India in Sri Lanka 2012 July 16, 2012

Isuru Udana in Sri Lanka squad for India ODIs

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Isuru Udana, the left-arm fast bowler, has been picked in Sri Lanka's 15-man squad for the five ODIs against India, which begins on July 21. Udana, 24, has played six Twenty20s for Sri Lanka, but is yet to debut in one-dayers.

Batsman Chamara Kapugedera, who last played for Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup in March, has made a comeback. Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who was rested for the final three ODIs against Pakistan, is also back in the squad.

Fast bowlers Dilhara Fernando and Nuwan Pradeep, and spinner Sajeewa Weerakoon - who came in as a replacement for Herath - are the players to miss out from the squad that played against Pakistan.

Udana had played five of his six Twenty20 internationals in 2009, before being recalled for the Twenty20s against Pakistan last month. In first-class cricket in the 2011-12 season, he had picked up 26 wickets at an average of 25.76 for Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club. He is currently playing a tri-series with Sri Lanka A in Harare, against Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Kapugedera has been in and out of the Sri Lanka team. Last year, he played the home series against West Indies and was picked in the World Cup squad. He was then sidelined for almost a year, before making a comeback in the Commonwealth Bank Series in Australia earlier this year: he was called up to the squad for three finals of the CB series, after Sri Lanka suffered several injury blows. He also played the Asia Cup that followed - he was out for a duck against India, and scored 62 in a losing cause to Bangladesh - before being left out for the limited-overs games against Pakistan. Kapugedera, too, is currently playing the tri-series in Zimbabwe.

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  • on July 19, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Most cricket fans have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted- Like the class and talent of gifted Mr Kapu ;)

  • on July 19, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    @Ravindra Asitha whilst you are entitled to your opinion you are kidding only one person here...as for that matter of time, well we've waitied long enough..and those senior Jokers you've mentioned, well guess what buddy they have delivered time and again...perhaps time for a rethink?

  • on July 19, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    my team...Dilshan,Kapu,Sanga,Chandimal, Tirimanne,Mahela,Mathews, J.Mendis,Tissara,Kula,Malinga.......World Best ODI Line Up.....SL will Win this series 5-0

  • on July 19, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    i do think some players are too talented to play for their country that why they not selected.because balance of cricket will be gone. if we start winning all matches

  • chris_94 on July 19, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Hey I'm just wondering. At the end of this series, is there a possibility that Sri Lanka will rise to second or third in the odi rankings? Thanks

  • sajhera on July 19, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Another Good News for Sri Lankan Selection commitee, kapugedara scored only 08 runs from 27 balls in the 3rd ODI against Zib A( 0,0,0) well done keep it up

  • Prem2248 on July 19, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    One has to pick players on the basis of consistency. Nobody knows the reasons why some players of average skills have always been picked at National levels. Since the local media has failed to highlight performances of talented young Cricketers in the Country the selectors have always filled the National teams with their henchmen. I would like to invite all SLan Cricket fans to compare performances of some highly talented undermentioned Cricketers maintaining consistency from their age of 15 such as AngeloPerera(theBestSchoolboy Batsman of the year2009)Bhanuka(the best SchoolboyCricketer of the Year 2010&2011 & one of the top batters in the Youth WC 2010, Rosen Silva one of the top batters in the Youth WC 2007,Umesh Karunarathne(the best SchoolboyCricketer of the Year 2008, one of the top all rounders with1st Cla. Bat. & Bow.Aves around 40 & 18 respectively )Ashen Silva, Khausal Silva,Maneshan who maintains 1st Cla. Bat. Ave. around 50 run mark with the henchmen in the above list

  • on July 18, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    The talented Kapugadra should open the batting for SL, not the senior jokers. Accumulators cannot win games they will help to win only if the other team play poorly or have weak bowling attacks Current team Mathiew & Perara are real match winners especially in T20 & ODI. We need more talented player like Mathew & Perera. Unfortunately they bat too low down the order so we need a another attacking player who can bat in the top order. Kapu is ideal player to bat higher. Kapugadara should open with Dilshan specially on flat tracks and in T20 WC. Kapugadara haters you guys are missing something or haven't played any sport only know to comment. We had 1000 people like you when Kalu & Jay falling but thanks to a strong leader Arajuna we didn't lose them when they fail. Kapugdara has the class and talent it's just a matter of time and also where he bat also important for him and SL success.

  • Alakeshwara on July 18, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    I agree with Amila Gamage's team selection with just one change. Upula Tharanga opening with Dilashan in place of Titimanne. So it will be , 1.T Dilshan 2.U Tharanga 3.C Kapugedara 4.K Sangakkara 5.D Chandimal 6.M Jayawardena 7.A Mathews 8.J Mendis 9.T Perera 10.N Kulasekara 11.L Malinga - Kapu is next Mahel for Sri lanka & should be given chance to perform & not expect miracles after coming to bat at no 7. Cheers SL boys, winning against India is a must for us...........

  • WTEH on July 18, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Why not picking Bhanuka Rajapaksha, In Zimbabwe, he is the only batsmen scored so far. Chamara Kapugedara scored 0. And he get's picked for the national side????? What is going on with the minds of SL selectors. Why would you pick a guy under-performed for more than 6 years now. Get the young blood. See how good Chandimal turned out to be. It is time for youngsters like Bhanuka to be on the spotlight.

  • on July 19, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Most cricket fans have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted- Like the class and talent of gifted Mr Kapu ;)

  • on July 19, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    @Ravindra Asitha whilst you are entitled to your opinion you are kidding only one person here...as for that matter of time, well we've waitied long enough..and those senior Jokers you've mentioned, well guess what buddy they have delivered time and again...perhaps time for a rethink?

  • on July 19, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    my team...Dilshan,Kapu,Sanga,Chandimal, Tirimanne,Mahela,Mathews, J.Mendis,Tissara,Kula,Malinga.......World Best ODI Line Up.....SL will Win this series 5-0

  • on July 19, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    i do think some players are too talented to play for their country that why they not selected.because balance of cricket will be gone. if we start winning all matches

  • chris_94 on July 19, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Hey I'm just wondering. At the end of this series, is there a possibility that Sri Lanka will rise to second or third in the odi rankings? Thanks

  • sajhera on July 19, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Another Good News for Sri Lankan Selection commitee, kapugedara scored only 08 runs from 27 balls in the 3rd ODI against Zib A( 0,0,0) well done keep it up

  • Prem2248 on July 19, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    One has to pick players on the basis of consistency. Nobody knows the reasons why some players of average skills have always been picked at National levels. Since the local media has failed to highlight performances of talented young Cricketers in the Country the selectors have always filled the National teams with their henchmen. I would like to invite all SLan Cricket fans to compare performances of some highly talented undermentioned Cricketers maintaining consistency from their age of 15 such as AngeloPerera(theBestSchoolboy Batsman of the year2009)Bhanuka(the best SchoolboyCricketer of the Year 2010&2011 & one of the top batters in the Youth WC 2010, Rosen Silva one of the top batters in the Youth WC 2007,Umesh Karunarathne(the best SchoolboyCricketer of the Year 2008, one of the top all rounders with1st Cla. Bat. & Bow.Aves around 40 & 18 respectively )Ashen Silva, Khausal Silva,Maneshan who maintains 1st Cla. Bat. Ave. around 50 run mark with the henchmen in the above list

  • on July 18, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    The talented Kapugadra should open the batting for SL, not the senior jokers. Accumulators cannot win games they will help to win only if the other team play poorly or have weak bowling attacks Current team Mathiew & Perara are real match winners especially in T20 & ODI. We need more talented player like Mathew & Perera. Unfortunately they bat too low down the order so we need a another attacking player who can bat in the top order. Kapu is ideal player to bat higher. Kapugadara should open with Dilshan specially on flat tracks and in T20 WC. Kapugadara haters you guys are missing something or haven't played any sport only know to comment. We had 1000 people like you when Kalu & Jay falling but thanks to a strong leader Arajuna we didn't lose them when they fail. Kapugdara has the class and talent it's just a matter of time and also where he bat also important for him and SL success.

  • Alakeshwara on July 18, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    I agree with Amila Gamage's team selection with just one change. Upula Tharanga opening with Dilashan in place of Titimanne. So it will be , 1.T Dilshan 2.U Tharanga 3.C Kapugedara 4.K Sangakkara 5.D Chandimal 6.M Jayawardena 7.A Mathews 8.J Mendis 9.T Perera 10.N Kulasekara 11.L Malinga - Kapu is next Mahel for Sri lanka & should be given chance to perform & not expect miracles after coming to bat at no 7. Cheers SL boys, winning against India is a must for us...........

  • WTEH on July 18, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Why not picking Bhanuka Rajapaksha, In Zimbabwe, he is the only batsmen scored so far. Chamara Kapugedara scored 0. And he get's picked for the national side????? What is going on with the minds of SL selectors. Why would you pick a guy under-performed for more than 6 years now. Get the young blood. See how good Chandimal turned out to be. It is time for youngsters like Bhanuka to be on the spotlight.

  • WTEH on July 18, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Can someone please convince this Chamara fellow that the best contribution he can make to his country is only by retiring from international cricket. He is a batsmen averaging 20, comes at 6 or 7, most of the time do not even ball!! I really do not see the reason he's getting picked. I would not pick someone like that even for a friendly match played in my backyard.

  • RASIKAROX on July 18, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    I think selecting a young talent like Bhanuka or Anjelo Perera would be a better choice than Chamara. He (Chamara) has been given enough chances to perform but didn't exploited. We have to think about next world cup and plans should go accordance with that.

  • GihanAkalanka on July 18, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    can't we give a chance to Bhanuka Rajapakshe,Mahela Udawatta,Akshu Fernando,Charith Jayampathy?

  • asanka8080 on July 18, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    We are talking about Malinda Pushpakumara always what happen to MUTHUMUDALIGE PUSHPAKUMARA.Haven't Hurd about him since the INJURY in January 2010...everyone's recover and play but muthumudalige ? ?

  • on July 18, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Perera currently is the most dangerous out of all the Sri Lankan bowlers ! He devastated the Pakistani line up in the recent series on many ocassions !

  • on July 18, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    MY Sri Lankan Team 1.T Dilshan 2.L Thirimanne 3.C Kapugedara 4.K Sangakkara 5.D Chandimal 6.M Jayawardena 7.A Mathews 8.J Mendis 9.T Perera 10.N Kulasekara 11.L Malinga

  • on July 18, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    some sri lankan fans really are quite good jokers.. saying cant we find better opponents dan indians??!!!! well thats a big joke. c'mon guys!!! you lost last 2 odis to us including that 36 overs loss.. i feel pity on u all.. you had lost shamelessly last time around and still you think you are world champs!!! cant laugh more man.. and ya all d best 2 u since dat kapugedera is there .. HAHAHA

  • on July 18, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Upul Thranga's inclusion is still a puzzle for me. Waste of space in the team and simply an liability. Open with Lahiru Thirimmanna and Include Jeewan Mendis and Rangana Herath in the side.

  • PKosgoda on July 18, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    6'4" tall Nuwan Soyza(even Dilhara for that matter)was one of the top grade bowlers to represent the Country in the recent past, who had all skills to dislodge any devastating batsmen such as Shevag or De Villiers but Soyza was removed from the Team labeled as a weak fielder. The same criterion doesn't apply in the case of certain henchmen, who move around the field just like wounded soldiers.

  • PKosgoda on July 18, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    Whether it was 1st XI or 2nd one has to field the best players in the Country, The persons responsible are always more keen on playing their henchmen rather than the best.One good example is Ajantha, soon after the retirement of Murali, they removed him with the help of under performing senior players (can perform only on flat tracks) to bring in a very ordinary type spinner that can't spin the ball without the help of bowlers foot-holds.Then again there is a player from the hometown of one of the selectors touring SA with the 2nd XI team, whose 1st Class Bat. Ave, is just 23 after 200 odd 1st Class Innings. when such average players are in a team the genuine talented players are compelled to perform under huge pressure. We as fans can point out 101 such dubious selections during the last 20 year period.

  • Logical_Voice_SL_Cricket on July 17, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Chamara Kapugedara is a JOKE! there are so many young talented players than him. to be honest i have never really seen kapugedara come thorough for sri lanka... NEVER! why are they giving him chances over and over again to see nothing but failure, where the young kids with real talent gets constantly side lined. i am glad that udana is getting chance to perform this series. also we need to polish nuwan pradeep to become our next spear head on Tests. he has got the pace and talent. if we don't get him on the right track now he will end up to be another Dilhara. why havent they picked him up?

    Mendis coming in after Perera brings more solidity to the tail end... Thrimanna and Taranga needs to be alternated between openeing and number 6... and Mathews comming in at 7, Perera at 8, Mendis at 9, ulasekara at 10 malinga at 11... that's a heavy duty batting lineup with the added strength of pace and spin... if kulesakara is not performing well udana should get a chance...

  • reesee on July 17, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Cannot understand why the opportunities are given to players like Kapugedera again and again, but at the same time players like Maharoof are dropped after a single failure (Look at their career figures Kapu - 92 ODI's - 1512 runs at 22.23 as specialist batsman, Maha - 104 ODI's 133 wickets at 26.80 and 1042 runs at 19.29 as alrounder). I'm sure there are more than cricketing reasons for these dubious selections.

  • Htc-Android on July 17, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    my team 1.dilshan 2. thirimanne 3. sanga 4. chandimal 5. mehela 6. tharanga 7. mathews 8.perera 9.j.mendis 10. kulasekara 11.malinga 12. kapugedara(for his fieding) please let thirimanne to open the innings he looks like handy opening batsmen. if we have mahela and tharanga at 5 and 6 our middle will become solid. then mathews, perera and mendis to do the finishing role.

  • PKosgoda on July 17, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    The undermentioned are the best players to represent the Country,at present, because they all have been very consistent performers ever since they started playing the Game:AngeloMathews, Chandimal,AngeloPerera, Bhanuka,Khausal Silva, RosenSilva,Ashen Silva, Thirimanne,DimuthKarunarathna, Gayan Maneshan, BOWLERS:AjanthaMendis,SSenanayake, Malinda Pushpakumara, Lahiru Jayampathi(though I have no any doubts over his skills & ability but his attitude towards the Game is somewhat questionable), Chathura Peiris,Malinda Pushpakumara, Dulanjana Mendis, Malinga, Dilhara Fernando,Tharanga Lakshitha, ALLROUNDERS:Umesh Karunarathna,SachithraSerasinghe,Chathuranga de Silva, Chathuranga Kumara, Geeth de Alwis. These all youngsters have far better track record than YOUNG Mahela, Sangakkara Dilshan

  • shaantanu on July 17, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    @Mayan Priyadarshana:I also agree with u dude.cant we find a better opponent than srilanka.....its really boring beating them again n again

  • Jkgsrt on July 17, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    India will lose this series by 4-1.Indian cricketers are not indian now.They are just making money.

  • on July 17, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    @ truthhh ,,,perhaps you are right, they havent guven him (kapu) enough chances..i suppose i more for the road hey. Lets see how he goes in the 92nd opportunity heheh.

  • on July 17, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Seriously. Kapugedara should be SL opener and Captain and vice captain and the wicket keeping and opening the bowling. what a talented guy he is hmmm we should give bit more chance to this talented guy who (can bowl) who (can field) who (can bat) ;). thank you selectors for keeping the faith. this raising star.

  • Natesan333 on July 17, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Adda Paavigala, out of the 100 or so comments, like 90 are about Kapu and why he shouldn't be included. Just give him a chance. From a Indian fan :)

  • vinodkd99 on July 17, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    @Kuruwita: Sri Lankan fielding was better compared to India's even in previous tours but India won previous and the one before that series as well.

  • on July 17, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    I swear India and Sri Lanka already played eachother this year in a series why again? - Boring :)

  • on July 17, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Why is Sangakkara not wicket keeping???

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 17, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Everybody is talking batting and bowling. This series is decided by Fielding. Then SL has the advantage. Can I see some statistics of drop catches/missed stumpings and missed runouts etc. in the past few series between SL and IND ? Can Statguru start to rcord all those drop catches/missed stumpings and missed runouts, runs scored off misfielding?

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 17, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    I like a team with 6 specialist batman including a WK and 5 specialist bowlers like England. Look at NZ. They had 4 specialist bowlers and 5 th bowler was covered by 3 part timers who wee hammered. Batsmen should do their job facing 50 overs and 5 Bowlers should do their job. That is very simple.

  • abyrao on July 17, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Will be a good hard fought series, a good side except for Kapugedera who is Srilankas Ashraful. He has been given multiple chances to prove his worthlessness then why are they persisting with him? Has he any connections with the Board?

  • truthhh on July 17, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    hey people do not blame kapu..he is talented player but not committed but we have t give him a chance..he should open the batting with dilshan!!!gud luck team srilanka

  • ndmm on July 17, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    what is this every time banuka, what is he doing he played 4 -5 matches and scoring 50 in one match look on to other players also . now in few days back they played single wicket cricket and they tried out 16 batsman and 16 bowlers Experienced players like Chamara Silva, Jehan Mubarak have played in the tournament,but dilshan munaweera batted really good why this people want give him chances,and yesterday he played 20/20 match with madhya pradeshcricket team arrived in sri lanka opened with upul tharanga and scored 77 n.o so do something like given chances to others............

  • vinodkd99 on July 17, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    @ Posted by sachinkhairnar5983 on (July 17 2012, 08:04 AM GMT : Isure Udana is a fast spinner, not a pace bowler. He keeps on bowling cutters only. I do not feel that he would have ever touched 135 KMPH ever and his average speed would be in range of 122-124 KMPH

  • on July 17, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    hahahaha.... Kapugedara is back!!! Who on earth could have predicted that??? :):):):)

  • QingdaoXI on July 17, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    Just like India's Umesh Yadav and Varon Aaron Sri lanka also have two fast bowlers Shamida Eranga and Isaru Udana. But problem about India and Sri lanka is both the teams concentrated on heavy batting-line, but to support this type of batting line-ups we need two quality fast bowlers with spinner. In Ind and Sri Lankan any batsmen can bowl spin better than there other counter part. And about all-rounders there should be only two- all rounders in team and they should be genuine as battting allrounder Angelo Mattews and Bowling All-rounder Thisarra Perera. India also have two genuine all rounders but thy are under-utilised in there entire carrier Yuvraj Singh-Batting allrounder and Irfan Pathan-Bowling Allrounder, this Jadeja, Yusuf Pathan and Jeevan Mendis are bit and pieces of all-rounder sometime they click and most of the time not. It is sad Yuvraj will miss this series but it will be his last series which he will be missing he will back for the t-20 squad vs NZ and World t-20.

  • asithaSL on July 17, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Yaaar, it's time to have Bhanuka n Angelo like uncap guyz,,, they r really good players.. it's a bad decision lyk dropping Dinesh Chandimal on WC 2011 when he's performing really well. Age isn't issue.. Indian, Pakistan n Aussies proofed it again n again, So Y SL is soo afraid....? Alwys, try Kapugedara n Chamara who never performed well

  • on July 17, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    @Lankan forever : Kapugedara is Not a finisher or a striker. finishers : M.S Dhoni, Michal Hussey, Michael Bevan they all have 50+ average and a healthy strike rate of more than 80...Sri lankan example for for a finisher is Russel Arnold, strikers : Shahid Afridi, Kieron Pollard etc they don't have great averages but they have 90+ srtike rates...Kapugedara lacks both...

  • on July 17, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Hope No Rain, eager to c again Malinga vs Kohli HAHAHA

  • priceless1 on July 17, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Pethz Cricket@ of course he is more experience than any one else, that is because he got more opportunities than any one else .but experience doesn't count when you cannot bat

  • joseyesu on July 17, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    A 300 vs 300 match. Jaywerdene, Dilshan, Tharanga, Sangakara, Chandimal, Mathews, Mendis, Perera, Herath, Malinga, Udana VS Gambir, Sehwag,Kohli, Rohit, Raina, Dhoni, Pathan,Ashwin, Zak,Rahul, Dinda. I would like to see rotation in both the teams to see a new performer. Otherwise it is more of Jayawerdene, Dilshan, Malinga and Kohli, Dhoni, Gambir series

  • on July 17, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    Commedy of error...Chamara Kapugedara again in...after two concecative ducks in the try nation tounery with Zimabwa A & South africa A....Why not Bhanuka Rajapase or Angelo Perera........If not ..give one chance to Indika De Saram or Jewantha Kulathungaand se what will happen...

  • on July 17, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    kapugedera is more talented than bhanuka rajapaksha,chinthaka jayasinghe n dimuth karunarathne.also he is experienced more than them.thats the why mahela,angelo mathews n coach asked for kapu.aravinda silva and arjuna ranathunga also said he is the best option for top order.

  • Malaka1979 on July 17, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    What has Kapu done to get into the side? Of the two matches he has played in the A team's triangular he has scored two consecutive 'ducks' (0 in 2balls against SA and 0 in 1ball against Zim) Dimuth, Angelo P who has scored heavily in the tour are no included in the squad, what do this mean? I feel really sorry for all the Cricketers who perform day-in day-out in the domestic and the A team tours and none of them get any recognition, getting included in the national squad.

  • on July 17, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    kapugedera has few half centuries against india..he has played well against india..do not care about the peoples comment or other things.just play your game and show your colours..

  • Lankanforever on July 17, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    @Pamith and where did sanga bat most of hie 91 matches 3-5 Kapu being an Opener at the first place most his knocks were at 5-7 and at a time when the top order was solid. not easy.

  • on July 17, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    last 2 occations kapu played for sri lanka he is the higest runs score(pakistan 2nd t20 n bangladesh).he is a good top order batsman.in his 75. innings he only batted 19 occations in top order(no 1,2,3,4) with average 32..mahela n selections still knows kapu"s rare talent,that"s the why he is in the squad.

  • DilumSL on July 17, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    KAPU again... well I think a the should have included DIMUTH K. But something tells me that kapu will do well in this series if he is given a chance. with or without kapu SL batting line up is solid. but my concern is bowling, WHERE IS SHAMINDA ERANGA????? He is the most aggressive bowler i've ever seen in SL bowling at the recent time (other than malinga). plus he performed really good in all his games. Still SL haven't found there best spin bowler. Ranga is very good. but he is not a ODI type bowler.

  • schathuranga on July 17, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Please include young talents like banuka, kapugedara is out of form batsman.im not agree with this squad.

  • burner1985 on July 17, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    I'm tired of seeing Kapugedera in the side. As mentioned he made 2 ducks in the current A tour. So is that what it takes to get into the SL squad, get two ducks? Pass the message to Banuka and Co. Scoring runs will get them no where.

  • satish619chandar on July 17, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    Kapu's role should be limited as substitute fielder alone.. He can do his best there only.. Apart from that, i find no reason for his inclusion into the team..

  • 9ST9 on July 17, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    I think SL are missing a trick here - this series has little context in the bigger picture, therefore this was a good opportunity to test the younger players - we could have let Angelo Matthews lead with Chandimal as his deputy and rested at least one of the old three - Dilshan,Sanga and MJ and Malinga (as we are all concerned about him burning out) btw - Kapugedara again? He's the Ravindra Jadeja of SL cricket.

  • on July 17, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    I think it is high time that selectors inject some young blood for national duty. Mahela, Sanga and Dilly might have to go at once. Who are going to replace a top order of this caliber unless some foresighted decisions are made sooner than later. Kapugedara has the potential but he has failed to convert. I think Muditha, Bhanuka would have been better options. I am not too sure why selectors are not open enough to look at the options available.

  • on July 17, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    @Lankanforever: Sanga had a much better average after he had played 91 matches!!!! Plus who says selectors read whats written here? This is opinion of the general public and what they prefer is to see someone new rather than ever-failing Kapu

  • sajhera on July 17, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    Chinthaka jayasinghe 9 14 1 740 173* 56.92 643 115.08 2 4 2 63 40 see his strike rate no of 4s and sixes(63,40) can compare with Kapu

  • sajhera on July 17, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    Srilankan selectors, if u dont know how to pick a inform batsman please refer http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ptta-1/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=6905;type=tournament. you can find players like chinthaka jayasinghe score 740 runs including 40 sixes bat ave 57 but select kepu at the bottom of this list.its very unfaire for inform player. Please try to atleast Refer CRICINFO web site to select the team and take your salaries. it will help for sri lankan cricket.

  • on July 16, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    If Sri Lanka plays Dil ,Upul,Sanga,Chandi , Thirimenna,mahela ,Mathews,tissara,Jeevan ,Kula,Mali its the BEST team in the world..Also it`ll give so much confidence for the top order bcz even no 10 can bat ! no 9 has 1st class double century and many 100s.3 all rounders,best pacer , best captain and great fielders !.Kapu`s selection is debatable but I think he`ll get his last chance in T20 W .before that they want to try him once at int stage.ANyway Sri Lanka should win this 4-1 at least

  • CrickFan82 on July 16, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Sri lanka, always good team, i like their core team. Sri lanka is definitely a better balanced ODI team than India, England and Australia. Though India is a powerfull batting unit. New players like Chandimal, allrounders like Mathews, Periera are great to watch, of course the top 3 are legends.I wouldnt be surprised if they go on to win the series against India. Definitely a better test composition than India, I cant see allrounders of the quality of Mathews and Periera in the Indian team. If Indias top order starts firiing it will be interesting because they havent played to their potential and its a long time since India's batting order clicked together. They didnt do well in their home series against WI !!! For India, they have to start playing test cricket like the good old days slow, soft, deft, defensive. Batsmen play late, bowlers bowl full. I dont care about the results but i want to see India preparing for the English series.

  • on July 16, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    The selectors have given enough chances for Charamara Kapugedara and Charmara Silva, they have not performed or have been consistent. its better to give that chance for another youngster. This should be their last, if they don't perform and be consistent.

  • Inaz on July 16, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    I don't understand why they pick kapu again and again for no value reason. No doubt he is a talented player but performance is what counts at the end of the day. If they going to give him a proper run at least this time then fine, i mean bat him in top order. If not please for the sake of srilankan cricket drop him and give someone else a chance

  • on July 16, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Oh common!! Kapu again - he is talented, but his last 2 innings(for the A team) are 2 DUCKS..one was a first ball duck, the other a second ball duck.. If the selectors want to give a chance to a youngster, why not - Bhanuka Rajapaksha, Roshen Silva or Angelo Perera?

  • on July 16, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    Why Kapugedara again? This Kapugedara issue becoming like Mu-barak issue. What has he done to be in national team again and again when he keep on failing whenever he come back.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 16, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    Again Kapugethera selected for this boring FLAT PITCH KING TROPHY. Cannot SL have better batsman

  • SL_kamal on July 16, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Hey, where is CHAMARA SILVA ???? Without him the squad is incomplete. Please include him. HA HA HA....

  • on July 16, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    I hope Kapu will play well in this forth coming series.he is talented but no luck in International level

  • Udendra on July 16, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    oh no, not Kaapugedara again! what abt Dimuth K or Bhanuka R?

  • suve on July 16, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Sri Lanka have a pretty strong ODI team here. Kapugedara is a good player and even though he has failed so many times, im sure he will do well. To those who keep saying Maharoof should be in the team must be joking !!!. Do you remember Mahroof getting smashed around the park in Australia, I think he went for about 28+ in 1 over. My team for the 1st ODI: 1.Dilshan 2.Tharanga 3.Sanga 4.Mahela 5.Chandimal 6.Thirimanne 7.Matthews 8.J Mendis 9. Perera 10. Herath 11. Malinga. Nuwan Kulasekara has to be rested, he has playing so much cricket in the last 2 years. This team will be ideal for the conditions in SL.

  • Dinesh-71 on July 16, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    There are many talented batsmen waiting in the wings in Sri Lanka. Why persist with Kapugedara. What about the youngsters like, Dimuth Karunaratna, Bhanuka Rajapaksha, Ashen Silva, Angelo Perera, Kusal Janith etc., This is the record of Chamara Kapugedara - in ODIs - Matches 91 Innings 75 N.O's 7 Runs 1512 Highest 95 Avg 22.23 Balls Faced 2089 Strike Rate 72.37 Centuries 0 Fifties 8 4's108 6's 27 Catches 29 Stumpings 0 Already played 91 ODI's ???

  • superstar100 on July 16, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    sure India will win let's see what margin !!! if sri lanakan thought they score around 280 it will not safe for indians !!!! you will see both teams scoring around 300+ runs !!

  • Sobat on July 16, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    I just dont understand the KAPUGEDARA in this team...looking his record maybe i could have done better as a batsman....

  • on July 16, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    before mubarak now kapugedara...how he got selected ? this is a real joke...

  • migzy69 on July 16, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Currently Kapu is playin in a triangular series in South-africa ( A team ). 1st ODI - out for DUCK. 2nd ODI out for DUCK. but still he got a chance of playin for Sri Lanka. lol.. have played more than 91 international ODIs and batting avg is 22.27.. damn....

  • on July 16, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Dear Indians, we are only concnerned about Kapugedara, not about the series. he's our Ravindra Jadeja.

  • on July 16, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    oh,looks like whole sri lanka have had enough of kapegedra,some are even telling him to call it a day to hi ILLUSTARIOUS career,beleive me if sl batting needs to go forward in ODI s they just have to throw out kapugedra and charama silva out of the team forever......the same case is with india for ravindra jadeda,just got dropped for this series but beleive me he will make a comeback for the next series....

  • on July 16, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    @lankanforever After 90 odd matches sanga had a descent ave of 28.He was behind the stumps for a fair amount of matches.so dont compare these two.

  • on July 16, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Kapugedara scored 2 ducks for SL A team just now

  • on July 16, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    i hope it will have good series for before t20 world cup.bcoz these days srilanka in form so that is tough task to stop sangakkara

  • on July 16, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Mayan Priyadarshana @ u think ur team is better than India

  • on July 16, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyoooooooooooooo Kaapu Gedara is in the team!!!!!!!!!!!!! :(

  • priceless1 on July 16, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    ha ha Youngsters in SL will not get a chance to play in the national Team until two Chamara's quit cricket

  • Lankanforever on July 16, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    fortunately cricinfo didn't have comments 11 years ago. Sanga would have had same kind of comments by our cricket Gurus and selectors might have dropped him. what? ok. selectors don't read your comments. so it doesn't matter.

  • on July 16, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    91 matches 1512 runs at an ave of 22.23.Wht an illustrious career.Bangladesh players hv better record..None of the existing selection committe would select a player after 2 consecutive ducks.pls give the chance to other talented young guys.

  • aarfeen on July 16, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    oh dear SRL !! U have already done a very big mistake. i guess u know ?? capu... now dont do anything more bad by playing him in playing 11 ...

  • Sinhaya on July 16, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Must play Dimuth Karunaratne instead of Kapugedara. Please ensure that when Kapugedara fails in this series it will be his last ever. Enough is enough. It is not if Kapugedara fails but when!

  • on July 16, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Can I go instead of Kapugedara? I need some money desperately and I promise I will only warm the bench

  • cricfan100 on July 16, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Now this is some world class stuff. After scoring two consecutive ducks and then getting selected to the squad. It only happens in sri lanka. sri lanka cricket has always been about surprises and this is no different. 'SURPRISE'!!!!!!!!!!!. One thing for sure, even if we forget murali we won't forget kapu for sure. What a player he has been for sri lanka. And I am sure this kapu ashantha de mel partnership will do wonders for us in the future. kapu weldone !!!!! keep it up.

  • sonu77 on July 16, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Farveez Maharoof or Angelo Perera is a better option than Kapu at the moment.Anyway Playing xi is almost settled except the spinner's spot.Dilshan,Tharanga,Sanga,Chandimal,Thirimanne,Mahela,Angelo,Thisara,Kulasekara,J.Mendis/Herath,Malinga.My prediction 4-1 Sri Lanka(if rain stays away).

  • SLfan on July 16, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    After seeing Kapugedera in ths squad, my interest to watch this series was vanished and thank you selectors for this EXCELLENT selection (sarcasm) !!!

  • on July 16, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    @mayan priyadarshana India beat srilanka in the odi series when they toured SL last time , but for you guys beating India in India is always a dream :D

  • on July 16, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    kapugedara young good batsman.

  • on July 16, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Kapugedara might be selected by the BCCI...lolz....Dimuth deserves a place nwy Sri Lanka should make bowlers friendly tracks

  • on July 16, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    kapu is rly waste . must include another seamer !

  • sajhera on July 16, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Who knows how he comes to the squad with poor form, Like Dilhara, may be Sanga's Schoolmate or politics?????

  • on July 16, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    I am too sure about Kapugedara's selection,perhaps we need another fast bowler or opener instead, selectors should keep faith on Thirimanne and give him the opportunity to bat up in the order(no.5) as he makes solidity to the team..take my word he is the batsman for the future with a such a briliant temperement,

  • on July 16, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Don't Think NEHRA Going To Bowl All Bowls In a Match Kapu!!

  • on July 16, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Again Kapu! What did SLs selectors do. I think he had good back up.

  • KingOwl on July 16, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Mayan: Yes, it is indeed boring to be playing India - but that's where the money comes from. So, we have to bear the boredom, I am afraid!

  • randikaayya on July 16, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Sri Lankan fans are not doing any good to build the young man Kapugedara's confidence by playing his down before the series. He does have a test average of 35 which means he can bat. He needs to apply himself and for that he needs self confidence. As fans we must support him after his selaction. Stupid derogatory comments don't help

  • boundryhiter46 on July 16, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Kapu definetly fire this time..Wait and see guys..You guys pull by his leg no..

  • boundryhiter46 on July 16, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    India is a very strong in batting..it is very good that Kapugedera got a come back..People who criticize him will see his value this time such a stylish and talented player..We should handle him properly..all the best Kapu..

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on July 16, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    btw this article has got the most amount of links!!!!!

  • Dinesh-71 on July 16, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Chamara Kapugedara??? Again??? Can't imagine that I am seeing his name in the squad. What is the reason behind including Kapugedara again and again when he does not perform. He has failed big time in both games for Sri Lanka 'A' against South Africa 'A' and Zimbabwe 'A'.

  • on July 16, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Who select Kapugedara for that important series.He is a SL A member who get 2 ducks in consecutive matches.Why don't you try either young B.Rajapakasa(30.00 in Tri series in SA) or Dimuth Karunaratne were not given chances?Isuru Udana is high left armer who may be very useful.because Indians are not convince against Left arm fast swing medium.He should be able to swing the ball otherwise will be punished definitely.

  • shamaero on July 16, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    kapugedera has made a comeback with a couple of ducks!! wat a silly politic influenced cricket board!SLC is a disgrace to cricket!karunaratne was much better choice!!!

  • on July 16, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    why this kolaveri... kapugedara

  • BeCalmAndSupportEngland on July 16, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    can somebody tell me why kapugedara is back?ahh to fullfill 15 men,,lol

  • shash24 on July 16, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    it's good see kapugedara back in the squad who will be a big hiting batsman down the oder. but the sad thing is he got two ducks in a raw in Zimbabwe... And also selectors strengthen the battin line up with 9 batsmen... May be the inclusion of kapu is to drop thangara out of the side and give mahela to open... kapugedara will be handy @ 5. I think they will stuck with tharanga in the 1st two games.

  • on July 16, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    apo kapu!!!!!! end of da series!!!!!

  • on July 16, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Dear Kapu...we will all chip in for your retirement fund, pls do us a fav and call it a day champ...you've given us enough entertainment thru out your ILLUSTRIOUS career

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    cant we find a better opponent than india? a test series with NZ would have been more entertaining,,

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    kapu will be good for t20s..for odis - dili,upul,sanga,chandimal,thirimanne,mahela,mathews,tissara,jeewan/herath,kula,mali...this is the best team sl can field imo..mahela should bat at 6 lahiru at 5...that`ll give more time to bat for the youngster and then mahela , mathew and tissara can finsh the game..

  • COOLANKA on July 16, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    OH MY GOD,kapugedara's place should go to ajantha mendis that is only mistake that selectors have done, i don't understand why they always pick kapu, there are many younger players in sri lanka with good talent..

  • udarasl on July 16, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Wow.. This is hilarious.... Two zeros in last two matches for SL A team against ZIM A and SAF A for Kapugedara... and there u go.. he's in promoted to SL ODI team... Ridiculous....

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    OMG... Kapugedara is back....with an O.D.I average of 22.23 and a strike rate of 72.37 after playing 91 O.D.I matches with eight Half Centuries...by doing this Sri Lankan selectors are discouraging young, promising, deserving talent.

  • tdslbuwa on July 16, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Kapugedara...!!.not again.!!!.he made back to back ducks in recent series vs South Africa A ...this is a real joke !!!

  • bharath74 on July 16, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Oh no not again , kind of bored seeing Ind vs SL

  • Sachit1979 on July 16, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Very very balanced squad. Only surprising selection is Kapugedera. How come he makes it in Sri Lankan squad again and again despite of many failures?

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Can someone please tell me why Sanga isn't wicketkeeping?! I was looking really forward to watching him behind the wickets and now he isn't going to wicketkeep?!

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Man.. Kapugedera must be giving some serious ass to Ashantha De Mel to be included in the side like this, over and over again!.. pathetic!

  • satish619chandar on July 16, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Good squad.. SL bat very deeply.. Having Kula and Mendis in 8/9 is a big advantage in addition to Mathews and Perera.. SL should try Tharanga as opener and keep Mahela in middle order.. My 11 would be, Tharanga, Dilshan, Sanga, Chandimal, Mahela, Mathews, Perera, Thirimanne/Jeevan Mendis, Kulasekara, Herath, Malinga.. Excellent team to have this one with bunch off all rounders and guys who can change game.. Bowling might be a worry on flat decks as they lack much pace/variety(Kula,Mathews and Perera being very similar bowlers).. Apart form that, it looks very formidable..

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Kapugedara is not in form even in da A team matches he got out for two ducks but he is always in da squad except him others deserve their places in da team,Herath must be included in da Playing 11.Gud Luck Sri Lanka!

  • sajhera on July 16, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    kapu selection is a question? he played 91 ODI matches only 8 half centuries with ave 22. its better to select informed talent batsman.Maharoof is a good option too.

  • vinodkd99 on July 16, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Isuru Udana, the only bowler to have taken a hat trick within 2 balls

  • sajhera on July 16, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Good team selection for one day format. lucky dilahara not in the squad but again kapu ???? he is in very poor form recent Sri lanka A tour his statics

    CK Kapugedara 2 2 0 0 0 0.00 3 0.00 0 0 2 0 0

    Please give a chance to young informed batsman, like Dimuth karunarathne, Bhanuka or Kusal janith

  • on July 16, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Oh no not that one dimensional bowler, don't we have someone else we can slot in ?

  • on July 16, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Chamara Silve should be picked up instaed of kapu

  • KingOwl on July 16, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Kapugedera is back! Comeback #218th? Just checked what he has been doing recently. Got two ducks in the last two One dayers against SA A and Zim A (just last week)! Now, that is certainly comeback material!

  • on July 16, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Sohan Borellasa should be given a chance.

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  • on July 16, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Sohan Borellasa should be given a chance.

  • KingOwl on July 16, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Kapugedera is back! Comeback #218th? Just checked what he has been doing recently. Got two ducks in the last two One dayers against SA A and Zim A (just last week)! Now, that is certainly comeback material!

  • on July 16, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Chamara Silve should be picked up instaed of kapu

  • on July 16, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Oh no not that one dimensional bowler, don't we have someone else we can slot in ?

  • sajhera on July 16, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Good team selection for one day format. lucky dilahara not in the squad but again kapu ???? he is in very poor form recent Sri lanka A tour his statics

    CK Kapugedara 2 2 0 0 0 0.00 3 0.00 0 0 2 0 0

    Please give a chance to young informed batsman, like Dimuth karunarathne, Bhanuka or Kusal janith

  • vinodkd99 on July 16, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Isuru Udana, the only bowler to have taken a hat trick within 2 balls

  • sajhera on July 16, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    kapu selection is a question? he played 91 ODI matches only 8 half centuries with ave 22. its better to select informed talent batsman.Maharoof is a good option too.

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Kapugedara is not in form even in da A team matches he got out for two ducks but he is always in da squad except him others deserve their places in da team,Herath must be included in da Playing 11.Gud Luck Sri Lanka!

  • satish619chandar on July 16, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Good squad.. SL bat very deeply.. Having Kula and Mendis in 8/9 is a big advantage in addition to Mathews and Perera.. SL should try Tharanga as opener and keep Mahela in middle order.. My 11 would be, Tharanga, Dilshan, Sanga, Chandimal, Mahela, Mathews, Perera, Thirimanne/Jeevan Mendis, Kulasekara, Herath, Malinga.. Excellent team to have this one with bunch off all rounders and guys who can change game.. Bowling might be a worry on flat decks as they lack much pace/variety(Kula,Mathews and Perera being very similar bowlers).. Apart form that, it looks very formidable..

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Man.. Kapugedera must be giving some serious ass to Ashantha De Mel to be included in the side like this, over and over again!.. pathetic!