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'Mahela may have to lead till 2015' - Dilshan

Kanishkaa Balachandran in Colombo

June 15, 2012

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Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan added 86 for the fourth wicket, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pallekele, June 9, 2012
Tillakaratne Dilshan: "I think Mahela will have to shoulder the burden till the next World Cup" © AFP
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Tillakaratne Dilshan, the Sri Lanka batsman, has said the current captain Mahela Jayawardene may have to lead till the 2015 World Cup in order to provide sufficient time for a successor to be groomed.

Angelo Mathews, the 25-year-old allrounder, is widely seen as a leading candidate to take over when Jayawardene steps down. Mathews has established himself in all three formats, but has struggled with injuries during his three-year career. Dilshan cautioned against thrusting the leadership on Mathews too soon.

"You can't give someone the captaincy all of a sudden. He (Mathews) has to be groomed under a good captain for two to three years," Dilshan said after a training session at the R Premadasa Stadium. "Not just on how to handle things on the field, but also off the field. Those are some of the things I learned. It's not easy, mind you. I hope Angelo will be a good captain, but he has time. He has to work under Mahela.

"Kumar [Sangakkara], Mahela and I are nearing our retirement age. After the next World Cup we would be gone. I think Mahela will have to shoulder the burden till the next World Cup."

Dilshan also defended his decision to step down as captain five months ago, following the tour of South Africa. He had never spoken publicly about the main reasons for quitting and said he wanted to remain tight-lipped about it till he gives up the game.

"There were many reasons for me to step down. I don't like to discuss them at this point as I am still involved in the game," Dilshan said. "But when I retire I will reveal why I quit."

Dilshan took over as captain from Kumar Sangakkara after the 2011 World Cup, led his team on tours to England, the UAE [against Pakistan] and South Africa and at home against Australia. His captaincy came under severe criticism as Sri Lanka lost both the Test and ODI series against all the four countries.

His form with the bat also dipped during his captaincy. Dilshan led Sri Lanka in 11 Tests since May 2011, of which his team won one Test and lost five. His own average during his tenure was 33.60, well below his overall average of 40.89. In the same period, he led in 21 ODIs, winning eight and losing 13. His batting suffered even more on the ODI front, as he averaged 20.95 against his overall figure of 34.68.

"At that point, with the way things were going, I felt that it's good to give up the captaincy and concentrate on my game," Dilshan said. "During that eight-month period I learned a lot of things. That experience taught me who people were. I think it was the right decision to step down."

Dilshan said he was the only realistic choice to captain Sri Lanka after Jayawardene and Sangakkara both had leadership stints. Mathews, who was named vice-captain before the home series against Australia last year, wasn't seen to be experienced enough to take over the leadership. Dilshan said he accepted the role because of the lack of options. Jayawardene took over for his second stint at the helm early this year before the one-day tour of Australia.

"I didn't want the captaincy and back then no one wanted to take over the captaincy," Dilshan said. "There was no leader and that prompted me to take over the leadership."

Reflecting on the positives of his captaincy, Dilshan said winning the Durban Test, Sri Lanka's first Test win in South Africa, gave him tremendous satisfaction.

"When I took over as captain, I wanted to give younger players opportunities. Most players made most of those opportunities and I am glad that those players are taking the initiative these days to win us games. That's my biggest achievement as Sri Lanka captain. The other thing that I look back with fondness is being able to win a Test match in South Africa which no captain has been able to do. Even that ODI series in South Africa we could have won, but we lost unfortunately due to rain."

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Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

simple mathwes rocks no matter what other says

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

well there was noreason to drop dilshan as captain he did weel as far as captaincy is concernes but now after t20worldcup mathwes should be made permanent t20 captaion and make him bat @3 in t20 4 @odis and 5 at tests.for me after jayasuriya and mahela he is the best srilankan cricker ever.

Posted by Urajapakse on (June 18, 2012, 5:24 GMT)

Very true. Hope our 'foolish SLC' realize the importance in this & allow MJ to continue until 2015.

After Arjuna (Unfortunately Ranjan didn't have a long stint, otherwise would have been the best ), Mahela is the best captain SL has produced by far. He deserves it from all angles.

Anjelo has time to learn under him & will do a good job with experience. Dilshan has become mature & same thing happened to our 'legend-Ara' at the beginning.

All the best TO YOU, 'our lions'. Keep the SL FLAG HIGH.

Posted by   on (June 17, 2012, 23:52 GMT)

he is correct..But we should groom a one anyway..By the time our 3 great retires Chandi,Mathews , Bhanuka ,Thirimanne , Tissara will be world class..More youngsters are coming through too..Upul , Kula will be there too

Posted by lesterloyd on (June 17, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

Dilshan as a Nation v luv u man.. I dont think Mathews can be a good captain coz he's struggling to find his place, i would say he shud b dropped,even he struggled at IPL. Perera is enough as a All Rounder.

Posted by K.D.Eranda on (June 17, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

No blames for Dili but the SL cricket board must take the blame. the rubbish decisions they make cause SL cricket. and the involvement of president and his family to the cricket make it worst. decision has to made by some one who knows about cricket very well and not the politicians. hope SL cricket will be strong day by day under the captaincy of Mahela and there will be a day to take the captaincy responsibility for Mathews and he will be good enough to lead the team.

Posted by iknowsports on (June 17, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

Yeah,Dilla is right but mathews is gonna need play at no.4 or n0.3 cuz you can't have a captain playing 2 or 3 runs and bowling 3 overs!!

and mathews got to play...C'mon man u were our match winner but now it's perera. u are the v.captain play up wi llya????

What's gotten in to u????

Posted by Rafelgibt on (June 16, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

I dont think Matthews would be a good choice for captaincy of SL........He got the injury problem....Then his commitment towards the game as his intention is more clear to play in IPL rather than country.....It was clear out when he found to bowl in IPL without worrying of his current injury.......At that time SL cricket board also showed their unhappiness regarding the issues.........So, I think CHANDIMAL might be a good choice.......

Posted by Lahori_Munde on (June 16, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

@Vihanga Vithanage-dude give it a rest. The next worldcup is 3 years away. lol. And it's Aussies who're favorite. I wouldn't be even surprised if Bangladesh does better then SL. Look at your team's current record. @Mayan Priyadarshana-Yeah Mate, those Indians have repeatedly destroyed SL. They're ok against Aussies, but the mammoth against SL.

Posted by c3vzn on (June 16, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

After Mahela goes, Matthews should be captain with Chandimal vice.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

Giving responsibility for Mathews in the batting order, say let him bat at no:3 in ODI's and push sangakkara as a finisher and engage him in a crusual role for Sl to make others feel that he as apt to take up responsibility.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

Dilshan didn't do any thing bad in any match he captained.it was our batting(including dilshans batting)let our team down,but they came to a grove in the SA series.it is tough for a team to prepare(mentally) to face southafrica when they are struggling as a team but dilshan done the impossible and won a test match for us.and southafricans admitted our bowling was superb in the first test.but Dilshan was not lucky i feel very sorry for him.COME ON DIDLI CONCENTRATE ON YOUR BATTING YOU ARE ALWAYS OUR HERO

Posted by   on (June 16, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

totally agree with @dimuth hewagamage give chance to mathews @no.4 let him score a century in odis and then see how good player he is

Posted by Sobat on (June 16, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

I beleve Dil was the most unlucky captian for Sri Lanka sens test Status. He took over in a dam hard time where nothing was hapaning for Sri Lanka where problems was the only thing was comming from all ends.... he sacrifised him self for the hard days and when things were getting better organized he was ask to Leave the Job.........

Posted by rukii on (June 16, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

Angelo might be a good captain but being a all-rounder and busy schedule he will struggle with injuries. so if he takes the captaincy he should give up bowling or a format(test). upul tharanga will be more consistent but not sure he will be a good captain. but at least we should give him a chance.

Posted by Bruisers on (June 16, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

First let Mathews cement his place in all formats and then think about captaincy. He has done reasonably well, but under pressure he has failed to deliver the goods. They say he is a class act but only time will tell.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

@Oceanic . dude give it a rest. The next worldcup is 3 years away. lol. SL and SA r favourites already. India doesnt stand a chance in those bouncy tracks in AUS and NZ.i m being honest not hostile. ( eg:- CB series)

Posted by   on (June 16, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

Thisara number 1 will be great competition

Posted by   on (June 16, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

Totally agree with Dilshan! Mahela should lead till 2015

Posted by   on (June 16, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

Even if Mahela continues until 2015 and handover the captaincy to Angelo (provided he remains fit) it does not matter. The main concerns will be Angelo's fitness in the long run in all forms of games and whether he can own a place in test team as a batsman. Even if he regains his full bowling fitness I cannot see him fit in as a genuine allrounder at test level going by his test bowling record. Even before those injuries started appearing he looked very ordinary at test level. He has not taken more than a wicket in any test innings. He can bowl tight and hold one end up allowing main bowlers some breathing space. So he has to establish himself as a batting allrounder or as a pure batsman who can bat at No. 5 or 6. He showed that he can bat in the last test against England but that should keep continuing to prove that. In ODIs I have no problem making him captain because he is a more than useful wicket taking bowler and a very useful batsman. But fitness will be of prime importance.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

@ Oceanic, in cb series we beaten australia 4 out of 7, and in 2010 series we beaten them 2-1, so in last 10 matches in australia, we beaten them 6 out of 10, and thats why i said we played better than aus in australia, also we beaten them in t20, yea we lost 2011 wc final to india, thats wt i mean by making it to final and losing to a ordinary team,got it?

Posted by   on (June 16, 2012, 6:32 GMT)

Let's hope he lasts till 2015 worldcup...he is argubly in the best form of his life...but he is 35 and worldcup is 3 years away. Last thing you want in the world cup is a captain who is burden on the team

Posted by   on (June 16, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

let mathews bat at no4!!!

Posted by Kays789 on (June 16, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

@Oceanic: looks like you were watching something else entirely mate. australia thumped the heck out of india all summer long, not SL. and yes they were pretty darn fortunate to win the commonwealth bank tournament having been outplayed by SL for much of that tour.

Posted by Sinhabahu on (June 16, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

@DCDC, how much did Dilshan score in his previous match?

Posted by   on (June 16, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

dilly is correct, mathews doesn't have enough experiences, & he is not a good player like smith.with his injuries he can't be a great captain in this years, but he should work hard. his batting figures r not much good as we expected.

Posted by jtggrehhtrhtrht on (June 16, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

cant mohammed yousaf be srilankans captain or kamran akmal or sachin tendulkar

Posted by bharath74 on (June 16, 2012, 3:12 GMT)

Angelo will learn and is gr player. Better to groom a young captain

Posted by Balumekka on (June 16, 2012, 3:00 GMT)

@Sarath: Totally agree with you. In addition to your list, people like Sajeewa Wijekoon were not given chance till the age of 34, that too due to the injury of Herath. They should have given a chance to Sajeewa, who was at the very top of his career, 8-9 years back. If the selectors really wanted, they could have used him and Herath intermittently as the supporting bowlers to Murali. At least they should make sure that same will not happen to people like Banuka Rajapakshe.

Posted by Lahori_Munde on (June 16, 2012, 2:40 GMT)

@Mayan Priyadarshana, Not sure if you watched the same games that the rest of us did, but Austaralia defeated SL comprehensively. Also to ensure you that India destroyed SL in 2011 WC final and who can forget that assualt by India to chase 300+ score in around 35 overs to knock SL down...:)

Posted by Prem2248 on (June 16, 2012, 2:25 GMT)

the importance of bringing in prospective youngsters into the Team at regular basis by dropping all under performing seniors. We can't carry on like this manner with these reckless, sticky-footed seniors whose consistency rates are 1 out of 10 innings played at present. They have no clue when they get caught on lively pitches against quality bowlers; even in Bangladesh in January 2009 it was Murali's batting that saved us from humiliation, leave alone their performances in Eng, SA & AUS. The Selectors may ignore these vital facts but we as fans it is very difficult to digest these under-performing seniors being continuously employed as top order batters at a time one can find dozens of better quality batters of Samaraweera's & Atpattu's grade. Even Bradman like a player has to be forced to retire at the correct age (35) even if he was performing well by replacing them with the talented young players flowing in at regular basis.

Posted by Prem2248 on (June 16, 2012, 2:23 GMT)

Angelo Mathews is not just an all-rounder, he, Chandimal& Thirimanne are the best and the most complete batsmen of this whole lot, maintained consistency from very young age. They should be employed in no. 3, 4, 5 positions. Mathews has been wasted down in the order and was very lucky to be cached the selectors' eyes early cos he could bowl too a bit unlike, other brilliant batsmen,(Kausal Silva, Rosen Silva, Dimuth, Angelo Perera, Bhanuka,Ashen Silva,Romesh Buddhika, Gayan Maneshan,Kanishka Amarasinghe, All-Rounders:Udara Jayasundara, Chathuranga de Silva, Sachithra Serasinghe UmeshKarunarathna, Charith Jayampathi,Geeth Alwis,.. the selectors have purposely ignored or rather ignorant of the in-born talent in these youngsters who have been maintaining consistency since their very young age as 15 and can easily replace all aging seniors. Selectors appointed should have some intelligence or should be enlightened (TO BE CNTD.)

Posted by energydil on (June 16, 2012, 1:22 GMT)

The management should not eye on Angelo only, but several others. This will be more sustainable and long term planning. Seniority must not be a prerequisite for Captaincy. Even if some one has matured to lead the team and give leadership with 10 International appearance, he should be given an opportunity.

Posted by mcsdl on (June 16, 2012, 1:10 GMT)

Mahela is too old & will be 38 by the time of next worldcup. He is most likely gonna be a liability in batting order as the age effects reflexes. Angelo will be 28 by then and will be at a good age and experienced enough to lead to worldcup glory. Angelo has all it takes to be a great captain. He has done it in junior levels. He has won lot of tense games at senior level. Mahela should step down from ODI captaincy soon & Angelo should take over. It might not be a smooth ride to start with, but who cares as long as Sri Lankans come good at the time of worldcup as they usually do. Best thing to do is keep Mahela as Test captain for bit longer and give opportunity to Angelo in ODIs. Angie may not be the best batsman or best bowler, but he is a decent all rounder with a balanced mindset & surely will be a great captain given the opportunity. but when you have failed egos like Dilshan & even a living in the past glories guy like Sanga in the team it will be a challenge..!

Posted by couchpundit on (June 15, 2012, 23:55 GMT)

@Cricket Nns - > This is not apples to apples comparison. Can you say If S.A. has bowlers like morkel and steyn, why cant other countries have such bowlers?

Firstly Greame smith was a batsmen and S.A Cricket board was willing to give him long rope when they instated him as captain.

Angelo Mattews is an all rounder why owuld you burden him with Captaincy?

There is a reason why S.A. board didnt give captaincy to Kallis, get me?!!

Posted by DCDC on (June 15, 2012, 23:28 GMT)

Dilshan is absolutely right. Mathews has to prove his worth in the team and show he is a match winner. Right now he is a liability ?. He is a player back by the media, not by the facts and numbers.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 23:24 GMT)

Graeme Smith started captaining South Africa when he was 22, and he was and is very succesful. Then why can't Mathews captain SL even though he's nearing 25?! You can't judge a captain just from one match.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 22:52 GMT)

I completely agree with Dilshan. Angelo Mathews is a good player and has the potential of becoming the future captain but there's still a long way to go for him. He has a lot to learn but with the help of the 3 senior players, Sanga, Dilshan and Mahela, he can be groomed properly. One thing which Dilshan said really made me sad that himself and Sanga and Mahela are all reaching their retirement age. Although Sanga is still on 33, Dilshan and Mahela can retire anytime. That's sad because they're the 3 most consistent and best batsmen Sri Lanka has ever seen. I hate age. -.- Anyway, let's hope Angelo Mathews can take over the job and become a successful captain like Mahela and Sanga.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 22:25 GMT)

Whoever is to be captain should be supremely fit because you cannot have the captain breaking down every other game. Matthews should first sort out the injury issues and then show some substantial performance with bat or ball. The world cup is not all that far away and this is not the right time to start trying experiments. Mahela would only be 38 then and it could be the right time to retire with a grand finale. Dilshan wouldn't come back as captain. Once bitten, twice shy.

Posted by Rodrigo7 on (June 15, 2012, 21:38 GMT)

You're absolutely correct Dilly, your opinion is very realistic and practical. Mahela should continue as captain towards the next world cup....

Posted by WTEH on (June 15, 2012, 21:12 GMT)

Yes, well said Dilshan. It looks like Mahela is the only choice till 2015 world Cup. Tough conditions for Sri Lanka, so we need the best leadership and hopefully the best team.

Posted by SLMaster on (June 15, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

Mahela and Sanga are the only two players in the best position to lead the SL team for next five year. But that can change. Angelo have to pull his game together. Thisara will have a supporting role under Angelo's captaincy.

Posted by LeoE on (June 15, 2012, 20:56 GMT)

If Mahela has to lead the side till 2015, he will have to decide what he is going to do with Kumar Sangakkara, who continues to fail with the bat. Its a case of one good innings in six or seven attempts. may be he should swap positions with Mathews or even Tissara, just to see how the younsters would perform up the order. If one of them succed, we would have a hard hitting, quick scoring partner for Chandimal. Both Mathews and Tissara are two match winners, who can turn a game around with big hitting and superb running between the wickets. But they dont get more than five overs to bat on average. They should be tried up the order, and not wasted at six or seven. Actually, Kumar at this age of 34 is not going to perform with the bat after keeping wickets for 50 overs. Selectors must give him more rest, and not send him out at No. 3

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

yea go with mahela, we've been playing in australia so well in last two series, we played better than australia in australia, if we can repeat those performance in aus 2015 we will be the favorites to make it to final and loss again to one ordinary team like in 2011

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (June 15, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

In order to be captain of a team, people must look up to you. That means, you must be either one of the best bowlers on your team (Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Kumble, Vettori, etc) or one of the best batsman on your team (Ponting, Gayle, Strauss, Misbah, etc.). I really don't see Matthews on either and I can't see Perera unless he can work on his bowling more. If Perera can become that seamer that Sri Lanka has been looking for (and Based on his last bowling performance against Pakistan, I have no doubt he has the ability), I can see Perera becoming a captain. When it comes to Matthews, he really just has to work on his batting. He can't bowl fast due to being prone to injuries, and thus will never really pose a big threat to batsman in Tests. His batting though is pretty subpar at the moment. His maturity levels are quite developed however.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

Sinhaya: Lets not get too excited about Thisara. He is still a lower order big hitter who on a given day in an ODI can come up with a rich haul of wickets because batsmen cannot afford to play the waiting game for long. Also to be captain one needs to gain lot experience beforehand by playing under different conditions. He needs to secure a permanent slot in the test team as an allrounder. That will not be so easy. Time will tell whether he is capable of that. My opinion is that he will not reach that state but will be a very useful allrounder in ODIs with occasional appearance in test team but nothing more than that.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

Yap Mahela has a good personality to manage all the players off and on the field.I think he will continue his captaincy before retirement...He is world class captain as well as batsman.........

Posted by ErangaI on (June 15, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

I dont think Mathews is matured enough to be the SL captain yet even in ODI format. We have overpromissed to him & now the guy is not performing. With Thissara Perera developping as an all rounder, in future even a place for Mathews in the playing 11 is doubtful. He is hiding behind the "Finisher" role & not comming up to perform high...

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

Dilshan is the most suitable player for the next captaincy.matthews is out of form now and failed to score even a half century for a long time.during IPL series he failed to score a half century.under this situation if he lead the side then what will happen ?

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 15, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

@Cricket Nns, Sri Lanka has a great future. Forgot Thisara Perera? We even have plenty of promising bowlers like Sachithra Senanayake, Roshan Jayatissa, Nuwan Pradeep along with other great batsmen like Bhanuka Rajapakse, Angelo Perera, Sachithra Serasinghe and Dimuth Karunaratne and many more!

Posted by Prem2248 on (June 15, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

If they were going to carry on till the next WC then we (the fans)will have to abandon following SLan Cricket. KhausalS, Angelo Perera, Bhanuka, RosenS, AshenS, Gayan Maneshan, DimuthK, SSerasinghe, Jehan Jayasuriya.. they all are top grade batters of Atapattu's, Samaraweera's class & elegance who can easily replace the 3 very inconsistent seniors whose performances outside the country are very pathetic to describe. The Country needs batters who can play risk-free innings on all kinds of surfaces against all types of bowlers.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

If Mahela plays till 2015, there is no better person than Mahela to captain Sri Lanka. Master tactician he is

Posted by Udendra on (June 15, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

i thaught SLC has prohibited players from speaking to the media. then, we wouldnt be hearing these obtuse stuff.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

Mahela to lead SL in the 2015 WC? One of the best news ive heard recently

Posted by Prema1948 on (June 15, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

It's high time for all inconsistent seniors, known for reckless hitting, to get themselves dropped without falling to the level of SJ. There is noway they could carry on till the next WC. The healthy continuity of the Game is more precious rather than the personal interests. If there were no incentives created for prospective youngsters, the standard of the Game going down hill cannot be prevented. It is a gross error on the part of selectors to ignore & prevent a World's top grade player like Samaraweera from playing International Cricket. It is S'weera type of dependable youngsters who have total control over their stroke-play that's needed to play, all forms of Cricket. The batters picked should have the skills to survive under trying circumstances without possessing those basics no team can maintain any form of consistency. Though most of us aren't aware, we have hardly won a single home series apart from Bangladesh since 2007 after A'patu was removed from the top order.

Posted by buddhikapm on (June 15, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

i feel thirimanna is showing some charechters to become the future cptain.it needs time...he is a good target to be trained as the captain

Posted by asithaSL on (June 15, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

I don't think, Mahela ll agree to dis, He needed to step down as captain from a year, Still, 3 more years to go for the WC, so enough time for new captain to make his team ready to WC. Mathews , Taranga , Kulasekara got experience I guess Mathews d best choice. SLPL ll give us some idea of captancy skill of them

Posted by Shuresh29 on (June 15, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

Dilshan didnt show any quality & personality as a caption. under his captaincy only Srilanka scored a lowest total. Angelo Mathews has good experience as caption in various level. so dilshan dosent have rights @ talk @ Angelow Mthews.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

I say a bowler : Malinga should be captain !

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 15, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

I think Thisara Perera should be the next captain. He is not injury prone but Mathews is!

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

Why not malinga or Kula ? they have experience and they are not too old

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

Right now, SL's future looks bleak. With hardly anyone of the class of Mahela and Sanga, and not a single world-class bowler, they may as well quit after 2015 world cup. Chandimal, Mathews, Thirimanne, Malinga, and Kulasekara would be the only ones left. What about Tests? They have absolutely no one. Cho chad.

Posted by DoubleLarge on (June 15, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

Dilshan is completely wrong.Another three years to go for WC and it's doubtful whether Sanga or Mahela will be there. It's time to appoint Angelo at least as ODI captain. This will surely helo Angelo to gain valuable experience when Sanga and Mahela are in the team. I doubt whether Dilshan is having the interests of Sri Lankan team in mind.

Posted by ikmal--syd on (June 15, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

i don't think dilshan wants to be captain. he's just saying angelo needs time, and he does, he's only 25, i think he will be mature and ready in a few years, as dilshan has said, angelo is a very smart cricketer.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

Dilshan was never captaincy material. It is a pity that he is trying to take credit for Durban test win in which as well as in the whole series he did not do nothing much significant. It is not only the lack of runs but also the reckless nature he was batting had a negative effect on the team. The captain whoever it is must lead by example. Thilan Samaraweera was the best choice for the captain after Sanga stepped down. He had vast prior experience as A team captain and also someone who could have stabilized middle order in ODIs as well as he does in test matches. But he was bumped out from test team by Dilshan and the selectors in order to Dilshan to move down the order and survive in the test team when he was failing as an opener in tests. Even if they do not want Thilan playing ODIs they would have gone for the split captaincy with Thilan leading the test team. Even after his heroics in tests in SA series Thilan was overlooked for ODIs and sent packing home by Dilshan & Co.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

Ya....Mahela Is The Shrewd Captain The Cricket World Now... If He Lead Till The World Cup It'll Be A Huge + Point For SL!! Go Lions Gooooo

Posted by surathvictor on (June 15, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

Yes..you might be correct Dilshan

Posted by truthhh on (June 15, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

it;s may be better but let the time to decide it.we can not predict the future.if this same form of mahela;s remains till 2015,then there is no any wrongthing about that but unless it should be seriouly concerned!!!!!!!!!at the present mahela the man on fire:)

Posted by Min2_cric on (June 15, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

is Dilshan joking...is he mad..if he thinks dat he ll be a bttr captain by 2015 and jaya will pull up till then he is wrong.he is going to find many other captains by the time and if anyone clicks by then,he is a gonner....true gonner...

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