Sri Lanka v India, 2nd ODI, Hambantota July 23, 2012

Chandimal is long-term No. 4 - Jayawardene

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Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has said Dinesh Candimal will continue to bat at No. 4 to settle into the role in time for the 2015 World Cup. Since Chandimal became a regular in the side after the 2011 World Cup, Jayawardene has given up his usual No. 4 position and batted either at No. 5 or at the top, pushing regular opener Upul Tharanga down the order.

Jayawardene said he had thought of coming in at No. 4, instead of Chandimal, in the first ODI against India, but did not do so keeping in mind the "bigger picture." He said moving up and down the order was not ideal for either him or Tharanga, but Sri Lanka would try to be flexible.

"I was tempted. But at the same time you need to look at the bigger picture as well," Jayawardene said. "The whole structure going forward for the next World Cup is to make sure that guys like Angelo [Mathews] and Chandimal bat in certain positions.

"We need Chandi to bat at four and identify his role. He did that well for us in Australia. Chandi is a guy who can bat at any position. I felt he is confident where he is right now and [we will] try and keep him where he is. We have two-and-a-half years for the next World Cup. We don't know whether guys like Kumar [Sangakkara], [Tillakaratne] Dilshan and I will be around by that time. It depends on our fitness and ability to perform at that level. We need to plan accordingly."

Sri Lanka's reliance on their three senior batsmen has been a topic of discussion and has been criticised at times. Jayawardene said that was the way it had been earlier as well. "When the three of us started off, we didn't play the way we are playing right now. There was another senior group of players who did well and we chipped in. It's the same structure going forward. Angelo has contributed well for us and Chandi got a hundred for us in England. In Australia he was the second-highest scorer in the tournament [Chandimal was third for Sri Lanka, one run behind Sangakkara].

"As long as we give them the right directions, by the time we leave they will be ready to take over. That's how we strike a balance building a team."

Jayawardene said that more than the runs made by the young players or their techniques, their handling of tough situations was important.

"They will produce that match-winning knock. We have to give them the freedom to go out there and express themselves," he said. "They will make mistakes, but how soon they learn from those mistakes, how they handle certain challenges thrown at them, those are the things we look for from players rather than the technique or the runs they put on the board. Those are the things we look for other than winning performances. How quickly they learn and how they identify their game."

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on July 24, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Alspo please don`t waste thirimanne at no 7..let him bat at no 5 or 6..Chandimal should play Tests too..

  • stormy16 on July 24, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    I reckon Chandi should bat at #4 in all tests as well! We cant have the next generation on the bench and this guy offers too much to sit on the bench. Not sure how the rest would fit in but Chandi must play - may be even open for a while but he must play test cricket now - not when the big 4 (over 35's) retire. I am also not sure if Mathews is batting too low - he is constantly left with the lower order to battle things out. May be bat him at 6 and Lahiru at 7 - if Lahiru is not the right guy for 7 (he is an opener) then either open with Lahiru or get a guy who can bat at 7. You cant have the next captain batting at 7 and battling with the tail!

  • swagatsawant on July 24, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Chandimal is long-term No. 4 - Jayawardene

    n

    Raina Is Long Term No. 6 - Dhoni

    Poor Guy.. Should Have Batted At 4 At Least While Yuvi Is Not Around!

  • nilb on July 24, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    @Ashwin Ganesh you are wrong. Just look at the stats of the CB series and South Africa before yapping about things you don't know. Somehow he performs well outside subcontinent and even in home conditions he failed to make big scores.

  • ooper_cut on July 24, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Jayawardene is pinning too much of his hopes on chandimal.I don't think he can ever come up to the class of Aravinda or Jayawadene, At best he can be like a Mahanama/Gurusinha. I would send him to open.

  • on July 24, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    pls no kapugedarra again

  • Udendra on July 24, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    can someone explain to me why Chandimal fails in the subcontinent and performs exceptionally abroad??

  • on July 24, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    my team 1.T perera 2.T dilshan 3.k sangakkara 4.D.chandimal 5.M jayawardena 6.A mathews 7.C kapugedara 8.J Mendis 9.N Kulasekara 10.S Senanayeka 11.L Malinga

  • Yasassri on July 24, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    No. 5,6 is suited for a player of Arjuna's, Arnold's caliber. Mahele is best suited at top order no. 3 or opening slot to get best use of him. He has played no. of years at no 4 and middle order and got out for a duck on 26 occasions, which is the 4th highest in the list all time.

  • on July 24, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    There's no doubt about that Dinesh Chandimal is a good batsmen he has been shown his talent throughout his short carrier.when we consider our opening pair we have been problem after world class batsmen Jayasuriya and Marwan Attapattu so we must have solid and hard hitting opening pair before world cup i suggest Banuka Rajapaksha and Dilshan for that position but Banuka need International experience.

  • on July 24, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Alspo please don`t waste thirimanne at no 7..let him bat at no 5 or 6..Chandimal should play Tests too..

  • stormy16 on July 24, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    I reckon Chandi should bat at #4 in all tests as well! We cant have the next generation on the bench and this guy offers too much to sit on the bench. Not sure how the rest would fit in but Chandi must play - may be even open for a while but he must play test cricket now - not when the big 4 (over 35's) retire. I am also not sure if Mathews is batting too low - he is constantly left with the lower order to battle things out. May be bat him at 6 and Lahiru at 7 - if Lahiru is not the right guy for 7 (he is an opener) then either open with Lahiru or get a guy who can bat at 7. You cant have the next captain batting at 7 and battling with the tail!

  • swagatsawant on July 24, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Chandimal is long-term No. 4 - Jayawardene

    n

    Raina Is Long Term No. 6 - Dhoni

    Poor Guy.. Should Have Batted At 4 At Least While Yuvi Is Not Around!

  • nilb on July 24, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    @Ashwin Ganesh you are wrong. Just look at the stats of the CB series and South Africa before yapping about things you don't know. Somehow he performs well outside subcontinent and even in home conditions he failed to make big scores.

  • ooper_cut on July 24, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Jayawardene is pinning too much of his hopes on chandimal.I don't think he can ever come up to the class of Aravinda or Jayawadene, At best he can be like a Mahanama/Gurusinha. I would send him to open.

  • on July 24, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    pls no kapugedarra again

  • Udendra on July 24, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    can someone explain to me why Chandimal fails in the subcontinent and performs exceptionally abroad??

  • on July 24, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    my team 1.T perera 2.T dilshan 3.k sangakkara 4.D.chandimal 5.M jayawardena 6.A mathews 7.C kapugedara 8.J Mendis 9.N Kulasekara 10.S Senanayeka 11.L Malinga

  • Yasassri on July 24, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    No. 5,6 is suited for a player of Arjuna's, Arnold's caliber. Mahele is best suited at top order no. 3 or opening slot to get best use of him. He has played no. of years at no 4 and middle order and got out for a duck on 26 occasions, which is the 4th highest in the list all time.

  • on July 24, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    There's no doubt about that Dinesh Chandimal is a good batsmen he has been shown his talent throughout his short carrier.when we consider our opening pair we have been problem after world class batsmen Jayasuriya and Marwan Attapattu so we must have solid and hard hitting opening pair before world cup i suggest Banuka Rajapaksha and Dilshan for that position but Banuka need International experience.

  • on July 24, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    I feel this guy is plainly Overrated , Lacks Proper Technique and power hitting .

  • Kavum on July 24, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Make Chandimal understudy the captaincy. Mathews is too inconsistent to lead with confidence. Better let him - AM - free his mind and bat at 4-down. We don't know how much longer he can bowl effectively at international level. He has to become a top batter or his value to the side is much less. Thisara is the same. He is a young talent who has to be carefully managed. He used to be able to bowl at 140 kph+ but now rarely touches 130. He can be a good 3rd or 4th seamer. He will have to bat at 7 if SL have a steady no.5. That is the biggest IF. Thirimanne is not yet cemented in his place. Tharanga is not ideal. SL Selectors - find us a good no. 5. You are spolit for choice.

  • Praveen_Akm on July 24, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    Good thinking. in the meantime we have to look after Thirimanne as well, he is also have good potential with him.

  • on July 24, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    This guy is really talented..he is the future of lankan cricket.Perhaps he can open with Dilshan at the top and replace tharanga with some hard hitting batsman.

  • satish619chandar on July 24, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    He is a very good potential.. Now he is getting starts and getting out at crucial times.. If he can get a couple of centuries and stay till the match finishes for a couple of times, it would do a lot to his approach towards the game.. Certainly a next gen player..

  • RAJSOMA on July 23, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    I like to ask why they keep playing Upul Tharanga? . Don't tell me somebody else is paying for him to be in the side. He has played 144 ODI and scored 4500 runs. I am sorry to say that he is not fit to play at # 9 or 10. The last Indian game he faced 60 odd balls to score 22 runs as a opener? I could get him out in 3 overs. Please Srilanka cricket board we need to build a side for the next world cup and like Mahela said ,if he along with Sanga and Dilshan leave we will not have a ODI or test side for another.......Why haven't we given the same chances to Kapugedara or someone else.

  • ReverseSweepIndia on July 23, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    He is a very good prospects for SL. I liked the way he played oversea in SA, Aus and even in Eng. Every now and then they keep on getting a mystery spinner but not a real solid bat. Chandimal is the answer I think. Good luck and I hope you enrich this elite game further.

  • on July 23, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Chandimal is long-term No. 4 - Jayawardene

  • yorkslanka on July 23, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    he needs to be blended into the team and we should limit the responsibility on his (young) shoulders too quickly..i.e allow him to flourish..A very good playr but needs to get used to top level cricket, which takes time..

  • gondal007 on July 23, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    only sangakara playing well he must need some from other end to perform well and he can built long parternship with sanga, Jawarvdna must have to play his vital role as a captian.

  • NaniIndCri on July 23, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    I do not like Chandimal for one reason, he is too much leg side player. He might get off once in a while with that kind of play but cannot be consistent for longer period of time. Robin Uthappa is an example for that. He sizzled in few games but as the bowlers found out his technique and began to bowl short outside off stump which should not be played towards leg side, he became vulnerable. I hope Chandimal does not end up in same way.

  • ruchanu93 on July 23, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    way to go Mahela :D Chandimal should be given a long run at no. 4 and Thirimanne at 6 Mathews at 7 and Thisara at 8! This is the future of Sri Lankan cricket! and players like Bhanuka Rajapaksha and Anjelo Perera should also be given chances when playing against the minnows atleast cuz as mahela correctly mentioned there is no guarantee wether the big three would play till 2015 ( i pray that they would play but u never know) so there should be others who are ready to come into the side with some exposure in the international scenario already rather than pushing some novice into the team.Tharanga has this inbuilt difficulty in dealing with a length just outside the off stump and it should be addressed sooner rather than later cuz if not that can be very disadvantageous to the team specially when planning towards the next world cup will be held in seamer friendly conditions in Aussi and New Zealand.he was dropped once and came back strngr but nw agn he is gng bk ta hs prvs wys n thts bd

  • on July 23, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    yaa right,,i dont mind loosing all the games before 2015 world cup if we gonna win it,, its the only thing matters in ODI cricket,

  • on July 23, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    He's a promising young batsman. Saw him in the South African games earlier this year and must say, he's some talent.

  • Sinhaya on July 23, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Chandimal should open with Dishan in tests and drop Paranavithana.

  • Narbavi on July 23, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    I think Chandimal can bat at any position in the top 4, but in the subcontinent Lanka need to review his batting position because he averages below 15 in the subcontinent, unusual for a player from this region, but overseas he has done well at no.4!!

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  • Narbavi on July 23, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    I think Chandimal can bat at any position in the top 4, but in the subcontinent Lanka need to review his batting position because he averages below 15 in the subcontinent, unusual for a player from this region, but overseas he has done well at no.4!!

  • Sinhaya on July 23, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Chandimal should open with Dishan in tests and drop Paranavithana.

  • on July 23, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    He's a promising young batsman. Saw him in the South African games earlier this year and must say, he's some talent.

  • on July 23, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    yaa right,,i dont mind loosing all the games before 2015 world cup if we gonna win it,, its the only thing matters in ODI cricket,

  • ruchanu93 on July 23, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    way to go Mahela :D Chandimal should be given a long run at no. 4 and Thirimanne at 6 Mathews at 7 and Thisara at 8! This is the future of Sri Lankan cricket! and players like Bhanuka Rajapaksha and Anjelo Perera should also be given chances when playing against the minnows atleast cuz as mahela correctly mentioned there is no guarantee wether the big three would play till 2015 ( i pray that they would play but u never know) so there should be others who are ready to come into the side with some exposure in the international scenario already rather than pushing some novice into the team.Tharanga has this inbuilt difficulty in dealing with a length just outside the off stump and it should be addressed sooner rather than later cuz if not that can be very disadvantageous to the team specially when planning towards the next world cup will be held in seamer friendly conditions in Aussi and New Zealand.he was dropped once and came back strngr but nw agn he is gng bk ta hs prvs wys n thts bd

  • NaniIndCri on July 23, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    I do not like Chandimal for one reason, he is too much leg side player. He might get off once in a while with that kind of play but cannot be consistent for longer period of time. Robin Uthappa is an example for that. He sizzled in few games but as the bowlers found out his technique and began to bowl short outside off stump which should not be played towards leg side, he became vulnerable. I hope Chandimal does not end up in same way.

  • gondal007 on July 23, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    only sangakara playing well he must need some from other end to perform well and he can built long parternship with sanga, Jawarvdna must have to play his vital role as a captian.

  • yorkslanka on July 23, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    he needs to be blended into the team and we should limit the responsibility on his (young) shoulders too quickly..i.e allow him to flourish..A very good playr but needs to get used to top level cricket, which takes time..

  • on July 23, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Chandimal is long-term No. 4 - Jayawardene

  • ReverseSweepIndia on July 23, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    He is a very good prospects for SL. I liked the way he played oversea in SA, Aus and even in Eng. Every now and then they keep on getting a mystery spinner but not a real solid bat. Chandimal is the answer I think. Good luck and I hope you enrich this elite game further.