South African XI v Sri Lankans, Benoni, 3rd day December 11, 2011

Sangakkara doubt for first Test after hand injury

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Kumar Sangakkara is a doubt for the opening Test against South Africa after splitting the webbing on his right hand during the warm-up match against an Invitational XI in Benoni. His concerns added to Sri Lanka's problems as they ended the rain-hit three-day match in a more wounded state than when they began having also watched Nuwan Pradeep tear his right hamstring.

Pradeep suffered his injury after bowling ten deliveries on the second day and, while he was not immediately ruled out of the tour, it seems likely he'll soon fly home . Sri Lanka were already without four injured quicks who didn't make the original squad. Sangakkara, meanwhile, faces a tight timeframe to be ready for the first Test at Centurion on Thursday after tearing webbing between the first and second fingers on his right hand while fielding at point and did not bat on the final day.

He has had three stitches in the wound and hopes "it will settle over the next three to four days." However, although the injury was played down by team manager Anura Tennekoon, Sangakkara himself was cautious about his prospects. "We just have to keep an eye on it and see how we go," he said. "That's the annoying thing about these little injuries. We can't say for certain."

One thing Sangakkara was sure of was that he will not take the field next week unless he is declared fully fit, even though he is able to hold a bat with his current injury. "You probably could [play] but you don't want to hamper the side by being half-fit," he said. "You need to be 100% to play in a Test match. I have to be confident that I can handle a bat, otherwise I won't play."

There is a glimmer of hope for Sri Lanka, though. Their bowling reserves may be beefed up by the return to fitness of two of the four injured seamers who are currently back home. Prior to their departure to South Africa, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dhammika Prasad, Shaminda Eranga and Suranga Lakmal were all ruled out of their tour but the former two could be called back into the side.

"It's not been a great few months. We've got eight or nine really top-class fast bowlers but when you have half of them nursing injuries it doesn't help the side's cause," Sangakkara said. "Kulasekara and Dhammika Prasad both have just come back to bowling now so they will stand a good chance of coming back on the tour."

No replacement players have been named yet but Sri Lanka are expected to make assessments in the next two days and take a call about whether they need additional players ahead of the first Test.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on December 12, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    o well then sa 1 sri 0 confirmed these guys were not able to do well except sanga in uae of all places then just dream sof them doing well in sa well this would hurt india rise to top of rankings

  • WeeBee on December 12, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    NO WAY! He has to come back asap due to the damages made to SriLanka in last 12 months. I hope he plays the first game as well, its always delightful to watch him batting, fighting, scoring in the tough times. Srilanka cannot afford this injury because Dilshan is out of form, Jaywerdene has some medical problems , not Sanga now. He is the one whom i admire alot. Even i am a Pakistani supporter but whenever he plays against Pakistan , i pray that he gets out quickly otherwise he is gona make alot more damage to Pakistan.

  • on December 12, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    Sanga is one of the best going around.and one of the modern greats.SRT too.no doubt at al both are greatl.you guys need to remember how sehwag struggled in eng.how SRT struggled.after boasting so much about 100th century.both of them coudnt make three figures in 8 innings.but look at sanga who made a match saving century in 3rd test when team needed it most.you dont need a captian in calm sea.but when there is a storm thats where best players rise.handling pressure is the speciality of sanga.and that is why dravid is far better than SRT

  • ATIMAYANK on December 12, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Sangakkara's overall average against Australia, England and South Africa:44.27. His overall average:57+ His average against Australia,England and South Africa away:39.18. It comes down to 38 is you also include India. His Overall average away:48.61 His overall average at home excluding matches against Aus,Eng,SA:72.93 His overall average at home against Aus,Eng,SA:48

    This shows clearly that Sanga is a great batsman at home. But away he is just ordinary. Jayawardene is the real man whose absense is missed away.

  • khiladisher on December 12, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    SANGAKKARA HAS YET TO PROVE HIS TALENT OUTSIDE SRI LANKA - HE HAS PROVED TO BE A COMPLETE FAILURE IN ENGLAND-INDIA AND SOUTH AFRICA AS HIS RECORD SHOWS- AND IN AUSTRALIA HE HAS JUST PLAYED 3 TEST MATCHES-SO ALL THE ARGUMENTS POINT TO HIM NOT SCORING MANY RUNS AT ALL OUTSIDE SRI LANKA. HE IS HOWEVER THE MAINSTAY OF THIS POOR LANKAN BATTING LINE UP WHICH HAS PLAYERS AVG 50-55 IN LANKA AND 25-30 AWAY FROM HOME-BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE LANKAN BATSMAN STATS-EVEN A YOUNGSTER LIKE DINESH CHANDIMAL{ONCE TOUTED AS A BIG HOPE } IS VERY POOR WITH AN AVG OF 28-30 AFTER PLAYING 15 MATCHES.THEY ALSO HAVE NOT WON A TEST MATCH SINCE 2009 WHEN MURALI RETIRED-SO THIS REPRESENTS THE BEST CHANCE FOR SOUTH AFRICA TO WIN THEIR FIRST HOME SERIES SINCE 2008.

  • on December 12, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Dinesh Chandimal has a definite weakness fishing at balls outside the off stump. I personally witnessed this very clearly in matches played in UAE. In ODIs he can get away with few edges flying through an unprotected slip-gully-point region. But it will not be the case in tests. Test cricket is not all about lifting the ball over the in-field. However, my suggestion is that even if Sanga is in the playing XI Chandimal could be slotted in as wicket keeper batsman at No. 7 to get a feeling of test cricket. Even if he scores 30-40 runs and run out of partners in the end it does not matter. That exposure will be very good for him. That is how Sanath Jayasuriya was drafted in initially. I can remember on two oaccsions to give Sanath the opportunity to bat at No. 7 he was taken as a frontline spinner against England in 1992 and against India in 1993. Although bowling option did not work out that well batting opportunity was useful to him to get some exposure to test cricket.

  • josh2david on December 12, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Mr prajith you should understand with sachin you have laxman ,dravid , shewag etc tendulkar had no presurre of scoring and he could look after his statistics but sanga scored most of the match single handed please look at the quality of the innings and if you I disagree if u say only sa , aus are only top team. You can't dismiss pak and kiwi

  • Roshini on December 12, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    OMG!!! Sanga out of all ! How unkind the God's are..hmmmm...Lets move on guys this is not the end of world cause we have new exciting talent to fill-in the all important # 3 slot. But the real despair for SL fans would be to see CS Mendis bringing on that wonderfully gifted striker Chamara Silva as a replacement whose cricketing and other abilities goes beyond one's imagination. Roshini Vass - Homagama Sri Lanka

  • on December 12, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    @ PrajithR, dude, thats sanga's overall avg against those teams, plz check his avg in AUS,ENG, and SA again,

  • yorkslanka on December 12, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    Sanga will play..why o why is there so many comments about indian players? this series is between SL and SA so why discuss Indians? It is true that our players perform better at home than away but who doesnt?I am sure t hat if you look at all teams, the majority will perform better in their home conditions than away..everybody is writing us off for this series but let's see what happens?We will probably lose, but dont forget SA is probably the equal top test team with England at the moment and a very good odi team also...

  • on December 12, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    o well then sa 1 sri 0 confirmed these guys were not able to do well except sanga in uae of all places then just dream sof them doing well in sa well this would hurt india rise to top of rankings

  • WeeBee on December 12, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    NO WAY! He has to come back asap due to the damages made to SriLanka in last 12 months. I hope he plays the first game as well, its always delightful to watch him batting, fighting, scoring in the tough times. Srilanka cannot afford this injury because Dilshan is out of form, Jaywerdene has some medical problems , not Sanga now. He is the one whom i admire alot. Even i am a Pakistani supporter but whenever he plays against Pakistan , i pray that he gets out quickly otherwise he is gona make alot more damage to Pakistan.

  • on December 12, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    Sanga is one of the best going around.and one of the modern greats.SRT too.no doubt at al both are greatl.you guys need to remember how sehwag struggled in eng.how SRT struggled.after boasting so much about 100th century.both of them coudnt make three figures in 8 innings.but look at sanga who made a match saving century in 3rd test when team needed it most.you dont need a captian in calm sea.but when there is a storm thats where best players rise.handling pressure is the speciality of sanga.and that is why dravid is far better than SRT

  • ATIMAYANK on December 12, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Sangakkara's overall average against Australia, England and South Africa:44.27. His overall average:57+ His average against Australia,England and South Africa away:39.18. It comes down to 38 is you also include India. His Overall average away:48.61 His overall average at home excluding matches against Aus,Eng,SA:72.93 His overall average at home against Aus,Eng,SA:48

    This shows clearly that Sanga is a great batsman at home. But away he is just ordinary. Jayawardene is the real man whose absense is missed away.

  • khiladisher on December 12, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    SANGAKKARA HAS YET TO PROVE HIS TALENT OUTSIDE SRI LANKA - HE HAS PROVED TO BE A COMPLETE FAILURE IN ENGLAND-INDIA AND SOUTH AFRICA AS HIS RECORD SHOWS- AND IN AUSTRALIA HE HAS JUST PLAYED 3 TEST MATCHES-SO ALL THE ARGUMENTS POINT TO HIM NOT SCORING MANY RUNS AT ALL OUTSIDE SRI LANKA. HE IS HOWEVER THE MAINSTAY OF THIS POOR LANKAN BATTING LINE UP WHICH HAS PLAYERS AVG 50-55 IN LANKA AND 25-30 AWAY FROM HOME-BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE LANKAN BATSMAN STATS-EVEN A YOUNGSTER LIKE DINESH CHANDIMAL{ONCE TOUTED AS A BIG HOPE } IS VERY POOR WITH AN AVG OF 28-30 AFTER PLAYING 15 MATCHES.THEY ALSO HAVE NOT WON A TEST MATCH SINCE 2009 WHEN MURALI RETIRED-SO THIS REPRESENTS THE BEST CHANCE FOR SOUTH AFRICA TO WIN THEIR FIRST HOME SERIES SINCE 2008.

  • on December 12, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Dinesh Chandimal has a definite weakness fishing at balls outside the off stump. I personally witnessed this very clearly in matches played in UAE. In ODIs he can get away with few edges flying through an unprotected slip-gully-point region. But it will not be the case in tests. Test cricket is not all about lifting the ball over the in-field. However, my suggestion is that even if Sanga is in the playing XI Chandimal could be slotted in as wicket keeper batsman at No. 7 to get a feeling of test cricket. Even if he scores 30-40 runs and run out of partners in the end it does not matter. That exposure will be very good for him. That is how Sanath Jayasuriya was drafted in initially. I can remember on two oaccsions to give Sanath the opportunity to bat at No. 7 he was taken as a frontline spinner against England in 1992 and against India in 1993. Although bowling option did not work out that well batting opportunity was useful to him to get some exposure to test cricket.

  • josh2david on December 12, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Mr prajith you should understand with sachin you have laxman ,dravid , shewag etc tendulkar had no presurre of scoring and he could look after his statistics but sanga scored most of the match single handed please look at the quality of the innings and if you I disagree if u say only sa , aus are only top team. You can't dismiss pak and kiwi

  • Roshini on December 12, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    OMG!!! Sanga out of all ! How unkind the God's are..hmmmm...Lets move on guys this is not the end of world cause we have new exciting talent to fill-in the all important # 3 slot. But the real despair for SL fans would be to see CS Mendis bringing on that wonderfully gifted striker Chamara Silva as a replacement whose cricketing and other abilities goes beyond one's imagination. Roshini Vass - Homagama Sri Lanka

  • on December 12, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    @ PrajithR, dude, thats sanga's overall avg against those teams, plz check his avg in AUS,ENG, and SA again,

  • yorkslanka on December 12, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    Sanga will play..why o why is there so many comments about indian players? this series is between SL and SA so why discuss Indians? It is true that our players perform better at home than away but who doesnt?I am sure t hat if you look at all teams, the majority will perform better in their home conditions than away..everybody is writing us off for this series but let's see what happens?We will probably lose, but dont forget SA is probably the equal top test team with England at the moment and a very good odi team also...

  • Black_Rider on December 12, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    @To All Sanga Haters:: Look at his stats after he gave up wicket keeping.He is the fastest to reach 9000 runs.Get well soon Sanga.You,Luxman,Hussey are the best.You guys play great innings when your team is in big trouble.You are a great player Sanga.

  • chith on December 12, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    I'm sure that Sanga will fine. he is a real fighter. He will be playing from 1st test. My gratitude for Mahela. He continue his game with knee injury. They are great ambassadors for the game of cricket.

  • satish619chandar on December 12, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    In case Sanga misses out, SL should be very lucky for the last minute addition of Samaraweera to the squad.. The best middle order bat for SL after Sanga and Mahela!!

  • satish619chandar on December 12, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    @Kiaa : You doing the same thing he did.. Sanga has enough credentials to be defended without bring Sachin and Viru as flat track bullies.. I guess it has become fashion for people to brand the subcontinent batsmen as a flat track bullies.. As if there are no flat tracks anywhere in the world.. Hate it.. Even in England and Australia, the track swings only during overcast conditions and when shining, the tracks are flatter than the ones in subcontinent.. U need to be really lucky if the weather goes ur way.. In all ways, subcontinent tracks are lot better than those tracks.. Plus, thy brand tracks which turn square as poor tracks.. I dont know who gave them that rights!!

  • on December 12, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Chandimal at 3 please, he is best

  • Ronsars on December 12, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    It would be a great job if SL manages to draw the test leave alone winning....If Mahela and Angie fail then its the end for the islanders and their bowling also isn't upto the mark in comparison with Proteans......Anyway hoping for a keen contest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 12, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    If Sanga doesn't play, it would be a disaster for SL. He is the best batsman in the world against any opposition in any soil. No more hopes from Mahela & Dilshan against Styne, Morkel, Phillander. Mahela will be fished to slip plying out swinger and for Dilshan, the ball will go through the gate between bat and pad or inside edge.

  • PrajithR on December 12, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    Hashabjp has a valid point... Compare the cumulative performance of players in ENG, AUS and SA (the big 3 teams)...Batting avg are Sanga- 17 test: 39.48, Jayawardane- 19 test: 33.38.... Compare that with great SRT- 48 test: 53.22, Dravid- 36 test: 48.72, VVS- 32test: 43.78... Now who are the flat pitch bullies? Sanga is an average batsman only while SRT is King of Kings.

  • khiladisher on December 12, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    SANGAKARA HAS ALWAYS PERFORMED POORLY OUTSIDE THE LANKAN SHORES.HE PLAYS WELL ONLY AT SSC GROUND-

  • khiladisher on December 12, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    sangakkara is the biggest flat track bully making runs only at ssc ground,colombo-this injury is an excuse not to face morkel and steyn.sri lanka after all these years yet to win a match in india-australia and south africa-pathetic batting line up of the lankans-feigning injury-lankan cricket is going the way of zimbabwe ,bangladesh and pakistan.

  • PKosgoda on December 12, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    It would be nice if all m'ches being played without D'shan,M'ela&S'kara & the spinner who can't spin&extract any bounce of the w'ket. Tall SajeewaW (1st ClBoAv 20.14 with 649 1stClWikts) is the ideal left-armer for these w'kets. It is better to 've Angelo P, another b'ting sensation in the Country as a replacement, who maintains a batting Av. of 40 even though he's b'n always sent at 7 -8 for his club where S'ara is a member. He's the Best S'hoolboyB'men of the the Y '09 ,the highest run getter in the U-23 & the SAARC T/20 t'nments held recently. Unlike s'tors of other countries the s'tors of SL of last 2&1/2 decades 've had no intention of playing the best and the way they act, one feels like they're there only to safeguard interests of 3 seniors i.e. why they disregard their reckless batting. S'weera is the ideal player to lead SL, till such time that Mathews take over the Captancy. SL badly needs selectors of some intelligence who've thorough knowledge of the Game.

  • on December 12, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    from the news sanga is not 100% out..it is just 50%..so may god help sri lanka

  • Aristotle01 on December 12, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    @cricketpissek and @kiaa... while i disagree that sanga is a complete flat track bully, if u call tendulkar a flat track bully then u both shud stop following international cricket... u'll can go play beach criket in kandy or galle..... sl fans seem to be a in state of desperation to call sachin a flat track bully.... for gods sake...no matter how hard u'll try to convince urselves.... sanga will never come in the same category as sachin, richards , sobers, lara, et all.. remove ur blinkers . sachin averages 60 in aus, 55 in england, 50 in nz and 46 in sa and 47 in wi... sanga averages 30 in england 36 in india , 34 in wi and 39 in sa... sachin averages more than sanga in sl as well lol. make a sound judgement.. sanga is classy, elegant and a very fine player but better than sachin no never not even for a minute he cant hold a candle to him. and odis... sachin is light years ahead of evryone else with an average of 45! no comparisions. sanga is all class and grace. peace!

  • tennakoon63 on December 12, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    Wow that's going to be a big blow for SL. Sanga hope it heals fast before the first test.

  • Prema1948 on December 12, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    This is a blessing in disguise. It's the opportune time to give the y'gsters in the squad C'dimal (1st ClBaAv 58),Kausal (1st ClBaAv 45),Dimuth (1st ClBaAv 43+) & Thi'manne(1st ClBaAv 43+) the taste of Test C'ket. Unlike S'kara, M'ela & Di'an they all are b'men who have been maintaining consistency since their age of 15. if they'd b'n in any other Country, they'd 've played at least 25 int'nals by now. For information of all, both C'mal &Dimuth've scored 246 & 186 respectively against the touring NZs & again Thirimanne came up with a century against Indians. They're not ordinary batsmen.My only hope is that they won't bring; 2 Chamaras,Mubaraks & other henchmen of theirs as replacements (which has caused indian fans to believe that there is dearth of b'men) but if they were intelligent enough they could bring Bhanuka (1st ClaBaAv 51)or Rosen (1st ClaBaAv 48) as replacements. I'd be very happy if H'rath can be replaced with MalindaP'kumar(1st ClBoAv18).

  • ARad on December 11, 2011, 23:50 GMT

    Sri Lanka has eight or nine top class fast bowlers??! Sanga should get a job that is associated with a lot of PR when he retires. It is sad that he had this injury though since I like seeing quality bowlers facing quality batsmen in Tests. Without Sanga, there is only one other quality player in the SL team.

  • Kiaa on December 11, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    Hashabjp, we know that u are an Indian supporter. Sanga is one of the best batsman in the world on any track. The real flat trak bullys are Sehwag and Tendulkar who thrive on dead pitches and insipid bowling. Get your facts right man:)

  • CricketPissek on December 11, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    hashabjp - SERIOUSLY!!??? Flat track bully?? SANGA?! Go back to watching kabbadi mate, you have no clue about cricket.

  • on December 11, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    @ Hashabjp calling sanga a fat track bully is just poor since he averages 65 in Aus, 39+ in south africa and 66+ in New Zealand perhaps you need to get your facts right

  • on December 11, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    Mr hashabjp" you called sanga as flat track bully". Have you ever seen sangas classy innngs of 192 against australia in australia.Haveu seen sangas 235 against wasim and waqar.have u seen at least last time sanga played agaist SA in SA.Through Steyn is world class bowler.Sanga is also rated as one of the best bat in the world.Do not worry ,you can see at least one test how he is batting against Steyn.One plus point in my mind.Dinesh Chandimal have a great chance to play a test match....come on Sri Lanka...you can not always depend on Sanga..Sauth Africa--do not under estimate Dilshan..on his day ..he is the most dangerous batter in the world.

  • on December 11, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    funny how ppl call him a flat track bully..SA`s last tour to Sri Lanka,is 2-0 loss in TESTs & a 5-0 in loss in ODIs..wonder why their batsman failed in FLAT pitches..Interesting to see their averages ! lol

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 11, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    It's safe to say Sri Lanka will be thrashed without Sanga in the side. This is a sad and untimely injury. SL don't have any other batsman of the same quality and class as Sanga. Too much cricket is creating a havoc nowadays. SA should breeze home this series.

  • on December 11, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    ooh no no sanga,,,,who is goin 2 play in 3

  • ZAIDI9 on December 11, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    I agree that Sangakkara is the best batsman no matter which format of cricket he plays. There are only few players who can perform better in T20, test and one-days. I am Pakistani but i am a great supporter ov Srilankan cricket team. I beleive that Mr. Dilshan is not a good captain and obviously most of the LANKANS thinks so......

  • yorkslanka on December 11, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    i think that he will be ok and knowing how he would do anything for his country, he would take a bit of pain if it meant helping his country...overall, i think we batted well in this match and Mr Wessels:would you like some salt for your hat,which you should be eating by now?

  • hashabjp on December 11, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Damn another flat track bully goes hiding using injury as an excuse, i bet he would have been exposed by steyn and company. go SA.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 11, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    One of the great classical stroke makers; he'll be missed by Sri Lankan fans and true cricket lovers alike.

  • on December 11, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Good news bad news dilemma!!!! Sanga's miss would be a huge blow but I hope that vacancy would be given to Chandimal...

  • dariuscorny on December 11, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    its so sad these days players are very easily getting injured and those are the important ones.we hv seen how badly was India effected after a sequence of injuries happened to their premiere players.hope Sanga gets fit in time as Lankans do need him

  • vallavarayar on December 11, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    Is that the sound of the door closing? The door leading to an escape draw for Sri Lanka in the test match.

  • on December 11, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    we just can't afford to lose the best batsman in the world, nothing is going right for SL team..rotten luck this is..even a half-fit Sanga is better than most batsman

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  • on December 11, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    we just can't afford to lose the best batsman in the world, nothing is going right for SL team..rotten luck this is..even a half-fit Sanga is better than most batsman

  • vallavarayar on December 11, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    Is that the sound of the door closing? The door leading to an escape draw for Sri Lanka in the test match.

  • dariuscorny on December 11, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    its so sad these days players are very easily getting injured and those are the important ones.we hv seen how badly was India effected after a sequence of injuries happened to their premiere players.hope Sanga gets fit in time as Lankans do need him

  • on December 11, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Good news bad news dilemma!!!! Sanga's miss would be a huge blow but I hope that vacancy would be given to Chandimal...

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 11, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    One of the great classical stroke makers; he'll be missed by Sri Lankan fans and true cricket lovers alike.

  • hashabjp on December 11, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Damn another flat track bully goes hiding using injury as an excuse, i bet he would have been exposed by steyn and company. go SA.

  • yorkslanka on December 11, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    i think that he will be ok and knowing how he would do anything for his country, he would take a bit of pain if it meant helping his country...overall, i think we batted well in this match and Mr Wessels:would you like some salt for your hat,which you should be eating by now?

  • ZAIDI9 on December 11, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    I agree that Sangakkara is the best batsman no matter which format of cricket he plays. There are only few players who can perform better in T20, test and one-days. I am Pakistani but i am a great supporter ov Srilankan cricket team. I beleive that Mr. Dilshan is not a good captain and obviously most of the LANKANS thinks so......

  • on December 11, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    ooh no no sanga,,,,who is goin 2 play in 3

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 11, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    It's safe to say Sri Lanka will be thrashed without Sanga in the side. This is a sad and untimely injury. SL don't have any other batsman of the same quality and class as Sanga. Too much cricket is creating a havoc nowadays. SA should breeze home this series.