West Indies tri-series

Injured Dilshan out of West Indies tri-series

Andrew Fidel Fernando

June 21, 2013

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Upul Tharanga will replace the injured Tillakaratne Dilshan in Sri Lanka's squad for the tri-series in West Indies, while Ajantha Mendis also got a recall at Thisara Perera's expense. Scans after Thursday's Champions Trophy semi-final against India showed Dilshan had suffered a second-degree tear to his right medial calf muscle and will be in recovery for four to six weeks. The injury also put him in doubt for South Africa's limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka, which begins on July 20.

Mendis has been increasingly regarded a Twenty20 specialist, and has not played an ODI for Sri Lanka since January. His inclusion strengthened Sri Lanka's spin resources on tour, with Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake and Jeevan Mendis also traveling. Perera's exclusion was a surprise, though, and Dilhara Lokuhettige, who has been with the team in the UK without having played a match, will remain in the squad as they head to the Caribbean.

Perera has been a fixture of Sri Lanka's limited-overs sides in the last 18 months, but made only 15 runs in two innings in the Champions Trophy, and bowled eight overs for no wicket. Tharanga has also been out of the side since January, but had an encouraging season of first-class cricket, in which he averaged 66.66 in 14 innings.

Dilshan tore his calf in the fourth over of Sri Lanka's innings, after he had struck Umesh Yadav for two boundaries. Though he took painkillers, he was unable to continue batting and retired hurt in the next over. He returned in the penultimate over of the innings, but hobbled between the wickets during his stay, and did not take the field as Sri Lanka failed in their attempt to defend 181.

The tri-series in the West Indies will feature India, as well as the hosts, and begins on June 28.

Squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal (vc), Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis.

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Posted by   on (June 26, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

Jeewan Mendis is the new Chamara Silva of Sri Lankan cricket and is always viewed favourably by the selectors irrespective of his form which is indifferent to say the least. It will be apt to quote Warney here viz: Can't bat. Can't bowl, and Can't field. SO WHY IS HE IN THE TEAM ?????????????????

Posted by sdharma on (June 26, 2013, 2:07 GMT)

Jeewan Mendis does not justify his position and there is no rationale why the selectors are insiting on him. They should have batted an extra Batsmen or specialist bowler like Senanayake in his position. Experiment of Thisara as opner is a good attempt. Resting the seniors on low profile series like this and giving an opportuity to youngsters should be a policy in buiding the team. It was a suprise that they neglected high performing A team memebers already atapted to Carribean style.

Posted by dilu.sanjay on (June 25, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

thisara perera should be in...more then anjalo mathews.dilhara should be out..dimuth should be recoll for team.sanga mahela should be rest.last 4 years same team been loosing to india team doing nothing we need new sl team also mathews should play 6 bata and 5 bowlers he has no guts to do that..tisara kula malnga herath,ajantha or senanayaka need to be play with kushal dilshan sanga mahela mathews chandimal or thirimanna need balance side rather then 7 bata plaing 7 bata still loosing so what the point no runs no body take wickets.sl need wicket taking bowlers sl dont have which india pakistan have part time bowlers most of them bata still they dont get runs still play 7 bata what a joke

Posted by   on (June 25, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

Why is Dimuth Karunaratne not in as an opener he had an amazing time in the resent tour of west indies what is the point of having competitive domestic competitions if you don't pick people who do well in them. Mystery spin is overrated what we need is to give someone who can control their line a length a chance. Why am i even posting this at this point LOL

Posted by kevepere on (June 25, 2013, 1:08 GMT)

Please bring in more young players . Unfortunately we dont have quality fast bowlers. Recent match showed how vulnerable is thirimanne for the short ball. Once he pulled and got out.. Next match he defended the short balls.. ended up 7 off 30 balls against India. Dono whether marvan is helping them o not.. may be playing only off side

Posted by SLMaster on (June 24, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

Instead of dropping Perera he should have promoted to opening. His drop resulted in not because of talent because of the batting place. He is like Dilshan in his earlier days. Perera's presence brings false sense of security. It is a nagging position which Dilshan dealt with for years. His presence also makes team selection hard because should there be an extra batsmen or bowler. In a way Perera's drop is good. He needs to move away from being a batsman.

Posted by lions_rule on (June 24, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

Thisara Perera has been rather inconsistent in his performances. He maybe a wicket taker but he needs to justify his place as a genuine all-rounder. He needs to be more consistent in his batting at the end. It is true he has played some great cameos to put Sri Lanka in the driving seat but he needs to be more reliable especially in his batting. He just needs to play more domestic cricket during this break get his technique right and he should be in the squad for the South African series. It is not the end of his career and Sri Lanka needs player of this caliber in the future when the big guns are out.

Posted by   on (June 24, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

Thisara should be in for Dilhara. I really don't know how they can leave a player inform. Recent team selections were very poor & that costs us the champion trophy too. why don't they try out Anjelo Perera, Dimuth Karunarathne or Kithruwan Vithanage. Kusal is given another opportunity.Is it because he plays like sanath??? This is absurd. Hope there's no politics behind the Thisara's case.

Posted by Grasian on (June 24, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

Fred Karunaratne is one of three young top order batsmen, along with Chandimal and Thirimanne, with the technique and temperament to be a long term internationals. He has been in form in the first class and now one day matches for the A team in the West Indies, but has been overlooked in favour of Tharanga whose footwork has been persistently caught out by better bowlers outside of Asia. Kusal Perera did enough in Australia to suggest he should be groomed as a long term keeper in all forms of the game - Chandimal should be left to focus on his batting.

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