Sri Lanka news April 18, 2011

Dilshan named captain for England tour

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Tillakaratne Dilshan has been appointed Sri Lanka's captain for all three formats during the upcoming tour of England in May following Kumar Sangakkara's resignation from the post after the World Cup. Sri Lanka Cricket have not yet named a vice-captain to fill the role vacated by Mahela Jayawardene because "the prospective candidates are nursing injuries, and their availability for the forthcoming tour is still in question."

Dilshan's appointment ends the speculation over whether he, or 23-year-old allrounder Angelo Mathews, would be named as Sangakkara's immediate successor. Mathews is presently fighting to recover from a leg injury which he said could keep him out for eight weeks.

In a recent interview with ESPNcricinfo, Sangakkara, who resigned with a view of giving the next captain enough time to build a team before the 2015 World Cup, had backed either player to take over the captaincy. "If they think Angie [Angelo] is too young then Dilshan will do a good job because he has these little touches for success. Anything he does on the field, he has this little knack," he said. "I don't know whether he will be the long-term candidate with his age, but if he keeps himself fit he can easily play the next World Cup."

Dilshan, 34, previously led Sri Lanka to a win in a triangular ODI series in Zimbabwe - the third team being India - in May-June 2010, apart from captaining the side in two Twenty20 internationals in 2008 and 2009. Presently with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, Dilshan is coming off a rich vein of form in the World Cup, in which he topped the batting table with 500 runs from nine matches at 62.50.

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  • Black_Rider on April 20, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    @sanjeevmukherjee2006::You don't know about our young brigade. Chandimal(who scored a century against Indians),Banuka Rajapaksha,Chathura Peris(very good under 19 players).You just wait buddy......We have very good replacements

  • rustyryan on April 20, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    @Sanga_N_Mahiya : Wow. Amidst all the fight, i liked the way u used the term "Machan". As i'm from Tamil Nadu we also frequently use Machan / Machi in conversation. :)

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on April 20, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    India and Pakistan were the best teams in the ODI..here ppl are wondering about retirement of Sachin Dravid and Lax..well mate think abou who will replace superstars like Dilshan, Mahela and Sanga even find a replacement for Murli!!!!

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on April 20, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    at least we won series in england and drew in SA ur current team widout murali and widout any fast bowler apart from malinga will not win a single test in Eng and SA mark my words!!!

  • Black_Rider on April 20, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    @ LankanWonder,,,,,You are absolutely ccorrect machan.

  • buddhikapm on April 20, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    English is not the matter...pls dont talk nonsense..Thats the best option at this moment and it is a goot test for him to change his style to lead the team while keeping his aggressive bating style which could make a good impact to boost the moral of the Team

  • Mitsui on April 20, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    @sanjeevmukherjee2006: Erm, Sub continent = flat tracks. The Asia cup and world cup was held in sub continent which consists of flat tracks. India is dubbed as flat track heaven and the World cup final was held in flat track heaven to give Sachin a good farewell (Why doesn't he retire and give an opportunity to young players like Rayudu, Badri? Proves my point of being a selfish player) Every person who is knowledgeable about cricket knows India has flat tracks. So I think I've got my facts right. Sure we lost the finals 3 times in a trot, but we did well enough to qualify to the finals in bouncy pitches. What about India? Kicked out of group stages in 2007 wc (WI), Last place in group stages in t20 wcs (ENG & WI) Shows who the flat track bullies are now eh mate?

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on April 20, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    @lankan wonder if india is flat track bully tell me how india won the matches at perth and durban..won series in Eng, WI, Pak,NZ, drew series in SL, Aus,SA..compare this with ur team..ohh well if Indians are flat track bullies, why SL are not flat track bullies why they lost to India in Asia cup and World cup, why ur team lost in 3 finals on the trot, why ur team as yet has not won any test in India..get the facts rite

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on April 20, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    @KANCHANA623 dilshan well we are not afraid of dilshan etc cause we have defeated u in so many finals in the last 2 years notably Asia cup and world cup..we are so happy

  • area1985 on April 20, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    nlambada srilnaka beat england 5-0 in eng and sa 5-0 in sl without murali, they won test series against SA,PAK,NZ without murali, so ur comment are false again, keep dreaming malinga to retire in ur fantasy world, he's only 27 ha ha ha

  • Black_Rider on April 20, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    @sanjeevmukherjee2006::You don't know about our young brigade. Chandimal(who scored a century against Indians),Banuka Rajapaksha,Chathura Peris(very good under 19 players).You just wait buddy......We have very good replacements

  • rustyryan on April 20, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    @Sanga_N_Mahiya : Wow. Amidst all the fight, i liked the way u used the term "Machan". As i'm from Tamil Nadu we also frequently use Machan / Machi in conversation. :)

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on April 20, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    India and Pakistan were the best teams in the ODI..here ppl are wondering about retirement of Sachin Dravid and Lax..well mate think abou who will replace superstars like Dilshan, Mahela and Sanga even find a replacement for Murli!!!!

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on April 20, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    at least we won series in england and drew in SA ur current team widout murali and widout any fast bowler apart from malinga will not win a single test in Eng and SA mark my words!!!

  • Black_Rider on April 20, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    @ LankanWonder,,,,,You are absolutely ccorrect machan.

  • buddhikapm on April 20, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    English is not the matter...pls dont talk nonsense..Thats the best option at this moment and it is a goot test for him to change his style to lead the team while keeping his aggressive bating style which could make a good impact to boost the moral of the Team

  • Mitsui on April 20, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    @sanjeevmukherjee2006: Erm, Sub continent = flat tracks. The Asia cup and world cup was held in sub continent which consists of flat tracks. India is dubbed as flat track heaven and the World cup final was held in flat track heaven to give Sachin a good farewell (Why doesn't he retire and give an opportunity to young players like Rayudu, Badri? Proves my point of being a selfish player) Every person who is knowledgeable about cricket knows India has flat tracks. So I think I've got my facts right. Sure we lost the finals 3 times in a trot, but we did well enough to qualify to the finals in bouncy pitches. What about India? Kicked out of group stages in 2007 wc (WI), Last place in group stages in t20 wcs (ENG & WI) Shows who the flat track bullies are now eh mate?

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on April 20, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    @lankan wonder if india is flat track bully tell me how india won the matches at perth and durban..won series in Eng, WI, Pak,NZ, drew series in SL, Aus,SA..compare this with ur team..ohh well if Indians are flat track bullies, why SL are not flat track bullies why they lost to India in Asia cup and World cup, why ur team lost in 3 finals on the trot, why ur team as yet has not won any test in India..get the facts rite

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on April 20, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    @KANCHANA623 dilshan well we are not afraid of dilshan etc cause we have defeated u in so many finals in the last 2 years notably Asia cup and world cup..we are so happy

  • area1985 on April 20, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    nlambada srilnaka beat england 5-0 in eng and sa 5-0 in sl without murali, they won test series against SA,PAK,NZ without murali, so ur comment are false again, keep dreaming malinga to retire in ur fantasy world, he's only 27 ha ha ha

  • area1985 on April 20, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    @2006 ur wrong again, there is no tour in sl vs sa in 2005, if so tell me what was the result, nz & wi doesnt have any meaningfull attack & bloemfontein wicket is similer to subcontinent it doesnt have any pace or bounce, even jayasuriya scored 3 hudred there, so ur wrong again. , only 100 he got in aus was without magrath & warne, dilshan got test 100 against aus when shane warn & macgrath both in the side.

    @nlamba srilanka have beaten england 5-0 in eng and sa 5-0 in sl without murali, they won terst series with pak & sa without murali , malinga's last wc?? he's only 27 ,, sure ur tendulkar & dravid r now closing there retirement & india's most dependent test match bowler kumble is also retired,kirsten also gone, so rather than worrying for srilanka better u worry for what will happen to ur teams future

  • chintu_4 on April 20, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    cool guys..... cricket is just only a sport . u can't compare either sehwag or dilshan. sehwag is too good in his way of playing and dilshan is also so good in his way of playing. and for that matter the opponent team threatens by seeing sehwag in crease that makes him so special. but dilshan is also good but not as good as sehwag wen it comes to hand and eye coordination the way he hits the ball.

  • nlambda on April 20, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    @KANCHANA623 : without Murali SL will struggle to get to #3 in all forms of the game. #1 is hopelessly out of reach. Even Malinga says he has played his last WC...

  • on April 19, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    Weather permitting , england will win 2 nil...one dayers are going to be close..sri lanka is an excellent one day unit, no two ways about it...they are by far the best feilding side in Asia.But as a test side (even with Murali ) , they hardly tasted success outside the subcontinent..never won in australia and south africa..Yes they have won twice in england..But this time they will be touring in the first half of the summer and with the swinging conditions its going to be tuf..And why do ppl bring the Indian Batsmen especially Sehwag into the picture? Sehwag has scored mountains of runs in the subcontinent and his record overseas is decent as well. 2 100's in australia, one in england, one in SA, one in WI..and India's overseas record is much much better than Sri Lanka in the last decade as well..infact better than most of the teams..2 in australia, 2 in england, 2 in WI, 2 in SA, 1 in NZ etc..and we win tests in Srilanka as well..

  • KANCHANA623 on April 19, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    What ever said and done it seems that some Indian fans have become frightned of Dilshan.This may be after that dreadful experience they had in the Zim tour where Dili was the captain. Watchout world Dili"s magic touches will bring Sl to no 1 in all three forms of the game.

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on April 19, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    Area i pity u, sehwag score his first ton in sa at bloemfontein, he toured england only in 2002 and he scored a tön, he hit a sizzler of 150plus in melbourne, in nz,in pak in wi and yes sl toured sa in 2005 plz chek wiki

  • Mitsui on April 19, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Its really pathetic to see SOME Indian supporters glorifying their flat-track bullies comprised team in articles which doesn't concern them. Newsflash, this article is about Dilshan being appointed captain not about Sehwag or Sachin or team India. But I'll state this, Sehwag is a flat track bully who cannot score outside the sub (T20 wc in England, series in SA) while Dilshan was actually the top scorer in the t20 wc in England. As for Sachin, legend and great batsman but very selfish player. That's why India lose 90% of the time he scores a century. We all saw him taking a single to get 100 instead of trying to get a boundary in the last ball in MI v KTK match. You'll never see Dilshan playing for himself.

  • area1985 on April 19, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    @2006 srilanka toured south africa in 2005???, in ur dreams???, south africa toured srilanka on 2004 & 2006 both series won by srilanka, last they toured sa in 2001/2002

  • area1985 on April 19, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    ha ha so funny dilshan have no 100 outside asia??, this shows ur lack of knowledge he recently scored 100 against southafrica in southafrica,, got 96 in england and finish as highest run getter in t20 wc 2009 along side with his record in 2011 wc,he also dominant batsman in ipl played in sa2009,, he never play test cricket away from subcontinent as opening player . he play brilliant knocks as middle over player in 2006 england series .where sewag , who was an opening player for more than 10 yrs, didn't scored a single hundred in eng or sa, he only got 1 in aus in 8macthes and nothing in oldies.

  • Mark00 on April 19, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    Matthews is a natural choice for captain but the responsibility of being a captain at a stage when he still hasn't fully developed his batting talent will slow him down. Dilshan is a good stop gap to lead the team and, simultaneously, Matthews needs to be pushed up the order to come in at number three in ODIs and Tests with sangakarra coming in at 4 in odis and mahela at 5 and mahela at 4 and sangakarra at 5 in tests.

  • area1985 on April 19, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    @rusyrayan; have india ever beaten srilanka in a test series?? they trying very hard buy coming here for every 2 years time to brake that record,at least srilanka drew test series again india in 1997,, did ur team have great time in test matches in sl??, u have beaten by innings and more than 150 runs buy 3 times in last few years in sl, wc record also put sl ahead of india so both ur comments prove wrong

  • area1985 on April 19, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    @rusty@ all others who have prob with srilanka just check this stats

    india play 12 test in past 15 years in aus won only 2 both thanx for rahul dravid who is 39 now

    srilanka only play 4 matches in past 15 yrs and won 0, 2 of the matches without murali including a draw

    srilanka won 11 odi vs aus in aus where as india won only 8 srilanka won 1 of t20 in odi india 0

    srilnaka didnt play sa since 2001 far as india play 9 times after 2001 for 2 wins sl won 22 lost 22 vs southafrica where as india won 24 lost 41 to sa

    srilankan population is 20m indian population is 1200m what else?

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on April 19, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    dilshan has no test or odi centuries outside Asia and sehwag has centuries all around the globe in Aus Eng Sa. SL has yet to win a test in india amazing stuff.... India entered two world cup finals since 2007 won both ofthem..SL entered 3 lost 3...

  • on April 19, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Dilshan is the right choice for the SL Team present situation - all other players inexperience considering that facts Captaincy should go to player who can manage all thees Latter on Mathews will Take over the Captaincy,

  • on April 19, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Why do ppl fight over cricket stats.... why are lankans doing this!!! Its a indian thing isnt it LOL:) keep our class lankans what u type and argue here doesnt matter dilshan is capt now... he could end up a disaster he could also turn out to be a all time great for SL... Great Capt. were very aggressive Eg: Arjuna Ranatunga, Steve Waugh, Allan Border, Imran Khan... they were all great because hey had aggression when required and Dilly has got that Swagga Might just be the best thing that happened to us u neva knw!!!! Angelo is from my school i want him to be a Skipper more than anyone else but i think he needs another yr or two for that....

  • area1985 on April 19, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    what ever ur guys argue ur should not forgot srilanka got only 20m population witch is 1/60 of india's. so dont be so jelous for a sport which only involve 4,5 competitive sides in whole world

  • rustyryan on April 19, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    @area1985. Chill mate. First you win a series in India and then think about winning against aus or sa. Real challenge starts now. As u said, you guys won lotsa matches against SA mainly due to legend Murali. Stil remember how boucher would react lik a kid in maths exam when ever he plays against Murali. Wit out Murali, its really tough to take 20 wickets in a test match. Real test for Dilshan starts now. Want to c how Dilshan keeps his temperament. I stil remember the first T20 when he was appointed as a captain. He kept wickets and he was furious for every single run. Ultimate fun was Two pathans were making a mockery out of him and he couldn't do anything. Fingers crossed.

  • area1985 on April 19, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    abhi_cricinfo dilshan is not the permanent captain he only appoint bcz mathews was injured, so don't worry about srilankan cricket . have u saw a bad dream of dilshan?? he let the team to victory on the single tournament he played in Zimbabwe also included india with a 2nd level team, when ur team even beaten by zimabawe.

    from where did u get those stats??, sewag bulk runs came in subcontinent wickets, most of them came in dead wickets of india & pakistan,, so u go and ask icc president to arrange more india pakistan matches ,, and be happy

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on April 19, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    @area1985 well SL did went to SA in 2005 it seems u dont follow cricket seriously ok agreed they have not toured SA AUs, but they have travelled to India so why is it SL have not yet won any test in India!!! also againstl SA, Ind ODI records are better than SL, look at the test average of Samaraveera outside Asia, Dilshan has no test centuries outside Asia, only Sanga and Mahela are good players when it comes to play overseas..Last year India fought bravely against SA without Sachin Sehwag and dont forget India has won so many ODi series against SL... including Asia cup world cup etc

  • area1985 on April 19, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    @ Ricky Roberts r u kidding ????,, dilshan imitating sewag ha ha,,nice joke any way,, when he has sanath jayasuriya in srilankan side who is the master of power hitting, y he would even think about sewag, remember its srilanka who starts to attack the new ball 1st in cricket , india was playing 50 over test cricket that time,, see what happen in ipl 2009 in sa, virendra sewag fails to deliver any thing on bounce wicket,s its dilshan who took them to the semis with his own bat, what more u can say?

  • KANCHANA623 on April 19, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    Dilshan will be a very good captain for SriLanka.Thats 4 sure. In comparison with Shewag Dilshan is way on top. Dilshan has lately developed to be very consistant with both ball and bat. He proved himself in the worldcup with an average of 63 and 10 wickets to go with that.

  • area1985 on April 19, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    @sanjeevmukherjee2006 u can't compare srilankan test record with indian test record, bcz srilanka have young test history of 28 years compare to india more than 80 years, also the fact they didnt play in sa since 2001 and only play 4 test agains aus since 1995,, doesn't make any sense .but i don't think srilanka will remain india's record of not winning any series in aus, or sa when they play same no of matches india play on those countries., just look at ur odi record with south africa compare to srilanka's odi record to sa game close!

  • ChrisLawNZ on April 19, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Dilshan makes bad decisions all the time and trouble and scandals follow him always. Zimbabwe affair, Calcutta night club affair, Shewag / Randhiv affair and many more. Totally unsuitable to lead and inspire others, let alone command respect of team members. England is going to walk all over Sri Lanka..

  • WaldermaltCricketer on April 19, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    This is my ODI (50-50) Team 1.U.Tharanga 2.TM Dilshan(VC) 3.K.Sangakkara(WK) 4.D.Chandimal 5.M.Jayawardane 6.A.Mathews(C) 7.C.Silva/C.Kapugedara/T.Kandamby 8.N.Kulasekara 9.S.Randiv/A.Mendis 10.L.Malinga 11.D.Fernando/T/Perera Test Team 1.T.Paranavithana 2.TM Dilshan(VC) 3.K.Sangakkara 4.M.Jayawardane 5.A.Mathews(C) 6.T.Samaraweera 7.P.Jayawardane(WK) 8.A.Mendis/S.Randiv 9.D.Fernando/D.Prasad 10.N.Kulasekara/C.Welagedara 11.T.Thushara/R.Herath

  • 4447 on April 19, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    i think this is the best man to appoint as the captain in my country srilanka cricket team.in here im tell under captaince of dilshan srilanka can get world cup 2015

  • KP_84 on April 19, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Dilshan is a bad choice for Test captain. It's okay to have him leading the ODI side, but he doesn't have the tactical nous to be a successful Test captain. This is why, in an ideal world, Mahela Jayawardene would have gone on captaining the team until his retirement. It was a huge loss to Sri Lanka when he stepped down in 2009. Jayawardene and Sangakkara can advise Dilshan on which course of action to take on the field - only if asked by Dilshan, mind you - but Dilshan will still have the final word. You wouldn't say it's troubling that Sri Lanka's performances will be determined by Dilshan's judgement, but it's certainly not ideal. In my view, Samaraweera was a better option for Test captain.

  • WaldermaltCricketer on April 19, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    Just need confirmation whether this is a long term appointment or not. Sanga made a correct decision to resign from the captaincy cuz SL lost WC final due to his lack of commitment in the final.And he made few wrong decisions when selecting the team for the final. so it's essential for Sanga to leave the captaincy as he showed he's not fit enough to lead the team in such a big game as WC final.Now the problem is who will be the captain for next 2015WC.Dilshan is not a player who can lead the team for victories as he's not even able to show his talents in crucial games under huge pressure.This is a nother poor decision made by present SLCB.

  • on April 19, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    first the srilankan cricket fans have to do one thing tell ur new captain to cancel his ipl contract from royal challenges & go & watch the chennai super kings match to learn the captaincy of mahi........how he is controlling his emotions & handling the match in presure situations........

    Dont compare shewag with dilshan...... comedy of the year 2011. bcoz shewag from his first international match to till playing the same way how he started. but dilshan started playing his shots after watching shewag batting only in last 2 years he is playing well, shewag is the boss of dilshan ok ........... he he he ha ha ha

  • on April 19, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Me too disappointed bcoz dilsan dont have the tendency to lead the team, he is not calm & cool in the ground, in his first captaincy match against india from the first ball to the end of the match he looks angry. now dilsan is 34, if srilankan cricket thinks about there future definitly they have to give the captaincy to younger one like tharanga, camara silva & mathews.............. @anupam goel & ramzi- u peoples dont compare shewag with dilshan bcoz shewag can play all shots in the cricket books but dilsan can"t.only offside & cant hit the ball in the gap like shewag u peoples wait & see in the ipl..............

  • khalidhassen on April 19, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    AND THE TEST SIDE:

    TEST SIDE

    1. T. PARANAVITANA/ P.JAYAWARDENE 2. T. DILSHAN (C) 3. K. SANGAKKARA 4. M. JAYAWARDENE 5. U. THARANGA (VC) 6. A. MATHEWS 7. D. CHANDIMAL/T.SAMARAWEERA 8. F. MAHROOF 9. N. KULASEKARA/C. WELAGEDARA 10. A. MENDIS 11. R. HERATH

    SUB: T. SAMARAWEERA C. WELAGEDARA P. JAYAWARDENE

  • khalidhassen on April 19, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    This is how I think the ODI & T20 SIDE should be like:

    1 U. Tharanga(VC) 2 T. Dilshan (C) 3. K. Sangakkara 4. M. Jayawardene 5. A. Mathews 6. J. Mendis/S. Jayasuriya 7. D. Chandimal/S. Randiv 8. T. Perera/N. Kulasekara 9. F. Mahroof 10. L. Malinga 11. A. Mendis/R. Herath

    SUB: S. Randiv N. Kulasekara D. Fernando R. Herath S. Jayasuriya T. THUSHARA

  • chandau on April 19, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Is he a good captain? Only time will tell as I am not sure of his experience at club (Bloomfield) or school cricket (Kaluthara). Among the current crop I can think of only Angie who has done it at school (SPC) and U19 level (did Thilan captain Ananda or SSC?). But then as the great Arjuna Ranathunga said "captaincy is 10% skill and 90% luck", of which dilly seems to have bucketloads. Anyway he will have 2 former captains to call on in case of emergency (one a great startegist, the other more orthodox). One has to look at the guys with their ages and see how many are potential 2015 WC starters. Dilshan (34) Tharanga (26) Mahela (34) Sanga (33) Sam (35) Chamara S(31) Chamara K(24) Angie (24) Thisara (22) Kula (29) Vass (37) Suraj (26) Herath (33) Mendis (26) Malinga (28) Dilhara (32) Lahiru (22) Dinesh (22) Kanda (29) Maharoof (27) PJ (32) Thushara (30) Wela (30) Lakmal (24) Prasad (28) Bandara (31) Jeevan (28)

  • Dranga on April 19, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    DILSHAN is a good team player , he has the aggression required which being going away from SL cricket..but he should be replaced by young guy( prop. the VC) in 2 years time to lead the 2015 WC..sanga, mahela,dilshan will not fit enough for 2015 wc since lot of young talents waiting.....

  • abhi_cricinfo on April 19, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    @area1985 : Sehwag is far far better than Dilshan . Sehwag's home avg is 45 ,SR 90+ and overseas avg is 41 , SR 90+[ODI+Test+T20]. Dilshan's home avg is 38 , SR 75+ and overseas avg is 40 , SR 77+[ODI+Test+T20]. Pity that Sehwag has't played that many T20 Internationals .Dilshan as captain is complete FAIL. Sorry SL supporters but this is truth.

  • morajera on April 19, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    its like making Gurusinge captain... u know that's going to be a disaster. hes a good player not leadership material.

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on April 19, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    @area1985 and others agreed sehwag struggled in SA well he scored 80 odd most impotantly sehwag has centuries in England dont forget that moreover India has won the test series in England last time around and drew with SA 1-1 what about Sri Lanka have they won any test in SA Aus and India answer is no your team has still not won a single test in India it is hillarious isnt it

  • mohammad.atif on April 19, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    They both are best players but I think they resigned at this time just to play IPL. They should realise that srilankan team will suffer because of this. There was no point other than this that they both resigned?

  • cambrose on April 19, 2011, 5:28 GMT

    dont worry SLC always works backwards and then forwards. its so sad to see that Duleep Mendis with so much experience behind him does blunderers like this.

  • on April 19, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    Dilshan is neither better batsman nor better captain than Mahela and Sanga...Jaywardhane is class ..and Sanaga is delight ...

  • landl47 on April 19, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    The tour of England is going to be much tougher than the World Cup. The conditions will be cool and not suitable for spin. Sri Lanka only has Malinga to bowl decent seamers and they're going to struggle to get England out. Assuming Sanga and Mahela make the tour, the batting will still be strong, but England's bowlers are a different proposition in their home country. The best of luck to Dilshan, but I can't see Sri Lanka winning the test series.

  • on April 19, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    I don't think Mendis had much to choose from, but surely Mathews has to be the VC, we have to groom him for the captaincy. I was quite interesting listening to Geoff Boycott who said something to the effect that captaincy is easy on mediocre players as they don't spend that much time batting or bowling, eg Ray Illingworth and Mile Denness in the past, in that respect it will be hard for Dilshan, as he his one of our key batsman

    May be we should have brought in a specialist captain one with good leadership skills who is young, like what SA did with G Smith. Sometimes need to be creative rather than take the safe option, time will tell...

  • JosephP on April 19, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Just can't understand the big advocating of Angelo Mathews to lead SL cricket team. Look at his record.

    Battting: 13 tests - 2 fifties 43 ODIs - 6 fifties

    Bowling: 13 tests - 6 wickets 43 ODIs - 33 wickets

    Just some good thing to see in his figures is the batting average (in thirties in tests and ODIs - Nothing great, but some what ok).

    This is not to say that he is a bad performer, but only to say he has been only a player with an average performance and average talent. There is nothing exceptional or great about his performance and talent (unlike our previous captaincy contenders - Sanga, Mahela, Sanath, Marvan, Aravinda, Arjuna, Duleep and so on).

    Players of Mathew's performance are actually even fighting for a permanent place in other countrys teams middle order, and we advocate him for captaincy.. Is Sri Lanka cricket that much bankrupt now?

  • yohandf1984 on April 19, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    Having seen these comments ,thought of making few points behind the decision. Compare Sanga, Mahela with Dilshan ,there is a difference in body language. Mahela left captaincy @ 31 while dilshan got responsibility of being an opener @ 32. Sanga quit from captaincy @33 and Dilshan take this with both hands. Sanga is thinking about his retirement but not Dilshan. So he is willing to play more take responsibilities. So its fair to give him a chance. Apart of him there is no one cemented place in all formats (even Mathes in Tests) no Tharanga, no Mendis, even Thilan. Hope the killer attitude of him would take SL cricket to new dimensions . GOOD LUCK

  • VipulPatki on April 19, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    Well Anupam Goel, he is like Sehwag. Lot of pluck. Only thing that can go against him is his temper. It's one thing to be critical of oneself and an entirely different thing to be critical of others.

  • on April 19, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    Well why keep too much weight on Dilly while keep away sanga or mahela from what they do @ best. if we need to win 2015 WC , we should train angelo while nursing him. therefore as I feel best is to keep sanga or mahela for 2 years like as captain & promote Mathews under them. But I don't slam this decision as Dilshan is a very good team player who should do captaincy @ big moments to experience how difficult it is. anyway sanga & mahela would easily play 2015 WC if dilshan fits. also keep remember the fatal mistake we done, with not exposing correct heads in the middle.keep call dinesh chandimal(i wonder why he is not in IPL as he is the most fascinating 20 year old batsman in the world today) & kandamby/Lahiru thirimanna while getting suraj Randiv into act more.

  • area1985 on April 19, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    @Anupam Goel: u better go and see the cricket matches srilanka and dilshan played out side subcontinent,,, are u sleeping when dilshan got most number of runs on the t20 wc in england ,,dilshan also got 100 against southafrica on champions trophy in 2009. didn't u know srilanka crash england 5-0 in 2006 without murali or vass,, did sewag have any success in england?,he dont have technique to handle swing ball with bounce. are there at least 1 indian batsmen who can handle swing bawling in england?? sewag only bulking runs in flat indian wickets,huh, dilshan have good oversees record than sewag and most indian players, just have sympathy for ur lack of knowledge!

  • on April 19, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    i dot think its a good move to appoint him as a captain, i have seen him leading in T 20 matches he is not a calm and cool learder and he looses his temper very often with team members and it might even hamper his batting skill. also he will be 38 years of age in 2015 world cup, by that time if he is not in good nick selectors will have an issue to have him in the team or not and i think Tharanga would have been the candidate for the captaincy.

  • ramzi462000 on April 19, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    @ Anupam Goel... you are correct!!! We cant compare a Good batsman like Dilshan with sehwag. Sehwag is a stupid batsman who cant score in crunch matches... He nearly made India Losing the final after scoring "0"

  • on April 19, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    What an irony!! Sanga resigned citing he is 33 and by next world cup he will be 37 and probably wont be available for selection. And what about Dilshan??? He is 34!!!!! There is surely some kind of unrest in sri lankan board. Not good for cricket. Sanga was the best captain. Dilshan is no where near him and offcourse not a good captaincy material too. All the best SL

  • on April 19, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    I really disappointed & 1thing is very sure our CRICKET will spoil bcoz of great involvement politics.Pls don't muddle wit our passion..

  • SL_Boy on April 19, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    It seems more of non SL are confused, this is a great choice ... finally the right choice ... well done Mendis. I dont think Mathews is a good choice for test team, he has to prove it. also his fitness ???? well done Sanga right time to leave, every one is following Sanath. this is great for SL cricket. @Anupam who is the man of the serice in England T20 world cup??? is that Sehwag ha ha ha

  • on April 19, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    Well done, good decision, congrats Dilshan.

  • on April 19, 2011, 1:21 GMT

    @ Anupam Goel yes I'm on the floor laughing too. What an excellent record sehwag has outside the sub continent, man the mountain of runs he scored during the SA tour. Can't remember how many 100's he made? oh yeah right.

  • on April 19, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    Mathews should be captain while Tharanga VC ... This should be good combination for 2015 WC.. anyway SLCB ???

  • Kyle_Jones235 on April 19, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    @Anupam Goel

    Why laugh? It's frankly the truth, your attempts to glorify Sehwag are absurd.

    Both Sehwag and Dilshan are in the same league because they are the same style of batsmen, the "swing as hard as you can, don't bother moving your feet, and hope for the best" type.

    I can understand your humour if someone compared Dilshan to the likes of Tendulkar or Sangakkara, but Sehwag is quite comprehendable.

    Also your knowledge is lacking, if you actually do some research before making blatent claims here, you could see Dilshan has a decent record outside the subcontinent, England a few years ago comes to mind.

  • on April 19, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    this is not good for sl cric

  • jaamraf on April 18, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    Shockin,,,,,,,,,,,,,,g decision by sri lankan c board.if u see sanga resignation comment who said he will be 37 on 2015 wc .when u see dilshan will be 38 on 2015 so it nt really make sense.i dont really see dili suitable captain also he wont last long.

  • Zhovaan on April 18, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    Isn't this a step backward? I honestly thought the premise was that a youngster would take charge was imminent after Sangakarra's resignation, especially after the latter's modest and admirable notion to groom a new skipper for 2015 WC in Australia. This makes me wonder what has honestly went on. Angelo Matthews would have been the ideal choice- his vibrancy which is evident in his genuine all round game is key for rebuilding a new team. I am disappointed because Dilshan is simply too old.

  • on April 18, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    Too old to be ODI and 20-20 skipper. May be good choice for tests for next two years only. But they should atleast make one of the younger candidates as VC.

  • on April 18, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    @Cricketfan122 - Excellent prediction. Hope you are a keen follower of Dilson & SL Players. :)

  • on April 18, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    LOL - They have appointment a captain who has never performed in Foreign tours. He can hit only India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and that also only in Sub-Continent conditions. Good luck SL! I am down on the floor laughing when hyper commentators like Russel Arnold compare him to Sehwag.

  • anupq1 on April 18, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    i dont think dilshan can handle the pressure of captaincy.....sangakkara was the best choice.....he shudve continued....both players have a diffrent approach towards the game....dilshan being a smasher cannot play according to the situation.....as far as sangakkara is concerned he can adapt to any situation and can handle pressure very easily....i think sangakkara will be called again for the captains role...

  • on April 18, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    Sorry but wrong move it should be Angelo Matthews who should be the captain sanga is right at 34 his age catching up dont think he will play cricket by next world cup Sri Lanka Cricket need to take a good look at this carefully because as a fan i dont want wait for another 4 years and find out Sri lanka cant even make it to the finals. But Good Luck Dilly hope you prove us wrong!

  • FAIZALMEEDIN on April 18, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    this is nothing communal but just to explain how the life cycle works for srianka cricket formerly board of contol for cricket of sl.when roshan jumpathy a srilankan maylay played his 1st test match as a teenager inthe 8os there were worries in the higheraki he may captain sl and they just chopped him off with just one opportunity.and that was the end of him .and now tuan mohammed dilshan from kalutara also a srilnkan maylay hoodwinked the board by changing his name to thilakarathne mudiyanselage dilshan and his brand name remains same then and now t m dilshan is appointed captain.

  • on April 18, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Congrats Dilly...hope u will win up comming england tournment...wish u all d best...hope u wont let ur batting down because of ur new responsiblity...

  • on April 18, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    Very defensive decision. I guess they are not sure of capabilities of Angelo Mathews. Mathews should have appointed Captain of ODI/T-20 Team atleast. Dilshan needs to change his temperamental ways.

  • on April 18, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Hopefully, this is a temporary move and Sanga would be called back for other upcoming tours. This can put immense pressure on Dilshan and in the course affect his batting performance ! Anyway, looking forward to see how SL performs in England. All the Best to Dilshan..

  • on April 18, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    I would have liked to see Thilan as the captain for Tests and Dilshan for other formats. A little adrenalin would do better for ODI and T20s! Agree with what Priyantha Gunaratne had to say about Angelo.

  • Cricketfan122 on April 18, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Usually a captain should be a player that requires changing the approach to the game based on the situation. No offense to the following players but Muralidaran, Jayasuriya and Dilshan are very emotional players and they benefit from their emotions and well as they fall apart by their emotions. A captain needs to be a cool headed guy that can keep a positive mind set at every stage of the game. Dilshan is at his best when he is not under pressure. As for now, this seems to be double trouble for the Sri Lankan team unless I have not seen the other side of Dilshan.

  • on April 18, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    Mathews who bowls few overs of friendly medium pace stuff in tests cannot be considered as an allrounder. His batting contributions are not good enough to hold on to No. 6 position. Therefore appointing him as captain is out of the question. Dilshan is the only senior player who has cemented a spot in all 3 formats. Only other option was appointing Thilan as test captain and let Dilshan take over other two formats. But this move is pretty simple. At the moment we do not have to think of a captain who will lead us in World Cup 2015. We are not sure who will remain in ODI setup in 4 years time. A lot can happen, injuries, loss of form etc. So lets go ahead with Dilshan and see how things go. A very good move by the selectors.

  • Roshanaara on April 18, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Dont worry after sometime Sanga (or Mahela) will be persuaded to take over the captaincy. Anyway all the bes to Dilshan. Let us see how as to how he fairs as a captain.

  • on April 18, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    Dilshan as a captain might be the best decision SLC made or the worst ever.. Hope he proves me wrong but at the moment I really dont see him as a captain or even a role model to lead a team. but I guess there was no other option with Mathews Injured as well so lets wait and see.. they really should have kept Sanga as the captain in tests though!

  • yorkslanka on April 18, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    huge mistake as usual by our cricket board...should have been Mathews as captain adn Tharanga as VC..still have the experience of sanga and mahela to guide them if they need help but would build for the future..Dilshan is a good player but he doesnt have the temperament to be captain...

  • on April 18, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    They don't have choice no body want the captaincy may be they don't have the ability to do it for longer period of time, now I think it's good Dilshan can't do this we all know but he will keep all team in one aim because he is very aggressive.

  • on April 18, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    not a good move.. not good at all

  • sabster on April 18, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    Going with Dilshan is a defensive move. I would have gone with Matthews. Yes, the first year would have been difficult. However it would have helped build a strong team around a young leader.

  • on April 18, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    the best decision that sri Lankan cricket history have ever made...V.C. Thilan or Upul

  • Peter on April 18, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Dont dream of Angelo be appointed Captain, Unless he change his name like Dilshan...

    Murali and Vass was appointed as Vice captain at the last stages of their carrier to please some and show the world. Let the 1st citizen intervene and solve the issue if he wishes that Sri Lanka should perform well in Cricket ..then we could talk about 2015 in months of a year to come. I hope our fans understand what I mean?????

  • Evilpengwinz on April 18, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    If this is just for the England tour, then I think Sri Lanka have made a good decision. If it's long term, then wait and see. If he's still scoring runs and taking wickets for Sri Lanka, I don't think anyone will complain about his captaincy.

    I think Angelo Mathews, from what I've seen of him, looks like the best long-term candidate. I hope Sri Lanka do well, but not until after they've played England :P

  • on April 18, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    I wanted malinga as captain.........lolx......bt this iz also a gud move......

  • on April 18, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    hmm well i would have gone ahead with sangakara in test matches and Matthews to captain in ODIs.I do like dilshans aggressive batting and he is a pretty good player.But why burden your most explosive player with the burden of captaincy.It would have been like asking sehwag to be the Indian captain though he also is in a similar mould as a player but as a captain i have my doubts.I would have gone ahead with Matthews or tharanga for ODIs and kept sangkara going in the longer format which is test cricket

  • rohanblue on April 18, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    nt a good decision by SLC, i saw him captaining srilanka in a t20 match, he is terribly impatient, lashes out at the players even after a wide, bt slc have no other option also, so best of luck lanka......

  • on April 18, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    by sangakaras logic i dont understand dilshan is 34 sangakara is 33

  • on April 18, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Most craziest decision by Sri Lanka Cricket. Dilshan is not suitable for the captaincy at all. He is not disciplined and does not posses leadership skills which he proved in some T20 game where he led the team. He will be 38 at the time the next world cup will be staging (2015) and not quite sure he will be fit play by that time - TROUBLE AT THE JUNCTION.

  • KosalaDeSilva on April 18, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    This is totally different what they gave as reasons. Nothing wrong with Dilshan. But is he the person SL cricket going to make as captan for 2015 world cup? Mahela or sanga much better as captan. This shows the resigns had other reasons than what they told to media. It became more childish when they call back SL players from IPL. seems like bit of revenge. very sad.politics every where.. hope some one will speak loud..

  • espncric123 on April 18, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    It's a good decision to select Dilshan as captain of SL team as he is in Prime form right now and he can utilize the confidence to build strong SL team for the future. He will have comlplete support from J'dene and S'kara. He needs to instill confidence among youngsters like Suraj Randiv and Perera and help convert them to world beaters

  • on April 18, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    they should have appointed mathews , he is very talented cricketer n like taking responsibility . . .

  • hsutarwala on April 18, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    15 years since their biggest win, '96 world cup... and today it seems all is lost... the most capped players are taking a defensive approach to live the rest of their playing years in glory... Dilshan already too bothered with being the leading all-rounder will not be able to tackle the captaincy pressure... thus calling this exercise a build up is no build up... n let Mathews cement a place in the playing XI, let aside him captaining the side...

  • on April 18, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    bad decision................ Mathews / Upul Tharanga is best choice..

  • tosl on April 18, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Trust the SL selectors to screw it up again. How can we move forward when they keep making decisions like this? Dilshan will not be at the next world cup, no way will his form hold up, so why select him. Angelo is the perfect age, but they make a stupid decision. I sincerely hope they have done it because angelo is injured, and that he will take over after the England tour.

  • SatyaKrishna on April 18, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Dialshan is actually older than Sanga, Sanga gave up wanting young guy to take it up, this move defies the whole logic

  • on April 18, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    what???i think SLBC has gone mad...

  • SukhjeetSingh on April 18, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    i am a Indian supporter, but why is Dilshan the caption! Sanga said he was resigning, because he thought that he would be too old by the next world cup and hes 33 now. well Dilshan is 34 now! so hes older then Sanga and Sanga said he would still be the test caption. all politics i tell you.

  • sudz92 on April 18, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    might not be the best of selections.but looking at the Sri Lankan team at present Dilshan is the right choice.Angie should be the successor of Sanga. But i guess he has to mature a little more before getting the burden of captaincy on his shoulders. Wish all the very best to the Sri Lankan Lions. Specially being a Josephian myself I will love to see Angie captaining the side in 2015.

  • on April 18, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Dilshan is a temperamental captain. Helacks the composure of his predecessors.

  • on April 18, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Lets give him a chance. Like sanga said , he's gt these magic touches. I'm sure Sanga & mahela Wud be always behind him. So let's hope for the best.

  • on April 18, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    a poor decision i guess. dilshan lacks the personality that should be in a captain

  • ritss on April 18, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    This is not very good move by Srilankan board, we have seen many times how dilshan shouts at the players if they do any misfield etc. (even if it is minor). I don't know why they did not ask sangakara to re-think or forced him to continue until they get better captain.

  • on April 18, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Sanga wanted a younger captain who can be groomed for 2015 world cup. Dilshan is almost two years older than Sanga!!!

  • on April 18, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    He needs to do ok as a batsman in England or else Lankans would be back to drawing board after England.

  • shehan-a on April 18, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    bad choose ...............

  • tones765 on April 18, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    @Delhilion : Spot on buddy!! I think this would be one of the more stop gap selections just for a couple of tours before the selectors get a hang around the prospective candidates.Looking at the other members of the team, i find it very difficult to find a suitable captain and Yadav has made a very good point about Matthews. You first need someone who will play all the formats, who is reasonably young(not more than 30) and someone who can lead from the front with a calm influence on the team. I can only think of 1 player and that is Upul Tharanga. He seems to be a calm guy, got a good head on his shoulders, compared to others and the seniors, walks in to the team in all the three formats and probably she should be given a chance.

    The only other obvious choices in a playin XI are Sanga, mahela(both have abstained from captaincy), dilshan who is 34, malinga who is not fit most of the time and matthews(injury prone). The others keep shuffling depending on their form! Tharanga is my man!

  • on April 18, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    I see almost all the comments negative on appointing Dilshan as next captain. But I think Dishan deserves a chance to prove what he is capable of. He is experience enough to handle a team on the field, besides Sangakkara and Mahela will be around to guide him. On the face of it doesn't seems he should be the choice. But he could be a successful leader, all what he need is a chance.

  • CricSamraat on April 18, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    The decision without appointing a vice-captain to groom makes no sense. Why did not they keep the current captain and vice-captain in place if they were going to make interim appointment? So silly - whichever way you slice and dice this decision.

  • on April 18, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    yes ....dilshan you can do it. you are the 2015 world cup winning captain.

  • Isra on April 18, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    Not a grade move from SLCB.

  • on April 18, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    I think, its a poor selection!!! He is not suitable for captain even he is a best allrounder. Mathews may be most suitable,,,

  • on April 18, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    well, in short run it's a good decision. but they should start looking for a young one for future prospect.

  • on April 18, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    @cyberflirt dont think you got your facts right abt who is in the board ...

  • YadavAjay on April 18, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Why everbody thinks that a batsman(considering only batsman/bowler) can be a captain??? I think give the captaincy to someone younger and sure of selection in team like maybe Mendis,Malinga..And I am particularly not suggesting Mathews bcz he doesn't have the stamina(injuries and fitness too) to play as a allrounder in tests(more importantly)and ODIs .A knock of 50+ and he is all tired in ODIs...... I know many will not agree with me but whoever have seen him batting knows everything..

  • yeshwanth007 on April 18, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    This is avery bad move by SL management.Dilshan is not all a captaincy material ,short tempered,gets frustated easily.When mahela retired sanga was ready for the job but it is a different case altogether,When sanga was made captain they should have made any promising youngster as his deputy which would have resolved the problem Sl cricket is facing now

  • psychicsaint on April 18, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    i'll be surprised if sl gets past qf in the next world cup..

  • NJ68K on April 18, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Dilshan seems the best choice to have as captain as of now. Mathews is also good, but a few more years of experience would make him even better.

  • delhilion on April 18, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    You cannot be serious! Sanga left captaincy for the next captain to work with the team for 4 years and who they choose - someone who may not be around to play that world cup while Sanga probably would be still around. you cannot be serious!

  • Ugly_Truth on April 18, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Hope atleast they will select a Vice-Capain who is below26-27years and groom him in the long run.

  • nwsk on April 18, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    it's a bad & joke decision, sanga only 33 years ,but dilshan he is almost 34 years. How he can play next world cup . Than what happen younger's futures , like Dinesh chandimal. Lahiru. Banuka. Nuwan preep Why they are not consider Tharanga. He is good player test & oid. Only selection committee only not given to chance for test.

    I think dullep also doing wrong thing same as aravinda. may be some political involved is going on here

  • Horn.OK.Please on April 18, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    @nuka123 - I did see that argument coming. But I am comfortable with a batsman of that age captaining the side. A bowler (or all rounder) who is prone to injury and all - should make the cut when they are already mature. Grooming them for 4 years prior to a world cup when they are prone to be in and out all along is not a great decision tactically.

  • on April 18, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Then what's the point Sanga & Mahela resigned??? For older guy then them1!!!??

  • on April 18, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Gud luck man.......neve gv up...! sL ftw

  • Nipun on April 18, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Is this why Sanga quit captaincy?To hand over the team to a 34 year old "young & long term captain for Sri Lanka's future" ????

  • -RnS- on April 18, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    I am struggling to find a positive out of this decision by SLC. The negatives are sticking out BIG TIME. For a start say good bye to Dilly's agressive knocks, I can't see him play his natural aggressive game with the weight of captaincy on his shoulders. Secondly, I have seen his captaincy in the zimbabwe series where we played alongside a week team and a weakened team and his captaincy didn't stand out to me, let along captaining against the might of bigger teams. Third, if they continue to persist with Dilly for over a year it makes no sense in terms of age and his availability for the next WC is not guaranteed. Fourth, I am not sure why Sanga or Mahela are not re-appointed as the vice captain to mentor the new captain. Fifth, with all the due respect for both Sanga and Mahela, unless there is some political issues ( which I sense there is) I really can't understand why you would put SLC into such confusion and turmoil with no real prospect towards building up for the near future

  • KingOwl on April 18, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Now that Sanga has NOT been given the test captaincy, I hope he will still continue to help Dilshan in all three formats. Dilshan is hot headed and is more aggressive. Quite different from Sanga and Mahela. This is not a bad strategy - if he could be persuaded to direct his agression in a positive way. Ponting was like that before but he cooled down with captaincy. But we can expect a few visits to the match ref's room in the coming years!

  • taniap on April 18, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Dilshan is not ideal but we have to go with what we have. Who knows, he may turn out to be an excellent captain. So let him display his talents before us putting the cart before the horse by mentioning that Mathews needs to take it on before the next WC.

    Let's give Mathews enough time to mature so that when (or if) he is given the opportunity - he can excel in that.

  • cyberflirt on April 18, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    Its very surprising that person like Arjuna Ranatunga, who along with the person like Aravinda in the Board has made such a wrong move to appoint Dilshan as the Skipper. By this move they are going to have double trouble..1. The failure of Dilshan as a Captain will be exposed to the world..2. The failure of Dilshan as a player becoz of the extra responsibility of Captaincy...Actually SLC has decided to buy 2 problems becoz of their conservative approach to the Cricket...I'm a great fan of Dilshan but I am afraid that his explosive batting will come to an end becoz of the captaincy burden..its very sad.

  • sujivs007 on April 18, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    at least the Sri Lankan Board should have asked sanga to stay for 1 year and make the next captain his deputy, so he can be molded as a captain for future. Now what they done will create a panic in team and they will be like Pakistan. I'm from India and i wish all the best for Sri Lankan team.

  • on April 18, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    Dilshan is too emotional and gets flustered easily. I had seen his captaincy in a T20 game against India, he was really unsettled and iffy!! Best of luck SL!! Actually they should have asked Sanga to be interim captain and train a young gun like Mathews or some other.

  • on April 18, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    I believe that everyone is taking this from the wrong perspective the way I look at it is that SLC are looking for Dilshan too fill a gap until Matthews and Tharanga are old and mentally ready for captaincy to lead Lanka in the 2015 World Cup. Hopefully though, this new role for Dilshan will not affect his individual performances as he is a key part to our batting strength! I believe that Dilshan IS a part time captain for the new blood to rise and take the last generation of legendary Sri Lankan cricketers.

  • sanath007 on April 18, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    Dilshan may not be the most appropriate for a captain, but as we have limited choices it is not a bad decision. Mathews should be groomed as vice captain to take the side as the leader before the next world cup. dilshan should captain for a year or two

  • on April 18, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    It may sound radical but my two paise thoughts are as follows: Dilshan will surely not be a long term prospect - at the most he will keep the seat warm for someone more favoured. Mathews or Tharanga are at a stage of their careers wherein they are still to establish themselves in the team as permanent members - the consistency is yet to be seen. My first choice would be Thilina Kandamby. He has led Sri Lanka A in the past with reasonable distinction thus gaining good experience. He has made good use of the limited opportunities he has got with the senior team and that too as a lower middle order player - though he is quite capable of playing in the top 4. Alternately, they may also consider Farveez Maharoof who has also had previous stints of captaincy at junior level. Both of them are in the right age which will make them reasonably long term prospects. The board are making the same error with Dilshan which they made while appointing Atapattu and Hashan Tillekeratne after Jayasuriya.

  • on April 18, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    sigh,,,bad decision!!hez nt a good captain n he proved it b4

  • on April 18, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Wow! This is news..why Did Dilshan get nod in all 3 formats! Sanga never resigned from Tests and he should have been persisted with in tests!! A politically motivated decision at best!

  • shamimkuet on April 18, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Good to see that Dilshan has elected as captain. He is a good player. But In long term effect specially if we consider him for the next world cup he might not be able to make it. He is already 34 years 186 days. By the time he will grew older. The reason that make to Sangakara step down.

  • on April 18, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    Very Good decision by Sri Lanka Cricket. It's sad to Sanga is not there as Captain, but Dilshan will get all the support from Sanga & Mahela and all other team mates. Congrat Dilshan, we wish you all the very best. I had little concern over the delay announcement of the captaincy, was thinking they might award the captaincy to our NO BALL king? who have lot of support inside the board, but finally they made a correct decision. Thank you Mr. Mendis & Co.

  • cyberflirt on April 18, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    By this move SL Cricket might lose the Original Aggressive Talent of Dilshan as he is a natural stroke maker.. He has to totally change his attitude towards the game which means he will become a mediocre cricketer by controlling his natural instinct of strokeplay just becoz of the extra weight of captaincy on his shoulders. He is definitely not as technically correct or skillful as Mahela or Sanga... Its very obvious that SL has limited or no choice at this point of time for the Captain's role. This forced decision might backfire big time..

  • on April 18, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    This is a terrible decision by SLC to appoint Dilshan as captain for the England tour if the real reason for Sangakkara to step down is his age.Dilshan is an year older to Sangakkara and there is no guarantee that he'll be around by the time Sri Lanka play their next WC which is 2015.I have seen Dilshan captain the Sri Lankan side on a couple of occasions most notably on their tri-series tour of Zimbabwe where India too sent a weakened side and i haven't seen anything in him which would suggest that he would make a very good captain.

  • jorock on April 18, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    They had rejected Vass and Jayasurya in this world cup because they were too aged and suddenly after the world cup they selected Dilshan for the job .Bad decision, he is excellent player just like street smart cricketer but doesn't have the capability to run the show professionally which will cause them during course of time. They will identify this within the series of England.Tough luck dilshan first series in England.Just take Sanga & Jayawardena they are classy players who can run the show with the respect of others players within the team . A player who is having respect in the team only can lead the side to victory otherwise at certain point they will collapse with immense presence of non support and coordination.All the best Dilshan!!!!!!

  • cyberflirt on April 18, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    See the sudden irony in the Sri Lankan Board's situation.. They have players who are captain material but doesn't want it and there are players who wants captaincy but they are not Captain Material... So unfortunate..Suddenly there is a sort of vaccum created in the Srilankan Line up with the resignation of Sanga. When Mahela Quit captaincy, Sanga was already tuned up to take up the responsibility..But unfortunately there is nobody to replace him. I agree with so many, that Dilshan is a very good player but definitely not a captain material. Its the desparation that He is sort of forced to take over the captaincy. Neither Dilshan nor Mathews are captain Material at this point of time in SL cricket... Its better to groom some one to fit that role and request Sanga to continue for some time till that person is ready for the mantle.

  • RajithaS on April 18, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    Not everybody can captain a national side. And Sri Lanka is a bloody good cricket team. Three world cup finals during the last five world cups makes Sri Lanka the most consisten team in World Cup cricket after Australia. This is not appointing a captain for Bangladesh cricket. A very political decision to appoint Dilshan as captain. During the five matches he captained Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe he showed just how much of a bad captain he is. Shouting at players etc. Dilshan no doubt is a exceptional cricketer. Bats at the top of the order. Bowl good off spinners, electrifying fielder and he even keeps wickets. But that does not make a person a good captain. Did the GREAT MURALI captain Sri Lanka? No NEVER. Because he knew he wasnt a good captain. Did the GREAT SHANE WARNE captain Australia? No NEVER. Dilshan, have respect for the country your representing. Dont except this.

  • nuka123 on April 18, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    @Horn.OK.Please... even smith was very young when he took captaincy of SA, while people like Kallis, pollock, Boucher, Gibbs around... its abt leadership qualities and thinking which matters most, rathen than age...

  • on April 18, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Bad decision!!! This will be reflected in his batting performance for sure!

  • HMISA on April 18, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    @boris6491....................+1

  • on April 18, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    so will dilshan be captaining the test side for england?

  • on April 18, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    Good decision, Make mathews as Vice captain and after two years hand the captaincy over two mathews .. That would be the ideal scenario for Sl cricket as mathews is a born leader ..

  • friendfromusa on April 18, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela stepped aside to give chance to a youngster, who can groom the team for 2015 world cup. Probably, the selectors or SL cricket board doesn't know Dilshan's age.

  • JayMartin on April 18, 2011, 11:22 GMT

    Drama all around! set of jokers in the selection commete? well this is reminding me the era of Zimbabwe cricket. Cricket is no more a gentlemans game in Sri Lanka! shame !

  • on April 18, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Sanga shd hav had d captaicy. come on dilshan will be 39 by 2015.....they rather give it to angelo cuz fresh new blood and he can captian for antoher 2 world cups...he a smart allrounder

  • on April 18, 2011, 11:18 GMT

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  • on April 18, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    Bad choice SL cricket - Angelo and Thranga are younger players they will do a better job than Dilshan.

  • on April 18, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    correct decision. Let Mattews b vice captain by year 2013 he can take over the captaincy for all format of the game.

  • Horn.OK.Please on April 18, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    Isnt there someone in the 27-29 year range who can captain the side? Dilshan is too old and Mathews is too young (not that much, but still too early to become a captain)

  • on April 18, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    Dilshan is not at all capable of doing capitancy!!! mathews is best choice

  • on April 18, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Very Wrong Decision by SLC. Dilshan may not play 2015 WC..

  • on April 18, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    You should see his captaincy abilities in one off T20 Match played against India recently in Sri Lanka. He is a terrible captain. I am sorry.

  • shishir7 on April 18, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    Srilankan Management has taken the wrong decision i feel, since Dilshan will be under tremendous pressure and his batting performance might be affected. It all depends on how he absorbs the pressure and performs under pressure. Definitely you will need leadership qualities. Let's see how it works.....

    Srilankan Management should have opted for the part time captain at the moment and then look for some permanent solution. May be someone like Thilan Samaraveera would have played that role.

  • Roar911 on April 18, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    ...this is blasphemy!!! ....this is madness!!! .... This Is SLC (+ politics)

  • boris6491 on April 18, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Many people have slammed this decision due to Dilshan's age. But I agree with nuka123, whatever I have seen of his captaincy has been highly unimpressive. He yells at players and just displays poor temperament on the field, particularly with other teammates. He constantly berates fielders as well as bowlers for even the slightest slip up and doesn't seem to inspire confidence in his team for these reasons. He is a good player, but for the sake of longevity and temperament more than anything, Angelo would a better captain I feel.

  • on April 18, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    woah woah woah woah.... he has got the chance. lets see how good is he in this series. then we can talk..

  • dishands on April 18, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Sangakkara shouldnt hv resigned!!!!! Dilshan is a good player, no doubt. but the situation handling & the fluent in english too matters... hope he can do a good job!!

  • on April 18, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Dislshan is 34... older than Mahela and Sanga. Hmmmm....

  • inshaflive on April 18, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    A gud call!!!!!Since Dilshan is a senior contender...thats gud for the team spirit!!!!!!!!

  • on April 18, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    bad decision from srilankan cricket

  • 140984 on April 18, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    rubbishhhhhhh decision. Dilshan is a good batsman but at this stage he is not proper choice for Sri Lanka Captain for all three formats. Dilshan age is now 34 and after Sri Lanka performane in world cup very good. but next world 2015 in Australia & New Zealand. Sri Lanka look for a fresh captain like Upul Tharanga he is agood batsman and his age is now 26 years. he is my choice for Sri Lankan next Captain

  • nuka123 on April 18, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    Dilshan is a very aggressive and good player..but have seen him in an ODI /T20captaining ..he yells at players almost everyball. puts pressure on his own players... also in the finals when someone misfielded he started shouting in the ground...so it will be interesting to see him captaiing his time arounf... i doubt about is captaincy skills as well... he has to learn a lot from top captains... he has to curb his aggressiveness while captaining...

  • Shen_Mark on April 18, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Good, but he should be there as captain till 2015!!!

  • wambling_future on April 18, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Selectors have surely gone for short term solution. He is 34 and I don't see him going till 2015.

  • NEIL_R on April 18, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    God bless the Sri Lankan cricket. First Teach him to speak english !!!!!!!

  • vaidyar on April 18, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    Wait...Wasn't the reason for Sanga quitting captaincy that he would be 37 and might not play in the next WC? And that its time for someone younger to take up the role? And isn't Dilshan actually older than Sanga by 2 years?! He'll be 39 then... Just don't understand this... Sanga might as well have held on to the captaincy for another couple of years!

  • usman4web on April 18, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Sri Lankan Cricket is going Pakistan's way.....

  • suki_86 on April 18, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    This is rediculous. Dilshan can't captain a side. I guess Mathews should be the captain of Sri Lanka. Coz he got what it takes. This might be the begining of the end of SL cricket. OOps..

  • on April 18, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    hmm... dilshan is older than Kumar, wasn't the whole problem that Kumar might not last another world cup... hmmm...

  • on April 18, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    malinga s d better option 4 VC.....

  • on April 18, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    So, they do not want Sanga to captain even the test teams...is it Tit for Tat...Sounds very bad for SL cricket

  • on April 18, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    God help Sri lanka. Oh dear Dilshan is in charge.bad move

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  • on April 18, 2011, 10:24 GMT

    God help Sri lanka. Oh dear Dilshan is in charge.bad move

  • on April 18, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    So, they do not want Sanga to captain even the test teams...is it Tit for Tat...Sounds very bad for SL cricket

  • on April 18, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    malinga s d better option 4 VC.....

  • on April 18, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    hmm... dilshan is older than Kumar, wasn't the whole problem that Kumar might not last another world cup... hmmm...

  • suki_86 on April 18, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    This is rediculous. Dilshan can't captain a side. I guess Mathews should be the captain of Sri Lanka. Coz he got what it takes. This might be the begining of the end of SL cricket. OOps..

  • usman4web on April 18, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    Sri Lankan Cricket is going Pakistan's way.....

  • vaidyar on April 18, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    Wait...Wasn't the reason for Sanga quitting captaincy that he would be 37 and might not play in the next WC? And that its time for someone younger to take up the role? And isn't Dilshan actually older than Sanga by 2 years?! He'll be 39 then... Just don't understand this... Sanga might as well have held on to the captaincy for another couple of years!

  • NEIL_R on April 18, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    God bless the Sri Lankan cricket. First Teach him to speak english !!!!!!!

  • wambling_future on April 18, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Selectors have surely gone for short term solution. He is 34 and I don't see him going till 2015.

  • Shen_Mark on April 18, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Good, but he should be there as captain till 2015!!!