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Sri Lanka ponder the Kapugedera conundrum

Abhishek Purohit in Pallekele

August 6, 2012

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Chamara Kapugedera was bowled for 10, Sri Lanka v India, tri-series, 3rd ODI, Dambulla, August 16, 2010
Chamara Kapugedera has played 92 ODIs in six and a half years © AFP
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Sri Lanka cannot seem to make up their mind about Chamara Kapugedera. His 92 ODIs have been spread over six and a half years for a disappointing average of 22.04. He has batted all the way from No. 2 to No. 9. He has gone out of the squad many times, and has made his way back again. Mahela Jayawardene spoke for almost ten minutes on Kapugedera on Monday, but the debate still remained open.

Jayawardene conceded Kapugedera had not made the most of his chances, but felt that the opportunities had not been consistent. He said Kapugedera was committed and focused during practice, but admitted he struggled to handle the pressure in a game. Jayawardene hinted that time could run out for Kapugedera eventually, but asked for some more patience given that he was still only 25.

"It is frustrating," Jayawardene said of Kapugedera's struggles. "If you see the way he bats at nets, and the way Isuru Udana bowls at nets, it's totally different, and we give them an opportunity. I don't know whether it's the occasion, whether they can't handle pressure, [but] it does not come good for them. If they cannot handle the pressure then we have to move on and give that opportunity to someone else.

"But what we see at the nets, the commitment and the attitude we feel that there is something that could spark these guys. We have had players like Marvan [Atapattu] who didn't have a great start, but people gave him opportunities and he reacted to that. Obviously if they are not performing and others come and grab hold of their chances then they will get more opportunity than guys like Chamara."

Jayawardene said Kapugedera was not being able to carry his focus in the nets to the middle and said that was something for coaches to work on. "He is still young and if he can turn a corner it'd be good. In the last World Twenty20 he was awesome for us in the Caribbean batting at No. 6 [Kapugedera made 95 runs in six games at a strike-rate of 121.79]. The talent is there, but the execution is not there and we have to identify how we can trigger that. We have to be patient. If he is struggling [then] giving him a break, obviously see if there are any other players, but if he is good we have to try him."

Jayawardene said Sri Lanka had limited resources and were looking to give chances to young players. "If you see a player like Nuwan Pradeep wasn't bowling well six months ago, but we kept him in the squad and today he is doing well.

"We try to do justice to all players. We can't throw out simply because players fail in few games. They are all young players and we need to be patient."

Jayawardene said it was the selectors' call on whether or not to persist with Kapugedera but added that opportunities had to be capitalised on. "He has not made most of the opportunities, but the opportunities have been far and few. Not consistent. But obviously if someone is fighting for a spot, whatever the opportunity you have to grab it. It's tough, it's under pressure, it's not easy, but we will see how it goes."

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Posted by Sinhaya on (August 8, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

@Harsh Joshi, ok thanks for telling me. I know Marathi is the language of Maharasthra. Yes Kapugedara blasted a six in 2006 VB series in Australia but after that he failed too much. It is a real joke! Cant compare Kapugedara with Yusuf Pathan at all.

Posted by stinger61 on (August 7, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

He's justifying Kapugedara's inclusion again!!! This is pathetic. Analogy between Marvan and this man is not practical. Marvan played in an era where the competition was less. But now, there're so many talented cricketers waiting to get in to the team. It will be a great injustice to those young players who are doing well in the domestic league. Just because he bats well in the nets, it is unfair to say he's the right man when you know that he's not man enough to handle the pressure. Why India got into the top of the world is because they filled every spot with match winners. A player as good as Harbhajan can't find the place in this Indian team and that makes perfect sense. Sadly in our team there are only 5-6 match winners. I didn't know that to get into the SL team you need be a favorite of Mahela / Sanga. Happens only in Sri Lanka !!!!

Posted by ranuk on (August 7, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

Sanga is backing up Kapu and Mahela is covering Kapu for the friendship with Sanga.

Posted by nmdasaya on (August 7, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

there are many others in da line who should get da chance . "but felt that the opportunities had not been consistent." it is because he was selected by asanth de mel only! when he is inchrage kapu has a guranteed place.

Posted by nilb on (August 7, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

When I saw the flowing shots in Kapugedara's debut series in Australia, we all thought he's the future much same as we're looking at Chandimal and Thirimanne now. His batting average is in the 20s, but Mahela is dead right in saying chances Kapugedara's had are not consistent.. This says the 92 one dayers he had are spread over 6 years. You can't expect the guy to perform by including him in a match once in a blue moon at number 6 giving last few overs to play. Those who urge to try new guys a chance will say the same things they say about Kapu for them later.

Posted by WPDDESILVA on (August 7, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

This is why Sri Lanka is not top of the world. You have to be ruthless and selfish when it comes to chances. Do you think Aussie or South Africa would have given a player 92 chances to come good? No! It's not how you bat in nets or the talent you possess, it's about performance in the middle! I hope Sri Lankans will some day realise how rubbish Kapugedara is and what a waste of place that someone could have utilise the opportunity. Of course SL will never learn!! Good luck Mahela.

Posted by ---lasitha--- on (August 7, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

why not play him as an opener, dilshan is 35+ and not in the same class as thilan, sanga,mahela

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

There's no conundrum. just drop him please

Posted by KingOwl on (August 7, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

Mahela has basically said the same thing I commented yesterday on the other page! The problem is that he has not done well even in A matches, where he does get consistent places. Unless he makes big runs in A matches, he should not get a position. Now, the question is of course are there other options? Yes, there are. They may not have as much talent, but may have the right temperament. Look at Thisara Perera - he is not exceptionally talented. Good all rounder, but kicks 'above his weight', consistently.

Posted by Test-is-the-best on (August 7, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

Earllier I thought Kapugedara would be our next Jayasuriya.. Even Jayasuriya hasnot got good record until 1993 when he was promoted as the Opener. He has got 19 odd runs per inning as a middle order batsmen. Kapu too has got 22 odd per inning. However He has not shown any promising display against swinging bowlers like Zaheer. Its time to say good bye to Kapu. Let try out Dilshan Munaweera/Angelo Perera /Roshen Silva/Bahanuka Rajapaksha or Sachithra Serasinge

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

Kapugedara is a talented player.but no luck with bat.i think in future he will perform well

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

and i saw mahela was saying about marvan atapattu, u cant compare great player like him with kapugedara who havent score a single century, and marvan was low scorer in his earlier matches but he never failed like kapu for a 6 nd half years

Posted by ameen85 on (August 7, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

92 ODIs in 6 years is too much.. SL cricket have the habit of giving chances despite of their poor performances. We had Arnold, Chandana etc.. in the list and now kapu, chamara silva and Dilhara. SOmehow on of these three will make in the squad in every single series. They perform well in Domestic but fail in international level. Players like Eranga,Jeewan Mendis,Ajantha Mendis, Maharaoof,Bhanuka etc. have been ignored continuously who have already showed their class in school level,domestic level and international level as well. SL cricket is heading without a proper head. loosing home series and away....

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

really.......?????....more chances....good luck'll need it...

Posted by KEVINSL on (August 7, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

its difficult to understand kapu's performance in these days. he was a what a right handed batsman for Dharmaraja College Kandy. he proved it in his first international appearance in Australia.i dont want to question about his talents but certainly need some motivation for him and lack of handle the pressure probably cost him lot.

Posted by ghtvnath on (August 7, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

I believe that he should be given chance again in a low degree series such as Vs Zim, Vs Bang etc. Bangladesh fans, please dont get furious with me.I know your team is improving but I am telling for the comments' sake.Then that will give him less pressure and may be give the confidence to perform in the higher stage.For some reason, I believe we are yet to witness the best of Kapu.

Posted by vallavarayar on (August 7, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

Kapugedera usually plays well, for the opposition. It's folly to expect him to ever perform cor Sri lanka.

Posted by thegaffoor on (August 7, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

Kapugedara has interesting Test stats, Matches 8, Innings 15, No out 3, Total runs 418, HS 96, Avg 34.83, 50's 4. He should be played in more test matches first.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

Kapu has not capitalized his chances for sure.. but what we need to look at on him his talent and power. And he is fantastic fielder and still 25. So simply we cant ignore his talent. In most of the matches, he came to bat in difficult situations. I He should be given chance to open the batting and that position to be evaluated.

Posted by DilumSL on (August 7, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

well it's all Mahela and the management's fault lead Kapu to become a failure. when Kapu first made his international career I thought he will be the future. but he didn't get much opportunities at that period when he was in good form. They put him in No 7 which is not a position for a good batsman. but in that position sometimes he did his best for the team. If he was given a proper position like no 4 or 5 he would have become a top class cricketer. may be now it's too late. I'm really glad that they gave Chandimal that opportunity. But they are doing the same thing they did to Kapu to Thirimanne. he is not a No 7 batsman. If they can't give him a solid place then keep him in squad. he can wait until Sanga or Maela retires. BTW I still believe in Kapu. One day he will prove himself

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

He is up and coming talented guy. we should give him more chance atleast another 3 world cup. see mahela was mentioning Kapu was good on nets. HELLO? Now, after SIX disappointing years,merely 45 matches' old dinesh chandimal scored two centuries,and 8 halfs. Kapugedara recent matches including Zimbabwe A . 15 in those 3 ducks against mighty Zimbabwe A.So, what to do with kapugedera? Is it time to ignore him and look for new exiting players? what about MAHROOF genuine allrounder. No!!! he is not from the Postal code of the rest of the players. or he should change his postal code? I wonder why these people are so much worried of Kapugedara. He has given more than enough chances and failed.It is ridiculous to argue that his poor performances are due to the fact he was batting low down the order. Angelo Mathews or Jeewan Mendis does a great job batting down the order but Kapugedara never did.People were so harsh on Kandamby who was not given a half of the chances.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

wel chamra hasn't been playin wel.chance for bhanuka rajapaksa should be given bye cheers

Posted by Logical_Voice_SL_Cricket on (August 7, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

NOoooo kapugedera!... please! if he does well in the SLPL he def deserves a chance in the world T20... but as of now...NO! he probably used all his chances which was 92 ODIs with a 22 average! really dude? u r a professional cricketer! are u really incapable of producing a better average than 22 ? apparently according to mahela a guy with a lot of talent in the nets! so why are u constantly failing when sri lanka needs u the most...i think kapugederas failiure in the 5 th ODI cost us the match... we had overs left but ran out of bats man... maybe kapu needs to practice a lil bit more and maybe goto the gym at least once a week... my team for the T20 today is Dilshan, thirimanna, Chandimal, Mahela, Upul tharanga, Mathews, thisara perera, Jeewan Mendis, AJANTHA MENDIS, Nuwan predeep, Malinga .

i would like to get feed back form other fans! what do u think ?" what do u think abt the batting Order ?

OOHHH and where the heck is Ajantha Mendis???? why is he not playing for sri lanka?

Posted by Meherdeen on (August 7, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

What's the big deal with Mr. Jayawardenal. Why Kapugedara and Chamara Silva? Now its high time to discard them. We have given more and more chances but no result. We have enough new talents as we have seen during the Pakistan & Indian Tours. Persist with the young guys they will perform.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

he is rohit sharma of sri lanka.....rohit sharma kapugedera ,bopara these all guys score in domestic matches n nets but big failures at intl level....

Posted by hawkeye30 on (August 7, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

Chamara Kapugedera has the talent and is an aggressive bats man. I agree with mahela. But what is important is, whether the opportunities are few and far you got to make it. You cannot compare Marvan Attapattu and this guy. Marvan was a class player. At this level where you represent your country there is no room for average players. Chamara Im afraid has got many opportunities but has not delivered. Its time to look else where. If not there is some thing really wrong with Mahela's thinking. He might be a candidate for the T20 WC. but again if given a chance to play a game I hope he performs for the sake of Sri Lanka Cricket. Yes its time to give banuka Rajapakse a break. And I sincerely hope there is not going to be a return of Jehan Mubarak!!!!

Posted by PHANTOM-X on (August 7, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

"He has not made most of the opportunities, but the opportunities have been far and few. - Mahela Jayawardena. He has played 92 O.D.I's for Sri Lanka...and Mahela calls it "far and few"....Because of Chamara Kapugedara & Chamara Silva ,some talented players didn't get enough chance : Indika De saram, Chinthaka Jayasinghe, Bhanuka Rajapakse,Jeevan Mendis ( didn't get enough chances), Dinesh Chandimal (should have played the last world cup)

Posted by Udendra on (August 7, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

So you will keep on persisting with him, while some other talented player will be kept on the sidelines? what absurdity!

Posted by ca2ca on (August 7, 2012, 5:48 GMT)

Six and half years and 92 ODI's with 22 average. Is there any other SL player who got so many chances and being continuosly a flop ? I can not forget his sloppy fielding in last WC final against India. This guy got some strong backing (Selectors, politicians) otherwise no way he is in the team. Sad but this SL cricket at the moment. Merely hopeless.

Posted by Bushman on (August 7, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

Something is radically wrong with Sri Lanka's thinking if they want to persist with Kapugedara. Sri Lankan selectors and the Captain are not being competitive and trying to get the best into the team but creating positions for unproductive players and this appear to be favoritism for reasons best known to themselves. In fact I would drop Malinga who is serving only the interests of Indian cricket. Upul Tharanga is unproductive, might as well give an opportunity to a youngster. Even Mahela has been unproductive as a Captain and a player. It is time to prepare for the future with an entirely new team under Angelo Matthew. Out of the senior players only Sangakkara deserves a place in the team. Sri Lanka also need to think radically and find suitable spinners. Pace bowlers on their own has never won won matches for Sri Lanka. Word of advice to the board; Do not be under obligation to either players or politicians . You will never be able to showcase Sri Lankan cricket. More to follow.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

Time up for CK. I agree with sajhera. This is enough, and plenty of young talent is waiting in Sri Lanka A team.

Posted by caromball on (August 7, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

Enough is enough with Kapugedara and Chamara Silva.We don't want to see them in the side anymore.Please give the oppertunities to the youngsters who ar knocking at the door.Thirimanne and Bhanuka Rajapaksha will be very much better than theese guys.No Favourism Please.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 4:57 GMT)

this all faith in him just b coz he smashed brett lee for few sixes when he first appeared in national side in austalia , thats all he did and he got 92 odi's and still counting,, no one can say he didnt get chances consistently , he gotta chance to play a whole series 2nd strength indian side and zimbabwe side in 2010,, he did nothing and in the same tour chandimal got a 100 in his very 2nd match,, if are talented enough to success in international level even a here and there 92 odi's is more than enough to make an impact, , high time to accept the fact that he just dont have it,, say good bye to kapugedara, and he should probably think abt a career in modeling and leave the cricket, thats the best thing he can do for SL cricket,,

Posted by Marcian on (August 7, 2012, 4:57 GMT)

I reckon Chamara Kapugedera should be given a continuous run for the next 10 years: A minimum of 300 ODIs, 100 Test matches and 75 T20s. There's no doubt that he will blossom into one of the finest cricketers of all-time; he only needs an infinite number of chances to prove that he's a highly skilled batsman with the temperament of Alan Border, Jacques Kallis and Rahul Dravid rolled into one. In fact, he should be appointed captain for the next world cup in 2015. *Tongue-in-cheek*

Posted by Amar_Teddy on (August 7, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

Remember this guy play IPL 1 final and lose the game for CSK..Decent player but Rohit Sharma looks more promising than him..There has been a lot of middle order players who are good to get into the team but can't kick on..Kandamby, Chamara Silva, Kapugedara,Thirumanne, Dilruvan Perera etc come to my mind..Sri Lanka had this same issue in early 2000's..u always had Arnold, Dilshan,Indika de saram etc not fulfilling the potential..So Kapu if he improves his bowling can get some games and kick on like Arnold or Dilshan..

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

@Sinhaya - Kapus means cotton too in Marathi(Sachin Tendulkar's mother tongue)....i remember a young Kapugedera hitting huge sixes coming at 7 against Australia in VB Series 2006...he has been in & out just like Yusuf Pathan & should be given a couple of series before showing him the door !

Posted by Ultra_Sl_Cricket on (August 7, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

Great words by Mahela Jayawardane. But surely Kapugedara has been proved useless to the team during his 92 games.

Posted by Htc-Android on (August 7, 2012, 3:32 GMT)

@ Atif haarif. please no more tharanga for t20s. sri lanka should try an explosive batsmen from the domestic circuit.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 3:30 GMT)

*"" No. 6 [Kapugedera made 95 runs in six games at a strike-rate of 121.79]. The talent is there,... ""

NO TALENT.... it just good inning ( vs. india) other 5 nothing.

*""[Atapattu] who didn't have a great start,..""

his 1st 6 inning only , then he was one of our best ... for this man have over 80-85 miss chansses.

SRI LANKA HAVE Many Many TALENT cricketers but no CONTACT.

Posted by Rockstar123 on (August 7, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

@ binoyb mate atleast Rohit Sharma has scored 2-3 centuries with a 30+ avg...this guys avg is just above 20......:P

Posted by Sam_k14 on (August 7, 2012, 3:17 GMT)

Kapugedara has been nothign but disappointing. He should not be anywhere near the SL squad. He should pursure his modelling career, if there is any such thing. There are enough talenter cricketers and this individual is a waste of time and a terrible waste of space. Good bye Kapugedara. it was nice seeing you and hopefullly we wont see you again.

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 7, 2012, 3:13 GMT)

Kapugedera is a terrific fielder.. For a T20 game, he can bat at 7/8 and add more value as a fielder.. Anyway, SL's 11 should be Dilshan, Mahela, Chandimal, Mathews, Thirimanne, Perera, Jeevan, Kapugedera, Malinga, Herath/Senanayake, Prasad..

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 2:53 GMT)

how can you call 92 odi's fat and few opportunities ? i sense some favouritism on mahela's part.... thirimanne chandimal matthews mendis the middle order is more than good enough there is no need of kapugedera even chamara silva is better than him...and with mahela opening in t20 i think upul tharanga will be a good addition to the middle order

Posted by Tusker17 on (August 7, 2012, 1:47 GMT)

Going by his own theories, CK is utter nonsence!

Posted by sajhera on (August 7, 2012, 1:38 GMT)

All media people ask about Kapu and mehela said he performed well in premier league its a lie he is in the bottom in the list.Favourites KAPUGEDARA(TWO DUCKS AND 8 in Sri lankan A tour and also last ODI vs India only 8) giving 92 chances is more than enough. But no chances for informed players and young players, its a shame.chinthaka jayasinghe who scored 740 runs with a strike rate 115 bat ave 56.92 in the Premier League Tournament 2011/2012 is very very unlucky.(his international T20 ave 49 with a strike rate 100) and also all-rounder Maharoof is a leading run scorer in premier league one day tournament. Sri lankan cricket selection committee has no idea to identify the talent and the potential of the players.

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 7, 2012, 0:53 GMT)

For god sake drop Kapugedara (means cottonhouse when you translate the name into English)! He is a total failure and just try someone else. Surely Bhanuka Rajapaksa can be given a chance??

Posted by binoyb on (August 7, 2012, 0:35 GMT)

srilanka's rohit sharma = it doesn't matter whether there's talent, it should come out when it matters. Walk the Walk as they say

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