Chandimal will make a good vice-captain for Sri Lanka - Arnold

Russel Arnold responds to questions from fans in his weekly column
January 13, 2013

Dinesh Chandimal continues to impress. © Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/ABRFOTO

If Angelo Mathews takes over as captain after this series, who should be vice-captain?Shenali Mendis

Dinesh Chandimal will make a good vice-captain. He comes across as being brave, and seems to read the game well, just as he showed in that third Test. Out of the youngsters, he looks like the fastest learner. Chandimal will also be behind the stumps, which means he can read the angles in the field well. He is vocal behind the stumps, and is always encouraging his mates. Easily the best choice for me.

Which players should Australia watch out for in the Sri Lankan side in the ODI series?Peter Watson

Watch out for Ajantha Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal and Akila Dananjaya if he plays.

In your days as an international player for Sri Lanka, during training session at the nets, did bowlers ever threaten to bowl bouncers at the batsman? Doesn't it expose them to the threat of injuries during training? I often find it difficult to find the courage to bowl a bouncer at training to my fellow team-mates. How did the training sessions work at international level for Sri Lanka? Did they bowl consistent bouncers, and how did batsman feel about it because we all know even the best pullers and hookers can miss a good bouncer?Kusal

Bouncers were never welcome in the nets. At training, the pitches are mostly of half length, and such bowling is very difficult to pick up.There were short stuff hurled down on occasions, but more often than not the bowlers would end up in the bad books of their team-mates.

Considering the fact that fast bowlers were expensive at SCG, the nature of the SCG wicket, the amount of overs Tillakaratne Dilshan bowled and the number of left-handers in the Australia side, do you think Suraj Randiv should have played in the Sydney Test match instead of a fast bowler?Sujan Warnakulasooriya

Even up until the coin was tossed, the team combination looked fine. No one could have predicted that they would bowl so poorly, and that the pitch would crumble.Yet, if Sri Lanka batted slightly better, they could still have won that Test.

Are there any players who were not picked, but you would have liked to see in the Sri Lankan ODI squad currently in Australia?

Not really. However, I would like to see Angelo Perera there soon.

How much of Sri Lanka's issues in Australia is a lack of preparation? If they played several tour games and had time to get used to conditions before Test series, would it have averted a 3-0 whitewash?Rookantha Peiris

Lack of preparation has always been an issue, but with schedules these days it's unlikely to change. More time would certainly help the players get used to conditions, and help them make the needed adjustments to their game, both skill-wise and mentally too.

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Stormy's picture
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I think Chandi is a fair choice for VC but he must play in the test team to start with. Its insane this would sit on the bench test after test while other youngsters get ago. Also it would steady the leadership with younger players who will play for a while with Anji as the leader.

As for preperation NZ just beat SL in a test match wihtout a single warm up game. In todays day and age, specially experienced players, are expected to adjust.

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I'd like to see Chandimal as vice captain, to perform so well at his age is a good sign for the future of SL

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Cdnt agree with you guys more.

shanhh's picture

Chandimalta `kapilla` and its obvious !

Anonymous's picture

captan.chandimal vice captan.tirimanna

rangana nuwan's picture

No doubt about chandimal's talent and his couarage .But I have not seen that "all for the team" attitude from him yet.He seems to be more concern about his personnel performance .I think we should not be too hurry to make him VC. And during the 2011 champions league , how he tried to give commands and shouting at more senior players (he was not even the captain of Ruhuna) has not created a good image about his leadership skills .

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I think Chandimal will be a better captain than Mathews.

Anonymous's picture

Even Sana does not play, we should make him VC of the team. Atleast he will get a salary end of the month.

Poor Guy..!

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Agreed with Che. Chandimal seems to have the brain (Much needed) for captaincy. Whereas Mathews, with his arrogance and bravado, will bring only "Attacking" form of cricket which Dilshan promised and that didn't turn out so well. A captain shouldn't be affected with the limelight and mustn't crumble under pressure and I doubt Mathews is capable of that.

Chandimal also seems the better batsmen among the youngsters and he should be groomed to be one. Let Kusal take over the gloves and hope for a "Gilchrist" in him.

Deiyyo Sakki's picture

Why is it that there is always a gang who are all out to run down Angelo? He's one of the most intelligent and level headed cricketers without any agenda unlike some of the seniors. Yet, I see some readers all out to tear him down. Tell me it isnt an ultra nationalist agenda of some? Or what exactly bug them about Angelo? Not Sri Lankan enough? Does the captain have to be a "bahu jathika"?

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