SL's top ranked Test Batters @ No1 to 5 spots must be assigned to plug Holes & bring Wins!

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It is worthwhile looking at SL's top ranked Test batters, according to their batting averages during past 18 months, since August 01, 2016 to date (batted at vital No 1-5 spots, where it matters most to the outcome of a Test):

1) LD Chandimal - 19 ing/ 933 @ 54.88 Av/ 45 SR- 3 x 100 / 5 x 50+

2) DKarunaratne - 38 ing/ 1400 @ 38.75 Av/ 46 SR- 4 x 100/ 6 x 50+

3) WU Tharanga -  16 ing / 549 @ 36.60 Av / 56 SR- 2 x 100/ 3 x 50+

4) BKG Mendis-     32 ing/ 1102 @ 34.43 Av /60 SR – 3 x 100 / 3 x 50+

5) DM de Silva -       7 ing / 189 @ 31.50 AV/ 48 SR- 1 x 100*

6) AD Mathews -     23 ing / 677 @ 29.43 AV / 50 SR- 1 x 100/ 4 x 50+

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/....

To have the strongest possible solid batting unit for Tests, Upul Tharanga should be included to OPEN with Dimuth K.  Since Upul was relieved from captaincy responsibilities in ODIs, now he is free to take part in Tests.

Opening position is vital to the side & the newcomer Sadeera Samarawickrema is certainly nowhere near international level, as so much hyped on substandard domestic scene highs.

- Sadeera managed just 125 runs @ 15.62 Average from his 8 consecutive test innings on perfect batting decks, including 2 ducks in his 3 single digit scores. He had gathered 2 consecutive ducks in his 2 Odis as well, causing SL to doom.

- Opener Kaushal Silva is a total failure as well. He managed just 465 runs @ 23 Av from 20 Test innings played during past 18 months.

In form Opener, Tharanga tops the batting rankings in ODIs having scored 944 runs @ 48 Av- 84 SR  with 2 tons & 6 x 50+ and he is ranked as 3rd best SL Test batter as shown above with 2 Tons & 3 x 50+ during the same period (among all SL batters batted at No 1-5 spots).

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/...

Therefore the best available strongest Test batting lineup should be:

1) Dimuth K
2) U Tharanga
3) DM de Silva
4) Chandimal
5) Mathews
6) Asela G
7) Roshen S / K Mendis / Dickwella

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/....

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Cricket StatsGuru's picture
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Mr. Julius But Sadeera is a talent he should be given more chances. He is just 22 do not disregard based on this tour. This is a tough tour and he deserve few consecutive opportnuties. See with Dhananjaya he gets droopeed but such a talent. This is the same with Sadeera. We can cleary see his talent.

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I personally do not like both Dimuth and Upul. I like to see two younsters Dhananajaya and Sadeera opening for SL in BAN tests followed by number 3 Kusal Mendis. This will be great investment for future because all 3 of them 22-26 and highly talented unlike Dimuth and Upul

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@ Mr Statguru

If the player is truly good as all hype says, 10 straight international innings is more than enough to show some value in performances, as seen with all other truly gifted youngsters & newcomers such as Asela Gunarathne, Dhanajaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella etc.

Otherwise, it will be a futile effort dumping more & more matches without gaining anything. The best example for that kind of horrendous wastage seen with Kusal Janith Perera's 50+ odis & three years long ODI stint as Opener. That significantly caused lot of damage to the side, repeatedly destabilizing the entire batting order from top. That is one of the reasons why SL in this abyss today.

We have no time to pamper or waste on such absurdity & SL need to rise from the dead as soon as possible. To do that we immediately need capable, experienced & proven hands, but no more experiments.!

Opening spot is the most vital one in test cricket & it needs consistency, ability & vast experience to deal with the new ball while putting runs on the board playing long innings with tons.

Is there anyone better than Opener Upul Tharanga to do it, having recorded the highest number of international hundreds (18 x 100+) & (43 x 50+) among all players in SL today?

If such an Opener is in form, he would be the AUTOMATIC choice for the job in any nation (other than SL). Because it is not a trade that you can specialized overnight.

If Sadeera is 22 , let him play more domestic & SL A matches, before pushing to the deep end straight away. Let him prove his metal first in 2nd string internationals. If he is good, he has more than enough time to join the big league.

Having said all this, I don't expect SL's Tilted cog wheel will ever turn in right direction.
Guys like Ashley de Silva governing the board, the college tie would become the final criteria unless Minister Dayasiri intervened somehow .. :D

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@Statguru

Pl remember, No international side ever discarded, most experienced senior players in-form @ early thirties in age, to accommodate youngsters. This is a fact for any side world over. Before investing for the future, we should salvage the fast sinking present... to save cricket as a sport in SL for future...!

(Last edited by MDKJulius Caesar on December 7, 2017 - 11:49)
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This is my view

(Last edited by MDKJulius Caesar on December 7, 2017 - 11:46)
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Mr Julius I do not like your 10 innings strategy honestly. See Dhananjaya and Kusal M got to a good starts in their careers but later they struggle little bit and suddenly dropped both of them. But Dhanajaya came strongly and everyone in the commentry team yesterday criticize why selectors dropped him after few lean patches because everyone can see the talent of the bloke.
Same goes with Sadeera may be he is having the lean patch at the beginning of the career. But on talent wise we can see he also up with Dhanajaya and Kusal M.

Meanwhile Sadeera is a proven performer in domestic cricket Mr. Julius. He is the highest run scorer in this year domestic cricket tournament as I remember he had avg of 75 or something.

Coming to Kusal P yeah we all disappointed the way he performed because he had so much potential than he displayed in international cricket. But those are not ordinary stats either. AVG of 28 with a SR of 90 is reasonable. He is a genuine match winner. In last few series he won several MOM awards. For example in 2015 PAK series in 5 ODIS sl won twice and in both matches he won MOM. In one match he scored 17 ball 50 as u remember and other one 100. In 2015 WI series he won MOS award before unfortunately had a short ban and came up with multiple injuries that dented his career. In champions trophy 2017 also he played well. Remember in SA match 40 odd not out. In IND match played a not out innings that helped us to chanse that mamoth 320 target set by IND.

He showed well in T20 cricket surely. with avg 26 and SR 132 it is very good. And one stage he was in the top 10 batsman in the world in T20 cricket. So these things prove he is ok and need to be given more chances

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Dude stop this nonsense..If you take out Zimbabwe and Bangaladesh Upul Tharanga total carrier batting average is 23 with rest of the world. No 100 against any other country other than Zim and Ban, Worst test cricketers in SL history are Upul Tharanga and Lahiru Thirimanne..those are facts

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Yeah Mr. cricexp that is why I also suggesting Upul had played 31 test matches with avg of 31 and dimuth 47 test matches with avg of 35. Mr. Julius Upul also got lot of chances see 31 test matches with an ordinary avg of 31 is very poor indeed.

These are very poor stats for an opener. So why not give a youngster to prove his metal like Sadeera who only played 4 test matches and with lots of talent. He is brilliant in the field also Upul or Dimuth.

So Mr Julius u cannot deny Upul did not get chances he was unable to perform. So why not giving youngster Sadeera more opportnities and see. Im sure he will keep scoring heavily if he given consecutive opportunities

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Here we go again! Lets drop a youngster for Upul who will have another spluttering run and then get dropped and we have another merry go round chasing our tail. Then we complain Sadeera is overrated due to a poor domestic structure to which he must be sent back to improve! We have already done this for many years and failed miserably. It's time to move on in a new direction and build for the future. This would mean investing in some younger talent in the hope they pay off.

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@ Opposing views, speculators never succeeded in busting my clear point with any factual substance or stats. .

How many guys have their career stats separated with 7 yrs long layoff since debut years? Therefore considering his overall career Test averages, factoring a distinctly separated 7 yrs old career phase (2006/7) never allowed to continue with a single Test played in 7 years is like, mummifying a live sole .

Upul started 2nd phase after 7 yrs in cold storage. What matters today is how any player performs in recent year or two.

Therefore, NO denying the fact that Tharanga ranks as the 3rd best performer in past 18 months in his 2nd phase of test career (the only decent stint he got to play continuous Test matches since recalled in late 2014 after 7 yr layoff).

Not only for Tharanga, If you dissect every batter's career stats (new or senior), taking out the runs they had scored against weaker sides like BD or Zmb, you will see a drastic drop in their averages. This is a fact common to even world's best batters like Kholi, Sanga, Amla etc etc..!

For example Sanga's batting Averages Vs Bd is 96 Av/ Vs Zmb 90 Av - he had scored 9 of his tons against them... !!!!

The rankings are based on past 18 months performances and the looser who tries to dissect the stats had conveniently forgotten the fact that the weaker or stronger opponents faced by them are same to every SL batter during this period

so don't pick just Tharanga. Remember, he is yet to play a single test against some opponents (Eng, Aus, WI) after more than 10 years without getting any chance to date!!!

Only dummies would try to isolate one player to dissect stats this way to demean the undeniable achievements.... that's it!

(Last edited by MDKJulius Caesar on December 7, 2017 - 16:54)

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