Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2012-13 April 1, 2013

Not perfect, but a step ahead for young Sri Lanka

Usually, anything less than a clean sweep against Bangladesh would have invited criticism, but not when Sri Lanka are trying out their next generation
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As Sri Lanka's mixed tour arrived at a happy close in Pallekele, Twenty20 captain Dinesh Chandimal's words after the game suggested an encouraging future, just as Angelo Mathews' comments had done after a loss, three nights earlier. Amid a flood of praise for Kusal Perera's bat speed and brutality, Chandimal explained how he would spend the imminent two-month break from international cricket, instead of travelling to India for the IPL. "Over the next two months, I'll be doing a lot of training," he said. "I still have a few issues with my technique that need to be sorted out, so I will be working very hard with the national coaches to correct those issues, looking forward to a busy season."

It was heartening, honest, realism from a young captain, desperate to improve himself after having embarked on a season of sudden responsibility. Captaincy aside, he is now the Test side's wicketkeeper, as well as vice-captain and a key batsman in all three formats. Four months ago, he did not find a place in any of Sri Lanka's preferred XIs.

Mathews had also been candid and introspective after the loss in the third ODI. A wet ball played its role in the result, as did a shortened chase that tilted the match slightly in the visitors' favour, but Mathews refused to find fault anywhere but in Sri Lanka's own performance. It has been a difficult tour for him, with his side having achieved worse-than-anticipated results in the Tests and ODIs. But although he could have justifiably called for patience as an inexperienced captain leading a regenerating side, he apportioned blame where it was deserved and emphasised a commitment to correcting specific shortcomings.

Though as a side, Sri Lanka will be disappointed at not having whitewashed Bangladesh in all formats, as they have done in every home series before, their two young leaders have displayed an awareness of the bigger game that is afoot; that of preparing for a future without Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene or Tillakaratne Dilshan. It appears that Kusal Perera is likely to become a mainstay - particularly as he could relieve Chandimal of the gloves, if they are deemed too big a burden. Lahiru Thirimanne has also begun producing high-quality innings in earnest, despite not having a settled place in the top order. And Chandimal's own batting has already made major strides towards fortitude and consistency.

Mathews' captaincy betrayed his inexperience at times, particularly as he rifled through bowlers in the Tests, as quickly as most captains would in an ODI. But he hardly allowed the game to meander either, as Dilshan did during his unsuccessful stint at the helm. Under Chandimal's effervescent leadership, the side was electric in the field, and flourished as a collective. He will regret having given part-timer Angelo Perera an over, when plenty remained from his frontline bowlers, but there was much encouragement as well. In all three formats, Chandimal and Mathews were in constant, often animated discussion, before fields were set and bowling changes made.

In the future, it is conceivable the pair might exchange leadership between formats. Chandimal is patently unready for Test captaincy, but his talents and temperament - immature though both still are - seem better suited to the longest format, where he has been most impressive for Sri Lanka. Mathews' all-round ability, meanwhile, is a better fit for limited-overs cricket, where he rarely allows a game to pass in which he has not contributed in either discipline. Sri Lanka's selectors have felt it wise not to overload either captain with all three formats for now, but even as they develop, Chandimal and Mathews appear to have a relationship that might empower a successful split captaincy in years to come.

At any other time, as unconvincing a series as this against Bangladesh would constitute a substantial failing for Sri Lanka. A firm focus on youth during this tour has given the side a grace period, in which poor results will be easily forgiven and forgotten. But if Sri Lanka are to become a major force in cricket once more, Chandimal and Mathews must ensure the improvements they have spoken of come swiftly, and emphatically.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dr.Lakson on April 4, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Very good article. Thanks Andrew. The leadership and team definitely needs some time to show results. Hope Mathews and Chandimal will form a relationship similar to what we see between Mahela and Sanga. A good relatioship where they respect and appreciate each other for their abilities and contribution to the team without any envious feelings, will be a big positive for SL cricket. Hope the media will not spoil the blooming relationship beteen Angie and Chandi.

  • trav696 on April 3, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    Andrew Fernando has a very good point in saying that Chandimal would be most suited to the test captaincy and Mathew's should keep the ODI captaincy and take over the T20 captaincy. Chandimal is a very good player who has the temperament for a long and prosperous captaincy in Test matches. His style of play and captaincy really isn't going to suit him in T20's. Mathew's how ever is much better in the shorter formats and has a really good brain for T20's and ODI's. This was shown in the recent T20 series against Australia. If they were to swap the captaincy (Mathew's takes T20 and Chandimal takes Test), then Sri Lanka will be much better off.

  • Htc-Android on April 4, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    @Prem2248. Common mate does inzamam speaks good english. Its the skills that matter. If u look at the Pak players, they are not good english speakers. Players like inzamam were one of the successful captains in pak despite of having limited amount of vocabulary.

  • Prem2248 on April 4, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    A Captain of any national Side is like an ambassador for that respective country. More often than not, he has to deal with many functions related to Cricket with foreigners, (but not with the local media), therefore there's no better captain than Mathews in this present squad after Madugalle & Mahela to lead the Country. Chandimal may be good player, but how can a person face the foreign media successfully with a limited vocabulary? Mike Brearley (ENG), Imran Khan (PAK) have been regarded as the best personalities to lead teams in International Cricket,but not because of their Cricketing skills but solely because of their man management skills. However the right person to lead any country should at least possess good command of English (language common to all Test Playing countries) while being an intelligent person. Some captains of recent past who came to that position with the help of politicians at times weren't able to understand the questions posed at them.(2 B CNTD)

  • black_eyed on April 3, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    bd team: Tamim, Nafees, Ashraful, Shakib, Nasir, Mushfiq, Mahmudullah, Mominul, Gazi,Mashrafi, Nazmul Reserve: Razzak, Anamul, Shafiul, Robiul, enamul jr, Marshal, Shamsur

  • stormy16 on April 3, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    If all things were equal this would be a dissappointing series for SL but all things were not equal with new leaders and some chaos on the admin front and of course a competitive BD team that has some decent senior players and good young talent. SL will take the win as a step in the right direction but the youngsters need to make big strides to compete with the big 4. With all respect BD and are still a relatively weak test team and SL battled to beat them at home.They also got a hidding in Oz before so lots of work ahead. The main positive factor is the unearthing of some young batting talent but except for Chandi the rest still need to take the big step to test cricket. Come SL's next major test series its a reality that Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan wont be around and with an ageing Herath the youngsters need to step up.

  • kevepere on April 3, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    The young batting line up coming up certainly not the issue for SL. Nor the spinners ! But the fast bowling department is very weak . Especially in the test department. I mean who can take 3 or 4 wickets up front ? No one. I think SL should motivate SL youngsters for bowling like pakistan. Vaas' value must be more appreciated. Do some projects from school level finding young fast bowlers who are fit , provide them with necessary training and funding

  • on April 2, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    You are right BD in coming days i can see them as dominant force in cricketing world. Who knows they will be better then there counter Asian teams in coming years.

  • SLMaster on April 2, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    I am not sure why BD fans speaking in such a force. BD still has to prove a lot before making a statement. Young, old, experienced, or better age average or not, SL came top during the engagement. For those who are saying SL will be nowhere after Sanaga, Mahela, and Dilshan, they need to remember all teams prevail after legends departed. Different talents emerged. Who would have thought SL can survive after Aravinda and Sanath.

  • on April 2, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    BD bowling side is very weak than Zimbabwe.they cant rely to win matches only with batting because most of the test nations have a superior batsmens than BD

  • Dr.Lakson on April 4, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Very good article. Thanks Andrew. The leadership and team definitely needs some time to show results. Hope Mathews and Chandimal will form a relationship similar to what we see between Mahela and Sanga. A good relatioship where they respect and appreciate each other for their abilities and contribution to the team without any envious feelings, will be a big positive for SL cricket. Hope the media will not spoil the blooming relationship beteen Angie and Chandi.

  • trav696 on April 3, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    Andrew Fernando has a very good point in saying that Chandimal would be most suited to the test captaincy and Mathew's should keep the ODI captaincy and take over the T20 captaincy. Chandimal is a very good player who has the temperament for a long and prosperous captaincy in Test matches. His style of play and captaincy really isn't going to suit him in T20's. Mathew's how ever is much better in the shorter formats and has a really good brain for T20's and ODI's. This was shown in the recent T20 series against Australia. If they were to swap the captaincy (Mathew's takes T20 and Chandimal takes Test), then Sri Lanka will be much better off.

  • Htc-Android on April 4, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    @Prem2248. Common mate does inzamam speaks good english. Its the skills that matter. If u look at the Pak players, they are not good english speakers. Players like inzamam were one of the successful captains in pak despite of having limited amount of vocabulary.

  • Prem2248 on April 4, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    A Captain of any national Side is like an ambassador for that respective country. More often than not, he has to deal with many functions related to Cricket with foreigners, (but not with the local media), therefore there's no better captain than Mathews in this present squad after Madugalle & Mahela to lead the Country. Chandimal may be good player, but how can a person face the foreign media successfully with a limited vocabulary? Mike Brearley (ENG), Imran Khan (PAK) have been regarded as the best personalities to lead teams in International Cricket,but not because of their Cricketing skills but solely because of their man management skills. However the right person to lead any country should at least possess good command of English (language common to all Test Playing countries) while being an intelligent person. Some captains of recent past who came to that position with the help of politicians at times weren't able to understand the questions posed at them.(2 B CNTD)

  • black_eyed on April 3, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    bd team: Tamim, Nafees, Ashraful, Shakib, Nasir, Mushfiq, Mahmudullah, Mominul, Gazi,Mashrafi, Nazmul Reserve: Razzak, Anamul, Shafiul, Robiul, enamul jr, Marshal, Shamsur

  • stormy16 on April 3, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    If all things were equal this would be a dissappointing series for SL but all things were not equal with new leaders and some chaos on the admin front and of course a competitive BD team that has some decent senior players and good young talent. SL will take the win as a step in the right direction but the youngsters need to make big strides to compete with the big 4. With all respect BD and are still a relatively weak test team and SL battled to beat them at home.They also got a hidding in Oz before so lots of work ahead. The main positive factor is the unearthing of some young batting talent but except for Chandi the rest still need to take the big step to test cricket. Come SL's next major test series its a reality that Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan wont be around and with an ageing Herath the youngsters need to step up.

  • kevepere on April 3, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    The young batting line up coming up certainly not the issue for SL. Nor the spinners ! But the fast bowling department is very weak . Especially in the test department. I mean who can take 3 or 4 wickets up front ? No one. I think SL should motivate SL youngsters for bowling like pakistan. Vaas' value must be more appreciated. Do some projects from school level finding young fast bowlers who are fit , provide them with necessary training and funding

  • on April 2, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    You are right BD in coming days i can see them as dominant force in cricketing world. Who knows they will be better then there counter Asian teams in coming years.

  • SLMaster on April 2, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    I am not sure why BD fans speaking in such a force. BD still has to prove a lot before making a statement. Young, old, experienced, or better age average or not, SL came top during the engagement. For those who are saying SL will be nowhere after Sanaga, Mahela, and Dilshan, they need to remember all teams prevail after legends departed. Different talents emerged. Who would have thought SL can survive after Aravinda and Sanath.

  • on April 2, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    BD bowling side is very weak than Zimbabwe.they cant rely to win matches only with batting because most of the test nations have a superior batsmens than BD

  • Lakpj on April 2, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    It is sad to see most Bangladesh fans are bashing their opposition fans over nothing. I am pretty sure that most SL fans will accept the fact that Bangladesh fans have improved from where they were sometime back. but it is too early, i think Bangladesh fans, players and even commentators should stop this blah, blah thing and really start to perform, improve, win few series and then start talking. Then only that other fans would start to respect you and your players. Since the tour is done now it is better that both the fans should only concentrate on their teams performances and without popping into each others business.

  • Sinhaya on April 2, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    @abcdef_12345, you have not read my post. I said look at Chandimal's average in Australia, England and South Africa. He has now rectified his average in SL with the 2 test tons. Come on men. Admit Chandimal is great. Thirimanne is fine too. Kushal Perera will easily be our best in the future. Please stop playing down our bowling cos we managed to get Aussies all out for 74 this year which is great.

    We also have Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Perera, Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews all set. Dude I am unimpressed by your comments but still I respect your team and good luck to them in Zimbabwe. Looking forward to seeing you all early next year.

  • Htc-Android on April 2, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    @abcdef_1234. 10.6 Mohammad Hafeez to Nasir Hossain, FOUR, Dropped Nasir was all at sea there, the ball turned back in too much for his comfort, leading edge travels to first slip, Younis couldn't get his hands under it, rolled to third man 15.3 Sohail Tanvir to Nasir Hossain, no run, Dropped comes round the wicket, the ball kicks up and Nasir flashes at it, thin edge and Sarfraz fluffs it, that was a sitter

    So Tal_Botvinnik was right. Nasir is good prospect, but it is too early to say. He will be tested in overseas wickets. chandimal has proven records in overseas wickets. He failed in this series, because he is not a good player in subcontinent wickets. Dont forget he scored hundreds in both test matches.

  • British_North_America on April 2, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik Nasir is not a genuine all rounder.He is a part time bowler.However, if you want to post his statistics, post his batting statistics because he is mainly a batsman.And he was never dropped 5 times in his only ODI 100 against Pakistan.

  • The_Ashes on April 2, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Sri Lanka has promising youngsters like Thiramanne, Chandimal etc but common! comparing them to or even better than the likes of Attapatu, De Silva, Jayasuriya etc is insane because they were special players for Sri Lanka back then where a lot of teams the top ones truly feared.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 2, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    All the BD Fans are bantering aroud that SL YOuth is poor. THen WHat about BD Youth? THey will get blown away by quality attacks.Even in Nasir Hossains ODI Century he was dropped 5 times and almost 90% of his runs were edges(IF you want check it out)His Test century come on the flattest track. We know he can bowl, but even our mathews can bowl better than him( Nasir: Test-avg=88.00 s/r=190.00 ODI-54.33 Eco-5.31 T20: only 2 overs bowled thats no enough.: Mathews:Avg:73,s/r-144 ODI-35.60, Eco-4.59 t20-25.43 Eco-6.71)

    THey are yet to find a proper fast bowler after the hyped MAsrafe LOL. Dilshan may have been bowled by club bowlers in BPL, But he has a 195 aganist a english attack that even the famed indian batting couldn't resist.

  • jcdill on April 2, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    i'm very proud of SL cricket cricket team as a indian fan.we do know that they are in a transitional period and yet we need to admire how they performed in these circumstances.BD is good,and they are improvig,but still early days to boast abt it.you had ur team in sl tour although you missed shakib and mashrafe(not much effect) and later tamim.bt you gt to know sl team had less experienced team,in tsts they only had the experience of herath as a bowler and sanga and dilly as bastmen. in one days mali and kula.so wtever they did well,as a indian i really like and respect sl cricket.i wd like to see the 96 wrld cup team again.

  • saifur.raffael on April 2, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    @ abcdef_12345....You are right, in-limited overs cricket Sri-Lanka dont have any special bowler except Malina. Dont think Senanayeke is going to be a difficult or special bowler to be named in the future. He just does his Basic right and thats it. And most of the hype of him being a mystery bowler or any where close to it started after he was picked in the IPL. He is probably going to disappear just as Randiv & Mendis did.

  • AzAb12754 on April 2, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Our 21 year old Nasir Hossain is better than any Sri Lanka youngsters in batting. Plus can bowl/spiin a bit and is an excellent fielder and very quick. Also if Sri Lanka was so confident in this entire series then why did they use their seniors Dilshan, Sanga (returned from broken hand) and Herath? because there's a huge risk of losing to Bangladesh and if you just removed their contributions then your youngsters would've got truly embarrassed but the fact of the matter is you failed to cleansweep a Bangladesh A team all by huge margins i.e. innings :)

  • British_North_America on April 2, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Sri Lanka is going to be the second West Indies of present.Bangladesh is going to be the second Sri Lanka of late 1990s.

  • CoolCharlie on April 2, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    To all BD fans : your team has improved a lot. Well done . But there is still a long way to go . no need to get ahead of yourselves. Concentrate more on domestic infrastructure and i am sure we will have a good team in next ten years. To Lankan fans: Soon you will see a series of retirements. You have to make sure not to get caught in it. Jaya, Sanga , Dilshan were your core and in 3 years time they will not be there. We can say you will soon be entering transition phase. So you might struggle you never know. As of now i can say i think Chandimal looks good. but still long way to go. You need good batsmen .

  • British_North_America on April 2, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Dhutugemunu Do you have any bowler in test except Herath to reckon? Do you have any bowler in limited overs cricket except Senanayeke and Malinga? BD bowling attack is not very good but it is not very lower to SL's.If SL bowling attack is 15, BD is 12.5.You do not have any Dale Steyn in test, mind it.Your Perera and Kulasekara were horrible in the recent series.We do not have any bowler who has very good test records because we do not play many tests.But we have bowlers like Shakib and A.Razzak in limited overs cricket.

  • hystericalnaive on April 2, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Kudos to SL team. Despite bowling against unfavourable wet ball condition , they have come truimph with a young side. SHakib may add value to BD team but dont think his inclusion would ave made much of a difference, with the way such a yound SL side played. Shakib / Tamim have played earlier against SL and never managed to win in the last few occasions and to be very frank they managed to win this ODI because of the conditions , wet field and bowl and ofcourse due to the revised short target . Had it been the normal one, the result would have been again the same old story.

  • Dhutugemunu on April 2, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    @ saifur.raffael; You know. Chandimal used to face better bowlers than your 2nd string bowlers. When your bowlers bowls allover the place it's very hard to hit. New technique from BD second string. lol

  • on April 2, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    SL needs to impove with their young cricketer bcoz there strenth is now come down

  • Metro-ant on April 2, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Does anyone actually realise Chandimal is only staying at home during IPL because he wasn't given a contract during the auction? Sure he might've got a contract during the season and be on the bench with some salary but in reality test cricket in Sri Lanka is just going downhill. Which is why I'm disappointed with Sanga because with his intelligence he could have changed the culture of the team where simply the team comes first and individual achievements second. We all know what happened in that ODI at Lord's. And this is the future of Sri Lankan cricket.

  • lansiya on April 2, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    I have following this bi-play between the BD supporters (there are many of them) and the S/L supporters and all I can say it is really good for B/D to have such faithful followers but unfortunately your team is not as good as you supporters think they are. They are improving but have a long way to go to even get near the S/L team A or B or even C team. Maybe in a few years when your team has improved much more you supporters could afford to make some of these ridiculous comments you now make. Come on B/D supporters stop blaming the wicket, the groundsman and the umpires. Take defeat like gentlemen, stop whinging. You are beginning to sound like the Aussies. You learned the game from the Poms so take it on the chin.

  • AS7777 on April 2, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Great almighty Bangladesh not even selected to play Champions trophy. shame.

  • saifur.raffael on April 2, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    @ Dhutugemunu.........Yes ..you just said it ......how good Chandimal is actually?? He cant score even against the forth or fifth string bowling attack of any country.....

  • Dhutugemunu on April 2, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    @ abcdef_12345 ; Sure. We accept that it was the second rated BD bowling attack. Actually in other Top cricketing nations, forth or fifth string bowling attack is better than your second string attack. Even your best attack is weaker than the second or third string attack of other teams.

  • British_North_America on April 2, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Htc-Android Chandimal even could not score against A.Razzak and Gazi in his own soil in the recent series.

  • Htc-Android on April 2, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    @abcdef_12345 Chandimal scored heavily in Aus,ENG,SA against the likes of Anderson, Finn, Steyn, morkel, Starc, johnson. Ur Nazmul and mortaza are nothing infront of these bowlers

  • jimbond on April 2, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Whats this SL obsession for a 'Fast' bowler? Don't people remember that their successes over the past two decades was managed by a guy called Vaas who didnt care much about pace, but was good enough to plot the downfall of the best. I am also glad to see SL experiment with a young 20-20 captain. It would be great if all teams play with 3 captains and with slightly different squads for the three different versions.

  • British_North_America on April 2, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    SL fans, you are forgetting that your youngsters scored runs against a second rated BD bowling attack.We did not have Shakib who is the best bowler for BD in any format.We did not have Mashrafe, Nazmul for ODIs.I think Kusal Perera is a good prospect for ODI but SL's test future is in dark.To be honest, Dilshan is not in the caliber of Sangakara and Jayawardene.He played in BPL.In the semifinal, he was bowled for duck first ball.In the final, he was bowled for 2 off Taskin Ahmed.It is only Sr Lanka where Dilshan can score big.However, even he will retire soon as he said a few months ago.

  • British_North_America on April 2, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Sinhaya Dinesh Chandimal was a total flop in the 2 ODIs and only T20.Even in the first test where he scored a 100, he got 3 lives.However, his 100 in the 2nd test was good.

  • RANILSAM on April 2, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    SL batting seems formidable with Khusal, Chandimal, Lahiru, Mathews and Kithuruwan. What we need to do is find two good fast bowlers then we can give the same old thrashing for this Bengal cats for the next decade as well. By year 2025 the ODI records between two countries will look like this. SL 60 BD 10.

  • an_alcoholic on April 2, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    every youngesters do have a lot of tallent...i mean that is why they r playin for their national side.....and its the experience of senior mates that make them real gems....i think srilankans r lucky by this way presence of mahela, sanga ,herath is defintly gonna help the tallent of chandimal n kusal. talking abt kusal....what a masacre he made.....i see another sanath n kalu in his way whose sheer presence was enuf 2 make opposition worry. missed mahela whole series n ol ready 2 see his magik in IPL. OL D best SL N cheesrz..

  • spas on April 2, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    @Quddus-Mamu, when Sri Lanka survived after 90s leading players retired Arjuna, Aravinda, even Sanath J. Mahela/Sanga/Dilshan found themselves in the team. Dilshan and Sanath were sort of average players batted down the order until their roles changed.

    when Mahela, Sanga or Dilshan leave, a new players and other members of the team will find a good new mix. Kusal Perara, Kithuruwan W , Angelo P, Bhanuka Rajapakse Tharindu Kaushal are some of the emerging players.

    Try to imagine how would it be with these guys. it may even scare you!

  • Sinhaya on April 2, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    @abcdef_12345, hey have you forgotten about Dinesh Chandimal. Kindly look at his test and ODI average in Australia, England and South Africa and then talk. Please check facts.

  • Sinhaya on April 2, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    To BD fans, remember in the tests there were no umpiring howlers. Even Sanga got a bad umpiring decision in the 2nd test which we won. Regarding ODIs please remember we were the clear winners in the 1st ODI. We had all youngsters for the T20. We are a team which managed to draw the ODIs 2-2 in Australia. We are perfectly set for life after Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan.

  • Dishanstc on April 2, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    having seen a comment by htc Android about Bangla cricketers compared with SA players did you guys notice Shahadat Hossain has imitated the bowling action of Dale Steyn, what was he thinking that he would be quick and successful like Steyn is?

  • Dhutugemunu on April 2, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    Don't worry about SL future, present or past. We SL fans are satisfied with the way it goes. Old or young players will win matches for us. 1 run, 100 runs, 1 wicket, 10 wickets or in innings, win is a win, lost is a lost.

  • arif29 on April 2, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    Very dissapointed with this article. The author has downplayed the achievement of the BD team by saying that SL is playing a transitional team. The author completely forgets to mention that BD lost more players to injury compared to SL. It was clear from the attitude of the SL management (the umpiring, the commentary and now the articles) that SL was desperate to avoid a major embarrassment by losing the T20 to BD and so now they are making all these excuses. But I am sorry to say that this SL side was nearly full strength (except Jayawardena) for most of the series and the only reason that they were able to have some success in the series is because BD had to play with their 3rd string pace attack (Shahadat and Abul). From all the comments, it is clear to me, for all the talk of friendship, none of our neighboring countries have any will to give us any respect as a cricket team or as a nation.

  • on April 2, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    I watched that I think SL has a great group of youngsters . They should develop that nunn pradeep to become a good strike bowler . medium pacers will ony take you so far . though I this eranga is also a good bowler

  • Htc-Android on April 2, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    @Quddus-Mamu. Dont worry about our future mate. Our youngsters have proven records in Overseas wickets. lets whats ur youngsters will do there. If u have better youngsters than us then thats great. But please do one thing. Tell ur players to improve their winning ratio in test matches. Less talk and more work is the key for success. But i dont see this from both ur fans and players. No wonder why ur still in the bottom of the table. This is one reason why teams like Aus, SA and IND dont want to play test matches with ur team....:)

  • xylo on April 2, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    Very well written! Compare this to the take of Sharda Ugra on a team in transition(India) against a top-rated test team(England) that still had to carry passengers(Sehwag, Gambhir, Zaheer and Sachin). That is an example of how not to analyze a team.

  • on April 2, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    Srilanka win this match because they got 13 players. BAN got only 11 player. This two new player in SRI lineup "" REJ Martinesz and RSA Palliyaguruge""

  • Htc-Android on April 2, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    According to BD fans whoever plays for BD is talented and World class. According to their fans, this current team with experience in 3 years will be better than SA. Nazmul and Mortaza with experience will be better than steyn and philander. Nasir, Shakib, Mushfigur,Tamim with experience will be better than Amla,Kallis, AB and Smith. Happy now Bangladeshi fans.

  • Quddus-Mamu on April 2, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    Just imagine what team Sri Lanka will look like without Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan after 3-5 years? It would be hard for them to win any match even in their own ground. Unless the great umpires REJ Martinesz and RSA Palliyaguruge in field.

  • Thushaa on April 2, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    Nice humble beginning. Dinesh seems to have firm roots on the ground, so is his technique. He might not be a dasher but having a normal batsmen with a good brain, is not a problem for a T20. As the selectors have shown a long-term-strategy, they should stick to it. Else the ad-hoc methods will hinder the future progress. Now as Sanath has shown that they are having a strategy, they should stick to it, what ever happens. They results will be long term, but sticking with that, under what pressures comes into him, will be the key.

  • Fogu on April 2, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    @ abcdef. I am not sure what matches you were watching. SL has very good youngsters and with the guidance they receive from Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan and Herath they will be world class players soon. I am not sure why you are commenting on SL article anyway. BD has improved quite a bit but that doesn't mean we can not see good in other teams. I am a BD fan and I appreciate what SL has done to support BD. If BD younsters develop the way SL youngsters are developing, I see good competition ahead between our countries. Go Tigers and Lions.

  • KingOwl on April 1, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    Cric_Sanity: It is a valid point about the average. But you need to understand that SL has come down to that average age from a very senior, experienced side, just a few months ago. So, such a steep drop is bound to have a big effect. BD has always been young and inexperienced. So, there is a big difference.

  • Batmanindallas on April 1, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    abcdef_12345 -mate Bangladesh is the new WI team from 70s-hope you sleep easy now

  • on April 1, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    @abcdef_12345 Another intersting fact for you is SL is a country where players traditionally has a better Test and ODI AVG than First class and List A (due to the pitches been so bowler friendly in domestic level). If you dont believe me just check the stats of Sanga. So I would ask you to go through this list again and get some understanding of SL youngsters before commenting. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=7861;type=tournament

  • on April 1, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    @abcdef_12345 If you watched the yesterdays match you would have seen a glimpse of what youngsters from SL are capable of doing. Unfortunately BD didnt take more than 5 wkts so Angelo Perera couldn't bat. Bestway to identify the talent of a batsmen is to check their First class avg and strike rates. If both are high then that batsmen is naturally gifted. (For Ex- Virendra shewag, Adam Gilchrist, to name a few). Now SL first class structure has 3 batsmen who has those characteristics, Kaushal perera (you saw whats the guy capable of,) Dinesh Chandimal, and Anjelo perera. People to come with that character are Banuka Rajapakse, and Yashoda Lanka

  • on April 1, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    @abcdef_12345 well people said the same thing when we lost Arjuna and Aravinda but we got sanga and Mahela (Better replacements than Arjuna and Aravinda) Then they said about Sanath well we found Dilshan (who was a middle order basmen then and was not a forse to recon with until 2009). Now we have loads of youngsters but not enough places in the team. I would say this is the golden period of SL cricket. I got to say BD has improved but I think they will be back to their normal services once they go out of subcontinent. Only think SL lacks is good fast bowler or 2. In my opinion Sangakkara should retire from ODIs and consider more on test as there are more than enough youngsters to fill up his boots in ODIs.

  • Cric_Sanity on April 1, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    Just to keep things into perspective… SL players' average age was 25.55 and BD's was 25.15. Looks like both team fielded a young team.

  • on April 1, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    @abcdef_12345 well got to say one thing dude shall we compare the young up and coming players from bangladesh that you mentioned and young players from Sri Lanka. FYI this is the best period that Sri lanka has ever had young talents as a bunch. In 5 years time Sri Lanka team will be better than now mark my words. Lets just compare some young talents, Sri lanka has Thirimanna, Chandimal, Mathews, Kaushal, Angeleo perera, Kithruwan, Yashoda Lanka,Banuka Rajapakse, Tharindu Kaushal to name a few. Just take a look at their first class carriers and international carriers and compare it with your team. And by the way some of the players mentioned above has played in Australia, SAF,England and they have proven themselves in fast bouncy pitches not only on flat tracks. Young talents come from infrastructures and how competitive is their first class cricket is. SL has better infrastructure and better first class cricket than Bangladesh.

  • rajithwijepura on April 1, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    @abcdef_12345 - who cares what you find or not. If BD is so strong why they didnt beat srilankas development team? BD can only win in once in a blue moon

  • kevepere on April 1, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    What SL really need is to find is a young fast bowler who can serve especially in Test format ! SL really badly need a top fast bowler like Vaas ! Eranga needs to improve more

  • British_North_America on April 1, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    I do not find good future for Sri Lanka in test.Since the retirement of Murali, they only won 5 tests till now.Once Sangakara, Jayawardene and herath retire, they will be very vulnerable and may even loose to weak test team like BD.They do not have a single young promising batsman or bowler in test.In ODI, they are better but they lack middle order strength.I think BD will be matured test team in the next 3 years while players like Nasir, Gazi and Anamul will be more matured.In ODI, Bangladesh is now a very challenging team when is in full strength.We have good pacers like Mashrafe, nazmul and spinners like A. Razzak,Gazi.Tamim, Shakib,Mushfiq, Mahudullah,Nasir are very quality batsmen.Within the next year, you will also see Taskin, a very talented fast bowler and Shabbir Rahaman, a big hitter of the ball.A very good T20 player.That guy Shamshur Rahman who was unfortunate in the last match is also very talented.

  • British_North_America on April 1, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    dilhan Then what about first ODI when two hours of delay made plenty of dew to fall and made the pitch easier for batting? And you have seen how many decisions clearly went against BD in the T20.No matter, a pitch is flat or not, you still have to adjust to the conditions and play well to survive against bowlers like Herath.

  • on April 1, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    abcdef_12345 >> India lost to Zim & Bangladesh when they fronted a young side to see how they do...But look at where they r now ?

    Same with SL... just because we didnt whitewash bangladesh this time around with a much younger team doesnt mean anything..

    We will reach at least the Semis in the champions trophy as well as the finals of the upcoming worldcups..waiting to see how well bangladesh will do

  • SyedAreYouDumb on April 1, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Chandimal always plays with a smile and it is nice to see him trying to improve his technique. He should have been captain instead of Matthews. His words after the t20 were humble and shows how nice a character he is. Regarding not whitewashing Bangladesh, they are now tough opponents to bully in the subcontinent and all they need is some pace bowlers and they will be a hard to beat. Their batsmen can handle pressure (but are susceptible to collapsing), whilst their spinners are quality.

  • DoraemonBangladesh on April 1, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Sri Lanka missed the ODI series against Bangladesh, I would say not the rain but there is a statement "Fame & Fortune Favours the Brave", we find this is correct during the first ODI and the third ODI, where Sri Lanka won the first and Bangladesh won the third. BUT we all noticed, that, in the T20 Match this statement was not correct where Umpires fortuned and favoured a particular side to keep them their ranking in T20 Table.

  • dilhan on April 1, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    @abcdef_12345 Look at this way pal, if not for the super flat pitch in Galle and the rain during the 3rd ODI, BD would have been whitewashed in all formats... BD is improving, but they still have a long long way to go to get into top 8.... In my opinion, they still will not be in the top 8 in 10 years time, for on current form they will have to displace NZ or WI, and those countries have better infrastructure.... but hats off from a SL supporter, improved showing this series

  • seantells on April 1, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    too early too predict anything

  • Lakpj on April 1, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Wish Kushal, Dimuth, Thirimanne, Chandimal, Anjelo Perera, Kithuruwan and with players like Shehan Jaya, Gayan Maneeshan as 2nd line SLs future batting looks promising. In the spin department Senanayake along with Tharindu Kaushal may well become permanent members. Bit of a worrying thing would be to find a 2,3 consistent quick bowlers. Eranga too needs to be more consistent. if that can be done there is every possibility that this could turn in to a very solid team.

  • British_North_America on April 1, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Sri Lanka will be disappointment not to whitewash Bangladesh in all formats? Really? They were little lucky that they won the 2nd test.But they were extremely lucky that they did not loose the T20 series.

  • British_North_America on April 1, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    Sri Lanka will be disappointment not to whitewash Bangladesh in all formats? Really? They were little lucky that they won the 2nd test.But they were extremely lucky that they did not loose the T20 series.

  • Lakpj on April 1, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Wish Kushal, Dimuth, Thirimanne, Chandimal, Anjelo Perera, Kithuruwan and with players like Shehan Jaya, Gayan Maneeshan as 2nd line SLs future batting looks promising. In the spin department Senanayake along with Tharindu Kaushal may well become permanent members. Bit of a worrying thing would be to find a 2,3 consistent quick bowlers. Eranga too needs to be more consistent. if that can be done there is every possibility that this could turn in to a very solid team.

  • seantells on April 1, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    too early too predict anything

  • dilhan on April 1, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    @abcdef_12345 Look at this way pal, if not for the super flat pitch in Galle and the rain during the 3rd ODI, BD would have been whitewashed in all formats... BD is improving, but they still have a long long way to go to get into top 8.... In my opinion, they still will not be in the top 8 in 10 years time, for on current form they will have to displace NZ or WI, and those countries have better infrastructure.... but hats off from a SL supporter, improved showing this series

  • DoraemonBangladesh on April 1, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Sri Lanka missed the ODI series against Bangladesh, I would say not the rain but there is a statement "Fame & Fortune Favours the Brave", we find this is correct during the first ODI and the third ODI, where Sri Lanka won the first and Bangladesh won the third. BUT we all noticed, that, in the T20 Match this statement was not correct where Umpires fortuned and favoured a particular side to keep them their ranking in T20 Table.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on April 1, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Chandimal always plays with a smile and it is nice to see him trying to improve his technique. He should have been captain instead of Matthews. His words after the t20 were humble and shows how nice a character he is. Regarding not whitewashing Bangladesh, they are now tough opponents to bully in the subcontinent and all they need is some pace bowlers and they will be a hard to beat. Their batsmen can handle pressure (but are susceptible to collapsing), whilst their spinners are quality.

  • on April 1, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    abcdef_12345 >> India lost to Zim & Bangladesh when they fronted a young side to see how they do...But look at where they r now ?

    Same with SL... just because we didnt whitewash bangladesh this time around with a much younger team doesnt mean anything..

    We will reach at least the Semis in the champions trophy as well as the finals of the upcoming worldcups..waiting to see how well bangladesh will do

  • British_North_America on April 1, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    dilhan Then what about first ODI when two hours of delay made plenty of dew to fall and made the pitch easier for batting? And you have seen how many decisions clearly went against BD in the T20.No matter, a pitch is flat or not, you still have to adjust to the conditions and play well to survive against bowlers like Herath.

  • British_North_America on April 1, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    I do not find good future for Sri Lanka in test.Since the retirement of Murali, they only won 5 tests till now.Once Sangakara, Jayawardene and herath retire, they will be very vulnerable and may even loose to weak test team like BD.They do not have a single young promising batsman or bowler in test.In ODI, they are better but they lack middle order strength.I think BD will be matured test team in the next 3 years while players like Nasir, Gazi and Anamul will be more matured.In ODI, Bangladesh is now a very challenging team when is in full strength.We have good pacers like Mashrafe, nazmul and spinners like A. Razzak,Gazi.Tamim, Shakib,Mushfiq, Mahudullah,Nasir are very quality batsmen.Within the next year, you will also see Taskin, a very talented fast bowler and Shabbir Rahaman, a big hitter of the ball.A very good T20 player.That guy Shamshur Rahman who was unfortunate in the last match is also very talented.

  • kevepere on April 1, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    What SL really need is to find is a young fast bowler who can serve especially in Test format ! SL really badly need a top fast bowler like Vaas ! Eranga needs to improve more