Murali dropped for Asia Cup final?

TV channels here in Sri Lanka report that Muttiah Muralitharan could possibly find himself dropped for the Asia Cup 2010 final.

Murali and other key players were rested for the inconsequential game against India played on 22 Jun 2010.

However, Murali has gone for 109 runs in his two matches in the series fetching only three wickets which casts doubts over his selection for today's final.

With Farveez Maharoof's hattrick, the selectors will be under pressure to include him. How will Aravinda's new selection panel handle this crisis, one wonders.


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I really dont see this as a bad idea... murali is highly ineffective against India anyways.. He's stats proove that..

Also good to have a youngster take his place..

slord's picture

maharoof will most likely play, so that means one spinner...murali should make way for randiv or herath if selection is really based on performance

the fact that the pitch will be improved for the final means that randiv could really cause problems with his bounce and turn

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I dont see this as a bad thing either, Murali will take it in good spirit as always. Maybe this is what Sanga meant when he mentioned "thrashing out issues with selectors"?

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For this match, may be Murali must take a break. Often he has got hammered for sixes. Others too get hammered for clear cut sixes.Unfortunately, our team has so few strong power hitters. I mean a six occasionally for a loose ball. Recently when we were on top with Zimbabwe, and mathews and Kapu were batting, the rate was not fast enough which cud have been accelerated by an occasional six. 2 years ago, Mahroof was considered a power hitter and he hit glorious sixes like Sanath.But he tried too often, sometimes premeditated and got out recklessly. Just as well he was not prought in earlier.I hope he has matured and will bat responsibly.Sanath was less reckless but he too used to get out taking unnecessary risks. What has stood out for fans and others who know little of the game, are his occasional brilliant centuries and glorious sixes and what was not realised is how many times he got out cheaply even late in his prime. Next year he will be 42, and he is waiting to hit a swashbuckling century in England so that it would wipe out about 10 successive dismal failures into insignificance as he did a few years ago when he was dropped, and then in IPL he hit a magnificient century which resulted in the previous Sports Minister reversing the decision of the selectors. This year too in Zimbabwe, he was dropped but replaced in the team at the expense of Upul Tharanga. Upul is still not at his best as he is playing for his place with Damoocles' sword hanging over him. We have had other power hitters too who got out trying to hit sixes recklessly namely Chandana, Dilshan (real culprit but much better now) and the pinch hitters who think they have to hammer evry ball. Now the selectors are introducing youngsters like Chandimal, Randiv , Tirimanne (has not got a continuous run) and augurs well for the future. There can be more Murali's and Aravindas who shud be unearthed either from the A team which is playing against a strong Austrlain A team in Brisbane and 2 players from that team have been selected for Australia (Khawaja and Hilfenhaus) on their performances in the last match. Chamara was brought in after being rightly dropped like Mahroof, but given only one match. Now in Brisbane he top scored with a responsible 58 and hope that he too has matured and continue to do well. In the Island on line, i wrote about these 2 players and it has given me immense pleasure from Sydney to see them make a successful comeback. Players shud not be disheartened if dropped ( even Warne,Steve and Mark Waugh were dropped)There are others too who can make a comeback like VanDort and Prasad.
Ranjan Rodrigo, Sydney

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play today match

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Kandamby? Why!!

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O.K. I take it back, why not.LOL.
After all, he is the 2nd highest scorer for Sri Lanka today in the finals (following Kapugedera).
And the joint highest wicket taker.

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