The mystery of Dilhara Fernando

At the start of his career Dilhara was a no-ball champion and more than a decade on, he still remains a no-ball champion! And with the current free-hit rule for overstepping in limited overs cricket, it’s only a matter of time that Dilhara hurts Sri Lankan fans with his big front-foot no-balls and l


Stormy's picture
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The mystery with Dilhara how he continues to be selected in the team despite lacklusture performances and a string of injuries. This is like the mystery of the two Chamara's with the apparent principle being - consistent failures lead to consistent selection!

Anonymous's picture

There is no mistry of Dilhara Fernando.There is a mistry or shall I say misery of Ashantha de Mel & Mahela Jayawardena.The most unlikely things happen when these guys are in power.For an instance get beaten twice by Bangladesh!!!Not giving single match of World Class Marvan Attapattu in WC 2007!!!

Untill these two guys are dirven off, there wont be any honesty for SLC

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well to b fair to him on SA tour, he did produced two rippers to dismiss smith and prince(the match SL won), but yeh he is inconsistent, for me he should b managed similar to someone like shaun tait or shoaib akthar, or mitch johnson. u always needs have some buffer when dilhara is in the bowling attack. in other words he shud nt b consider as a leader of the attack at any stage, but as a strike bowler, and there shud b someone in the attack to pull things back when dilhara goes for runs.

on his selection; well this is sri lanka lool

(Last edited by UppercuT on May 28, 2012 - 04:51)
Anonymous's picture

So an underachiever like Fernando is re-called to the team, but not Sri Lanka's strike bowler, Chaminda Vaas. Marvan was never re-called to the team for at least the 2007 WC, considering he made 80 in his final test innings against AUS.


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I suppose the repeated selection of DF irrespective of his failures is a reflection of two things;

1. Immense potential this guy has

2. Lack of experienced genuine fast bowlers in the country.

No doubt, at his best, he has been the best quick bowler we've had (I am considering Vass a swing bowler when I say that).

Yes, as someone here mentioned, his two wickets were key to our win in SA. Only DF could produce such deliveries. But what we all want to see change is that he is only at his best 10% of the time he plays.

For SL sake, I hope this time he comes good. With no Vass or Murali, we need some support for Ranga and if DF can come good, we'd be much more competitive. That said, even the most forgiving can run out of patience. The longer we keep 'hoping' the more we deny a younger player who could actually come good for us. I'd love to see DF turn the corner during this series. However, if he does not, I'd hate to see him again!!

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