Should Dilshan be retained as skipper?

Have you wondered why Ashantha de Mel's selection panel named a second string team for the triangular series in Zimbabwe? I thought it was a strange move. Why did Sangakkara, Malinga and Jayawardene need to rest? Did the selectors want to emulate India who had named a second string team?

It makes sense for India to rest some of it's players after a miserable ICC WT20 and a busy IPL season. But should Sri Lanka be resting it's players for international fixtures where our ICC rankings stand to suffer if we fail?

Surely we can't allow our players to skip international fixtures because they need a rest from playing at the IPL?

In 2010 Sri Lanka has only played an ODI triangular series in Bangladesh, the ICC WT20, a two match T20 series in Florida and this ongoing series in Zimbabwe. So what are these blokes resting and rotating for?

The stand in skipper, Dilshan, has done a remarkable job in Zimbabwe being very proactive and positive, and the Sri Lankan side looks refreshing compared to what they looked like under Kumar Sangakkara.

Should Sangakkara return to the side as skipper? He has after all maintained that players must be in the side on merit. His run as captain, compared to Dilshan's recent run, suggest that Dilshan should be retained as skipper, right?


Sane in the Brain's picture

Do you seriously believe anything could be gained out of playing Zimbabwe (with all due respect) and an India A team? The selectors (stupid as they may be) took a correct decision to rest Kumar, Mahela and such. With a World Cup in a few months time and lots of Cricket in between it made sense to give them a rest now, instead of letting them "burn out" by the time the world cup comes around.

If you seriously think Dilshan should be retained as captain after this series, you must be joking. Why should the captain be changed with a world cup this close?

I don't think Kumar has done badly to be removed as captain at all. You are suggesting based on one series, all these changes should be made. It's a very flimsy argument I must say.

As for the ICC rankings, what does that matter if we end up winning the world cup? The groupings have already been made and even if we're ranked 7th that won't change.

lefroy's picture

For beating an Indian team without 8 regular players in it, and getting beaten by Zimbabwe?

greyblazer's picture

If Dilshan gets his confidence as a batsman back he can be a captain of the side in the future but maybe one can wait for another few months before deciding on Kumar's credentials as the captain of the side though I agree that he hasn't been very impressive as a captain.

David's picture

Jehan makes his views known too soon. No, Dilshan is not a good captain and should not be retained. The side in Zimbabwe is not a second string side - there are nine Test players, all of them experienced at ODI level. An they lost to a determined, motivated Zimbabwe. Ajantha Mendis is no longer a surprise - the Indains have learnt how to play him, and the way they combatted Rajiv in Harare was also an eye-opener. The side was selected by the De Mel team and not that by Aravinda. India were experimenting, and came short. And from what you coukd see on Monday, he was hopeless when it came to finding an answer to Taylor.

SL Cricker's picture

When Sanga returns Dilshan should lead the team in the field and do all the planing.Sanga should be used for all the talking in the post match ceremony and in the toss. :P
So SL can use the talents of both the guys. :D

Warunanc's picture
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too early to tell that I guess, bt its true that he is far more procative than Sanga, who is miserable at tactics & agression, I still think Mahela is the best captain we have

Ahin Das's picture

Sri Lanka should win today I presume without much fuss and if we do, he has done well as a captain, taking in to consideration he captained only once against India in a T20 before and that too we almost won without the stars. Knowing Murali is gone after the world cup, Dilshan definitely should be, and, richly deserves to be appointed permanent vice captain now, and, if Sanga gives up captaining early somewhere for something, like Mahela, Dilshan should be the first choice, more than anything for his single handedly match winning abilities. Mathews is a good choice to be his deputy, I should add.

Anonymous's picture

Dilshan should be appointed as a permenent vice-captain not captain at the moment as the World Cup is less than a year away but Dilshan would make a good vice as he is awesome in the field while batting with his aggression and his part time bowling would help SL as well.

batman87's picture
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Even Ive got to ask whether its because we defeated an Indian A team and got beaten by zimbabwe?

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You cant be serious now can you?? changing captains like changing clothes just because he wins one tournament?? I think the rest was not exactly to rest but to get the new guys in and try out players like chandimal and j mendis ...which did not seem a bad ploy at all..but i would have liked if welagedera was given a chance in this tournament

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