Sri Lanka's loss to depleted Zimbabwe highlights team's failure in grooming young talent

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The two pillars that held together Sri Lankan cricket in the 21st century, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena, bid goodbye after the 2015 World Cup and since then the national team has been a struggling story of upholding their reputation as one of cricket's premier teams.

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The talent is there, we have seen Dhanushka Gunathilaka and Niroshan Dickwella score consistently in this series. We also know what Kusal Mendis is capable of. Its just a matter of experience for them in order to become better players. Our problem is our weak bowling. Malinga's time is up and I wish he leaves cricket for good as I don't see him improving any time soon. His suspension should hopefully encourage his retirement. Our fast bowlers and spinners are not reliable enough to take wickets or reduce runs. The only bowler I found impressive against Zimbabwe was Dushmantha Chameera. Despite not taking much wickets, he bowled very consistently and kept his economy low. Lakshan Sandakan has leaked so many runs, and Struggle to find one line and length to bowl. This was the same with Chameera before he returned so i think, like with Chameera, Lakshan should be dropped for a while and let him practice his bowling until he returns. Akila Dhananjaya has potential and deserves a few more games to show it. Nuwan Kulasekera, Suranga Lakmal and maybe Nuwan Pradeep should no longer play the shorter form. We need to have Lahiru Kumara and Dushmantha Chameera to be our main fast bowlers. In terms of spin, we have tried a lot of players but I think its best we give Pushpakumara a chance to play in Tests and ODIs. He may not be the youngest of players but we have seen the impacts that older and more experienced players have brought to the team, Asela Gunaratne is a prime example.

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