6 place. he is superb batsman than kapugedara . he can get run fast . i believe Upul plays at sunday games instead of kapu. Hope Sri lanka will have really good games.

  • POSTED BY cricketpizza on | March 3, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    I truly don't understand why they pick Kapugedara well his average in current Premiere liegue is 35* why not selectors pick Banuka Rajapaksha or Sachithra Serasingha why they prefer this guy even though he hasn't performed well......

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    if some like to good cricket to see never soport kapu.what nonesone thoughts by the selectors.i give good choise 1.t.samaraweera 2.b.rajapaksha 3.a.r.s.silwa

  • POSTED BY HLANGL on | March 3, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Why a player like Chinthaka Jayasinghe is not given even a chance & instead persist with an utter failure like Kapugedara who has done almost nothing except in a handful of games compared to nearly 100 internationals he played in ?. Jayasinghe has far better credentials as a hardhitting batsman who can bowl decent medium pacers. Kapugedara is a batsman who cannot bat, that's it, has done nothing as a bowler even in mediocre domestic games. Even Thilan Thushara would be far more useful, he's a very decent bowler who can come up with 15-20-30 runs with the bat. If what they want is a proper batsman, Chamara Silva is at least better than Chamara Kapugedara. At least he can make 40, 50 at any time. He was at least not an utter failure like K'gedara.I cannot understand how on earth these K'gedaras, Jehan Mubaraqs have been getting so many chances they don't simply deserve in a country where players like Indika De seram, Saman Jayantha, Chinthaka Jayasinghe were not given what they deserved.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    He is still young only 25, He can bounce back cuz he has another 10 years of cricket left on him. He is inform at domestic matches. Better 2 Play him in 2nd or 3rd final. Gabba is good for Dammika who can hit the deck an get some bounce at aroun 140-145kmph. SL have to b careful of Ausi quickies specially Patinson looks very dangerous.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    What about Thilan Samaraweera, who is already in the squad. His talents are far better than Kapu/silva etc. He was the first subcomtinent player to score over 350 runs in SA within a series. First SL player to score two centuries in SA in a tour and that lead to first ever test win in SA. Selectors axed him in ODI against SA and SL lost it. I think Kapu is Asantha de Mel's favourite. Asantha back Kapu is back, once Asantha was out Kapu was out.

  • POSTED BY Dhakshika on | March 3, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    D ear truthhh yes ur quite correct kapu isa one of the talented palyer in sri lanka...he should be recommend as the best five accomplish batsmen in sri lanka...dear kapu....identify...your last mistakes & give the answer every one from ur bat..u can do it..as a true cricket fan i must salute to selectors for begin faith about kapugedara..he is still yaoung..and have bright future...also sri lankan captain i n future..thanks for cricifo

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    To everyone who slams this selection: What alternative do we have, given that he is playing in place of Thisara who was there in the team to utilize batting powerplay. Kapu is a capable enough player to hit big hits, and that's the need of the hour.

    To everyone who says it should be Bhanuka: Bhanuka is much suited in the top-order, not in the lower-middle order.

    To everyone who says chance should be given to a young player: Kapugedara himself is a young player (juz 24 years), and he should be included in Sri Lanka's long term plans. He has a lot of talent, but the consistency is missing.Much like TMD in his early days.

    Other Positives: If he gets going given that if he gets selected in the final XI, it will be very advantageous for us in terms of the coming T20 WC. So I see a lot of positives in this selection than negatives

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Dear Mr Del...Though Kapu started with 2 concecative centuries....Do u know the last 4 innings of Kapugedara in domestic matches....0,2,1,0.....So how can he selected on current form....Some people are asking to replace Bhanuka...no doubt he should be given a chance as soon as possible...This is not the correct time to him also...We need a solid number 5 or 6 batter if Angelo is unable to play...I think we need the experience in aussie pitches....Better man at the moment is Thilan Samaraweera....If seach for a hard hitting alrounder....... please go for Kaushal Loku arachchi or sachitra serasinghe since they are in tremendous for in both bat and ball.........

  • POSTED BY ikmal--syd on | March 3, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    i hope he does well as well, he has talent, but his average is around 22, enough said

  • POSTED BY PHANTOM-X on | March 3, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Guys just check his batting average and the strike rate....its ordinary. people like Mubarak, Kapugedara, Chamara Silva, Kandambi got more opportunities than others...

  • POSTED BY Kyle_Jones235 on | March 3, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    This is a bad choice, we didn't need to stregthen our batting, but our bowling. Kapugedera is not a genuine wicket taker, he can only take up overs. We need to take wickets to contain the Aussies. I don't know why the selectors aren't considering Shaminda Eranga, from what I have seen he is the best pace bowler Sri Lanka have other than Malinga...

  • POSTED BY rukii on | March 3, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    I think the selectors took a good decision on the current situation,though banuka is a promising young batsman and chinthaka jayasinghe a good allrounder they do not have enough international experience to play in finals specially against australia in australia. Though chamara silva is the highest run scorer(with the recent double hundred) he struggles against bounce and seam. and there is no enough experienced fast bowling all rounders replace the injured players. this wil be kapu's last chance prove he is better middle order batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    kapu.. now you are time........ good luck...............

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    mmmm i hate kapu as much as anyone, but i suddenly got a feeling at last kapu will come good and joins the party, once upon a time i loved kapu as much as i love chandimal these days, come on guys lets give him 1 more chance, i think its worth it coz kapu is such a wonderful player.SL badly need him if we are going to dominate world cricket after big 3 gone, best of luck kapu, do u die

  • POSTED BY DwightR on | March 3, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    umm samareweera?? why was he not brought in for a vetern presence in the middle

  • POSTED BY SLfan on | March 3, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    If the real need is to fill the slot of a bowling allrounder, they should have picked someone like Chathura Pieris. If they wanted to include just a batsman, Upul Tharanga is already there in the squad and he should not have much problems in the middle order because he normally struggles only against the new ball in these conditions...But I think selectors wanted a someone in the team who can hit the ball hard at the end of the inning just like Thisara normally does. So, their logic to select Kapu is correct because he has done that in Australia even in his FIRST ODI tour..But only problem for me is the current form of Kapugedera. I don't know whether he can match the expectations of selectors in this tour because this is not the same Kapu we saw in 3 or 4 years back in Australia.

  • POSTED BY maximus1982 on | March 3, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    kapugedara?????????????? hw was in the world cup final and we lost........do not make it happen again.we do not want passengers

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    Lankans r going t b routed 2-0. Sunday has been ruined without India. Aussies ensured Inda is kept out of Final as they fancy tame Lankans....

  • POSTED BY Prem2248 on | March 3, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    He doesn't fit into this Side(ODIs 71 Bat.Ave. 22+). Selectors have no clue of players abilities and where they stands, at present he has placed himself in the 48th position in the order of run aggregate in the on-going PRe Div. Leag. Tournement.One can easily verify these stats in this website itself.

  • POSTED BY roshdbest on | March 3, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Oh kapugedara again.Can't believe this.Selectors please try to find a good player for middle order than giving kapu,chamara or kandambi endless opportunities.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    What is this? Ithink kapu is not the best choise.What about Banuka?

  • POSTED BY truthhh on | March 3, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    ya,Kapugedera's a great batsman but he did not use his talent,anyway i hope i may learn lession from the past and will play better cricket for srilanka!!bring it home!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    I think a good decision. Chamara Kapugedara is genuine hard striker. he can cover thisara perera's slot in the low middle order. He can bowl 5-6 six medium pace overs as well. Brisbane GABA track always assist to medium pacers. Thirimanne, kapugedera,Dilshan can cover 10-12 overs tommorow with the bowl.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    Kapugedera has been given far too many chances.Why not give a chance to a younger player? Sri Lanka wasted 2 years of Chandimal's career by not picking him earlier. Sanath, Kandamby, Kapugedera and Chamara was retained and Chandimal not given a chance earlier despite his consistency at Under 19 and A level internationally. He was dropped even after the century at Lords and dropped before after his century in Zimbabwe.

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    bring in samaraveera!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Last_Knight on | March 3, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    Good decision. Time to bring back your from Kapu... remember your first Ausi wisit... It is time of the next generation SL player's to shine... All the very best!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    Why do they just keep stick to a guy like kapugedara who has never proved it after playing about 100 matches ... come on selectors give a chance to a guy like bhanuka rajapaksa

  • POSTED BY on | March 3, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    I hope he does well, if picked..BUT, his last 3 scores were 0,2 and 1.. To be fair on the selectors, given its a final in Aus, they probably had to pick between him, Chamara Silva and Kandamby.. So best bet out of those 3!

  • POSTED BY zamith on | March 3, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    why do SL still keep circling around Kapugedera and Chamara Silva?

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | March 2, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    Who is this Kapugedara? What has he done to be get picked? If one had referred to Stats Guru he would come across as many as 4 dozens of better batsmen maintaining consistency from very young age than him. Just because selectors feel he is the best can not be a case for his selection, he has to prove himself, a thing he hasn't done so far since 2006 ( 71 ODI innings Ave 22+) . Even in the on-going Premier Div Tournement he has scored 316 runs only out of 9 innings. When you take out that above mentioned 158 from that equation then in the remaining 8 innings has accounted for 158 only. Batsmen have to be picked on merit rather the basis of consistency that they have been maintaining for long period of time.By the way what has happened to Samaraweera who has been named as a stand-by.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | March 2, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    I hope Sri Lanka takes care of their young players well. This is the most productive phase of their careers, but they would do good to be not penny-wise and pound-foolish.

  • POSTED BY hasitha81 on | March 2, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    I'm not 100% with this decision. Chamara is a gifted player who has some good shots up his sleeves. So, nothing personal. However, his approach during the last world cup final when called upon was pedestrian (unwanted throwing all around the park etc.). Should have given the opportunity to someone else. Anyway, Good Luck Chama if you get a chance play in the final.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Kapu is goot but CSilva is better. Does K have influence as he played in WC failed and deprived Silva of place. Silva has scored 3 centuries and a double century. I saw thr MCG match. Ranjan Rodrigo

  • POSTED BY Zookinii on | March 2, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Oh dear! Why are selectors going back to Kapugedera? For two years he was persisted with and contributed nothing substantial with the bat. Even in the world cup final he let SL down. It seems selectors have no regard for SL fans views. I thought it was an established fact that Kapugedera outside of the domestic arena was not competent to perform in international matches. Right now the SL team has such a nice balance. A no. 6 position could easily be filled by Samaraweera or Upul Tharanga. Looking to Kapugedera to fill this slot would be a massive step back for SL and a very heart breaking one considering the massive strides in progress SL are making under the captaincy of Jayawardene. For me, Kapugedere is synonymous with losing. So please no Kapugedera!

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    Disgraceful. If a batsman is to be sent as a cover it should have been Dimuth Karunaratne. Both the Chamara's, while talented, don't have the mental fortitude to play international cricket.

  • POSTED BY Philip_Gnana on | March 2, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    All three all rounders on the injured list is a terrible blow. Lets hope they recover in time at least Mathews. He has had a good tour so far along with the rest. Thissara's fielding has been fantastic that alone being worth a bagful of runs. If Kapugedera is being called up, this would mean that Mathews may the one who is not going to make it. Unless of course they want someone in there to boost the batting line up against the OZ. It is a good move to bring Kapu as he had a good debut to international cricket in Australia, taking on Brett Lee and scoring a scorching six in his 2nd ball in International cricket. His experience and liking to OZ conditions may hold him good. SL are on the way up and have all pulled together and are playing as a unit which is extremely good news. We can only hope that SL keep their mindset and continue with their progress under Mahela's efficient and challenging captaincy. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    YES THAT IS GOOD REPLACEMENT BUT HE SHOULD PROVE HIS NATURAL TALENT LET HIM PLAY PLAY AGGRESSIVELY DURING WORLD CUP HE PLAYED TEST MATCH INNINGS BUT HE HAS ATTACKING ABILITY GOOD LUCJK FOR OUR TEAM KEEP GOING MAHELA EVEN SRI LANKA TEAM OUT FOR 10 RUNS WE NEVER HATE OUR TEAM.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Kapu.. You have to grab this opportunity.. SL team needs you... !!

  • POSTED BY WaldermaltCricketer on | March 2, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Kapugedara will be a JOKE in AUS. He is just a waste. One of the worst players produced by Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka will get NOTHING from him.

  • POSTED BY DilumSL on | March 2, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    ohhh nooo.... not again...

  • POSTED BY Charindra on | March 2, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    Kapu is back. Let's see if he makes better use of the opportunity he's given than the previous few times. Best of luck SL!

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    oh no not good for srilanks ......... hope it`s not anji ....... he is crucial for us

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    if Thisara will be left out, what about Shaminda Eranga as the replacement?

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    wel done Kapu its time to show your ture potential again - all the best - correct choice made by the seletors

  • POSTED BY ranga_s on | March 2, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Why not sending Bhanuka Rajapaksha...Kapugedara is an excellent fielder and can kill a team with fielding..Not so sure about his recent batting...Anyways hope he'll not play...It's always better to chose from the original touring party...SL better field both the spinners even at Gabba. Herath for his economy and Senanayake for his height and potential bounce he'd extract and his supreme fielding..

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Go Lanka Go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Chinthaka Jayasinghe! He would've been the ideal replacement. Apart from Kapugedera's fielding, there is not much to take from his performance for Sri Lanka. P.S - The game that Kapu hit his 158, CJ hit 173 of 167 balls!!! like for like --- logic???

  • POSTED BY randikaayya on | March 2, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    Good pick.. and #6 spot will do justice to Kapu only in tests, in ODI he should be batting higher up. He's not a pinch hitter but a proper batsman who scores when he bats up in the order

  • POSTED BY Dilruksh on | March 2, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    kapugedara is one attacking and a dangerous batsman.....gud striker of the ball.....finally a good decision.....y dont they try sachith pathirana he is a good hitter as well....

  • POSTED BY sudz92 on | March 2, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    i guess this is a good move.best of luck kapu.... !!!!!

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | March 2, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    So it is Kapugedera time, AGAIN - I thought he was out of the scene. Anyway, I hope he makes use of this opportunity. He better because SL has now got some great middle order players.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    I dont understand how a batsman can replace and injured all-rounder. This means if Matthews pulls up some muscle, Thirimanne will have to do more bowling. It would have been better to have someone like Jeevan Mendis who is a proven allrounder.

  • POSTED BY bigwonder on | March 2, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    According to England's logic, Sri Lanka must be playing too much cricket (including IPL, SPL, etc) to so many injured players.

  • POSTED BY doncl on | March 2, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Why Kapu? Can't they slot Tharanga into the middle order? This looks like a similar script to worlcup final (bring someone who is not in the squad initialy).

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    So, we're replacing someone who can bat AND bowl with a player who can't do either?

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Kapugedara???? Ohhh nooo. He can't even save his domestic team from sinking to the bottom of the table. Now gets a call up to the national team. At least Chamara Silva scored most runs in the tournament.

  • POSTED BY ckasun on | March 2, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Chamara Silva is the best replacement as of now, he is in a tremendous form in ongoing premier league back to back hundreds and more importantly he is maintaining consistence form.It is wonder to see Kapugedara to replace injured players. It's can't bejustified.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    SL will win the final without these players

  • POSTED BY zavahir on | March 2, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Why not Banuka Rajapakse? Is it because he is performing well in domestic cricket? Let's invest on youngsters, they will grab the opportunity like how Chandimal & Lahiru did.

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | March 2, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    fantastic selection, he will add more fire to sri lanken fielding, go kapu go

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    No More Kapugedara.. Plz bring back Jeevan Mendis... Kapugedara is not a promising player as chandimal or thirimanne

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Hope you will not disappoint us again Kapu... Grab the chance... Surely this will be your last... Try to compete with Promising Chandimal & Thirimanna...

  • POSTED BY Mevan on | March 2, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    The SL cricket board moves in mysterious ways. Three bowlers get injured and they are planning to send a batsman!

  • POSTED BY 6pack on | March 2, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    All-rounders greatly enhance ODI teams... picking a batsman in place of an all-rounder is a risk.. and picking one such as Kapugedera, who has never lived up to expectations is poor decision-making. I would not have picked him or Chamara Silva for that matter. Perhaps Lokuarachchi.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Sir kapugedara? for what? ah right, he can run fast into the field with with drinks & bats etc, good pick i would say, will help to improve slow overate,

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  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Sir kapugedara? for what? ah right, he can run fast into the field with with drinks & bats etc, good pick i would say, will help to improve slow overate,

  • POSTED BY 6pack on | March 2, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    All-rounders greatly enhance ODI teams... picking a batsman in place of an all-rounder is a risk.. and picking one such as Kapugedera, who has never lived up to expectations is poor decision-making. I would not have picked him or Chamara Silva for that matter. Perhaps Lokuarachchi.

  • POSTED BY Mevan on | March 2, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    The SL cricket board moves in mysterious ways. Three bowlers get injured and they are planning to send a batsman!

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Hope you will not disappoint us again Kapu... Grab the chance... Surely this will be your last... Try to compete with Promising Chandimal & Thirimanna...

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    No More Kapugedara.. Plz bring back Jeevan Mendis... Kapugedara is not a promising player as chandimal or thirimanne

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | March 2, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    fantastic selection, he will add more fire to sri lanken fielding, go kapu go

  • POSTED BY zavahir on | March 2, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Why not Banuka Rajapakse? Is it because he is performing well in domestic cricket? Let's invest on youngsters, they will grab the opportunity like how Chandimal & Lahiru did.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    SL will win the final without these players

  • POSTED BY ckasun on | March 2, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Chamara Silva is the best replacement as of now, he is in a tremendous form in ongoing premier league back to back hundreds and more importantly he is maintaining consistence form.It is wonder to see Kapugedara to replace injured players. It's can't bejustified.