South Africa v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Johannesburg January 21, 2012

Final chance for Dilshan the captain?

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Match facts

January 22, Johannesburg
Start time 1000 (0800 GMT)

The Big Picture

It is hard to believe that less than ten months ago, Sri Lanka were World Cup finalists. After the heartbreak of April 2, 2011, they have lost series to England, Australia, Pakistan and now South Africa. Tillakaratne Dilshan's helpless, yet inwardly hurting, visage has been a common sight in all those defeats. Sunday's game could be Dilshan's last as Sri Lanka captain. There have been calls back home to sack him as leader. Some even want him to be dropped from the side. They want change.

What is being forgotten is that it is not only Dilshan who has failed. Sri Lanka's senior batsmen have consistently failed. Their fast bowlers have picked up more injuries than wickets. The hunt for a match-winning spinner continues. To hold Dilshan responsible for all these failures is to ask the world of what was only a stop-gap appointment.

It hasn't helped that leadership does not come to Dilshan as naturally as attacking batting does. The only way he knew was to lead by example, and on that count, he has definitely failed. Even more revealing than a disappointing batting average of 19.95 has been his bowling return of three wickets at 129.33. Dilshan the bowler was Sri Lanka's partnership breaker. Dilshan the captain has turned Dilshan the bowler into a default Plan B. When the wickets are not coming, he brings himself on. When the runs are flowing, he brings himself on. It shows cluelessness, it shows desperation, and it hasn't worked.

Dilshan finally put it together in the fourth ODI with an innings that seemed to have shaken off the shackles binding him. Sri Lanka took the cue from their captain and an uninhibited Thisara Perera blazed them to their first win of the series. If this indeed turns out to be Dilshan's final game as captain, he would want his side to play like he has throughout his career. Without apprehension.

Sri Lanka's struggles have made AB de Villiers' first series as captain much easier than he would have thought. There were signs of panic, though, when Perera started to hit out. Suddenly, the fielding came down several notches, catches were spilled and de Villiers lost control over proceedings. He admitted after the game to have erred tactically. There will be time for him to learn on the job. A win in South Africa's final game of the home summer season would not be a bad start on the learning curve.

Form guide

South Africa LWWWL
Sri Lanka WLLLL

Watch out for …

The under-pressure Graeme Smith made only his second half-century in 17 innings in Kimberley. At the very least, his 68 has silenced the critics till Sunday. Another failure will renew the calls for him to be dropped from the limited-overs side. South Africa's Test captain can do without such added pressure ahead of the tours of New Zealand and England. He needs one more meaty performance tomorrow.

For a proud performer who has looked in supreme touch in the previous two matches, Kumar Sangakkara's 77 runs for the series don't do him justice. He was run-out after a mix-up in Bloemfontein while what should have been a six was turned into a catch by Alviro Petersen in Kimberley. Will he have better luck in Johannesburg?

Team news

Robin Peterson has taken only four wickets in four games and hasn't been able to squeeze the flow of runs as well. South Africa have run out of reasons to deny Johan Botha, a better batsman than Peterson, a place in the XI. Albie Morkel was "rested" for the fourth ODI after having bowled ten overs in three games. Both Albie and Botha could play tomorrow. That will mean Vernon Philander and Peterson sit out.

South Africa: (probable) 1 Graeme Smith, 2 Alviro Petersen, 3 Colin Ingram, 4 AB de Villiers (capt & wk), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Faf du Plessis, 7 Albie Morkel, 8 Johan Botha, 9 Wayne Parnell, 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Sri Lanka would not want to tinker with the XI that won in Kimberley. That means the offspinner Sachithra Senanayake could get another game ahead of Dhammika Prasad.

Sri Lanka: (probable) 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Lahiru Thirimanne, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Lasith Malinga, 10 Rangana Herath, 11 Sachithra Senanayake/Dhammika Prasad

Pitch and conditions

The Wanderers will have a pitch with more bounce than any of the four venues where the ODIs have been played. Sri Lanka don't enjoy bounce; South Africa do.

Johannesburg has had quite a bit of rain of late and there is a chance of thunderstorms tomorrow.

Stats and trivia

  • South Africa have lost their previous two completed one-dayers at The Wanderers, the latter by one run to India a year ago

  • With 191 runs at an average of 63.66, Dinesh Chandimal has been Sri Lanka's best batsman of the series

Quotes

"We want to finish strongly. 2-3 will be a fantastic result considering how we started this series."
Tillakaratne Dilshan hasn't forgotten Sri Lanka's horror evening in Paarl

"We spoke about ruthlessness before this game [Kimberley] but we weren't that ruthless. We wanted a whitewash but we didn't do that. We want to make it 4-1 now."
AB de Villiers

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • FunDMental on January 23, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Hats off for Dilshan for taking the captaincy knowing the challenge of post Murali era when other senior members did not have nerves to take it over.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 22, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    I HAD ONE IDEA FOR A CAPTAINCY POST OF SL IN ODIS . WHY NOT MAKE CHANDIMAL CAPTAIN FOR ODIS ??? REMEMBER SMITH WAS MADE CAPTAIN OF SA WHEN HE WAS ONLY A 22 YEARS OLD ROOKIE .

  • on January 22, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Mahela for captaincy? He doesn't even deserve to hold a place in the team right now. Not even a great captain as talked up. Clueless against a rampaging Gilchrist in 2007WC and kept throwing Dilhara at him. Sanath, Vaas , Murali et al helped him with win record. As for Dilshan, Mahela and Sanga joined him late in England. After everybody collapsed in Cardiff, Dilshan led from the front at Lord's and was unfortunate to get injured. Then he had to press on with bowlers not worth mention and batsmen firing sporadically.

  • on January 22, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Every good player cant be a good captain but a good captain can also be a good player.If TM Dilshan sacked as a captain than a youngster should be be given a chance and give him a proper vision that you have to achieve it.

  • Ameega on January 22, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    @TuanMohomedSr, if you say it was ABs errors won the match for SL, I would say Dilshan's errors won first three ODIs for saffers.

  • on January 22, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    All criticize Dilshans captaincy but wen we look back its mahela, sanga and mathews who failed it for us, we have to admit that this balling unit we have nw is the weakest balling unit we got from 80s', and we look at Dilshans performances 1st ODI - He got out as all got out 4 jst 43 - no one can blame him for that performance 2nd ODI - gt run out, a milisecond error any one can thet that type of erors, in onther day it can be safely home run.(I only blame sanga for dat lost) 3rd ODI - He got start made 33 runs( Operners made 94 run stand middle order bid names failed agani and D/L to b blame) 4th ODI - He made fine 87 (how can u blame

    And we all know wen mahela captaining side hes not in his best at all considering individual individual performances, his current form either not great y would we pressurize him with a captaincy while hes out of form.

  • CricSpirit on January 22, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    There is no doubt Mahela or Sanga should lead SL for success. Dilshan is a good One day player who should continue to play the national side. SLC has given enough Test/One Day to Dilshan's Captaincy to prove he is capable to handle it but unfortunately he did not. So I feel it is the correct decision of SLC to look forward for the betterment of SL Cricket.

  • priceless1 on January 22, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    "When the wickets are not coming, he brings himself on. When the runs are flowing, he brings himself on." and also in the last game when the wickets are coming and the SA was struggling he brought himself on and let SA escape from the strangle whole :( This is what we want Dilshan out of the Captaincy simply because we want to stop him from bowling....

  • on January 22, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    I do not agree with anyone who wants to drop Dilshan from the Team but as Captain yes as he will be more responsible in his batting than his captaining for example how Sachin failed during his career as captain of India and later after the captaincy was taken away he did well. Dilshan is a good batsman, fielder, bowler and a wicket keeper too but now given the captaincy is too much for him to concentrate on his abilities.

  • on January 22, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    If SL concentrating on WC 2015 than SLC need more changes also Angie is not the captain module now he will do it Latter after completing another two or three series.. now SLC need is temporary Leader who can handover the job to some one Latter ... that Captain is Sanga no one else

  • FunDMental on January 23, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Hats off for Dilshan for taking the captaincy knowing the challenge of post Murali era when other senior members did not have nerves to take it over.

  • rahulcricket007 on January 22, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    I HAD ONE IDEA FOR A CAPTAINCY POST OF SL IN ODIS . WHY NOT MAKE CHANDIMAL CAPTAIN FOR ODIS ??? REMEMBER SMITH WAS MADE CAPTAIN OF SA WHEN HE WAS ONLY A 22 YEARS OLD ROOKIE .

  • on January 22, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Mahela for captaincy? He doesn't even deserve to hold a place in the team right now. Not even a great captain as talked up. Clueless against a rampaging Gilchrist in 2007WC and kept throwing Dilhara at him. Sanath, Vaas , Murali et al helped him with win record. As for Dilshan, Mahela and Sanga joined him late in England. After everybody collapsed in Cardiff, Dilshan led from the front at Lord's and was unfortunate to get injured. Then he had to press on with bowlers not worth mention and batsmen firing sporadically.

  • on January 22, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Every good player cant be a good captain but a good captain can also be a good player.If TM Dilshan sacked as a captain than a youngster should be be given a chance and give him a proper vision that you have to achieve it.

  • Ameega on January 22, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    @TuanMohomedSr, if you say it was ABs errors won the match for SL, I would say Dilshan's errors won first three ODIs for saffers.

  • on January 22, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    All criticize Dilshans captaincy but wen we look back its mahela, sanga and mathews who failed it for us, we have to admit that this balling unit we have nw is the weakest balling unit we got from 80s', and we look at Dilshans performances 1st ODI - He got out as all got out 4 jst 43 - no one can blame him for that performance 2nd ODI - gt run out, a milisecond error any one can thet that type of erors, in onther day it can be safely home run.(I only blame sanga for dat lost) 3rd ODI - He got start made 33 runs( Operners made 94 run stand middle order bid names failed agani and D/L to b blame) 4th ODI - He made fine 87 (how can u blame

    And we all know wen mahela captaining side hes not in his best at all considering individual individual performances, his current form either not great y would we pressurize him with a captaincy while hes out of form.

  • CricSpirit on January 22, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    There is no doubt Mahela or Sanga should lead SL for success. Dilshan is a good One day player who should continue to play the national side. SLC has given enough Test/One Day to Dilshan's Captaincy to prove he is capable to handle it but unfortunately he did not. So I feel it is the correct decision of SLC to look forward for the betterment of SL Cricket.

  • priceless1 on January 22, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    "When the wickets are not coming, he brings himself on. When the runs are flowing, he brings himself on." and also in the last game when the wickets are coming and the SA was struggling he brought himself on and let SA escape from the strangle whole :( This is what we want Dilshan out of the Captaincy simply because we want to stop him from bowling....

  • on January 22, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    I do not agree with anyone who wants to drop Dilshan from the Team but as Captain yes as he will be more responsible in his batting than his captaining for example how Sachin failed during his career as captain of India and later after the captaincy was taken away he did well. Dilshan is a good batsman, fielder, bowler and a wicket keeper too but now given the captaincy is too much for him to concentrate on his abilities.

  • on January 22, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    If SL concentrating on WC 2015 than SLC need more changes also Angie is not the captain module now he will do it Latter after completing another two or three series.. now SLC need is temporary Leader who can handover the job to some one Latter ... that Captain is Sanga no one else

  • Prabuddha on January 22, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Why do most of the people cry out for handing over the captaincy to Mahela? Has he done anything with his Bat in last 4 series? He doesn't deserve a place in the side. But Samaraweera should be in the side. And Captaincy should be given to him or keep it with Dilshan. Otherwise sack Mahela,Dilshan,Sanga & Anjelo. Give the Captaincy to Upul Tharanga or Chandimal. Take Bhanaka Rajapakse to the team. In 4 or 5 years time There will be a fine combination of Chandimal & Bhanaka as Captain and vise captain.

  • ChandraPrince on January 22, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    Tilakaratna Dilshan is the spearhead of the Sri Lanka attack. Each and every time he finds form-- and becomes explosive-- no other batsmen who can rip apart the opposition as devastatingly as Dilshan does. I know often times he appear slow. He seemed mindless and falls easily into traps. He seem to make poor and reckless choices, doesn't seem to take responsibility. He looks like doesn't care, and he will infuriate you; with his lackadaisical manner. Yet, whenever Dilshan succeeds Sri Lanka is victorious. I don't know what's going on with Sangakkara and Jayewardene. But I can tell you I'm very pleased with Dinesh Chandmal! Tesara Perera should step up again too. I don't care what Sanga and Mahela does. I hope in this last ODI with the South Africans, Dilshan shines again. That would be the best way to silence his critics. I want to wish Dilshan, the best of luck!

  • SLfan on January 22, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    @suve - Yes mate, you figured it out. That pretty much summarizes the problem within the Sri Lankan team. That is, problem is not technical, but a psychological issue as Marvan pointed out once. Our players have the ability to score/chase any target, but they need to be well prepared MENTALLY !...So my question is when will SLC administrators hire a someone to address this issue ??? I mean lot of sports teams have someone to motivate players and enhance their mental health, but we still look only for physical fitness. After all, despite how much you fit physically, mind is the thing which is capable of produce unbelievable results !!!

    @MH19 - That is the last thing we need at the moment. What you are suggesting is ridiculous and completely based on emotions. We need everyone to be as a unit without having any grudges among them. Mahela and Anjelo is not in their prime form as usual, but still we should not take this kind of decisions since we know what they are capable of.

  • Ameega on January 22, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    It was obvious that Dilly was not delighted by the win in last game. SL sports minister did a wrong thing by sacking committee before end of the series which does not have any effect to improve cricket during this last week of the tour (other than making a popular political move in Sri Lanka). Sacking captain rumors for sure badly affect Dilly during last tow games. Passing captaincy to Thilan or Matthews would not work as Mahela (and his mate Sanga and perhaps Dilly) would not support Matthews or Thilan on the field. Mahela is a bit different character, who appears to have his own agenda on field, however SL cannot loose his talent, specially at this stage. So, best option is to drive with Mahela's leadership for another year or two, or until Mahela, Sanga and Dilly (two of them at least) retire. And on the other hand, SL should be get rid of Dilhara-like players, who can never make a 30-50 runs for last three wickets.

  • on January 22, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    @TuanMohomedSr. "In match 4, SL did not win, it was all ABdV's errors that made SA to lose!", well that Sums up your knowledge of cricket, and sri lanken didnt asked AB to bring left arm spinner on, Give credit when it's due mate, sri lanka played very very wll to win the match, and accept that,

  • gayansumeera2 on January 22, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    He hee! What a funny statement by AB," "We spoke about ruthlessness before this game [Kimberley] but we weren't that ruthless." Why is he speaking about ruthlessness here? He must know Sri Lanka is a world cup finalist team.It is due to their present problems they have been suffering.You can never underestimate team like Sri Lanka.I think They will prove what they are capable of in this match also.When we consider the Proteas AB and Kallis are the best batsmen.Others are only club level players.Hence,AB must respect his opponent first.It'll be really helpful to his in his captaincy.

  • on January 22, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Let's not bash Dilshan who has been a wonderful cricketer for Sri Lanka. Of course if he is not captaincy material this time around relieve him with proper respect. He was the best player in many world tournaments and remember that.

  • Usmanpak55 on January 22, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    AB plz don't try to be over smart.Yeah u r quick but you are a human not a robot or machine.In odi you charge in last overs not in middle overs.And get botha in for peterson as he is more aggressive in batting and more economical and can pick wickets at crucial times.

  • on January 22, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    @TuanMohomedSr. Yeah then according to you SA didn't win the series either it was the poor judgement of the SL batsmen . HEY MISTAKES HAPPEN AND IT IS A PART OF THE GAME NO MATTER HOW MUCH LUCK THEY HAD IF THEY WIN THEY HAD WON THAT'S ALL!

  • Zoro_1 on January 22, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    Dinesh Chandimal for captaincy. He can be the captain in all 3 forms of the game. He has shown his admirable leadership skills in school, provincial and board XI teams.

  • Shehan4u on January 22, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    Woohhh...heavy criticism against Dilshan..Guys dilshan is not the only captain who struggled to find his ground initially..Micheal clark lost the home series against us. Andrew Strauss faced a home series white wash against us too..Both Arjuna,attapattu,mahela and sanga had the stars in their side from 1996 team..Now No Vaas, No Murali, No jayasuriya, No Aravinda or any of those match winners. The existing match winners mahela and sanga has been out of form..Selectors are not giving thilan a chance either..So I dont think dilshan is properly equipped to get the desired results..And I dont think mahela or sanga should be called for captaincy again either.They did their job,they decided to leave the job and now it should be someone else..And its too early for mathews also..he should atleast be the deputy for two years and then probably be considered for the job..he deserves a more chances..Who ever the captain might be theyll have to play with the same team, which will not change anythin

  • on January 22, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    Mahela should be dropped, and Sanga or calm Angelo should promoted as captain. Release Dilshan and let him to play his own way. Pick youngsters (Banuka or Kapu) instead of Mahela. Mahela comes to form in every 30 to 40 match interval and last for only 5 to 10 matches. is worst. even Sanath can play better game than Mahela.

  • on January 22, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    When Ian Botham the greatest allrounder to play for England was made captain, initially there were few inspirational performances by him. But later on his performance start dropping and after collecting a "pair" in the scond Ashes test in 1981 with England down 1-0 he resigned. Selectors brought in Mike Brearly out of retirement to captain. Brearly who averaged only low 20s as a test opener but a shrewd captain, tactician and a motivator with a higher degree in psycology got the best out of Botham. Botham performed with both bat and ball and Engalnd won 3 straight games to win the series 3-1 with Botham winning MoM in all 3 wins. Mahela was a good captain who led by example (although nowhere in the class of Brearly as a motivator) but based on his current form he should not be considered. What if he continues to fail with the bat? We will have another Dilshan situation. Thilan can take over in tests and as an interim captain in ODIs.

  • on January 22, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    Dilshan deserves better. He is an all rounder.

  • Decimus on January 22, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    So far Dilshan has been the worst Sri Lankan captain ever. Time for tactically sensual & calm Mahela Jayawardena to guide SL cricket once again. SL needs services from a experienced thinking cricketer like Mahela.

  • Muralibomb on January 22, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    sangakkara best captain but mahela will be captain if SL lose

  • Baundele on January 21, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    Dilshan is one of my favorite cricketers; but his captaincy is ridiculous. The third match was lost because of his unawareness of the situation. Even in the 4th match (though won) his bowling changes were a comedy of errors. He did not let any of his bowlers settle with 20 bowling changes at least. He removed Perera from the attack right after getting 2 wickets in 2 overs for 8 runs; he rather brought himself in. Perera's bowling brought SL back in the match. Sanga or Jayawardene should be the captain. And political entries like Kosala Kulasekera should be stopped.

  • playitstraight on January 21, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    This is the final chance for Dilshan the captain, and possible one of the last chances for Dilshan the player. The captaincy has defintely affected his batting, an average of 19 over 20 ODIs shows that. Even Mahela has to start being dropped from the Test team, just like India are considering Laxman being dropped. He has no-half centuries in the last 9 tests overseas (Eng, Pak, SA)!!! 9 valuable Tests!!! It goes on to show how over-rated he is. Samaraweera must take over the captaincy in Tests and possible in ODIs, although the latter may not work out so well. Dilly has undergone many difficulties during this transition period, from not having salaries to having bowlers injured, senior players not performing and first-innings batting collapeses. But his tactics on the field are below-average, it's surprising to see that when he has former captains Sangakkara and Jayawardene with him. Anyways, hopefully he can return to form and give up the captaincy, for the sake of SL and its fans.

  • suve on January 21, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    1st Match in the ODI Series vs England- Lost to England heavily. 1st ODI vs Australia- Lost by 7 Wickets. 1st ODI Series vs Pakistan- Lost by something like 9 wickets. 1st ODI Match vs South Africa - 43 all out. Hmm this is a pattern that keeps happening, really have to prepare well for the 1st ODI of the next ODI series.

  • MH19 on January 21, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    Mahela should be dropped should not even be considered to tour Australia along with Angelo Mathews and Sanga is a big concern too for his standard he has failed its no point getting 20'30s you can get that from a youngster anyway but Sanga should still play and the Aussie tour should be a good come back tour for Sanga.Dilshan is a good player and he still scores and his presence in the side still matters as he can Bat,Bowl and also field.

  • yorkslanka on January 21, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    please as captain, but not final chance as a player in the team...

  • cricket_fan_1980 on January 21, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    I really hope our Sri Lankan brothers put up a good fight. They have incredible talent in their side. I also want the Saffers to put on a show, they are one of my favourite sides. Best wishes from a Pakistani fan.

  • on January 21, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    Come on! GIVE CAPTAINCY TO ANGELO MATTHEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 21, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    we cant blame only Dilshan..Players ike Mahela , Sangakkara & Mathews didnt support him..how can he matches when payers like Mahela dont do anything ?

  • on January 21, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Change of captaincy is fine but it is completely unwarranted to humiliate Dilshan. He has done a lot for SL cricket and will continue to do so. He is not a natural leader so take him off captaincy as it was an interim position anyway and let him continue as the fine all-rounder he is.

  • on January 21, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Dilshan has been perennial whipping boy beginning with even before he started. His great competitive spirit has seen him try his best when he didn't get the support he deserved. If his batting hasn't lived upto expectations, it hasn't failed consistently like some others. It would be grossly unfair and a mistake to sack him when there is no overwhelming alternative. Even if they rip the captaincy out of his hand one wishes to see him back as the destructive batsman, electric fielder and significant bowler.

  • TuanMohomedSr. on January 21, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    In SL, better get an overseas selector always, just like the coach. If not, always the issue starts from, who selects the member who think that these should be the selectors. In match 4, SL did not win, it was all ABdV's errors that made SA to lose!

  • on January 21, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Obiously AB is better than dhoni... Bcoz I think AB is d best batsmen in d world at d moment

  • KingOwl on January 21, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    The SL team seems to be in some sort of a negative mentality. I think it is all to do with the criticisms. The reality is that if they win the next match, this could be their most successful tour of SA, ever. Even without, they have won a test match for the first time in SA. So, this nonsense about a disaster has to stop. I think the media bashing may have got into their heads, unfortunately. To say that it has been a disaster for India is not a stretch. India has become a punching bag - losing everything they play. But to be overly critical of SL's performance is plain dumb.

  • on January 21, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    When it comes to "Final Verdict" in anything (Cricket included), don't worry SL will surprise everyone at the end. "The Governing SL is NOT made up of the sharpest tools in the shed". Anyway, in my opinion, the Captain can be an OK performer but he has to be a great thinker. Dilshan has the talent but lack the temperament and the decision making ability that's needed in a captain. Mahela also would not be the 1st choice because he may be a thinking captain but as a performer if we have to sacrifice a "batting slot" until he regain his form.... well the W-L result may not improve that much and the chance of unearthing another budding cricketer would be halted for a long time. I think either Tharanga, Samaraweera or Angelo can fill the void easily. Even the results won't improve that much in the very near future it will definitely give us a great step into the future. PS. I'm glad that they allowed Thirimanne and Senanayake to play the last match.

  • Thilan.R.M on January 21, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    SL can win but they don't think it is easy. SL have realy challenge here. last 2 or 3 series they cant protect their win . they won a match after they lost next one that is the challenge SL win this match & change it

  • on January 21, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Another 4-1 is waiting for srilanka ...

  • on January 21, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Dilshan never deserved to captaining the side any way, I don't know why the Srilankan board had made this decision but its never to late, Dilshan may be the good best and perhaps the all-rounder too, however, he is not a good leader or their could be some other issue with the team altogether. mykhan

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  • on January 21, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Dilshan never deserved to captaining the side any way, I don't know why the Srilankan board had made this decision but its never to late, Dilshan may be the good best and perhaps the all-rounder too, however, he is not a good leader or their could be some other issue with the team altogether. mykhan

  • on January 21, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Another 4-1 is waiting for srilanka ...

  • Thilan.R.M on January 21, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    SL can win but they don't think it is easy. SL have realy challenge here. last 2 or 3 series they cant protect their win . they won a match after they lost next one that is the challenge SL win this match & change it

  • on January 21, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    When it comes to "Final Verdict" in anything (Cricket included), don't worry SL will surprise everyone at the end. "The Governing SL is NOT made up of the sharpest tools in the shed". Anyway, in my opinion, the Captain can be an OK performer but he has to be a great thinker. Dilshan has the talent but lack the temperament and the decision making ability that's needed in a captain. Mahela also would not be the 1st choice because he may be a thinking captain but as a performer if we have to sacrifice a "batting slot" until he regain his form.... well the W-L result may not improve that much and the chance of unearthing another budding cricketer would be halted for a long time. I think either Tharanga, Samaraweera or Angelo can fill the void easily. Even the results won't improve that much in the very near future it will definitely give us a great step into the future. PS. I'm glad that they allowed Thirimanne and Senanayake to play the last match.

  • KingOwl on January 21, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    The SL team seems to be in some sort of a negative mentality. I think it is all to do with the criticisms. The reality is that if they win the next match, this could be their most successful tour of SA, ever. Even without, they have won a test match for the first time in SA. So, this nonsense about a disaster has to stop. I think the media bashing may have got into their heads, unfortunately. To say that it has been a disaster for India is not a stretch. India has become a punching bag - losing everything they play. But to be overly critical of SL's performance is plain dumb.

  • on January 21, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Obiously AB is better than dhoni... Bcoz I think AB is d best batsmen in d world at d moment

  • TuanMohomedSr. on January 21, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    In SL, better get an overseas selector always, just like the coach. If not, always the issue starts from, who selects the member who think that these should be the selectors. In match 4, SL did not win, it was all ABdV's errors that made SA to lose!

  • on January 21, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Dilshan has been perennial whipping boy beginning with even before he started. His great competitive spirit has seen him try his best when he didn't get the support he deserved. If his batting hasn't lived upto expectations, it hasn't failed consistently like some others. It would be grossly unfair and a mistake to sack him when there is no overwhelming alternative. Even if they rip the captaincy out of his hand one wishes to see him back as the destructive batsman, electric fielder and significant bowler.

  • on January 21, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Change of captaincy is fine but it is completely unwarranted to humiliate Dilshan. He has done a lot for SL cricket and will continue to do so. He is not a natural leader so take him off captaincy as it was an interim position anyway and let him continue as the fine all-rounder he is.

  • on January 21, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    we cant blame only Dilshan..Players ike Mahela , Sangakkara & Mathews didnt support him..how can he matches when payers like Mahela dont do anything ?