South Africa in Sri Lanka 2014 July 2, 2014

Tharanga, Vithanage in SL ODI squad

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Sri Lanka have recalled batsmen Kithuruwan Vithanage and Upul Tharanga in their 16-man squad for the first two ODIs against South Africa in July. Suranga Lakmal makes a comeback after being injured during the series in England, while Kusal Perera has been included subject to fitness.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal and Chaturanga de Silva, an allrounder who bowls left-arm spin, were the players cut from the group that travelled to England. Chandimal scored only 38 runs in three ODIs on that tour, while de Silva did not get a game. The last of de Silva's five ODIs was the Asia Cup final in March.

Tharanga's most recent ODI appearance was against Ireland in Dublin in May this year, but that was his only game since July 2013, when South Africa last toured Sri Lanka. Vithanage also played the Dublin game, but was not included in the squad that beat England 3-2 in May and June.

Lakmal had sustained a hamstring tear during the first ODI of that series at The Oval and was ruled out for the remainder of the tour. He was replaced by Dhammika Prasad for the second ODI, before Rangana Herath was added to the squad as a replacement. Herath is part of the group for the home series against South Africa, but Prasad is not.

Squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne (vc), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Ashan Priyanjan, Upul Tharanga, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal.

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  • on July 6, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    SL will win the series, only challenge is rain

  • on July 5, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Omg.. Chindimal outs.. he has a amazing talent like a Sanga. he is a top order batsmen. And he has scored a good average in those places. anyone can compare his records..

  • on July 5, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Hey SKITH78 What u talking u think INDIAN have better pitches, good?most number of OID IN only country 300 + 50 game why not other nations your IN that why SL have better thinking power then IN cricketing game..tc cheers

  • Galmos on July 5, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Chandimal is miles ahead of Thirimanne as a batsman. Selectors have forgotten Chandimal's fighting 90 odd runs he scored against the Proteas when Sri Lanka visited South Africa last time. Thirimanne will have to bat at least 3 times to score 90 runs in South African conditions against their quality pacies. Chandimal once again showed his class during the practice match vs SA which concluded recently. His 45 runs and his partnership with Sanga in the first innings at Headingly test was very valuable for Sri Lanka to win the series.

  • SP123 on July 4, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    I would agree with one of the earlier posts that Thirimanne should be dropped, just like Chandimal. However, I do believe the selectors are giving Thirimanne an extended run, especially at home, to find his form.

    I am going with the selectors for now, but would like to see what they do if Thirimanne does not turn the corner.

    At the end of the day, whatever moves made that takes SL up the ranks on tests and ODI and ends up with the strongest possible squad for the WC in 2015 meets my approval.

    Future talents and team is a serious consideration, but not at the expense of the WC.

  • on July 4, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Selecting committee did their job. Chandimal should drop. He's such a talented. Player no doubt about that. But he continuing his poor performance. Selectors gave him to lots of opportunities but he couldn't use of it. Lots of youngsters knocking the door. Again and again chances given to Chandi not good for them.

    Now we have to target 2015. No need to do lot of changes or experiment. Most of players of this squad going to 2015. We need a young team blend with experience. Best of luck!

  • trueSLfan2010 on July 4, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    @Udendra: You are wrong pal... then how come that he established the SL's Second BEST RECORD for BATTING CONSISTENCY (scoring 2nd fastest 5000 runs in 157 innings, just 4 inngs more than Marvan)? By the way, he has a batting Average of 34 in ODIs, so if he score only a century in 10 inngs, how can he achieve all this?

    The problem is too many Jhonnys with backing & blessings eyeing to grab the places of our young talent, before the World Cup! Look at the number of Jhonnys included in SL-A team Squad..! I wont be surprised, if they join the Jhonnys already in the squad to replace Thirimanne, Chandimal & even maybe Mahela & Dilshan before the World Cup.!!!

  • SLbunty on July 4, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    I blame SLC for ruining the Established young Players & Ability wise highly potential youth, who should be the future of SL cricket! If allowed to bloom, without loading unnecessary pressure prematurely & hanging swords above their necks, they will certainly make a successful future for SL cricket!

  • SLbunty on July 4, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Chandi, Thiri, Upul are FUTURE of SL Cricket! Unfortunately, scenario is blurred with too many privileged players, who ride purely on SLC courtesy tickets. The unmistakable perks common in their package as follows: EASY ACCESS to the squads without having substantial career records, exceptional skills /proven abilities! IMMUNE to SLC's rejection, despite repeated failures! CENTRALCONTRACT & promotions are rapidly offered; while some Great Young match-winners get brutally scrapped! They gain BACKDOOR access at the expense of truly talented assets & float inside hype bubbles, until burst in real-world & fall with a thud!

    The worst thing that happens due to this menace is, our CREAM OF TALENT among youth, get mentally DISORIENTED affecting their performances. When they see the extent of UNJUSTLY happenings around them (e.g. Upul's story) with pointing SWORDS to GRAB THEIR SPOTS, who can concentrate? COMPETING with another TALENTED PLAYER is Quite DIFFERENT from FACING a RUTHLESS Force!

  • heartbreakguy on July 4, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Inclusion of Thirimanne is very surprising. This is just like inclusion of bad performers like Ishant Sharma, Umesh yadav in Indian team. It is obvious that these under performers have some kinda unholy association with the decision makers (captain, selection committee) to push themselves into the team.

  • on July 6, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    SL will win the series, only challenge is rain

  • on July 5, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Omg.. Chindimal outs.. he has a amazing talent like a Sanga. he is a top order batsmen. And he has scored a good average in those places. anyone can compare his records..

  • on July 5, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Hey SKITH78 What u talking u think INDIAN have better pitches, good?most number of OID IN only country 300 + 50 game why not other nations your IN that why SL have better thinking power then IN cricketing game..tc cheers

  • Galmos on July 5, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Chandimal is miles ahead of Thirimanne as a batsman. Selectors have forgotten Chandimal's fighting 90 odd runs he scored against the Proteas when Sri Lanka visited South Africa last time. Thirimanne will have to bat at least 3 times to score 90 runs in South African conditions against their quality pacies. Chandimal once again showed his class during the practice match vs SA which concluded recently. His 45 runs and his partnership with Sanga in the first innings at Headingly test was very valuable for Sri Lanka to win the series.

  • SP123 on July 4, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    I would agree with one of the earlier posts that Thirimanne should be dropped, just like Chandimal. However, I do believe the selectors are giving Thirimanne an extended run, especially at home, to find his form.

    I am going with the selectors for now, but would like to see what they do if Thirimanne does not turn the corner.

    At the end of the day, whatever moves made that takes SL up the ranks on tests and ODI and ends up with the strongest possible squad for the WC in 2015 meets my approval.

    Future talents and team is a serious consideration, but not at the expense of the WC.

  • on July 4, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Selecting committee did their job. Chandimal should drop. He's such a talented. Player no doubt about that. But he continuing his poor performance. Selectors gave him to lots of opportunities but he couldn't use of it. Lots of youngsters knocking the door. Again and again chances given to Chandi not good for them.

    Now we have to target 2015. No need to do lot of changes or experiment. Most of players of this squad going to 2015. We need a young team blend with experience. Best of luck!

  • trueSLfan2010 on July 4, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    @Udendra: You are wrong pal... then how come that he established the SL's Second BEST RECORD for BATTING CONSISTENCY (scoring 2nd fastest 5000 runs in 157 innings, just 4 inngs more than Marvan)? By the way, he has a batting Average of 34 in ODIs, so if he score only a century in 10 inngs, how can he achieve all this?

    The problem is too many Jhonnys with backing & blessings eyeing to grab the places of our young talent, before the World Cup! Look at the number of Jhonnys included in SL-A team Squad..! I wont be surprised, if they join the Jhonnys already in the squad to replace Thirimanne, Chandimal & even maybe Mahela & Dilshan before the World Cup.!!!

  • SLbunty on July 4, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    I blame SLC for ruining the Established young Players & Ability wise highly potential youth, who should be the future of SL cricket! If allowed to bloom, without loading unnecessary pressure prematurely & hanging swords above their necks, they will certainly make a successful future for SL cricket!

  • SLbunty on July 4, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Chandi, Thiri, Upul are FUTURE of SL Cricket! Unfortunately, scenario is blurred with too many privileged players, who ride purely on SLC courtesy tickets. The unmistakable perks common in their package as follows: EASY ACCESS to the squads without having substantial career records, exceptional skills /proven abilities! IMMUNE to SLC's rejection, despite repeated failures! CENTRALCONTRACT & promotions are rapidly offered; while some Great Young match-winners get brutally scrapped! They gain BACKDOOR access at the expense of truly talented assets & float inside hype bubbles, until burst in real-world & fall with a thud!

    The worst thing that happens due to this menace is, our CREAM OF TALENT among youth, get mentally DISORIENTED affecting their performances. When they see the extent of UNJUSTLY happenings around them (e.g. Upul's story) with pointing SWORDS to GRAB THEIR SPOTS, who can concentrate? COMPETING with another TALENTED PLAYER is Quite DIFFERENT from FACING a RUTHLESS Force!

  • heartbreakguy on July 4, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Inclusion of Thirimanne is very surprising. This is just like inclusion of bad performers like Ishant Sharma, Umesh yadav in Indian team. It is obvious that these under performers have some kinda unholy association with the decision makers (captain, selection committee) to push themselves into the team.

  • sidh78 on July 4, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Sl pitches are flatest in the world.thats why above 900 runs in a inning scored in SL.wow!! also even bangaladesh batsmans score near 600 runs in a inning in SL.this shows the quality of pitches in SL.thats why most test matches in sl ended in draw.but indian pitches are spining and turning but initialy good for batting & fast seam bowling.thats why in last 30 test matches played in india, 27 matches gave result.

  • on July 4, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    I don't Know but .. the sqd is pretty good enough for me .. better Chandi got dropped as he can have some good practice sessions and can be fit again ... it really horrible to see most of fans fights in here after every articular ... Also i think selection committee knows better than us if not we should be there doing their Job rather than our ... I knw i might get busted by some after this comment as well ....... = P

  • premilrd on July 4, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    One of the biggest mistakes SL selectors has done is dropping of Chandimal.

  • Udendra on July 4, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    the problem with Tharanga is, scores a century, then nothing for more than 10 innings!

  • INDSlider on July 4, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    @SriLankanYoungBlood: I am pretty happy about you showing interest on Sri Lankan Cricket team. But, when you take something from the internet, at least just copy and paste without typing the names. That way you can minimize errors and successfully pretend as a Sri Lankan supporter. Bahunaka should be Bhanuka, Rajapakse should be Rajapaksa, Jayampathy should be Jayampathi, Chathuranga should be Chaturanga, Jayarathne should be Jayaratne, Thraindu should be Tharindu, Dhanajaya should be Dananjaya. One thing you have to remember when you are attacking SL seniors esp Sanga is that he is not blocking young batsmen like some others did for Indian young talent for two years playing with a mediocre averages of 24 and 34 in tests just for his own records. It is a joke that people ask Sanga to leave international cricket when he is still in pretty good touch with an average of over 50. How do you say it's SA C team. Please go and concentrate on your team who can't even bowl out DIV2 bottom team

  • pandian_ikku on July 4, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    What is wrong with SL selectors. Thirimanne should not give any opportunity until he play some 1st class cricket and come back to form. Dinesh chandimal should have included instead of him. I commented before England series starts Thirimanne is nothing but a burden to team. And he proved it scoring only 4 runs in 4 innings.

    Today also I am saying thirimanne won't be able to come back to form in this SA tour. Selectors could have gone with Dinesh Chandimal.

  • on July 4, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    It proved the poor selection. Chandimal should be in. He will be a good asset in NZ & AUS wickets where we play WC. Selectors should rethink about dropping Chandi. He is a good positive player.

  • on July 4, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    Dropping Chandimal is a mistake

  • on July 4, 2014, 1:45 GMT

    Seems to be a good team, and hope Tharanga could make a good come back as he always does. It would be a test for the batsmen against the pace attack of SA.

  • Prem2248 on July 4, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    You have to consider whole career of a batter, most importantly whether he possess technique & skills to safe guard his wkt under tough conditions before bringing him for national duties, (this isn't happening since late 90s, in WC 96 we could afford to loose the openers within the 1st 5 overs, because we had classy batters to resurrect the innings but today there is only one such batter in this squad ) Nobody knows reasons why they are picked here but the selectors would like to give here the Chief selectors ODI record as a middle order batter in his 1st 34 Innings, aggregate of 356 runs, Average 10.78 runs. Selectors should be blamed for ruining careers of many a top class schoolboy Cricketers. Even youngsters like Niroshan Dickwella, PrabasaraWaduge, KusalMendis, Sadeera Samarawickramae, Tharindu Khausal, Priyamal Perera,….are far better choices than selecting with these inconsistent seniors and others already proved to be useless. (Stats ref. Cricinfo)

  • Sinhaya on July 4, 2014, 0:47 GMT

    @Vinod Villa Pudasun, there are 4 specialist bowlers in my team and it includes Malinga, Kula, Senanayake and Thisara. Priyanjan must play as dont forget he came low down the order. In the 5th ODI he bowled well. Vithanage is great as his long format first class average is good and he did perform in the recent domestic T20s too.

  • Prabhash1985 on July 3, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    I can understand how Tharanga feel and why he didn't work on his technique. Deep in his mind, he knew that he is a real talent, but he didn't want to prove it to anyone else. He just don't care, and people keep on criticizing him, yet he just wants to stay silent. Surely, Tharanga is the right man to open, and can even be appointed as the vice captain if he gets going. All these youngsters have a future ahead of them. Of course, I also like to watch all of them play. But, I think we have to start believing in this great player, Upul Tharanga. Motivate him, and be confident of him. He will bounce back, and he will join the greats! Everyone is important, and nobody should be left out. Surely, we expect Thiri to work hard and stay calm, stay till that day you do well. They just have to believe that everything will be fine one day, and keep going to that day. That day is a real thing. All the suffering will pay off. Just keep working hard on your game and start believing.

  • on July 3, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Bad idea Chandimal scored 50 when all else failed in the practice match. And Randiv too is knocking on the door.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on July 3, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    This is going to another series which boost to 3 seniors to go to their personal landmarks and squad with no surprise at all against SA C Team with flat dead tracks like R.P and Hambantota. Again SL selectors missed great chance to introduce young blood and do few experiments and mind you next year world cup is in Aus/NZ fast,seaming,bouncy tracks. So this tournament is not helpful to next WC and nothing could gain to giving 3 seniors to chance instead could do experiment with Niroshan Dickwella,Chathuranga De Silva,Shehan Jaysuriya,Bahunaka Rajapakse and budding seamers like Charith Jayampathy and Ishan Jayarathne. also they missed real good chance to introduce Thraindu Kaushal and Akila Dhanajaya for ODI'S Even wining 3/3 with this team may not get joy at all

  • Nariyaxy on July 3, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    With Sanath and Marvan involved in selection they have selected best players for Sri Lanka . Thirimanne, Vithanage , Priyanjan maybe even Sanath will come back and play again to win WC 2015 in Australia . They will defy statistics and create their paradigm. Sanath already has his version of English language in use too.

  • trueSLfan2010 on July 3, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    @kt-slcrckt: We saw what happened during the recent Eng tour! Tell me who else can? There is not a single Opener among rookies, who can survive even 5 overs in ODIs! Stay at least 15-20 overs without exposing the middle order has been the prime requirement of an Opener in 50 Ov game! Due to the 2 new balls, this is much more important than ever, since exposing middle order to seeming ball can quickly trigger the collapse beyond salvage!

    Unlike T20, building a substantial total in 50 Overs based on this prime factor. We have repeatedly experienced that during the past year, due to the NON-specialists OPENER was planted to do the job! He & others miserably ended-up as "Gate-Openers", leaving poor Sanga to do the Opener's job! In the two occasions Sanga failed to stem the inning, SL lost to Eng! Tharanga is the only opener SL have with world-class performances & records! He was laid-off for a year just after recording 2nd fastest 5000! Give him a breathing space to settle & continue!

  • on July 3, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    @Sinhaya i don't know you are a sri lankan and im glad that your team wont play in sunday? only 3 specialist bowlers? when thisara become a bowler? with your team SA gonna score more than 300 for sure! Kithruwan luck 38 with many edges didn't prove him! look at his 1st class average? hope ashan will play? epic failure of England tour was thirimanne

  • on July 3, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    Chaturanga de Silva, on what basis you drop him. It is unfair sanath. He is our next spring all rounder like you. So allow him to gain confidence against south africa (spring allergic batting lineup.) Kithruwan is a good inclusion. Marvan, We are back to the subcontinent, hence We must play 3 spinners.

  • Sinhaya on July 3, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Vithanage must play. He was unfairly dropped from the team after scoring a superb 38 in the T20 against England. Chandimal was an epic failure in England. I am sure this Sunday, Vithanage, Priyanjan and Kusal Perera will impress. My team for the 1st ODI is Kusal, Dilshan, Vithanage, Sanga, Mahela, Angelo, Priyanjan, Thisara, Senanayake, Kulasekara and Malinga. This way we have 4 specialist bowlers and 3 part timers which includes Angelo too. Seekuge must be tried if we lead the ODIs 2-0.

  • CricketPissek on July 3, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    SLC are hell bent on ruining yet another promising career in the case of Dinesh Chandimal. Sanga and Mahela will retire from ODIs after the world cup, and guys like Chandimal and Thirimanne will be the ones who have to take the team forward. This would have been an ideal series for DC to get back into form. Ironically, he just scored a good 50 against SA for the SLC Board President's XI.

  • kt-slcrckt on July 3, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    tharanga can't play aginst moving ball.that is his weakness...in order to new icc rules there are 2 new balls..in these condition after 20 overs each ball used in 10 overs.and the balls are still moving.thats why tharaga can't score runs after this rule...before that he normaly bat carefully in first 5 or 6 over then go after bowler....but now if he want success he wants bat at least 10 or 15 overs carefully to go after bowlers...but in odi cricket that is impossible

  • Thilanga22 on July 3, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Chandimal scored brilliant 50 in today practice match me be that is the reason he dropped if not selectors expected he would be failed in practice match. but all other players like Tharanga,Thirimanna,Kithruwan,Thisara fialed while Chandimal and Randiv only performed well. On what basis he dropped from the ODI squad. Poor selections.

  • Prabhash1985 on July 3, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    I personally believe that Tharanga's style now suits in the modern ODI, because two white new balls are being used from two ends, hence some one should watch them off-shine, play careful cricket but keep working into gaps when possible.4,5 runs per over is enough in the first 10,15 overs, and two smashing guys should come in the last 10,15 overs to get the lost distance.

  • Prabhash1985 on July 3, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Wish you all the best Upul, long time no see! Miss you so much, and wish you will show the "real Tharanga" to the whole world, may be with two three centuries consecutively. You can do it, man! Hope Chandi too will catch up. No one should be left out forever. I think it's a good idea if you keep Dhammika Prasad in, because he should be allowed to continue his form. Of course people will fail in the beggining. Trust your team. I don't think leaving Dhammika Prasad is a good decision. You need to put him in, at least for a single match.

  • dhanuhskaS on July 3, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    @ms2000: Kithuruwan good .??? On what basis can you JUSTIFY a place in any national squad for an ORDINARY rookie like Kitruwan Vithanage.??? Look at his career Stats, 6 ODI - 75Runs - Average 15.00 , List-A: 36 innings - 519 runs - Average 15.72, Twenty20: Average 27.0 & an Infancy stage 1st Class career with just 38 matches and exclusively Bangla boosted Test stats!!

    Although, he get repeatedly selected over many other much more capable players with far better track records, no one can justify a place for him! Therefore, naturally he becomes another GRATIS player who rides on courtesy tickets issued by SLC.! Poor Chandimal..!!!

  • on July 3, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    Some people must be dreaming, check the scores of today's match against SA. Chandi scored a good 50.During the England tour; Matthews battered before Chandimal. It makes him to bat during last few overs under pressure.He should be included in this limited overs team in place of Kithruwan Vithanage. It's good at least Upul Tharanga got a another chance.

  • DreamCricketer on July 3, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    DreamCricketer: Thanks SLC for not including Chandimal to the squad. It's time for him to go back to club cricket and not return until he can score a 50 against a top team.He has been just a passenger for the last couple of years blocking a spot for another new guy. Tirimanne should also be dropped if he doesn't score in the first match.So he can improve his batting and come back.

  • dhanuhskaS on July 3, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    @Blade-Runner : Don't you remember, when your Kusal Perera vanished in the first over, Thranga played a brilliant inning as an Opener, making sure the middle order is not exposed until towards the 20th over despite loosing 2 quick wickets from the other end! If not for his valuable inning of Quarter Century under those extremely difficult Irish Morning conditions, SL could have definitely lost that match for Minnows!

    Trying to condemn pure assets & promote utter failures with nothing to back up or justify their presence in the squad is counter-productive! Especially, to our goal of achieving 2015 World Cup crown! Please open your eyes look at the reality & try to think as a Sri Lankan. Everything else is second to the Nation.!

  • ms2000 on July 3, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    Tharanga is another waste of a spot in th team just like Thiirimanne. Both of them should not be included in the 1 days. Thirimanne caries a lot of luck like Chandimal to be in the team. Kitruwan is good. Kusal has failed repeatedly. why Chaturanga de silva was dropped is something cannot understand. Take Thrimanne with Chaturanga. who is bettter?? any kind will answer. Strange methods of selection. No wonder some involvements from politicians. It common here. If not today Sri Lanka could be teh best team in the world on a 3 formats. Okay lets see how Thirimanne and Tharanga will perform. Ah but I forgot we play in flast tracks here in sri lanka. Im happy that boy Kitruwan got a chance. He wi prove himself. Tharanga bats, 3 slips and a gully he survives few balls from Steyn and then Back in the pavllion for a 49 over rest!. Thats all about Tharanga.

  • SLCricketFan-72 on July 3, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    I am not a fan of any particular player, but I am a well-wisher of SL Cricket. Some vote-for-buddies fans seem to be impatient about Tharanga's unavoidable inclusion! Can you reject a world-class opener based on a single outing after a year, ignoring his GOLDEN TRACK RECORD. That weakness is absolutely true for his replacement Kusal, as repeatedly proven without surviving 3 OVERS in every ODI he played in such conditions!

    Can you explain how Upul can achieve the following as an Opener, if he he has such a chronic weakness in his batting? Tharanga has the Highest Batting Average: 69.40 with Two Centuries made at Lord's & Leeds. He has earned 13 centuries and 11 man of the match titles playing all around the world. Upul tharanga is the YOUNGEST SL player, who had Scored 5000+Runs .. THIRTEEN Centuries + 28x50s Against All MajorTest Playing Nation on Home Soil & SEAMING, BOUNCY, FAST-DECKS, Who needs MORE EVIDENCE to prove his ABILITY/Technicality to handle in ANY CONDITION ? Crazy World

  • Blade-Runner on July 3, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    @Lenard_Fernando ; He was given a chance against Ireland. Unfortunately, he couldn't even bash minnows

  • SLCricketFan-72 on July 3, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    How ignorant to judge a player from a single failure? Tharanga had been laid-off for ONE YEAR without facing a major Test Playing Nation to give ample opportunities to Kusal, despite repeated failures, costing SL heavily outside Bangla! It is strange that the same people who are shouting now were completely blind to that fact!

    It is hilarious to see how some people are talking about the technicality of a guy who has the HIGHEST BATTING AVERAGE 34.5 for a SL player in Eng/NZ/Aus/WI/SA SEAMING, BOUNCY, FAST-DECKS with big Hundreds! in Eng/NZ/ England - 5 Ing- 347 R -120 HS- Av 69.40 / in West Indies - 18 Ing- 571 R- 174*HS - Av 33.58 / in South Africa - 5 Ing- 176 R- 66 HS - Av 35.20 in Australia- 15 Ing- 329 R- 86*HS -Av 23.50 In New Zealand - 8 Ing- 264 R- 103 HS - Av 33.00. Despite all this & Tharanga's Current batting form Leading the Stats of Most Runs scored in Recent Super 4's Twenty20 Tournament, scoring 157 Runs from just 3 innings S/R of 155.44 with 2 x 50s Av 52.3

  • on July 3, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    chandimal scored a 50 from 54 while players in the squad flopped in practice game! Tharanga - 4, Thirimanne - 3(16 balls),Kithruwan - 0, thisara - 0

  • ksquared on July 3, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Chandimal gets dropped and he scores a half century against Steyn and co.

  • priceless1 on July 3, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    Tharanga still carry the same weakness he had in the past , edging to the the slip when ball is moving away from him , Marvan has done nothing as the batting coach to improve the techniques of the players , now he is the batting coach , Vithanage is a slogger he should never be in ODI or in Test sides

  • ksquared on July 3, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    I think Thirimanne should have been dropped he has been struggling for quite a while now and him wasting deliveries and then getting out puts a lot of pressure on the big hitters like Mathews and Perera. I see many people saying Tharanga should be in the side the only reason I see him being in the side is because there is no one else. He struggles against the moving ball because he doesn't move his feet and that hasn't changed he is probably going to be a walking wicket against a high class pace attack which SA possess.

  • Blade-Runner on July 3, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    Well, Upul Tharanga could last only 5 balls today. As usual, he edged it the keeper. And some of his most faithful fans still want him in the playing XI. The fact is Tharanga , with all that talent he has, never learns. He has no one but himself to blame.

  • Indians-love-flattracks on July 3, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    Not Tharanga again!! i can't stand the sight of him in the team. Totally one dimensional player, almost always caught fishing outside off, i'd bet my house on this guy being dismissed either nicking one to the keeper or slip.

    And i don't get the obsession the board has with Priyanjan. His technique is absolutely abysmal, foot movement- almost non existent. Chandimal and Chathuranga should be getting ahead of this guy. He looks like he's tennis ball player, plays some embarrassing strokes at times

  • on July 3, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Try Kithruwan Vithanage and Kusal Janith to open the innings . You can see the fire work. I always like to have hard hitters in the side . Can you remember , In 1996 we won the world cup because of the opening pair with good batters in the middle. At Sussex Vithanage and Dilshan finished the T20 game in 9.1 overs. Vithanage got 51 in 28 balls at that game.

  • on July 3, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    its really good to see the comments aboout chandimal from SL fans.this shows that our fans have good awareness about cricket.chandi is the best young talent that SL produced recently..he is a pure top order batsman,not a slogger.so he should bat at higher than number 6 or 7.but unfornunatly that the reality that our selectors not understanding..poor selection : (

  • crzcric on July 3, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Lot of people complain about SL senior players must be rested.But what they dont know is, if a senior leave his place he never know what will happen to his position in future.Look what happen to marven in 2006.history has many examples.Even sanga ,mahela and dilshan batted no 5 or six in their early days and they earn their top order positions.look at their stats.yeah it will affect young players,but this is typical Sri Lankan cricket.We never know this will change or not but that is the ugly truth weather u like or not.i'm affraid that Chandimal will be the next victim like Kapugedera.

  • on July 3, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    should give a chance for randiv, he is perform well in domestic, he is more better than sachi & ajanta. see his cricinfo profile. bowling average & batting average more good than sachi. should give a chance for him

  • Worldcricketlover on July 3, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Why jayawardene is not rested at home ? SL is making big mistake by not allowing young players to get established in the playing XI. Why three Seniors are needed ? Sanga needs rest to keep him fresh for world cup. This will help him to extend carrier in test as Sachin has done.

  • gsamiru on July 3, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Upul, Dily, Sanga, Chandi, Mahela, Angi, Thiri, Kula, Sachi, Mali, Mendis is the best XI that SL has in Asian conditions. ...... It is quite unfortunate that Chandi has fallen in to this miserable situation. If he batted at No. 4 position during the last two years, there may be a different story to say........... Think, what if Kholi had to bat at No. 6, 7 ? I'm sure that you won't see the same Kholi that we see today. The best thing that Indian selectors did was, giving the proper place to him and keeping faith on him. That worked and now he is delivering loads of good for India in return. ...... So, Time has come for SL selectors to do the same ..... Bring down Mahela at 5 or let him open allowing Chandi to be at 4. ..... Still I feel 'Chandi' will be the next big thing for SL sooner than later. .... !

  • gajan on July 3, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    poor choice in dropping chandimal. We need him for the world cup. He is the best of the younger players suited to the bouncier australian and new zealand pitches. I'm not sure what the selectors are thinking here.

  • Udendra on July 3, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Seems like some have forgotten that Dilshan will open for sure.

  • on July 3, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    chandimal wants to play NO 04 MAHELA WANTS TO GO DOWN NO 05 him self,i think chandimal is a good batsmen but he dont have proper place in batting order

  • on July 3, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Chandimal should be in team.. world cup is in auz and NZ ... Chandimal can paly better than anyone out there.

  • on July 3, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    thirimanne should have been rested at least for first 2 ODI's..

  • J_Lo on July 3, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    Hope the selectors consider giving Kaushal Silva a chance in the One Dayers at least once. He has proven his skills beyond doubt in the international test arena. Unfortunately he seems to be getting the same treatment as Thilan Samaraweera. Guess he's more dependable than any other young middle order batsman we have in the current squad

  • on July 3, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    @CricketFever11 when chandimal got enough chances?? how number 3 batsman prove him self at number 7?? rest mahela,dilshan for these home games and gace young players chance! @rizwan1981 kapu and bhanuka even hasn't been consistent in domestic cricket and im wondering what happened to bhanuka's form after school cricket! some body should work with him!

  • on July 3, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    chandi ommision make sense considering his form from last 1 and half year . should have left him early so that he realize himself. The problem is with his batting order rather than his temperament. The way he batted in Australia was phenomenal. Every commentator called him as another run machine from Asia continent. He has to bat at number 4 . If sri lanka want to win the world cup team and batting order must be mahela and dilly open the batting. sanga , chandimal , thiri , anjelo, thisara , sachitra, kule malinga then lakmal. best could see on 11 . sure this batting order can make he'll loads of run . If they add kusal per era walking passenger in those wickets. waste . good for low and slow tracks. sanath has to make big decision. tharanga as back up opener or thiri can open

  • CricketFirst on July 3, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    Surprised to see Herath on the squad. Pls protect our Test bowlers from over use as it would make them ineffective at Test level.

    Considering the World Cup (WC) and post WC era, we should give more opportunities to youngsters hence only two from our senior trio Sanga, Mahela & Dilshan should be in the playing 11.

  • yooonooo on July 3, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    thirmanna should be in test and one day, not in t20

  • Banneh on July 3, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    Good selection except in the case of Chandimal. Lately he was not managed well. In his last few matches he tried to play for the team not for himself and got out. Now he was taken out from the squad. Always created pressure around him. If they really need big scores from him, he should not be sent in during last overs. He is not a slogger. This omission will ultimately affect our world cup too. After seen him in Australian wickets, I can't believe our selectors thinking.

  • on July 3, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    Selectors are trying to destroy Chandimal. He is always play for the team and get out. Chandimal will be good asset for the wickets in NZ and Aus. Poor selection. Not equally treated to Thirimanne and Chandimal.

  • pandian_ikku on July 3, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    What Sri Lanka could have done is make Upul Tharanga vice captain of both ODI and Test teams. He is a consistent player with lot of experience. Both Chandimal and Thirimanne should not given a permanent position because they are yet to prove them selves. If they are out of form they have to play 1st class matches and come back. You saw poor form of Thirimanne in last England tour.

  • Bobby_Fox on July 3, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    Chandimal should be in team. thirmanne is waste of A player. having in team just builds the pressure by his dots. we witnessed it in england series. I am from INDIA, but I am big fan of srilanka, I watch each and every match that srilanka plays. If any one notice thirmannes batting, he always guides the ball to slip. in every match he start the innings he gives a chance in slip. even his acverage was very poor. chandimal is a great sacrifice. unfortunatley he always bats at lower order and supposed to go for shots in the slog overs and get caught. we cant expect much from that order. selectors has to identify. just give him a chance by promoting to upper order. Infact If you ask sachin to play at chandimals order, probably his average and scores would have been like chandi's...guys place your thought on your comments.

  • Lion_Wallaby on July 3, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    Good selection!Tharanga, Lakmal,Ashan and Vithange getting chances this time! The sectors cannot include all the young ones at once. Good to see all are getting their chances to have a crack!

  • nickexplore on July 3, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    The clamour has been heard and Tharanga has been recalled for the 3 ODIs v South Africa, with the added responsibility of captaining SL A for their Ireland/England tour immediately after. This is a good ODI squad, but Chaturanga, an ever-present in SLs winning Asia Cup, is the unlucky one. Thirimanne is skating on thin ice, his vice-captaincy nudging him into the squad. Lakmal's timely return bolsters the bowling stocks. Lions on a roll.

  • D-Ascendant on July 3, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    Well done. Really looking forward to a Tharanga-Kusal combination.

  • malavi on July 3, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    Upul Tharanga could prove to be the solid middle order batsman Sri Lanka need in the wake of Chandimal's bad form. When Tharanga has played in the middle order in ODIs, he's done well quite a few times, noticeably and importantly in Aus in the 2012 Tri-series.

  • malavi on July 3, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    ODI selection is always geared towards next world cup. What's the point of randomly putting in S.Pathirana when it's clear he won't be playing in Aus/Nz in 2015 and if needed, he can be given 4 years of opportunity after the World Cup. Senior players will be gone as well after the next world cup, so no big need to rest them now as well to make way for others.

  • CricketFever11 on July 3, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    Hi Gys. Chandi has been given more than enough chances. He is a useless addition to Sri Lankan squad. He cant bat anywhere in the batting order. Just like Kapugedara. We have enough back up. It is time to give other youngsters more and more chances. Ashan is a wonderful talent.

  • on July 3, 2014, 1:33 GMT

    There are many comments here expressing displeasure with the selections and there are many suggestions to include alternatives. The selectors cannot please everyone. If all these suggestions are to be taken into account we will need about 25 players in the squad. Even now 16 appears too much for a short series. Some suggestions here are based on performance in recent T20 tournament. T20s and ODIs are miles apart. The squad is selected with the view of developing a winning combination for the 2015 WC. In that case past experience counts a lot. We also need to sustain or go up in our ranking. With the threat of Big 3 marginalizing others it is very important to keep winning matches to be recognized. Upul Tharanga is a welcome addition. He will exert pressure on Kusal Perera to perform consistently or else risk getting dropped. Chandimal's time will come eventually. After Sanga leaves he will be the WK in ODIs and Tests may be perhaps in T20s as well.

  • allthegoodnamesaretaken on July 3, 2014, 0:45 GMT

    All those who want to see youngsters play, go and watch club level cricket, I want the seniors to stay around as long as possible and play as many games a possible

  • Sinhaya on July 3, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    Good selection but where is Shehan Jayasuriya? Sad he is not playing. He must play instead of Herath who should only play test cricket.

  • on July 3, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    Its good to see chandi finally dropped, he's failed on a consistent basis and has only been a burden on the team, even though maiyya and thiri has been out of form they're players that can step up to a required situation and win games when it's need.I hope vithanage performs well, he could provide the extra firepower needed down the order.

  • YsaKaru on July 2, 2014, 22:36 GMT

    i mean both mahela,sanga and selectors are destroying sl cricket future and talented youngsters....

  • on July 2, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    Cannot understand why Chandimal was left out of the squad. Aren't we suppose to prepare for 2015 world cup. Chandimal will be very important in Australia and NZ. If the selectors are going by form, they should drop Thirimanna before Chandimal. Looks like Thirimanna kept his spot because of the vice captaincy. I think selectors are doing the same mistake with Thirimanna as they did with Chandimal. This is destroying their confidence.

  • on July 2, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    Try Chandimal as an opener like how Dilshan did. And one of the seniors in turn shud be rested. Ranjan Rodrigo Sydney

  • ac_Indian on July 2, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    I was born in 80's and have been following cricket since an early age. As far as I can remember, there generally has been goodwill between India and SL. Of course, I hated Jayasurya once in a while since he scored so many runs against us in late 90's and early 2000's. But I would often make a world ODI dream team in my thoughts and the only opening combination I could think of was Tendulkar and Jayasurya, and that did happened in IPL. Anyways, my point is that these days the cricinfo comments section has become a platform of hate between the fans. Some bitter fans from one side would ridicule the others' team at every opportunity, even if both are not playing against each other. So let me take this opportunity to remind these fans that things in past and in real world were and are far better than on internet. Good luck to both SA and SL teams and congratulations to SL again on their historic victory in England.

  • on July 2, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    Why was Chathuranga De Silva dropped? He did well given the chance, never got a game in England and now dropped. He adds balance to the team as an allrounder in spin friendly pitches

  • 6pack on July 2, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    Agree with some of the comments that Sanga, Mahela and Herath need to be rested. They have been playing for months and we should be managing the rest of their careers - they don't need to pick up an injury that may hamper preparations for the tests, and even long term looking towards the WC. Thirimanna needs a sustained run here to regain form and I'd like to see Vithanage come into the middle to take Mahela' spot to see how he responds.. that'll also open up a spot for Chandimal who looked good at Headingly. Instead dropping him will only dent any ocnfidence he gained in the last test.

  • Peternarendra on July 2, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    Ultimately selectors will bring numbers of players from 2007 world cup squad for 2015 world cup. They may include chamara silva by then. Selectors hardly give chances for players like seekkuge to be in the final 11 of T20 s while players like munaweera, angelo perera, kapugedera, maharoof, sachith pathirana etc. are not selected at least for T20 s. At the time Sri Lanka play their next T20 after lot of ODI series, selectors will forget the recently concluded super 4 tournament. Sri Lanka lacks of striking batsmen and part time spinners for T20 and ODI s. If they need to win 2015 ODI world cup, selectors should promote them in T20 s and ODI s before 2015 to find out proper players to be included in final 15 in the 2015 squad. Batsmen like tharanga and priyanjan don't have techniques (even foot works) to play in the Australian fast tracks. Sri Lanka need a batsman like aravinda de silve for the middleorder instead of priyanjan, chamara silva etc.

  • on July 2, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Chathuranga de silva or dilruwan perera should've being included therefore we can play two spinners, the other spinner being senanayake with a deeper batting line up.

  • YsaKaru on July 2, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    sl cricket future..........

  • on July 2, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Poor Chandimal. Most talented SL young batsman. They sent him to bat up & down in the order., just sombody wants to destroy his career. They should rest the Mahels & Thirimanne for the ODIs.

  • on July 2, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    i think the selectors did a good job in case of tharanga he was not in his best and they gave him a brake and he perform well in domestic and in A team and now he got a chance again and i wish him all the best in chandimal s case same as tharanga he need a brake and im sure he will come good as well but thirimanne olso have to preform well if not he olso need to be drop

  • rizwan1981 on July 2, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    The Selectors should have dropped THIRIMANNE - Good choice to bring back Tharanga who has a better technique than Kusal Silva outside the sub-continent .

    Thirimanne and Chandimal are poor long-term replacements for Mahela and Sanga . May be its time to look at KAPUGEDERA ( remember Kapu taking on Brett Lee down under and smoking a couple of sixes ) - Also former Royal College Skipper BHANUKA RAJAPAKSHA should be given an opportunity to prove himself

  • SameeraHMRN on July 2, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    This is a home series, Give chance Chandimal to get confidence, (Aravinda/Ranathunga, Jayasuriya/Mavan, Mahela/Sanga, Future: Chandimal/Lahiru) Don't Drop him.

  • YsaKaru on July 2, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    poor selection.... Both mahela,sanga and selectors destroying sl cricket

  • on July 2, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Best team for s Africa game.

  • SameeraHMRN on July 2, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Well selection, We need Upul tharanga for 2015 world cup, He is our better Experience Batsman. My squad: Upul, Kusal, Sanga, Chandimal, Lahiru, Angelo, Tisara, Sachithra, Kulasekara,Lakmal, Malinga. (Extra : Mahela, Ajantha, Dilshan)

  • on July 2, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    and chandimal has to selfish to make in to this team! even when he got a chance always he was ask to bat at number 7! and he was trying to slog and got out! he played for his team! chandimal average at number 4 better than both mahela n thirimanne!

  • Balumekka on July 2, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Great to see Tharanga back in the squad. He was the most consistent opener for Sri Lanka for a long time. Since he is back in form, he must be included in the playing XI.

  • on July 2, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    SL selectors really destroying our new generation! why can't we rest at least 1 of these seniors and give young player a chance? why they keep giving ajantha mendis chances whom taken out of the park by SA batsman in t20 WC? why sachith pathirana not there??

  • on July 2, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Good to see Tharanga back in the squad, but don't know why selectors are persisting with Vithanage; Chandimal should be in the squad instead. Also surprising not to see Sachith Pathirana, Shehan Jayasuriya or Farveez Maharoof; all who performed very well in the concluded T20 tournament.

  • ashangamage on July 2, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Better give chance to chathuranga silva and rest rangana herath.good to see Tharanga back in squad.He must play for sri lanka.

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  • ashangamage on July 2, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Better give chance to chathuranga silva and rest rangana herath.good to see Tharanga back in squad.He must play for sri lanka.

  • on July 2, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Good to see Tharanga back in the squad, but don't know why selectors are persisting with Vithanage; Chandimal should be in the squad instead. Also surprising not to see Sachith Pathirana, Shehan Jayasuriya or Farveez Maharoof; all who performed very well in the concluded T20 tournament.

  • on July 2, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    SL selectors really destroying our new generation! why can't we rest at least 1 of these seniors and give young player a chance? why they keep giving ajantha mendis chances whom taken out of the park by SA batsman in t20 WC? why sachith pathirana not there??

  • Balumekka on July 2, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Great to see Tharanga back in the squad. He was the most consistent opener for Sri Lanka for a long time. Since he is back in form, he must be included in the playing XI.

  • on July 2, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    and chandimal has to selfish to make in to this team! even when he got a chance always he was ask to bat at number 7! and he was trying to slog and got out! he played for his team! chandimal average at number 4 better than both mahela n thirimanne!

  • SameeraHMRN on July 2, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    Well selection, We need Upul tharanga for 2015 world cup, He is our better Experience Batsman. My squad: Upul, Kusal, Sanga, Chandimal, Lahiru, Angelo, Tisara, Sachithra, Kulasekara,Lakmal, Malinga. (Extra : Mahela, Ajantha, Dilshan)

  • on July 2, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Best team for s Africa game.

  • YsaKaru on July 2, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    poor selection.... Both mahela,sanga and selectors destroying sl cricket

  • SameeraHMRN on July 2, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    This is a home series, Give chance Chandimal to get confidence, (Aravinda/Ranathunga, Jayasuriya/Mavan, Mahela/Sanga, Future: Chandimal/Lahiru) Don't Drop him.

  • rizwan1981 on July 2, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    The Selectors should have dropped THIRIMANNE - Good choice to bring back Tharanga who has a better technique than Kusal Silva outside the sub-continent .

    Thirimanne and Chandimal are poor long-term replacements for Mahela and Sanga . May be its time to look at KAPUGEDERA ( remember Kapu taking on Brett Lee down under and smoking a couple of sixes ) - Also former Royal College Skipper BHANUKA RAJAPAKSHA should be given an opportunity to prove himself