Upul Tharanga to be replaced as Captain, Thisara-Gunaratne front runners to take over

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MDKJulius Caesar's picture
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Although it may be a personal relief for Tharanga, I don't think this is a progressive solution for SL's underlying problem that caused the defeats, with hopelessly depleted and out of form batting unit given to him in both the series Vs Pk. & India.

Anyhow, It is too early to evaluate Tharanga's ability as skipper. Give him a decent side to play another 3 - 4 series and then judge his true potential as skipper. This is the most logical option. Otherwise it is a decision made on, meaningless unfair judgement.

You cannot compare the tenure of Mathews with Upul's brief appearance as skipper. Therefore the same argument cannot be applied for for Mathew's the skipper, because his failure record spread over past 2 years, even with the strongest full strength batting unit including Sanga /MJ/ Dilly in the side in 2015 for NZ series & WC etc.

In Odis Under Mathews SL played 10 series since Jan 2015 & here are the series results:

Played - 10 series

Lost - 8 (WC, 2x NZ, Eng, 2xPk, Aus, Zmb) = 80% series Losses

Won - 2 ( vs Ireland & 3rd string WI side visited SL in 2015) = 20% Series Won

5 Odi series played under Tharanga as initially appointed captain :

Played = 5 series

Lost - 3 (Vs Pk, Ind, SA) = 60% series losses mainly due to depleted side vs PK/Ind

Won- 1 (Triangular vs Zm/WI)= 20% Won series

Tied- 1 (Vs BD) = 20% Tied series (could have won the series if not for a certain victory in decider was aborted by rain in Dambulla. Then the winning percentage would have been 40%)

(Last edited by MDKJulius Caesar on November 23, 2017 - 14:21)
Anonymous's picture

Another blunder by selectors about to commit.... and more defeats for SL on the way for sure.

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