Priyanjan and Chandimal set to replace Mahela and Sanga in T20Is

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By Osanda Prashan Gunaratna

Sri Lanka Cricket will need to look forward, towards their new generation of batsman with the grand T20I exit of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene with being crowned as the ICC World T20 champions.

It is due time to establish and replace the iconic legends of Sri Lankan cricket with 2 or more talented batsmen of the similar caliber, talent and of high performance. This will require special attention, patience and accurate performance analysis of the batsman by the selectors along with the assistance of the coaching staff. The challenge of introducing young yet experienced batsmen without Sanga and Mahela in the T20 XI, that may be answered in the only T20I to be played in England in May.

Having seasoned young batsman Lahiru Thirimanne, who has already being assured a place in the T20 XI with his impressive performances throughout the Asia Cup and also in the World T20 will do a world of good for Sri Lanka to rebuild yet again for a new generation of batsman to perform in the mold Sanga and Mahela have done in the past 15 years.

Along with Thirimanne, ideally the much talked about SL’s original T20 skipper Dinesh Chandimal who promised so much for Sri Lankan cricket since his debut in 2010, however presently depressingly underperforming, Chandimal will need to come up with a combo, in a nature which Mahela & Sanga orchestrated throughout their carriers to be hailed as 2 of the most prolific batsmen of all format whether it is tests, ODIs & T20Is.

Chandimal being terribly out of form in T20Is, with an average of just 12, hardly even of tail ender batsmen, will require to fight back into form and show his critics and fans how prolific he can be as a T20 batsman taking inspiration from the likes of Kohli, Myburgh, Tom Cooper and Maxwell who have excelled in the World T20 to become a force T20I cricket.

Apart from Thirimanne & Chandimal, the batsman who has impressed the most for Sri Lanka with a match saving innings of 74 on debut vs Pakistan and impressive knocks against Bangladesh and strong performances in the Asia cup, it is the young attacking right hander batsman Ashan Priyanjan more suitable for Sri Lanka in both ODI’s and T20Is going forward.

The Sri Lanka Cricket selectors, even in the most difficult times will require to back these 3 promising batsmen to lead Sri Lanka’s future batting resurgence along with Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews,Thisara Perera and the bowlers contributing towards Sri Lanka’s success.

The time for Sri Lankan Cricket future starts now, only time will tell how well they would perform and lead the team towards success and victory.

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Dinith's picture
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who will replace dilshan?

UppercuT's picture
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@Dinith, Dilshan s not retiring from T20s..

ROAR OF LANKA's picture
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I guess when Dilshan retires Priyanjan or Thirimanne should open and Angelo Perera or Vithanage should bat in the middle order.

Dinith's picture
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How about kapugedara openning with kusal in T20s?

R Peterson's picture
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I also like to go with Priyanjan and Chandimal replacement in T20s while Dilshan open with Kusal. Thirimanne is perfectly fit for the No. 3 position in any format.
If TM Dilshan also retired, I would like to give another chance to Dilshan Munaweera as an open batsman. He represented the 2012 WT20 SL squad, but he could only played 2 matches.

(Last edited by R Peterson on April 11, 2014 - 12:47)
chaminda mendis's picture

I beleive dilshan munaweera is one of the hardest hitters and one of talented cricketer in our country he earned his place in the last t20 world cup, selectors should look at him positively and give him a fair chance as their giving kusal perera, otherwise its such a unfair thing what happen to him after playing so well in the slpl and being the highest run getter with the maximum sixes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIOf84wSCxY

Have a look at this video and messure his talent and skill and what a waste the selectors doing to him and for the country

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you can't just measure someone's talent from looking at just one video. Munaweera played 4 T20 international matches after this heroic, but he couldn't prove him self. When it comes to Kusal Perera, he scored 33 in his first T20 outing against mighty Australian bowling attack in their soil. He scored 64 in his 3rd appearance, he has played just 17 matches and now he holds the 5th in ICC T20 batsmen ranking. It's not fair to always blame selectors when a player is not selected. With the current formation of the team I don't think Munaweera has a place to fill.

chaminda mendis's picture

@cgi im not saying kusal should be out and munaweera should be in. i am saying he should be getting a fair chance and need to be next in line to replace tm dilshan. And you said he olayed 4t20 s have look at the matches i am sure u hve not. out of 4 games 2 were rained off the way u are judging a player is like scraching a lottery. sorry mate you have no idea about the game just like a player critisising journalist. after being the number one run getter in the slpl played 2 world cup games scored 14,17 and next tour against new zealand was not out on 4 when match stopped due to rain. the 17 he scored was a 7 over match against SA. what i am saying is after a player comes through the ranks they should be given confidence. good that kusal scored runs on his debut otherwise he wil be among players like angelo perera ,dilshan munaweera, and another ex: is ashan priyanjan he scored runs on his debut and his in the squad thats very good bit need to give young players more confidence too as the oldies those days did,t scrach lotteries to be in the side as they got fair chances. Thanks

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Agree with Chandima. I also pointed out earlier that if TM Dilshan made his retirement from T20 cricket, it is fair to give the first chance to Dilshan Munaweera as an open batsman in T20s. If he could not succeed, selectors can try someone else.
Hope Kusal-Munaweera pair will be successful in T20s. Because both of them are hard hitters of the cricket ball with left hand - right hand combination.
SL need few experiments to find out the most suitable team for the WT20 2016.

(Last edited by R Peterson on April 18, 2014 - 10:55)
G.K's picture

The best T20 players are Munaweera & Kapugedara... but personally sanath will not give them another chance...

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