SL's top ranked Test Batters @ No1 to 5 spots must be assigned to plug Holes & bring Wins!

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It is worthwhile looking at SL's top ranked Test batters, according to their batting averages during past 18 months, since August 01, 2016 to date (batted at vital No 1-5 spots, where it matters most to the outcome of a Test):

1) LD Chandimal - 19 ing/ 933 @ 54.88 Av/ 45 SR- 3 x 100 / 5 x 50+

2) DKarunaratne - 38 ing/ 1400 @ 38.75 Av/ 46 SR- 4 x 100/ 6 x 50+

3) WU Tharanga -  16 ing / 549 @ 36.60 Av / 56 SR- 2 x 100/ 3 x 50+

4) BKG Mendis-     32 ing/ 1102 @ 34.43 Av /60 SR – 3 x 100 / 3 x 50+

5) DM de Silva -       7 ing / 189 @ 31.50 AV/ 48 SR- 1 x 100*

6) AD Mathews -     23 ing / 677 @ 29.43 AV / 50 SR- 1 x 100/ 4 x 50+

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/....

To have the strongest possible solid batting unit for Tests, Upul Tharanga should be included to OPEN with Dimuth K.  Since Upul was relieved from captaincy responsibilities in ODIs, now he is free to take part in Tests.

Opening position is vital to the side & the newcomer Sadeera Samarawickrema is certainly nowhere near international level, as so much hyped on substandard domestic scene highs.

- Sadeera managed just 125 runs @ 15.62 Average from his 8 consecutive test innings on perfect batting decks, including 2 ducks in his 3 single digit scores. He had gathered 2 consecutive ducks in his 2 Odis as well, causing SL to doom.

- Opener Kaushal Silva is a total failure as well. He managed just 465 runs @ 23 Av from 20 Test innings played during past 18 months.

In form Opener, Tharanga tops the batting rankings in ODIs having scored 944 runs @ 48 Av- 84 SR  with 2 tons & 6 x 50+ and he is ranked as 3rd best SL Test batter as shown above with 2 Tons & 3 x 50+ during the same period (among all SL batters batted at No 1-5 spots).

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/...

Therefore the best available strongest Test batting lineup should be:

1) Dimuth K
2) U Tharanga
3) DM de Silva
4) Chandimal
5) Mathews
6) Asela G
7) Roshen S / K Mendis / Dickwella

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pizza-Expert @ Donkey-Kindom

I have at least a legitimate name on my profile, what do you have man? When unable to counter my points, with any sensible argument or factual substance appropriate to the topic, this how u always poop everywhere when unable to digest the truth my friend.

By doing that this guy only shows his pinhead wisdom! He always posts such donkey-kingdom comic good for monkeys. This "PIZZA expert" always showcases his ant-wide knowledge by appearing as @Cricexp to entertain others with his clowning comments, trying to counter arguments with total rubbish & pedigree seeking ... LoL

pizzaexpert must have been in a different planet when SL lost 17 - SEVENTEEN Series across all formats (including 2015 WC/2016 t20 WC/ 2017 CT) from 21 played under Mathews in those two years. All Those losses were suffered without UT in the side, as a regular player selected to the original squad in almost all the series played since Jan 2015..! SL won only against Ireland & 3rd string WI side from 10 series in odis & won only 2 from 10 series played in Tests and lost all t20 series (except in SA where Upul played in the vital decider match replacing injured Mathews, as a batter to win the series).

This guy thinks once in a blue moon win in a single match is a big deal, while loosing the entire series. He also thinks, rarely winning a fluke series or two is something to boast about and even tries to brag about some wins achieved in early 2014 era with the help of Sanga, MJ, Dilly, etc in the side. We all know Tharanga didn't play test cricket for 7 years prior to mid 2014 & he was dumped from ODIs for 3+ years since mid 2013 virtually blocking him from international exposure. So how can he participate in a lost or winning game? What kind of criticism is this? All we know is ICC rankings across both formats nose-dived during this period after blocking Tharanga's progress in Tests since 2014 & chopping him from Odis in 2013.!

Ultimately this pizzaexpert guy even tries to apply superstition to his pathetic donkey-talk.! He says Upul brings bad luck to the team... oh yeah..! that is why SL lost SEVENTEEN SERIES inside 2 years, without having him as a regular player in the squads 95% of the matches . ~..Hahahaaa

Tests:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/...

ODIs:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/...

T20s :

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/...

(Last edited by Andrew Silva on December 8, 2017 - 20:19)
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@delan82:

I can clearly see from the deviated con-talk with unrelated rubbish & desperate efforts trying to falsify the facts given in my posting regarding Aussie test record during that era.... obviously you are completely dumbfound and clueless, how to break my points mentioned in previous posting.

- Why do you repeat the controversy surrounding Deno's axing only now, once I have pointed it out ?

- Who said Tharanga was the ONLY player to suffer unjustly axing?

- if u knew the two axing scenarios are different as i proved, Why did you try to generalize the unjustly cruel act committed on Tharanga in 2014, comparing it with Deno's case in your initial post ? ?

- Why do u completely twisted my words ?? when I said '`- up to 1992 incident, mighty Aussies had an immaculate Test record winning many series (including Ashes in 1989, 1991/92) without loosing any full series -- you interpreted it as - winning everything up to Deno's axing in 1992--- ? .... deliberate attempt to falsify & evade my point when unable to disprove !!

- Obviously post Deno`s era was also highly successful for Australia until 1995 series loss Vs Pk .They easily won the Ashes series (4-1) in 1993 as well and as I have correctly pointed out in relative terms, after winning the series Vs Pk with UT's contributions in 2014 and axing him soon after, SL kept loosing almost every Test series except for that solitary series Vs depleted 3rd string WI toured SL.

- Post Deno era Test record of Aussie`s & SL`s test record in the 2 yr period since UT`s axing in 2014 are extremely different. It proved my point 100% and Why do u try to find escape avenues to deviate the point ?

- Why did u conveniently doge my 2nd point also, about many orbits apart bench strength difference of two teams, prevailed during the compared axing episode time period ?

I reinsert my points here again to pinpoint, that u couldn't counter them with any valid factual substance to disprove my friend...!!!!!!

1) Unlike SL's Pathetic Test record in past few years before & after UT's axing, up to 1992 incident, mighty Aussies had an immaculate Test record winning many series (including Ashes in 1989, 1991/92) without loosing any full series. Australia was in a peak era in Tests at the end of 1992 (when Dean Jones was dropped under controversial circumstances). Even after axing Dean Jones they continued their unbeaten winning streak until 1995 series Vs Pk. But for SL, after winning that series Vs Pk with UT's contributions in 2014, they kept loosing almost every Test series except for that solitary series Vs depleted 3rd string WI toured SL.

2) Also, when Dean was axed in 1992 the bench strength of Aus was overwhelmingly filled with top class batters like Allan Border (c), Ian Healy, David Boon, Matthew Hayden, Damien Martyn,Mark Taylor, Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh etc.

No need to say about the bench strength of SL when Tharanga suffered that cruel AXING (It was primarily to avoid him from playing NZ series in NZ prior to WC & eventually targeting to eliminate him from the WC to retain Dimuth K, that ended up in a total disaster with repeated series whitewashes in both formats & also ensuring premature elimination from WC)) .!

You can post thousands of bare words turning north to south .... but u would never succeed in twisting absolute Truth or REALITY. my dear friend...... :D)))

(Last edited by Andrew Silva on December 8, 2017 - 22:36)
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So, you have written sense and the other person has written nonsense? Interesting.

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the problem with most sl fans, local media and all-most all selectors is they never look at things with analytical viewpoint. most of them live from day to day and has a very short memory and vision.

notoriously most srilankans believe in superficial glamor to get attracted than accepting the truth and live with reality. this is why it is hard to find a spec of grey hair on 90% of the oldies even after 60 years in age..... this is why everyone tries to look and think younger than they actually are (ie: 60 yr old expecting a 20 yr old to call them aiyya instead of uncle). the problem is with our mentality and thinking pattern.

that is a major reason why many sl fans/media easily get attracted to other players than upul on superficial glamour. they even bloat up a fifty plus scored by such a guy, readily forgetting the 100+ balls wasted on it effecting the entire outcome of a match. they talked highly about kjp's once in a 50 inning 100 runs, completely forgetting that he ruined sl top order stability longer than three years with near 50% of his career innings ended under 10 ball single-digits.

in relative terms upul tharanga is a quiet reserved type of a humble guy not cared much about his appearance or showcasing glamorous behavior on and off the field. he is not a Bradman, but definitely a silent killer capable of making valuable runs constantly for sl if given the chance.

most other players are quite different from him in that aspect. for example, a player like Thisara perera would pretend and behave like an aggressive champ on the field, who just won a world cup, even after giving away 80 runs in his 10 overs and putting up a miserable single-digit score for the side.

as i said the superficially glamours camouflage is all that matters to most srilankans including our selectors.

this is why even after suffering a 3-0 whitewash under thisara perera, who scored only 19 runs at 6.33 average and 82 sr in 3 innings of the recent t20 series vs pk in addition to his total failure in previous odi series vs pk as well, scoring just 91 runs at 18 av from 5 odis.... was gladly awarded the captaincy in both formats!

upul's tenure as skipper was limited to 2 series leading a 2nd string side. he was dumped despite scoring 200 runs at 50 average in 5 odi series vs Pk... truly leading the depleted side from front trying to win. But no big talk about it from him or blaming players as most other sl guys do. this is the difference most of our people cannot grasp. they only talk about whitewashes without looking at broader picture and the strength of the side given to upul compared to what thisara has been provided in the forthcoming series in India.

as i see it, upul should have been allowed to lead this tour with the full strength side, if at least they wanted to do a fair assessment on him.

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The Answer to you questions is below bearing in mind the original post by me was to the poster of this thread...perhaps you are the same person hence the reactions.

- Who said Tharanga was the ONLY player to suffer unjustly axing?
read Julius continuous posts and you will find your answer

- if u knew the two axing scenarios are different as i proved, Why did you try to generalize the unjustly cruel act committed on Tharanga in 2014, comparing it with Deno's case in your initial post ? ?
Linked to previous answer...people in their prime AGE can be axed for a variety of reasons it hasn't just happened to Thranaga as you guys trying to make out.

- Why do u completely twisted my words ?? when I said '`- up to 1992 incident, mighty Aussies had an immaculate Test record winning many series (including Ashes in 1989, 1991/92) without loosing any full series -- you interpreted it as - winning everything up to Deno's axing in 1992--- ? .... deliberate attempt to falsify & evade my point when unable to disprove !!
They were not mighty then...you tried to justify this as the difference between Jones and Thranga's non-selections citing Sri Lanka was struggling

- Obviously post Deno`s era was also highly successful for Australia until 1995 series loss Vs Pk .They easily won the Ashes series (4-1) in 1993 as well and as I have correctly pointed out in relative terms, after winning the series Vs Pk with UT's contributions in 2014 and axing him soon after, SL kept loosing almost every Test series except for that solitary series Vs depleted 3rd string WI toured SL.
-Linked to previous answer. Team was still rebuilding under Border. One series win does not suddenly make you mighty!

- Post Deno era Test record of Aussie`s & SL`s test record in the 2 yr period since UT`s axing in 2014 are extremely different. It proved my point 100% and Why do u try to find escape avenues to deviate the point ?
-Already answered now you are the one twisting and evading what you said...Australia were mighty late 90s and into the new millennium not before then like you are trying to suggest

- Why did u conveniently doge my 2nd point also, about many orbits apart bench strength difference of two teams, prevailed during the compared axing episode time period ?
I have to evaded that. Bench strength in terms of batting is not different...talent is there with both Australia and SL that is evident. Execution is the issue. SL has poor domestic structure, over coaching and political interference in everything including selections.

I reinsert my points here again to pinpoint, that u couldn't counter them with any valid factual substance to disprove my friend...!!!!!!
---You are going around in circles to try cover your own backside. iT AIN'T FOOLING NOBODY...MORE THAN 2 YEARS OF THIS CRAP BEING POSTED HERE BY THARANGA'S LOVE CHILDREN. EACH TIME STATS AND THINGS MANIPULATED TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE HE IS SRI LANKA'S SAVIOUR AND THEY WOULD HAVE WON WITH HIM...In that case you can blame the 2007 WC loss on him also..Same theory

1) Unlike SL's Pathetic Test record in past few years before & after UT's axing, up to 1992 incident, mighty Aussies had an immaculate Test record winning many series (including Ashes in 1989, 1991/92) without loosing any full series. Australia was in a peak era in Tests at the end of 1992 (when Dean Jones was dropped under controversial circumstances). Even after axing Dean Jones they continued their unbeaten winning streak until 1995 series Vs Pk. But for SL, after winning that series Vs Pk with UT's contributions in 2014, they kept loosing almost every Test series except for that solitary series Vs depleted 3rd string WI toured SL.
- Keep dreaming and go re read history if you think Australia was at peak from those dates. They were rebuilding under Border, enhanced under Taylor and reached the peak under Steve Waugh. Not necessarily because of his captaincy but because of the calibre of players at his disposals

2) Also, when Dean was axed in 1992 the bench strength of Aus was overwhelmingly filled with top class batters like Allan Border (c), Ian Healy, David Boon, Matthew Hayden, Damien Martyn,Mark Taylor, Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh etc.
How many of them were great in 1992? Perhaps go do some research before posting the same bullshit over and over. Even Steve Waugh was dropped from the side a few times. Taylor too in series against West Indies. When did Matthew Hayden make his Test debut?

No need to say about the bench strength of SL when Tharanga suffered that cruel AXING (It was primarily to avoid him from playing NZ series in NZ prior to WC & eventually targeting to eliminate him from the WC to retain Dimuth K, that ended up in a total disaster with repeated series whitewashes in both formats & also ensuring premature elimination from WC)) .!

You can post thousands of bare words turning north to south .... but u would never succeed in twisting absolute Truth or REALITY. my dear friend...... :D)))

Please get on Cricinfo or Google or Wisden or whatever and go research all you have written and come back.
You need to brush up on Australian Test cricket history and left yourself open and vulnerable to attack with numerous flaws in what you said

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Hahahaha...Andrew Silva from Ontario Canada you need to steep to such lows to not only regurgitate crap as your defence but go to the extent of names like pizza expert and Donkey Kingdom. Is McMaster University not teaching people basics these days?

You think any of Sri Lanka's fortunes past, present or future will or would have changed because of one player Upul Tharanga?

Get a grip of reality. UT is is an underachiever in TEST cricket with a pathetic record that has cashed in on weak attacks only.

Needing to take 6 months off from Test cricket to focus on limited overs stuff almost says something about his mentality as player too...certainly didn't help his captaincy nor deliver results

The difference between you and me is I post without emotion of having favouritism or love of certain players. You and your buddies advocate for the ones you love

Oh and the profile and name and even pic is real...ask the editors/owners of the site if you need clarification

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@ Delan the looser:

Don't get soooooo agitated just like a crazy clown.. oh man you might end up in an asylum ...

I really pity you.! I can understand how u feel, when your bloated high & mighty ego was blasted to tiny pieces in this thread... having no clue how to counter my points or answer the precise questions... Oh boy..! you haven't come up with a single legitimate answer that would convince any reader of this thread with an iota of grey matter in their heads or accept in a court of justice.

As I said in my previous post, all you have done was, posting another thousand of headless hollow words...only difference this time is, twisting everything from south to north pole and adding more frills to it, inappropriate to the topic. :D

Even if you try many more times, it is quite obvious that you cannot disprove any of the facts posted by me. Coming up with any legitimate factual substance seems only a dream for u mate. If the words don't add up that means the truth is missing from the equation. Trying more of such inappropriate crap would only make you a bigger fool. :)))

I don't want to entertain a clown and become a part of the circus. Responding to a fool will only make two of them. Therefore, I wouldn't waste my time to convince an ignorant looser who had renounced the use of reason and refused to admit factual reality.

- Adios amigo ... keep filling the IC columns with your skewed-logic entertainment ~ ho ho hoooo merry Xmas

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Well-done SL boys for ending the drought at last having the strongest possible team on the park after 14 months.! Upul Tharanga proved my view published in this blog article yet again.

Thank you diehard Suranga Lakmal, for your superb bowling attack that broke mighty India's batting forte by taking 4 wkts, just missed another five-for you highly deserved.

Only Upul & Dickka managed above 100 SR on this difficult deck at Dharmasala today and unlike some others, even after loosing his captaincy UT proved how genuine team-man he is by contributing to this win!

@ # 24- Anonymous (not verified) on December 9, 2017 - 12:46. .... #24:

Interestingly deep analysis on SL mentality, which is hard to deny.

Extravagantly elongated million-rupee SL wedding ceremonies are another good example for our people's glamour seeking mentality today .

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@Andrew Silva the cretin what nonsense all you have done is repeated false rubbish and look like a bigger twat...because you can't read and comprehend things properly and assume you are right all the time.

Yeah i'm psychotic because you can't read and comprehend basic English to come up with a logic debate without having to quickly switch to insults and names...oh well happy to go to the level you understand then
That's why some of the other sites, past and present remain better than IC. Don't have same posts/themes being recycled constantly by same posters!

You probably sat there masturbating while Upul was batting...dumb fuckwit.
You asked questions I answered...you have stopped cos you have no where to go now...and you could answer any of the return questions because you can't can you!
"Responding to a fool will only make two of them"...after you have attempted to respond several times already. Too thick to see that and what you have written..hahaha what an idiot!

oh and to you, MDKJulius Caesar and your similar buddies yes it was a good win yesterday and Upul Thranga played well. He has had a good ODI 2017 calendar year but no it doesn't justify this thread which was calling for his return to the Test side. Separate format and ODI record or form should not have bearing on this or be automatic selection for another format.

As for the captaincy, Thisara made some good decisions on the field and was attacking and positive yesterday and he was in the T20s that were lost too. Conditions obviously helped. Too early to jump to conclusions yet though. Hope he can continue like this and more importantly get overs completed in allotted time when they can't dismiss the opposition so quickly and have to bowl full quota of overs. That is where Tharanga struggled consistently and it shouldn't matter who the captain has at their disposal they should push to get overs completed on time.
Time will tell how Thisara will be judged as captain. Good luck to him and the team.

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Upul played well in 1st ODI , but it is stupid some people want him to be included in the Test side, when he is not interested in playing Test. He ditched the India Test , for lucrative BPL.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/20576219/upul-tharanga-opts-test-cricket-six-months

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