What has Dinesh Chandimal done after Sanga/Mahela retired (Must Read)

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List below is the stats of Chandimal after Sanga/Mahela retired from SL cricket (Stats after 2015 world cup)-

Matches 10, Runs 821 and Average is 48.29.
After Sanga and Mahela retired Sri Lanka won 3 test matches and Chandimal heavily contributed to 2 Test wins out of the 3. He was named as man of the match for one test win and he scored 150+ in the other test match, He was the highest run getter in NZ tour. Also he was the highest Asian test run scorer in 2015. So he has perfectly filled one void created by Sanga and Mahela. I think stats reveal everything. So you can’t deny the fact that he has been the no1 test batsmen after Sanga/Mahela retired till now for SL cricket.
Matches 12, Runs 309 and Average is 44.14.
After Sanga/Mahela retired, Chandimal Average 44.14 in 2015, 2nd highest average in ODI team and he has played few match winnings knocks against Pakistand tour.  Not to disrespect Mahela but highest average Mahela has gained for a calendar year is 46.90. So it is again very clear that the Chandimal has strongly filled the gap created by Sanga/Mahela duo.
LD Chandimal
​Matches 15, Runs 329 and Average is 23.50.

His T20 stats do not look promising averaging 24 and SR is 110.
So anyway, my point is-
It’s not Chandimal who should take the responsibility of SL cricket failure, and it’s not happening after Sanga and Mahela retired, we had not been playing better cricket even when they play for SL . We lost to SA,NZ etc when they both were playing for SL team, we never did well in 2015 one day world cup tour, even if you check the 2014 T20 world cup stats, Sanga scored only 71 runs playing 6 matches in that world T20 tournament.  It’s the bowlers who made the difference.
Now you guys really expect this team to perform any better after they loosing world most dangerous T20 bowler Lasith Malinga, one of the most dangerous T20 batsmen Kusal Perera, two world class batsmen Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawarda, and banning the most effective T20 bowler Sachithra, also don’t forget Nuwan Kulasekara was the No1 T20 bowler at that time... .So please ! It’s not Chandimal who is failing it’s the whole team failing and totally a bad days for SL cricket and it’s not the first time this is happening,after 1996 world cup we did exceptionally bad in 1999 world cup. Do not forget we lost to Kenya in 2003, Mahela never scored a double digit score in 2003 world cup playing all the matches. Sangakkara has only scored 1 century in his first 100 ODI matches averaging below 29...list will go on-
Guys be patient !


Anonymous's picture

well said man . patience pays off . not just in cricket but in any sport .

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By any chance are you Chandimal ?????

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Very well said. .This is spot on

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I got to know that Malinga is using few Facebook pages against Chandimal and the page admins are get paid for every mud they create against Chandimal. .The BCCSL guy above could be one of them. .

Anonymous's picture

Thank you!

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Thanks for the summary. What the stats show is which formats Chandimal should be playing and which he should not which is pretty consistent with what majority of unbiased fans have been saying on here and other forums for last 4 years!

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We dont need a batman who scores 25 Runs 7-8 Games & when he is almost there to drop from the team scores a 50+

And again remain in the team 8-10 Games scoring 25-30 Runs

Why dont we given chances to Kithurwan / Priyanjan / Dimuth like how Chandimal & Thirimanne got ????

If KAPU has got such amount of opportunities these two guys got, Kapu would have been Ahead Mathews by now..

Cmon... Malinga has nothing to with me.
Maling too must be dropped from the team before he retires.. as a punshment.

Most the thing he said to mead is correct.. but he should not done this coz he is still undr SLC cotract.

One thing i am understanding here

ISLANDCRICKET.LK has massive push for Chandimal..

100% some Anandians...

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@cricexp: thanks for revealing the truth. Due to Chandimal's counter attacking 162 against India Sri Lanka manged to win at-least a one match in Sanga's farewell series.

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Dude look at Kapu's stats, 97 matches Avg is 22. what are you talking about?

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To the point.

@BCCSL - Kapu really? He is probably the biggest disappointment in SL cricket so far. Russel even said that he was dropped to accommodate Kapu for the future. He needs to perform at least now as an experienced player in the side.

Yes Kithruwan and Ashan should be given more chances, but not at the expense of our current best batsman. There are enough non-performers in this side.

When it comes to chances. I know both Thiri and Chandimal had a bad series. But they were given the opportunity because they earned it by out scoring others in Australia, ENG and SA when other couldn't.

@delan82- I agree with you. Yes he is at the moment better suited to Test and ODI. But for me, it seems like we are short of options. So either Chandimal need to expand his game to suit T20 like what Sanga did or we have to look for a better player to replace him. It is certainly not his format at the moment.

(Last edited by KaZsa on April 5, 2016 - 06:11)

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