Champions Trophy 2013 May 30, 2013

Chandimal used break to work on weaknesses

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Sri Lanka vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal said an extended break from international cricket and the recent practice tournament in Pallekele had put him in good shape to succeed at the Champions Trophy in England and Wales. Chandimal led the Rest of Sri Lanka side to victory in the 10-day List A tri-series, which primarily sought to prepare the Sri Lanka side for the Champions Trophy. Only six members of the squad traveling to England took part in the tri-series, however, with the rest having been in India for the IPL.

"The domestic tournament was a great way to train for the Champions Trophy because we played in Kandy and the tracks had a lot of seam movement and bounce," he said. "As batsmen, that has helped us adjust mentally for England and we've kept English conditions in mind when we have been training as well, so we hope to do well."

Chandimal turned down an informal approach from an IPL franchise in April, opting instead to undertake an intensive training programme in Sri Lanka during that time. That decision was largely driven by the prospect of having increased access to the national coaching staff with most of his team-mates out of the country, as well as the likelihood that he may not have played many matches in the IPL. His training in Sri Lanka largely concentrated on improving his limited overs batting, which had not been among his strengths in the last year.

"I had a few weaknesses in my technique, and I was lucky to have this month-and-a-half to correct those shortcomings." he said. "I worked on each of those things with Marvan Attapattu and at the moment I feel as if I'm in a good rhythm. Hopefully that work will show in England."

Chandimal's last tour of England brought his second ODI hundred - at Lords - and so far in his limited-overs international career, he has also tended to bat better outside the subcontinent than within it. Despite his work with the coaches, he does not go into the tournament in his best form, having averaged only 26.60 in the List A tournament.

"I guess you try to bat well wherever you play, but I have done well in England, so I'm hoping to repeat that," he said. "The key is to know how to make runs even when you haven't been batting well. You have to figure out how to succeed again, and do it quickly."

Sri Lanka have not played an international since the Bangladesh tour finished on March 31, but they will look to finalise combinations and acclimatise in the three warm-up encounters they play before the tournament. Chandimal said the experience of that 2011 tour and previous trips to England would make adjusting to the climate and conditions a deal more straightforward.

"It's the first cricket we're playing together after a while, but I think we are all positive." he said. "If you look at our squad, we have experience, but even the younger players have played in England, so we are ready for it. We're playing outside the subcontinent so it will be a challenge, but we do have bowlers who can take advantage of the situations we will encounter." he said. "As long as we play to our potential, we have the team to win the tournament."

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • DiamondSoul on May 30, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    @bigbang07: well said mate suggest it should be featured :)

    Chandimal is some jewel with rare talent.He might not be someone like kohli or Clarke where they are in full control of their strokes and where to hit them.(Hwevr in the begining they were not that confident as well)but this lad has the confidence in making into a better player with lots patience.thats why he has succeeded in all these formats except It20s ( remember he broke up in to the national line up with a magnificient season of DOmestic T20s) Being rejected in IPL auction doesnen't matter with the T20s.Look hw many Intrnational stars were there and hw many were rejected.some were even better than chandi in T20s.Popularity make more sense in it mate.. keep faith!

    It was good decision to be in training is SL and developing his english.Cz if he was there in IPL he wont get many games as he deserve to.

  • on June 2, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    Some observations. Chandimal is yet to master the acceleration in the last 15 overs, so bat in him in the first 5. Hope I am wrong here. The death bowlers should be Malinga, Thisara. Eranga can bowl the overs just before but we need to bowl out Kula early in his current bowling form. Jeevan Mendis and Dilhara did not give any push to their place in the team. Rangana and Sachithra are the spinning options.I think it is time Chandimal keeps in the the one dayers as well, we need young legs to keep the opposition on their toes.

  • ThilankaK on June 1, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    1.Dilshan 2.Kusal Perera 3.Sangakkara† 4.Jayawardene 5.Mathews* 6.Chandimal 7.Mendis 8.Perera 9.Kulasekara 10.Senanayake 11.Malinga

    9 Bats 7 ball ( what a team & team for watch out )

  • Htc-Android on June 1, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    My team. 1.kushal 2.Dilshan 3.sanga 4. Chandimal 5.Mahela 6. Mathews 7.thissara 8. Dilhara or Eranga 9. Kula 10 . sachithra 11. Malinga. Please dont include Jeevan mendis in the playing xi as he is not suitable in these kind of wickets. Its a waste of a spot to include him. I prefer to have Eranga in the team when we play with the Aussies. They struggle a lot against swing bowling. So its worth to open the bowling with Kula and Eranga against Aussies. I feel sorry for Thirimanne. He doesnt find a place in the playing xi due to the presence of our seniors. I guess its time for Sanga to give up the ODI format and start focussing on test cricket. Thirimanne is the ideal player for No 3 spot ODIs.

  • on June 1, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Sri Lanka is one of the best sides of the sub continent. Atleast their batsmen can perform on all surfaces. Feilding is a big plus point. I see them going far in the tournament. one of the teams for Semi Finals for sure, along with SA, AUS and NZ or ENG.

  • Sinhaya on June 1, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, as usual your famous anti Lankan hateful rhetoric and no surprise. We have done well in ICC tournaments so I can see your pure jealousy.

  • on May 31, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    There should be a place to Dilhara & Dili should open with Kusal & sanga @#3. #4 shuld be Chandi, #5 Mahela,#6 mathews,#7 Dilhara, #8 Thisara, #9 Kulasekara,#10 Malinga, & #10(depends on the pitch)Eranga/Herath. But there is a strong chance for sachithra ahead of Herath in this English pitches with his height. I am not hesitate to prescribe Thirimanna in a failure of Mahela. But I guess we will miss the lights of Upul Tharanga even in middle order. Anyway, comapring to Indian squad, we have the best squad & hopefully there will be anothe final in England between Aus & Lankan Lions. But this time, we are in fast tracks as well as Aus, so more bids are for Lankan Lions.

  • djradika on May 31, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    i dont know how u guys thinking but for me is we have some strenght to win this icc champs trophy.chandi,thiri is really very good batsmens and they can adjust to the situation quickly so i like to see that they both are batting.bcz our bowling is really good attaking one.while batting are lil bit strugle so we need to ad more batsmen coz the also other teams are good bowling attak nz and eng ausi..so we have enough batting power to face there attak..and to change players is depend the condition and the teams.. so my team is 1.dilshan2.kusal3.sanga4.chandi5.mahela6.thiri7.mathews8.jeewan9.thisara10.nuwan11.mali they all can bat and the reason i left rangana is the eng pithes is more friendly with seamers and othe thing is in this squad we have two spiners one leggy is jeewan and offspienr is dilshan and we have and we have 4 best seam bowlers mathe.thisara.nuwan.mali and 8 deason batsmen and one big hitter and othe two is kula and mali can hit bigs as well so wish you all the best.

  • gnanzcupid on May 31, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Lanka wont go beyond round 1. I forsee their fans claiming this failure as ' one of the rare failures'

  • ADARSH100 on May 31, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    My 11 for SL is 1) Dilshan 2)Jayawardene 3)Sangakkara 4)Chandimal 5)Angelo Mathews 6)Thisara Perera 7)Kushal Perera 8) Jeevan Mendis 9)Malinga 10)Kulasekhara 11)Herath.

    Thisara, Kushal and Jeevan shd play down the order inorder to get the momentum of score as they are power hitters. Mathews, T.Perera, Malinga and Kula cn bowl swing bowls.

    Jeevan and Herath are spin bowlers.

    Team is filled with Mahela,Sanga and Dilshan which cn inspire other plaayers in the team and to have stability.

  • DiamondSoul on May 30, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    @bigbang07: well said mate suggest it should be featured :)

    Chandimal is some jewel with rare talent.He might not be someone like kohli or Clarke where they are in full control of their strokes and where to hit them.(Hwevr in the begining they were not that confident as well)but this lad has the confidence in making into a better player with lots patience.thats why he has succeeded in all these formats except It20s ( remember he broke up in to the national line up with a magnificient season of DOmestic T20s) Being rejected in IPL auction doesnen't matter with the T20s.Look hw many Intrnational stars were there and hw many were rejected.some were even better than chandi in T20s.Popularity make more sense in it mate.. keep faith!

    It was good decision to be in training is SL and developing his english.Cz if he was there in IPL he wont get many games as he deserve to.

  • on June 2, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    Some observations. Chandimal is yet to master the acceleration in the last 15 overs, so bat in him in the first 5. Hope I am wrong here. The death bowlers should be Malinga, Thisara. Eranga can bowl the overs just before but we need to bowl out Kula early in his current bowling form. Jeevan Mendis and Dilhara did not give any push to their place in the team. Rangana and Sachithra are the spinning options.I think it is time Chandimal keeps in the the one dayers as well, we need young legs to keep the opposition on their toes.

  • ThilankaK on June 1, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    1.Dilshan 2.Kusal Perera 3.Sangakkara† 4.Jayawardene 5.Mathews* 6.Chandimal 7.Mendis 8.Perera 9.Kulasekara 10.Senanayake 11.Malinga

    9 Bats 7 ball ( what a team & team for watch out )

  • Htc-Android on June 1, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    My team. 1.kushal 2.Dilshan 3.sanga 4. Chandimal 5.Mahela 6. Mathews 7.thissara 8. Dilhara or Eranga 9. Kula 10 . sachithra 11. Malinga. Please dont include Jeevan mendis in the playing xi as he is not suitable in these kind of wickets. Its a waste of a spot to include him. I prefer to have Eranga in the team when we play with the Aussies. They struggle a lot against swing bowling. So its worth to open the bowling with Kula and Eranga against Aussies. I feel sorry for Thirimanne. He doesnt find a place in the playing xi due to the presence of our seniors. I guess its time for Sanga to give up the ODI format and start focussing on test cricket. Thirimanne is the ideal player for No 3 spot ODIs.

  • on June 1, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Sri Lanka is one of the best sides of the sub continent. Atleast their batsmen can perform on all surfaces. Feilding is a big plus point. I see them going far in the tournament. one of the teams for Semi Finals for sure, along with SA, AUS and NZ or ENG.

  • Sinhaya on June 1, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, as usual your famous anti Lankan hateful rhetoric and no surprise. We have done well in ICC tournaments so I can see your pure jealousy.

  • on May 31, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    There should be a place to Dilhara & Dili should open with Kusal & sanga @#3. #4 shuld be Chandi, #5 Mahela,#6 mathews,#7 Dilhara, #8 Thisara, #9 Kulasekara,#10 Malinga, & #10(depends on the pitch)Eranga/Herath. But there is a strong chance for sachithra ahead of Herath in this English pitches with his height. I am not hesitate to prescribe Thirimanna in a failure of Mahela. But I guess we will miss the lights of Upul Tharanga even in middle order. Anyway, comapring to Indian squad, we have the best squad & hopefully there will be anothe final in England between Aus & Lankan Lions. But this time, we are in fast tracks as well as Aus, so more bids are for Lankan Lions.

  • djradika on May 31, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    i dont know how u guys thinking but for me is we have some strenght to win this icc champs trophy.chandi,thiri is really very good batsmens and they can adjust to the situation quickly so i like to see that they both are batting.bcz our bowling is really good attaking one.while batting are lil bit strugle so we need to ad more batsmen coz the also other teams are good bowling attak nz and eng ausi..so we have enough batting power to face there attak..and to change players is depend the condition and the teams.. so my team is 1.dilshan2.kusal3.sanga4.chandi5.mahela6.thiri7.mathews8.jeewan9.thisara10.nuwan11.mali they all can bat and the reason i left rangana is the eng pithes is more friendly with seamers and othe thing is in this squad we have two spiners one leggy is jeewan and offspienr is dilshan and we have and we have 4 best seam bowlers mathe.thisara.nuwan.mali and 8 deason batsmen and one big hitter and othe two is kula and mali can hit bigs as well so wish you all the best.

  • gnanzcupid on May 31, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Lanka wont go beyond round 1. I forsee their fans claiming this failure as ' one of the rare failures'

  • ADARSH100 on May 31, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    My 11 for SL is 1) Dilshan 2)Jayawardene 3)Sangakkara 4)Chandimal 5)Angelo Mathews 6)Thisara Perera 7)Kushal Perera 8) Jeevan Mendis 9)Malinga 10)Kulasekhara 11)Herath.

    Thisara, Kushal and Jeevan shd play down the order inorder to get the momentum of score as they are power hitters. Mathews, T.Perera, Malinga and Kula cn bowl swing bowls.

    Jeevan and Herath are spin bowlers.

    Team is filled with Mahela,Sanga and Dilshan which cn inspire other plaayers in the team and to have stability.

  • Dr.Lakson on May 31, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    What is the point of this article and the timing ? Just to remind the rest of the team that they might fail because they chose the IPL...........

  • on May 31, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    my eleven 1.mahela2.kausal3.sanga4.chandi5.mathews6.dilsan7tissara8.herath9.loku10.nuwan11.malinga this is the best eleven for england pitch try it get resuilt

  • on May 31, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    My 11 is- 1.Dilshan 2.kushal 3.Sanga 4.Mahela 5. Chandimal/Thiri 6.Mathews 7. Jeevan 8. Thisara 9.Kula 10.Herath 11.Malinga 8 batsmen, 6 bowler (4-pace & 2-spinner)

  • Jinasoma on May 31, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    @kevepere-No battle between Chandi and Thiri because Chandi is SL's vice captain and he has a good record in England than Thiri.And no battle between Nuwan with Loku or Eranga.Because Nuwan is in good form since last Aus tour.He is our main bowling weapon in England with his terrific swing.And i don't think Jeevan will get a chance because we have Loku as a fast bowling allrounder.It's a plus point for us especally in England.Others are looking good in your team.

  • Narbavi on May 31, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    @kevepere: you don't know how chandimal would fit in? are you serious? chandimal is lanka's trump card especially for overseas matches, the batting depends and revolves around him, and you think you don't know how he would fit in

  • johnathonjosephs on May 31, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    Strongest possible team is as follows: 1. Dilshan 2. Kushal 3. Sanga 4. Mahela 5. Chandimal/Thirimanne 6. Matthews 7. Thissara 8. Kulasekera 9. Malinga 10. Eranga 11. Herath. I think that during the warmup games, both chandimal and thirmanne must be allowed to bat at expense of someone like Malinga/Thissara. Sri Lanka's ODI bowlers are good enough, it is the batting I am worried about (Dilshan/Sanga/Mahela/Chandimal/Matthews) since most of them had horrible outings in the IPL and will be going up against players who had amazing outings in the IPL

  • on May 31, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    It is heartening to see that SL cricket has finally decided to build some hard, seaming pitches in SL......not just the slow, turning ones. This should make our cricketers flexible to modern day rapid-changes in batting conditions. Good move! Hope this will pay dividends at the ICC trophy.

  • yorkslanka on May 30, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    my eleven 1. mahela 2.kusal 3. sanga 4.chandimal 5. angelo 6. thisara 7. jeevan 8. senanayake 9. kula 10. eranga 11. malinga the logic is that on the tracks here in england, i dont think more than one spinner is needed. this line up gives us batting to 9 , three seam bowlers plus angelo & thisara= variety & balance no place for dilshan/ thirimanne/rangana, personally i think dilshan is in poor form and i dont think that thirri has learned shot discipline as he seems to do the hardwork then throw his wicket away playing a silly shots,..(eventually he will slot into sangas position) & senanayake gives extra batting compared to rangana for me, good luck SL no surprise to see the usual trolls pop up when SL are mentioned, maybe try concentrating on their own team?(thats what REAL fans do)

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 30, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    All these Cricket experts who say that Chandimal is vulnerable against the bounce, Please go n watch the highlights of his maiden century at Lords.

    Chandimal was yet to get off the mark.

    Anderson fired a head height bouncer. Chandimal hopped n pulled it over midwicket for a boundary. And That's how got off the mark to score a match winning century. Everytime Anderson, Dernbach ,Broad n all tried to bounce him out, he stood tall n smashed 'em for boundaries.

    And that's how he coped with the bounce !!!!

  • kevepere on May 30, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    I dont know how chandimal fits the team.anyways the battle between thirimanne and chandimal for number 5 position. Mahela plays well opening in england etc therefore.. last tour he did well 1. Mahela 2. Kusal 3. Thisara 4. Sanga 5. Thirimanne/Chandimal 6. Dilshan 7. Mathews 8. Jeewan 9. Sachithra 10. NuwanK/ Eranga/Loku 11. Malinga best that we can put on... 5 batsman, 3 all rounders , 1 bowling all rounder , 2 fast bowlers. Sri lanka got a deep batting lineup but bowling is not great. mathews, thisara ,Loku , Malinga, Sachithra, Jeewan... 6 bowlers available and can use dilshan also

  • on May 30, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    @gsingh7?? are you jorking my friend?? chandimal not good against bounce? chandimal faild in 3-0 test trment? did you ever watch his century against England! that match Broad and Co send him many bouncers but he played them very well! his stats in Australia,England and SA is far better than all the batsman of india team expect kholi! about shortballs we saw how great reina strugle against malinga! and he build Sri lanka innings with tales coming at 7 and score 62*..it was the only match he given the chanse @Nipuna..machan thirimanna is really good but not better than chandi. thiri is inconcitant

  • stormy16 on May 30, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Chandimals issues is the battle within. Sure his technique is not perfect but there's not much wrong with it from what I have seen of him in both Aus and SA. He has no obvious horrors like the short ball which so many SL's struggle with and appears to have no apparent issues with spin but manages to get out through poor shot selection. Yes some technical assistance would be good but if he manages to sort out his shot selection he would be top notch. Cant help but think of a young Aravninda De Silva who had a similar issue (wild shots) and when he sorted that out he was good as anyone around.

  • first_slip on May 30, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    @Jadejafan, you liking does not count here mate, so dont worry

  • bigbang07 on May 30, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    @Narbavi, you could say the same for Ponting and Clarke. Australia didnt take them for their T2O sides, yet they fetch a contract but perform poorly/get injured. Chandimal is not fit for T20 unless he bats at the top, similar to Pujara. English is a language learnt over time. Sehwag was poor at his English when he started. Grow up mate.

    @Jadejafan, wait and see buddy. Its foolish to write us off when a major ICC tournament comes around. That said, I do wish India the best of luck. Bhuvi will be a handful in these conditions.

    @gsingh7, you really need to check facts buddy. Being unsold in the IPL doesnt matter since ODI's are longer than T20. nobody cares except India (Its your league) and the players who make money. He has a good temperament on bouncy tracks mate. In fact, his average in ODI's in Australia (49), South Africa (52) and England (55) are great so far. Furthermore, during the Australia Test series, he played one game and made 62*. Hope he can be a proper batter-like Kohli

  • bigbang07 on May 30, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Chandimal has a testy time ahead. He should play given his track record in England. Still, he may bat too lower down (he's a #3, #4 player who can build an innings, similar to Sangakkara). However, he may be edged out by Thirimanne. Time for him and Shaminda Eranga to show they have what it takes.

  • gsingh7 on May 30, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    he went unsold in ipl. this tells u how his value is rated in ipl.even newcomer kusal and senanayke got contracts. he need to develope temperament for strokeplay on bouncy tracks, he failed miserably during 3-0 whitewash at hands of australia. good luck, chandi , develope into virat kohli or suresh raina type stroke player

  • Ellis on May 30, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Chandimal is an extremely promising player who needs experience and good management. His attitude is positive and if he can plan and build an innings, he has the talent to do well.Perhaps Fidel Fernando will give him the benefit of time and experience that he does not reserve in his articles for Mathews.

  • on May 30, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    I think Chandimal does not have right to be in the playing XI because Jeevan and kusal janith has performed well. MY team 1. Dilshan 2. Kusal Janith 3 Sanga 4 Thirimanna 5. Mahela 6. 7. 8. Jeevan /Matthews /Thisara Bowler should be Kula Malinga & Herath

  • Raneesh238 on May 30, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Wise decision to give priority to training.

  • Jadejafan on May 30, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    The only decent young player Sri Lanka has. The rest are not that promising but regardless, Sri Lanka has no chance of winning the Trophy, too ordinary for my liking.

  • Jadejafan on May 30, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    The only decent young player Sri Lanka has. The rest are not that promising but regardless, Sri Lanka has no chance of winning the Trophy, too ordinary for my liking.

  • Raneesh238 on May 30, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Wise decision to give priority to training.

  • on May 30, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    I think Chandimal does not have right to be in the playing XI because Jeevan and kusal janith has performed well. MY team 1. Dilshan 2. Kusal Janith 3 Sanga 4 Thirimanna 5. Mahela 6. 7. 8. Jeevan /Matthews /Thisara Bowler should be Kula Malinga & Herath

  • Ellis on May 30, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Chandimal is an extremely promising player who needs experience and good management. His attitude is positive and if he can plan and build an innings, he has the talent to do well.Perhaps Fidel Fernando will give him the benefit of time and experience that he does not reserve in his articles for Mathews.

  • gsingh7 on May 30, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    he went unsold in ipl. this tells u how his value is rated in ipl.even newcomer kusal and senanayke got contracts. he need to develope temperament for strokeplay on bouncy tracks, he failed miserably during 3-0 whitewash at hands of australia. good luck, chandi , develope into virat kohli or suresh raina type stroke player

  • bigbang07 on May 30, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Chandimal has a testy time ahead. He should play given his track record in England. Still, he may bat too lower down (he's a #3, #4 player who can build an innings, similar to Sangakkara). However, he may be edged out by Thirimanne. Time for him and Shaminda Eranga to show they have what it takes.

  • bigbang07 on May 30, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    @Narbavi, you could say the same for Ponting and Clarke. Australia didnt take them for their T2O sides, yet they fetch a contract but perform poorly/get injured. Chandimal is not fit for T20 unless he bats at the top, similar to Pujara. English is a language learnt over time. Sehwag was poor at his English when he started. Grow up mate.

    @Jadejafan, wait and see buddy. Its foolish to write us off when a major ICC tournament comes around. That said, I do wish India the best of luck. Bhuvi will be a handful in these conditions.

    @gsingh7, you really need to check facts buddy. Being unsold in the IPL doesnt matter since ODI's are longer than T20. nobody cares except India (Its your league) and the players who make money. He has a good temperament on bouncy tracks mate. In fact, his average in ODI's in Australia (49), South Africa (52) and England (55) are great so far. Furthermore, during the Australia Test series, he played one game and made 62*. Hope he can be a proper batter-like Kohli

  • first_slip on May 30, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    @Jadejafan, you liking does not count here mate, so dont worry

  • stormy16 on May 30, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Chandimals issues is the battle within. Sure his technique is not perfect but there's not much wrong with it from what I have seen of him in both Aus and SA. He has no obvious horrors like the short ball which so many SL's struggle with and appears to have no apparent issues with spin but manages to get out through poor shot selection. Yes some technical assistance would be good but if he manages to sort out his shot selection he would be top notch. Cant help but think of a young Aravninda De Silva who had a similar issue (wild shots) and when he sorted that out he was good as anyone around.

  • on May 30, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    @gsingh7?? are you jorking my friend?? chandimal not good against bounce? chandimal faild in 3-0 test trment? did you ever watch his century against England! that match Broad and Co send him many bouncers but he played them very well! his stats in Australia,England and SA is far better than all the batsman of india team expect kholi! about shortballs we saw how great reina strugle against malinga! and he build Sri lanka innings with tales coming at 7 and score 62*..it was the only match he given the chanse @Nipuna..machan thirimanna is really good but not better than chandi. thiri is inconcitant