This is silly. Sri Lanka will qualify!!!!
Not sure what is going on with this guy but it sure is a sign of desperation. We dropped him and now he is back - just like he has done so many times before. Now he gets a 50 and I guess secures his place for the next year. It really is frustrating but when you have limited choices I guess anything goes.
Guys this is a real issue. Imagine SL not qualifying for the WC? We are still arguing about the coach the captain about Chandi etc ect but the reality is we may need to play associate nations to get a look in to the WC. Unthinkable for a WC winning team. but that's the reality.
without finding fault with players can I point out the issue here is with tactics. In a world where 300+ is the norm, and the rest of the world is packing the top order with attacking players, what are we doing? Batting Tharanga and Chandi in the top 4 - in short what we are saying is we are good for 275 - its like we don't understand what the issue is here.
Nothing against Tharanga and Chandi but only ONE (if that) of them can play in the team. Don't take what I say, just look at what the rest of the teams are doing. We have been messing around with a plan that even if it works, we are good for 275 when in reality we need to look at a plan for 300+.
Folks that was a sad performance! We played Bangladesh in the past and they played like us. We looked like novices against a polished side who had all bases covered. We have been making excuses - its SA in SA and its NZ in NZ but if we are still asleep its time to wake up. If we don't understand the 50 over format just ask Bangladesh! Its simple, field well and target over 300! Bangladesh were electric on the field while we were lethargic. They had a simple plan - don't bat 275 batters but bat 300+ batters. We had Tharanga and Chandi in the top 4 - never going to chase 300+ with these traditional players in the top 4.
Their top 3 made 100+ while we were 30/3 - game over in the first hour! This has been our issue for so long time, its now almost like we don't realize what the issue is. This is basically it - if we don't stand up now we will go down to the bottom of the barrel to fight it out with Zim and WI. Hard to think or even imagine but its a reality right now!
@CricketStatsGuru When did anyone from our team last play a match winning knock in ODIs? Before Tharanga and Gunaratne scored centuries in SA, it was Chandimal who last scored an ODI century. Not to mention his century against Australia at the SSC after we were 26-5.
As for Bangladesh winning, they've been doing it since 2015. In 2014 they were awful. As for players like Tamim, Mushfiqur and Shakib, they've played almost twice as long as Chandimal! Mushfigur debuted in 2005 and they've only recently started to play match winning knocks!
If you want Chandimal to play like them, then we're gonna have to sit here and wait for you moaning for another few years.
SL really needs to think about which players they want to use over the next 4-5 years. They cant keep bringing new players all the time. The commentator last match mentioned that SL had 6 different opening pairs in the last 16 matches which is ridiculous. Dickwella and Tharanga should open from now on and no one should take their place unless injury or match ban like last match. I also think Chandimal should bat at 3. the best players should bat at the top 3 and Chandimal is a better player than Mendis. The problem is where does mendis go because he could go at 4 but i really think Asela Gunaratne should stay at 4. This is why i think Kusal Mendis may be in trouble if he continues to fail in the series. We have not managed to transition to a new young team quick enough which is why for the Champions trophy we need to include Mathews, Malinga, Pradeep, Prasad. We tried with young fast bowlers and although they have shown some talent, its best to go back to the reliable players for Champions trophy. From the top five players who batted last match, one of them is going to go when Mathews returns. If kusal mendis doesn't perform he will definitely be dropped because Gunaratne is more reliable batsmen and the others like Chandimal, Tharanga and Dickwella should not be dropped for a long time.
For Champions trophy
Nuwan Pradeep/Dhammika Prasad (if fit)
Our reserves should be one player in a different role
Dhananjaya de Silva
Thisara Perera / Seekuge Prassana
SL has failed to groom a new spinner for ODIs as they have not tried out Pushpakumara or Amila Aponso, so Sandakan will be the best option.
Yes, Suren1998. Definitely Dickwella should open with Tharanga in the next ODI.
But, It's not a good decision to drop Kusal Mendis for Gunathilaka. Mendis is a far more better batsman than Gunathilaka. Actually We need Gunathilaka as a proper batsman not as a part time bowler. If we desperately need a part time bowler, we have Milinda in the team. So, no need of keeping Gunathilaka just because of his part time bowling.
If I'm gonna give him one more chance to Gunathilaka in the second ODI, I would use him as the #6 batsman. No need to change the positions of our current key batsmen (Dickwella-Tharanga-Mendis-Asela-Chandimal). I still believe Asela should bat at #4.
Add to that list is good attacking wicket keeper batsman Vishwa Chaturanga also
This is why I'm saying drop Chandimal and give chances to next generation who can make rapid improvements unlike Chandimal after 7 years. 19-20 year old Players like Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Kamindu Mendis, Jehan Daniels waiting in the wings to get an opportunity to play for SL