India in Sri Lanka 2012 July 16, 2012

Isuru Udana in Sri Lanka squad for India ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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 ;)

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    @Ravindra Asitha whilst you are entitled to your opinion you are kidding only one person 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?

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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 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

  • sajan 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

  • Nimmie 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Sumith 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...........

  • Wala 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.

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