Indian Premier League 2010 March 9, 2010

Island effect on the IPL

Keeping an eye on the Sri Lankan players heading to India

Sri Lanka's Inter-Provincial Twenty20 tournament - which ended on Sunday with Wayamba winning for the third year running - didn't cause too many ripples outside the island but it could have an effect on the IPL, given the number of players involved in both tournaments. Kanishkaa Balachandran looks at the players most likely to make an impact in India and the big names who didn't quite meet expectations - and also a couple who could have made a name had they bagged an IPL contract.

Those who fired

Mahela Jayawardene: Wayamba's biggest name scored four fifties and finished as the tournament's second-highest run-scorer with 293 runs in six games at 48.83. While he was expected to do well, the most striking feature of his batting was his ease in a role he isn't known for - opening. His batting was carefree, without any ungainly slogs - all genuine cricketing shots - and his collaboration with Jeevantha Kulatunga was key to the team's fortunes. He began with a 34-ball 61 against Basnahira South, followed by a 40-ball 59 against Ruhuna and a 32-ball 58 in the semi-final against Basnahira South. He saved his best for the final, smashing 91 off 49 balls to power his team to 208, a target too big for Ruhuna. A Shaun Marsh-Jayawardene left-right opening combination could be Kings XI Punjab's secret weapon.

Ajantha Mendis: Mendis' tally of eight wickets was still six behind the tournament leader (Sachithra Senanayake) but four of those came in a freakish spell in the final. Chasing 209, Ruhuna rocketed away at nearly 12 an over before Mendis literally turned the match. He pocketed three in one over, reduced Ruhuna to 86 for 5 and finished with stunning figures of 4 for 9 in 3.2 overs. Kolkata Knight Riders have used him in only five matches across two seasons but that could change now.

Thissara Perera: The batting allrounder was among two new signings by the Chennai Super Kings in this year's auction. After a quiet start to the tournament, with one wicket from the first two games, he ended with nine wickets at 13.11, the highest wicket-taker among the 13 IPL-bound players and third highest for the tournament. His best was 3 for 18 in the semis. Perera recently won a one-dayer for Sri Lanka with the bat, under pressure, against India. Chennai have already stated that Justin Kemp will be their main allrounder but in Perera they have an able understudy.

Those who fizzled

With the exception of Lasith Malinga, who didn't play, and Dilshan, who played only one game, the remaining eight didn't have much to shout about. Sanath Jayasuriya scored a fifty and smashed 12 fours and eight sixes in total but it was not his usual sparkling form. However, he enjoys the big occasion could just turn on the sparks. Kumar Sangakkara too scored just one fifty and averaged 28.50 in six games. Muttiah Muralitharan was fairly economical (6.43) but didn't run through any line-up to the extent that Mendis did. Dilhara Fernando took seven wickets from five games but Thilan Thushara's returns were most disappointing - one wicket from four games. Angelo Mathews played a few cameo knocks for Basnahira North, including an unbeaten 60 off 44 balls, but strangely, he bowled just one over in the tournament.

Those eyeing a spot next year

Ironically, the top run-getter, Dinesh Chandimal, and wicket-taker aren't heading to the IPL. Chandimal is the better known of the two players, having represented his country at the Under-19 World Cup in 2008. The wicketkeeper batsman averages 52 in first-class cricket and in this tournament, he finished with 320 runs at 53.33 with three fifties. His 64 in the final was overshadowed by Mendis' spell and had he received some support from the other end, things could have been different.

The 36-year old Kulatunga has been around for several seasons but his Sri Lanka experience is restricted to two Twenty20 games. Kulatunga scored the tournament's only century - an unbeaten 104 - against Kandurata. Age may not be on his side - then again, he'd be far from the oldest in the IPL.

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  • Dummy4 on March 15, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Bring Back VASS to SL national team

  • Amila on March 15, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    I too agree with you lankanpride....Vass balled really well in last two matches. My suggestion is even though he is not performing in other matches in the IPL Vass is a bowler who should be picked up for the T20 WC. In my view So many cricket is left for Vass. The selectors should open their eyes and see who are the players that performs well in IPL. Then they have to decide on the 15 man squad for T20 WC and aslo for coming 2011 WC. In my point of view, Vass is a player who can deliver for the team when it is needed. Therefore If I were in the selection panel I will definetly put Chaminda Vass in T20 WC squad and also in 2011 WC squad. He is a champion bowler, we have to get the best out of him. Selectors have neglected many SL good players without any reason. We can find many examples. If I name Vass, Atapattu, Upul Chandana, etc. Let's wait and see further what will happen as I believe the truth cannot be defeated.

  • Dwight on March 14, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    I would just like to change my tune and say to the selectors please BRING BACK VAAS! his first two games in the IPL have been amazing! and he is proving all of us that thought he was finished wrong, c'mon SL do the right thing and include him in the WC t20 and WC 2011 squad!

  • A on March 12, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    I would pick Vaas over Zoysa anytime.Vaas bowled soo well against KnightRiders. He bowled really tight, 2 for 22 is not bad in 20/20. Angelo Mattews rocked too. I am waiting to see how Jayasuriya plays tommorrow's game against Rajastan Royals who have good bowlers like Tait,K Khan & Warne.

  • Manasvi on March 11, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    Given that SL pitches are not batsman friendly the exlcusion of Dinesh Chandimal is disappointing. He could prove to be the ideal successor to Sangakkara, by becoming both the wicketkeeper as well as a top batsman. Certainly, his FC record is highly impressive. The same goes for the all round efforts of Kulatunga and the spin bowling of Senanayake. Look at Senanayake's record which is superior to most of the off spinners around, esp in T20.

  • Malaka on March 11, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    I believe, we should pick Chandimal for our T20 WC squad, he had shown some great talent and potential. Experience being with the senior squad would do wonders for his confidence. I think he is definitely better than than Thirimmane in all forms of the game (Thirimmane to is a much more orthodox) because of his ability to adapt to different forms. It is strange to see that the SL selectors have missed out Kulatunga. He is past his prime but his performs were much better than (Zoysa and Jayasinghe).

  • Dwight on March 11, 2010, 0:29 GMT

    What the hell are the selectors thinking putting Zoysa on the squad!? hell why not bring back Vaas in that case?! selectors made a huge mistake with this one and i cant help but think there was some hand played behind the scenes for zoysa to be included and not Kulatunga, he might be 36 but the form he showed should have earned him a his age this might have been his last chance to play in the national side. once again shows you the pathetic treatment of players by the selectors and board. in the words of the great marvan attapatu "what a bunch of muppets"

  • indrajith on March 10, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    I don't know what is going through the mind of SL selection committee. Who can remove Jeevantha Kulathunga from T20 squid. That is really unfair. Scoring a hundred in T20 is very difficult. Even International level 2 hundreds. Both from big guns. And Kulathunga was the man of the series. He was very consistent especially in shorter version. So how can he remove from the squid. Who is suitable over him, Kapugedarara, Jayasinghe, Thirimanne. I think only who has done may be with him closer to him was Mahela and Chandimal. It is ok both were in the squid. But what happen Kulathunga. Is he old. So Why Jayasuriya , Murali. This is very unfair. I think he surely be a contender for IPL next year.

  • Amila on March 10, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Everyone is trying to convince their favourtes. My favorite is Sanath Jayasuriya. Although enough young blood are there who knocks the door to national side. But they shouldn't be hurried to the national side. Otherwise those players carriers would be wasted. My belief is selectors should wait until the right moment and give the chance to the young guys. But they should not be put in for the crunch matches first up which accumulates huge amount of pressure to the new player and also to the team as well.Therefore it is not wise to select more young guys to a big tournament like T20 Worldcup. As I belief the most experienced players should be included in big occasions and their service should be obtained to avoid the experimental mistakes with the young and new players. Therefore it is not a surprise that a legend like Sanath is included in the squad. Lets wait and see how he performs.cheers

  • Thisara on March 10, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Dinesh chandimal sholud be given a chance to show his talents & cement his place as a opener in both T20 & ODIs.In last time World cup our middle order failed to perform,So inform batsmen like Kulathunga can be a handful in middle order.

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