Kapugedera has a lot to offer us - Sangakkara

By Hilal Suhaib

Chamara Kapugedera
Chamara Kapugedera under pressure to deliver in Australia. AFP PHOTO / Desmond Kwande.

October 17, 2010 (Island Cricket):
Kumar Sangakkara said that he has faith in Chamara Kapugedera to deliver for Sri Lanka despite criticism in the media over Kapugedera's performances as a middle order batsman.

The 23 year old Kapugedera, known as a brilliant fielder but selected in the side as a middle order batsman, has an ODI career batting average of just 22.95 from 82 matches. After 16 matches in the last 12 months, he averages 27.00 which has led to criticism from fans and the local media who feel that he has been given an extended run at the expense of other more deserving youngsters waiting in line to play for Sri Lanka.

"What Kapu [Kapugedera] brings to the side is his energy. His fielding performances, those half chances that he takes once in a while that changes games, Sehwag’s run out [in the 2010 Micromax final at Dambulla] was a game breaker in my view, and also his ability with the bat although sometimes we think that he hasn’t delivered. We still see in him not only in potential and talent but ability that can win us games," Sangakkara said in an interview with The Nation yesterday.

"We are looking for him to keep on stepping up his game and performing to the levels we know he can. Some players will get more opportunities than others. Unfortunately cricket is not always 100 percent fair because at the end of the day only a limited number can be selected. We got to try and pick a combination that offers us what we are looking for. Kapu has a lot to offer us. He has to keep performing and cement his place in the side. It’s a challenge he can achieve. It goes for all the other batsmen in the side as well for after a long time we are getting a good crop of able batsmen."

The Sri Lankan captain said that he trusted Kapugedera's ability with the bat to outshine even the best Sri Lankan batsmen, insisting that he be given more time.

"Kapu has the ability to go beyond all of us and to become a high impact player who can change games in any format of cricket. But for him to do that he has to also understand his own game which allows him to then improve himself to get better. But we trust him and we know that he will deliver when the occasion rises for us."

Sri Lanka departed for Australia yesterday where they will play a solitary Twenty20 match and three One Day Internationals.

Sri Lanka in Australia, 2010 - Squad and schedule.


Zainudeen's picture

As always Sangakkara sugar coats his words and tries to be diplomatic. Lets face it Kapu doesnt deserve a spot. Bring in guys like Thirimanna.

We should play Tharanga at the top with Dilshan, Sanga next, Mahela at four. Then guys like Chanidmal, Mathews, Thirimanna, Thisara, Samaraweera etc should be slotted in to build a team that can chase even 500 down if the bowlers lose the plot.

DCHT3's picture

Kapu will prove all you haters wrong. Wait and see.

Sach's picture
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I have a feeling that what he offers to stay in the team right now is not what he does in the middle.

lakshan's picture

Kapu is a brilliant fieldsman.We all know it he showed us what he can do in the batting order in the t20 world cup 2010. He hasn't been getting a good chance up the order where he can score freely.Everybody talk about the chances he's been getting but no one talked about how many times batted up the order out of that chances,he's a hitter every time he come to 5/6 wickets have gone down so he cant go for his shots.I think he should get more chances.

Anonymous's picture

That's kind of creepy!

panakku's picture

Kapu needs to strut those strokes down a cat walk not on pitch. Hes becoming useless by the day. Batting is not up to par, doesnt bowl even though he comes in at an all rounder spot. Fielding? meh.

Cricfan's picture

I remember an ODI where Kapugedera came as the opener and it is the only game he did open the batting I think. He played really well, smashing the ball over the heads of the fielders. As most of you, I'm also worried about his current batting performance. But, still I feel that he would be valuable up in the order. He has the pure hitting ability mostly due to his height. But the position he had to bat might be the problem he has. But in the current team, there are plenty of openers as well. So, it is very unrealistic for him to play not only as an opener, but even as a top order batsman.

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It's not the only ODI he opened and his batting was not that significant in that match as you have mentioned. He has opened in 4 matches averaging 27.25 which is extremely poor for an opener in these days.

His batting averages in all positions are
2 27.25
3 18.33
4 29.00
5 17.66
6 21.60
7 24.13
8 35 (1 match)

The above distribution does not make him eligible to represent sri lanka continously.

What do you mean by his height??? I don't think he is a tall batsman but a batsman of average height with Sri Lankan Standards. He has got more than enough opportunities and he is closing the gateway for other young talented batsmen.

(Last edited by Radcliffe on October 19, 2010 - 21:12)
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