India in Sri Lanka 2012 July 23, 2012

Sri Lanka call up Nuwan Pradeep

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Fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep has been called up to the Sri Lanka squad for the remainder of the one-day series against India, in place of the injured Nuwan Kulasekara. Pradeep has played three Tests, but is yet to debut in ODIs.

Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors, Ashantha de Mel, said that Pradeep will join the team on Monday, after returning from Zimbabwe, where he had played in the tri-series involving Sri Lanka, South Africa and Zimbabwe's A teams. Pradeep had picked up three wickets in two matches in the tournament.

Pradeep debuted in Tests in October 2011, against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, and was originally part of Sri Lanka squad that toured South Africa following that. However, he injured himself in a warm-up game in South Africa and was out of action for three months. He returned to first-class cricket in March, and was picked for the home series against Pakistan.

Kulasekara had strained his groin while attempting a catch in the first one-dayer against India on Saturday. After the incident, he could not complete his quota of overs and came out to bat only at No. 11 with India in control of the match.

The second one-dayer will be played in Hambantota on Tuesday.

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  • nilb on July 25, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Please, whoever replaces Kulesekara, don't bring back Maharoof. So many younger and new players are more confident with the bat than him. His bowling is below average, will be very easy for the Indians. I don't know why they don't consider Shaminda Eranga because he can bat too.

  • askey on July 25, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    my choice is jeevan mendis for kula,,,because sri lanka need another spiner,, good luck sri lanka

  • on July 24, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Sri Lanka middle Order batsmen failed. that'S why we lost 1st ODI.

  • Test-is-the-best on July 24, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Not a good selection by Asantha de Mel yet again ..Suranga Lakmal /Tharnga Lakshitha should have been considered. Meantime our IPL hero (Lasith Malinga) to be replaced. He can only perform in IPL . Try out Dhammika Prasad.

  • hussain72 on July 24, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Maharoof should be in Sri Lanka side. I do not understand why they not including him. I think dirty politics is the reason behind. Hope Maha will perform well in SLPL and would get a chance in T20 World Cup. I am with you Maha...

  • Udendra on July 24, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    ya right, a Nuwan replaces a Nuwan. what a strategy!

  • on July 24, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    Nuwan Pradeep should replace Malinga not Kulasekera.

  • on July 23, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Why do thye keep ignoring maharoof ? he's 27 now and why waste such a talent ..Nuwan Pradeep seems to be a player who is overrated by the authorities. first it was said he's capable of hitting high 90's ..but he's a regular 137/138 Kmph type bowler.. and he has proved very little at both 1st class and international levels ..sure he's got some potential but i think he's nt yet ready for the international arena..

  • Musfer on July 23, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Please include Maharoof...he can bat also....then we have three genuine allrounders in the side which makes our batting deep and side balanced.

  • on July 23, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    sl shud cal senanayake back but nuwan kula shud get well soon

  • nilb on July 25, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Please, whoever replaces Kulesekara, don't bring back Maharoof. So many younger and new players are more confident with the bat than him. His bowling is below average, will be very easy for the Indians. I don't know why they don't consider Shaminda Eranga because he can bat too.

  • askey on July 25, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    my choice is jeevan mendis for kula,,,because sri lanka need another spiner,, good luck sri lanka

  • on July 24, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Sri Lanka middle Order batsmen failed. that'S why we lost 1st ODI.

  • Test-is-the-best on July 24, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Not a good selection by Asantha de Mel yet again ..Suranga Lakmal /Tharnga Lakshitha should have been considered. Meantime our IPL hero (Lasith Malinga) to be replaced. He can only perform in IPL . Try out Dhammika Prasad.

  • hussain72 on July 24, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Maharoof should be in Sri Lanka side. I do not understand why they not including him. I think dirty politics is the reason behind. Hope Maha will perform well in SLPL and would get a chance in T20 World Cup. I am with you Maha...

  • Udendra on July 24, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    ya right, a Nuwan replaces a Nuwan. what a strategy!

  • on July 24, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    Nuwan Pradeep should replace Malinga not Kulasekera.

  • on July 23, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Why do thye keep ignoring maharoof ? he's 27 now and why waste such a talent ..Nuwan Pradeep seems to be a player who is overrated by the authorities. first it was said he's capable of hitting high 90's ..but he's a regular 137/138 Kmph type bowler.. and he has proved very little at both 1st class and international levels ..sure he's got some potential but i think he's nt yet ready for the international arena..

  • Musfer on July 23, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Please include Maharoof...he can bat also....then we have three genuine allrounders in the side which makes our batting deep and side balanced.

  • on July 23, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    sl shud cal senanayake back but nuwan kula shud get well soon

  • on July 23, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    surely pradeep will be a good fast bowler in near future,but still he has some problems with swing.He need to improve his abilities of swinging the ball.There are some other better bowlers by this time.Eranga,udana,thilan thushara etc.But it will be better if the bowler is a left hander.Right arm bowlers cant produce the angle which left handers produce.Indians have 2 of them.We saw the way they bowled and the swing they got because of the angle.Best example is the dilshan's dropped catch by shewag.That delivery by Zaheer was awesome,with the angle he created, dilshan had no answer.When Vass was playing for sri lanka we saw he got lot of wickets very early in the innings.We need a bowler who can do it.

  • yorkslanka on July 23, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    might be time for us to rest Malinga as he is not bowling well at the moment..maybe bring in pradeep for him?Thissara needs to bat higher up as think he is wasted where he is batting now..We need our bowlers to get the kind of movment with the ball that Zak and Pathan were getting..

  • ---lasitha--- on July 23, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    i dnt care who gets in for kula, just have jeewn at 8 and thisara at 9, this would make the perfect line up

  • nitharsh on July 23, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Nuwan Pradeep is not a bad choice.he may suit shorter versions due to his pace.But obviously there are better players than him.He has to work on bowling varieties and swings.I am afraid he may leak some runs in death bowling.But there are no problem if udana clicks in next match.My playing XI 1.Dilly 2.Thirimanna 3.Sanga 4.Chandi 5.Mahela 6.mathews 7.perera 8.jeevan 9.udana 10.sachitra 11.Malinga

  • on July 23, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    why not send tharanga down the order since he cant play swing that well (coz very very little feet movement) and let him play medium pace and spin. send someone how can bat swing well. we have seen how stable he is down the order (even though we lost some of them)

  • on July 23, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Nuwan,eranga,maharoof ,etc ,there are so many choices are available to choose,however is it possible to control present strong indian batting line up????????????Iam sure even our best one day bowlers Malinga would not able to give answer for this questions

  • Mathu. on July 23, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Mahela to Open withu Dili and Upul to play 5 down and give a stable partnership for big hitting Perera, then Sanga can go for his shots and rotate the strike to keep the score board ticking (SL failed in first match b'c of very low scoring rate of first overs) I doubt any bowler can make much of a different against strong Indian batting line up.

  • RockcityGuy on July 23, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    sri lanka will win easily????really...except for mahela and sanga there is not one batsman who will strike fear in the hearts of the pathetic indian bowling line up...:-)as far as bowling is concerned i think malinga should stop playing india...

  • on July 23, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    I do not understand the current crop of fast bowlers break down easily. It is applicable to all teams exception may be southafrica. This bio-mechanism training and fitness program does not help the current crop Every team we do not see a bowler playing at least 10 test matches in a row.

    Regards

  • on July 23, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    I think SL should call Vaas back. He even now would be better than Eranga, Nuwan, Fernando and Maharoof.

  • Nawodh on July 23, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    His extra pace might give Mahela more options.. But with Malinga in the team I would preferably replaced Nuwan K with another Swing bowler.. (Wish Eranga, D Prasad, Wela were fit) Big Fan of Mathews, but maybe its time we give him a break. Give him time to work on his game, maybe an English county season. He's not a consistent cricketer yet and we can't keep hoping he would fire. Let's play Jeewana at 7 or Serasinge. Tharanga should continue to open the batting, he has 11 centuries opening we should rather show patience with him. Lahiru T? Talented and has plenty of potential I feel he is batting out of position? Maybe Mahela should drop to 6 and Lahiru further up.

  • Nawodh on July 23, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    It was disappointing to follow our A teams African tour, we lost twice to Zimbabwe A. The players/selectors/Coach should have done a better job. Why wasn't Chamara Silva playing the O/Ds in Africa? The batting lacked experience. SL's next test match is sometime away.. Samaraweera could have joined the Squad and shared his experience with the youngsters. The performances were embarrassing; I hope the board seriously looks into this tour. The only talent to shine was Dimuth Karunaratne (150*, 83, 94) and to some extent Laksitha with 7 wickets in 3 matches, Serasinghe, Kosala K, Dilruwan Perera. I would rather select players into the National team on a performance basis. You perform you are selected. Why Kappu? He scored something like 40 runs in 4 matches... is that good enough? Is that all you need to do to play for Sri Lanka? I can understand why Nuwan P was selected, our Bowling attack looked flat against India..

  • on July 23, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Chaturanga Sumal kapu realy realy

  • on July 23, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    nuwan pradeep? lol what have he done to get into the national side? nothing,,,, isuru udana and shaminda eranga, both should play, how can we win matches against india when we cant get at least half of their team out? kulasekara,perera ,matthews slow bowlers no good against india,, malinga regularly going 80+ , so how the hell we gonna win? no way, drop malinga, play isuru udana and shaminda eranda and lets see how it goes, and we should consider dropping sanga in odi

  • on July 23, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Nuwan is not the worst pick. No need of another all rounder when we have Mathews and Thisara. Pradeep bowls genuinely quick and will have to take up Malinga's place eventually. Looking at the future its a good choice giving him experience. Malinga didn't become the bowler he is over night unlike Ajantha,BTW where is Ajantha Mendis?? Herath looks no where near taking wickets. We need another quality spinner at the expense of a batsman. Possibly get thirimanne to open and give tharanga a break. If not we have Herath, Malinga and Nuwan/Udana along with Mathews and Thisara. Mathews rarely bowls 10 overs which means if 1 bowler has an off day Dilshan needs to bowl part timers. Giving 30+ overs of all rounders and part timers along with an off color Malinga or Herath and any team will score 300+ on any day.

  • on July 23, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    What are you thinking Guyz. Shaminda Eranga has a nerve problem and is out of action. He wouldn't be playing for SL anytime soon.

  • on July 23, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Bad choice. Pradeep is very inexperienced and he cannot, in any way, replace Kulasekara. This is not a good decision by the Sri Lankans.

  • stormy16 on July 23, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    We waited for a long time with great hope for Pradeep who has been a major let down to put it mildly! I can only imagine for a Attapatu like resurgence from this guy.

  • on July 23, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    remove tharanga, include kapu or jeewan . mahela open the innings with dilly.then SL will easily win.no doubt!

  • on July 23, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    how can a bowler who only picked up 3 wickets against an A side be good enouhg for international crcicket?

  • ruchanu93 on July 23, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    well nuwan prsadeep might not be the ideal option but as most of you are pointing out maharoof isn't! he has been tested before and with Mathews and Thissara already in the side we don't need another all rounder who is a not so good fielder and bowls military medium pace, would have gone with shaminda eranga if he was available, and Sampath De Silva i totaly agree on you mate Chathura Peries should be given a chance and also his partner in crime at the U-19 world cup Charitha Jayampathi should also be given mo exposurel

  • on July 23, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Ohh boyyy... don't know what these selectors are thinking. Eranga should be given a chance. mahroof is also a better choice than nuwan pradeep. Pradeep has the speed but that is not enough for a good bowler. look at eranga's stats he has done well agains aussie's (took 4 wickets in his first test match). even his first class batting average is very good. even better than kulasekara. p.s may be selectors have consider the names. that is the only explanation lol

  • on July 23, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    yes maharoof is better than nuwan. three text only one wicket he took.wht abt shaminda eranga..

  • beeran on July 23, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    probably selectors might asked sewag,kohli&dhoni ,whom are they comfortable with!!! lol

  • on July 23, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Dear Selectors, it is good to try out new comers, but should remember the experienced players, such as Dilhara Fernando, Farveez Maharoof, in the past they have shown some persformances, than "FAILED" Chamara Kapugedera. Also to be considered new players like SHAMNDRA ERANDA and CHATURA PEIRIS.

  • prannsshu on July 23, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    where is eranga???? why not maharoof?

  • QingdaoXI on July 23, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Shaminda Eranga is a better prospect for Sri Lanka,i was hoping that he will get the chance alas its time for Nuwan Pradeep, still he has to wait and Mahela should go with Udana. My Playing XI for SL: Dilshan, Mahela, Sanga, Chandimal, Tharanga, Thirimanne, Mattews, Mendis, Perera, Malinga/Pradeep, Udana/Herath. and India Gautam, Viru, Virat, Rohit, Raina, Dhoni, Irfan, Ashwin, Zaheer, Dinda/Umesh, Rahul/Ojha.

  • on July 23, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Nuwan To Replace Nuwan..Not A bad choice @ all.....But it would have been better if they choose Maharoof or Dilhara coze of there experience...

  • on July 23, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    The Indians seem to got the hang of Malinga and even Kulasekera. Its time to try something new and different inorder to dislodge the attacking mindset of the Indians. Lets hope Nuwan can do that.

  • full_toss3 on July 23, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Not a good choice at all. Maharoof is the ideal replacement. Bring in Jeevan for tharanga and Mahela can open the batting with Dilshan.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 23, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Pacy with sling action is this Nuwan pradeep. The strategy behind his selection is that countering Indian batsman with sheer pace.His economy in first class is 4.04 in ODI's. So, that's an additional asset. Let's see how Indians plan to tackle this guy on 24th.

  • on July 23, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    @Sampath & Dilshan... Couldn't agree with U guys more.. I believe they have avoiding Mahroof for some reason, even though the guy was good enough to join the team (he was playing county), when our regulars were busy @ the 2011 IPL.. Any news about Eranga? atleast try out a new guy, how performed will in the Zimbabwe tour...

  • on July 23, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Where is SHAMINDA ERANGA ? He played well in his debut series against Australia and now he is not anywhere to be seen...

  • Logical_Voice_SL_Cricket on July 23, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    good choice... nuwan pradeep and udana should be used alternatively to fill kulasekaras spot... i would have liked to see maharoof in the mix as well... also KUMAR SANGA what a performer... hat off to sanga... always fighting to keep SL in the game under pressure... allways sticking to basics and playing with a straight bat... my favorite batsman of all time no doubt...

  • on July 23, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    LOL....Nuwan Pradeep??????????/Shewag will have a busy time in out side of off stump...Even Dilhara Fernando is a better choice than him....Dear Selectors...Can you just tell us what has happened to Farveez Maharoof and Shamindra Eranda and why you are not even given a chance to young allrounder Chatura peris at least ir Sri Lanka "A" tours .These three players can bat and bowl well than Nuwan pradeep...

  • on July 23, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Not the choice for me - There are other options for SL other than Nuwan Predeep. Marhroof - Dilhara these guys are experience than Nuwan

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  • on July 23, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Not the choice for me - There are other options for SL other than Nuwan Predeep. Marhroof - Dilhara these guys are experience than Nuwan

  • on July 23, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    LOL....Nuwan Pradeep??????????/Shewag will have a busy time in out side of off stump...Even Dilhara Fernando is a better choice than him....Dear Selectors...Can you just tell us what has happened to Farveez Maharoof and Shamindra Eranda and why you are not even given a chance to young allrounder Chatura peris at least ir Sri Lanka "A" tours .These three players can bat and bowl well than Nuwan pradeep...

  • Logical_Voice_SL_Cricket on July 23, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    good choice... nuwan pradeep and udana should be used alternatively to fill kulasekaras spot... i would have liked to see maharoof in the mix as well... also KUMAR SANGA what a performer... hat off to sanga... always fighting to keep SL in the game under pressure... allways sticking to basics and playing with a straight bat... my favorite batsman of all time no doubt...

  • on July 23, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Where is SHAMINDA ERANGA ? He played well in his debut series against Australia and now he is not anywhere to be seen...

  • on July 23, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    @Sampath & Dilshan... Couldn't agree with U guys more.. I believe they have avoiding Mahroof for some reason, even though the guy was good enough to join the team (he was playing county), when our regulars were busy @ the 2011 IPL.. Any news about Eranga? atleast try out a new guy, how performed will in the Zimbabwe tour...

  • praveen4honestremark on July 23, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Pacy with sling action is this Nuwan pradeep. The strategy behind his selection is that countering Indian batsman with sheer pace.His economy in first class is 4.04 in ODI's. So, that's an additional asset. Let's see how Indians plan to tackle this guy on 24th.

  • full_toss3 on July 23, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Not a good choice at all. Maharoof is the ideal replacement. Bring in Jeevan for tharanga and Mahela can open the batting with Dilshan.

  • on July 23, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    The Indians seem to got the hang of Malinga and even Kulasekera. Its time to try something new and different inorder to dislodge the attacking mindset of the Indians. Lets hope Nuwan can do that.

  • on July 23, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Nuwan To Replace Nuwan..Not A bad choice @ all.....But it would have been better if they choose Maharoof or Dilhara coze of there experience...

  • QingdaoXI on July 23, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Shaminda Eranga is a better prospect for Sri Lanka,i was hoping that he will get the chance alas its time for Nuwan Pradeep, still he has to wait and Mahela should go with Udana. My Playing XI for SL: Dilshan, Mahela, Sanga, Chandimal, Tharanga, Thirimanne, Mattews, Mendis, Perera, Malinga/Pradeep, Udana/Herath. and India Gautam, Viru, Virat, Rohit, Raina, Dhoni, Irfan, Ashwin, Zaheer, Dinda/Umesh, Rahul/Ojha.