Selectors XI for the 4th ODI against Pakistan

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Sadeera Samarawickrama has been included in the squad also Danushka Gunathilaka ban from international cricket is finished after the 3rd ODI so he is available for selection. 

Possible Selectors XI-
1. Danushka Gunathilaka(Batsman)
2. Niroshan Dickwella(W)(Batsman)
3. Sadeera Samarawickrama(Batsman) 
4. Lahiru Thirimanne(Batsman)
5. Upul Tharanga(Batsman)(Captain)
6. Thisara Perera(All-Rounder)(Right-arm Medium)
7. Milinda Siriwardana(All-Rounder)(Slow left-arm orthodox)
8. Akila Dananjaya (Right-Arm Off/Leg-Spin)
9. Dushmantha Chameera(Right-arm Fast)(145Km/h +)
10.Jeffrey Vandersay(Right-Arm Leg-Spin)
11.Vishwa Fernando (Left-Arm Fast-Medium)(140Km/h +)/Lahiru Gamage(Right-arm Medium-Fast)(125-140Km/h)

If Danushka Gunathilaka is not picked in the Squad then move Sadeera Samarawickrama to open the batting and give Kusal Mendis another Opportunity at no.3.But Never again should Sri Lanka try Dinesh Chandimal at no.3 he had a strike rate of less than 40 in the 2 games he batting at no.3 which is pathetic even for a Test Batsman he put soo much pressure on every other batsman reducing the healthy rate of 5 to 6 runs an over that they had at the time to around 3 an over when he got out.
Selectors Point Of View could be-

  • Number 3 position is available for anyone as both Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis Lack Confidence and are too defensive which creates pressure on other players. So since the no.3 slot is a crucial position in the XI which requires an Aggressive and Solid batsman Sadeera Samarawickrama will most likely take that Position.
  • Also with the opening partnership failing to score Sri Lanka will look to change it by going back to the most recent successful Opening pair Gunathilaka-Dickwella and Push Upl Tharanga down the order to strengthen the middle Order with Lahiru Thirimanne. Since Both Milinda Siriwardana and Thisara Perera have failed to deliver results or validate there purpose in the XI. 
  • Chamara Kapugedara did get injured in the 3rd ODI so he may be unavailable for the 4th ODI.
  • Both Milinda Siriwardana and Thisara Perera will get another chance to prove themselves.Also if they fail in the India tour both Angelo Mathews and Asela Gunaratne could replace them in the XI.

My personal opinion is Kick Asanka Gurusinha out and get rid of the Cricket Manager post. Bring Back Sanath Jayasuriya as the on tour Selector as I think he was a good selector probably one of the best in the world as the team he selected Won the T20 world cup, Reached the Quater-finals of World cup 2015 and Won many historical tours such as against England, Australia and many more. But I think it was  Asanka Gurusinha team management that was the reason for the failure of the past Selection committee. And now ​Asanka Gurusinha is doing it again.



Suren1998's picture
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Why change Tharanga's spot after he has been doing so well there? The problem is our middle order, our top order is decent(I'm sure Dickwella will start scoring runs soon)

Upul Tharanga
Niroshan Dickwella
Sadeera Samarawickrama
Dhanushka Gunathilaka
Milinda Siriwardana
Thisara Perera
Akila Dhananjaya
Jeffrey Vandersay
Suranga Lakmal
Dushmantha Chameera
Lahiru Gamage

I think neither Chandimal or Thirimanne should play. Sadeera replaces Chandi and if Gunathilaka is playing then he should replace Thirimanne. Both Chandi and Thiri have not got the right mindset to play this format anymore. Both have a strike rate that is too low. Only the openers are allowed to take more time in there innings as they are the ones initially building up the total. Middle order players should have a strike rate of 90-100 at the minimum.

AR's picture

Chandimal, Kapu nd Siriwardane useless... we have to gv sme mental rest for future prospect Mendis

So I wud prefer open with Gunathilaka nd Dickwella and move down inform Tharanga to No.5 after Thrimanne to steady the middle order so v cn try Sadeera at no.3

Meanwhile We can use Dimuthu, Priynjan Dj Silva i/o useless three if Mathew, Kjp nd Asela unfit for India Tour

We have one more for 1dy squad...Dasun Shanaka

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