World's most frequently failing opener Kusal Perera - 19 single-digit score in 40 ODIs

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According to Cricinfo Article:
NINE Times  Kusal Perera has been dismissed in the 1st over of an innings in ODI s - the most by any batsman since Kusal's debut. Kusal's duck in this match was his 19 th single-digit score in 40 ODIs as an opener. No opener has gotten out under 10 runs, as frequently as him. who played at least 30 innings!

Good for SL ...:)) Keep going... Blitz-FULL success will dawn once in every 24 innings..... SL is looking forward to it.
(just 2 match winning blitz from 48 innings). Other 40+ innings including WC Quarter Final dumped on rest of the batters, who followed to swallow.! 

Poor Sanga did that in numerous occasions up to retirement, since world's most experienced number one batter Upul Tharanga was sent on "compulsory leave" by honorable Jayasuriya for 2+ years (in July 2013),
Upul was deservedly REWARDED with 2 year layoff, just 4 weeks after topping 5,000 runs as 2nd FASTEST in SL & putting up his career best unbeaten knock of 174* in Kingston & winning his ELEVENTH MoM award from 157 innings

(Upul received 1 award in every 14 ins - the best among current SL players, next best is Chandimal won 5 out of 88 innings,..(Ratio 1:18), Thirimanne 2 matches ot of 78 ins (ratio 1:39), Angelo Mathews 7 out of 133 ins (Ratio 1:19), Kusal's ratio is just 2 matches out of 45 ins (1:22) No need to say about the other 43 matches.

Tharanga's career stats in the most recent 4 year period from 2009 to July 2013,
@ That point when SL regular number One (Upul Tharanga) was dumped to make room for Kusal Perera:
2009- 2013 July:
4 year period up to 2013 July
- Opener Tharanga's overall form at a glance:
UT had played 90 in - 2,808 @ Av 37.12 - SR 76.88 with 7 X 100+ & 19 X 50+
YET DROPPED for 2+ years, without any internationals (except for 5 random ODIs)
These are FACTS backed with stats!
The strangest thing is, even now it is happening allowing just 3 odis @ number 4. Obviously, taking off without allowing any breathing space to settle & convert his starts as seen during the hand picked 5 odis given to him in past 2 yrs!

It seems honorable Marvan is continuing the good work of honorable Sanath (so both openers can secure their records intact, because @ 28 UT had already achieved the milestones they managed in their mid thirties) ;D))

If Tharanga is considered as outcasted.... why not send Thirimanne to do the openers' job.? At least he has the necessary luck to survive with nine-lives & much better skills in batting techniques than Kusal, as seen during WC. 
Now no Sanga... no MJ to comfort us.! it seems, for the Cricket fans like us, who truly love & care about SL, will have to swallow this bitter pill somehow forever..! Depending on long steady partnerships to win matches is a thing in the past for SL & now the openly known strategy of SL game is... to win matches, patiently wait until the leather hunting 10-25 ball instant blitz to be dawned upfront, on a blue-moon day !


Anonymous's picture

its very simple,slc strategies are wrong, upul should open with dilly and kusal should play no.7 as a power hitter (now sl weakest point is there is no solid power hitter down the order), if chase is more than 300, use kusal as a opener and upul no.3, all problem solved as simple as that

GalBunnis's picture

Monawa wunath dan ape team eka indala hitala one day match ekak dinanne Kusalta Jayasuriyawa wahunahama witharyi.

cricexp's picture
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Enough with Tharanga. Seriously...he has played the prime position in the batting line up for more than 160 matches but look at his average, 33.17. He managed to maintain his average above 30 only with the teams like Bangaladesh,Zimbabwe,Netherland,England,Bermuda, his average is below 29 with all the cricketing nations.

Seriously. He has no cricket brain..lot of technical issues and lack of techniques. Get rid of this ad before it’s too late.

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@cricexp :

Why are you lying? his average is below 29 ONLY against Australia, South Africa (similar to most other current batters & past players) & Pk (due to the recent few innings played after 2 year layoff), among ALL Test playing nations!

I have a question for you, How many ODI batters do we have 30 years or less, with;

1) 150+ ODIs & over 5,000 runs OR
2) over 33+ batting Average OR
3) with 41 x FIFTY plus scores including 13 x ODI Hundreds?

The Batting Consistency Record has nothing to do with batting position of any batter played in top-order (especially 1-4) in a 50 over! So Upul's batting position has nothing to do with his CONSISTENCY, shown throughout his career as follows:

- Topping 1,000 from just 28 innings (fastest 1k runs scorer in SL)

- Topping 5,000 from just 157 innings (2nd fastest 5k scorer in SL).

For your information: UT had gathered 2,808 @ Av 37.12 - SR 76.88 with 7 X 100+ & 19 X 50+ scores from 90 inns during 4 yr period up to 2013 July, until he was BLOCKED for TWO YEARS!

When UT was axed in July 2013, UT's career SR 74.20 & Sanga's SR was just 75.60.

Since then every batter massively improved their SR /Av utilizing the NEW field restriction RULES came in, including Sanga. He had 11 x 100s -20 x 50s & MASSIVELY IMPROVED his Av & SR within PAST 2 Yrs, while UT was in the DUMP!

Look at how Sanga improved his Av & SR during past 2 years:

Sanga 2000 -2012: 316 in - 10915 r - 38.56 Av - 75.60 SR - 14 x100 - 73 x50
Current 2015: 41.98 Av - 78.86 SR - 25 x100 - 93 x50

Kusal had already played more than 1/4 (45 innings) of UT's TOTAL career innings (172), but look at Kusal's pathetic record, just 980 runs @ 23 Av from 45 innings.!!!!

After wasting 45 innings, he couldn't yet even manage 1000 runs! Upul managed his first 1000 runs in just 28 innings as SL's FASTEST to do so in history, to date.

also, don't forget, he maintained that consistency up to robbing his place by Kusal in 2013, by recording SL's 2nd Fastest to top 5k runs, just before axing!

Why do we want to persist with an opener who could only maintained a career record, SIMILAR to a specialist-bowler bat as a tail-ender ? Just look at our pace-bowler Dhammika Prasad's career stats: 22 Av & 88 SR (Strike Rate).

This proves, even any slogging capable tail-ender like, Prasad, Malinga, Kula etc. can do the SAME THING (occasional 10-25 ball blind BLITZ) as Kusal Perera, on their day!

So WHY DO WE have to PERSIST WITH SUCH A PLAYER to continue the MISERY SL suffered during past 2 years?

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@Anonymous on July 23, 2015 - 02:06. #1

What you are saying make sense.

Agree with the writer of this blog. We need a solid experienced opener by trade like Upul instead of a makeshift gambler.

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Upul Tharanga is one of the worst player I have seen. He had always had several technical flaws in his career. Apart from ordinary batting against swinging bowl he can't play for the leg spin either. In two ODI matches against Pakistan he trying to slog Yasi Shah and missed it completely and stumped. It is not quite surprising he has drop from the squad. Kusal on the other hand one of the best players with hand eye coordination. He is a far far better batsman that UT

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@Jaya apitai: What you have seen & what you have not seen are up to your own comprehension level. What really matters for SL is consistent productivity proved with performance statistics/records.

Walking down the wicket & try straight lofted drive for a spinner like Yasi Shah is not a slog (not like kusal's only shot -slog sweep to leg).

Upul tried that risky shot sacrificing his wicket to lift the run rate for SL at that stage,.. (already dragged down by Thirimanne & Dilshan who played for their individual scores in both matches). Anyone who played the game would understand this.

How can a guy without a proper technique can survive & play long innings with big hundreds & accumulate runs quicker than anyone in SL ODIs? Remember, Upul had scored the fastest 1000 & 2nd fastest 5000+ runs in SL & holds the world record in ODIs for involving in highest number of 200+ partnerships (7)

He has the most frequency 100+ run making record in SL history (13 x100 from 169 in) That means One Ton in every 13 inning , Sanga had 25 tons from 380 in -(1 Ton in every 15 inning). Don't forget, he had acheived all that playing around the globe against the best bowlers in every nation facing pace,bounce, swing, seam,& spin (including world's all time best such as Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Brett Lee, Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn, Mitchell Johnson, Fanie de Villiers, ,Morne Morkel, Makhaya Ntini, Tim Southee, Shane Bond, Daniel Vettori, Shoaib Akhtar, Kumble etc.

Let me ask you a simple question. If Upul is uncomfortable against pace as you say, tell me how come Tharanga (currently world's most experienced number one opener) did that for 7y in 141 ODI innings as opener, scoring 4,615 runs @ 34.27 Av- facing 6,623 deliveries, dealing with new ball attack from best in the trade of seam bowling in the world.??? He maintained this record playing every corner of the globe, under different conditions!

Partial visioned fans who can't read performance records, would not understand the difference between Hype & Reality! What matters for SL is runs on the board, clearly Kusal is in tailender category in batting!

(Last edited by MDKJulius Caesar on July 23, 2015 - 19:00)
Anonymous's picture

@jaya apitai: technical flaws is not a problem until runs are not coming, jayasuriya wins more matches (technical flaw batsmen) than Atapattu did (technically sound batsmen), there are lot of examples in the world. if u drop tharanga for technical reason, u should find a techically sound batsmen? is there any in srilanka? may be kaushal silva, but we are talking about odis not test.

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533 Total runs scored by Kusal in the seven ODIs where he has hit fifty or more. In the remaining 41 ODIs, he has scored 563 runs at an average of 15.6, including 20 single-digit scores.... if he truly revamped within past 3 months somehow, since WC QF... good for SL.

time will reveal the absolute reality... probably it may take another couple of years to realize... by then SL Cricket would have possibly wiped off the map.!

G.K's picture

Intresting Stat is ****

Kapu's Test avg is not that bad. It is 34.83 .

While Kusal Silva's test avg is 36.22, Dimuth 's Test avg is 36.48 . Lihiru's test avg is 25.34, Upual Tharanga's Test avg 31.80

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