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Overhelming Batting Woes at a glance & Best available to occupy Top 5 Spots to salvage SL

These are the performance based stats of front five batting spots in both formats. Hopefully SL's new Head Coach Hathurusinghe & Chief Selector Labrooy would consider, to find a permanent solution for the most devastating, ongoing batting problem that caused so many repeated defeats for SL cricket. Blind swapping & putting faith on a bunch of repeated failures believing never materialized potential were all that we saw in selections. Without looking at the broader picture & overall performance records, they only believed in a few overrated guys, expecting miracles to happen. This is the direct result of that grave blunder, that we see today.     

In Test arena just 3 players (Chandimal, Dimuth & Tharanga) managed to maintain above 35 Average in batting occupying top 5 spots. In fact all of the remaining Seven Test batters, including new comers have Averages ranging from 14 -30, which is a severe problem for SL.

Also in 50 over ODI format, just 4 batters ( Tharanga, Mathews, Danushka & Dickwella) managed to maintain above 35 batting Average with above 75 Strike Rate, batting at No 1-5 spots during past 15 months.

Hopefully, at least now they will give some thought to spot the VERY FEW real performers available in our resources  & entrust them a long run in appropriate spot according to specialty. This is a must to have some hope to pull out SL from this deep abyss. No more selections cannot be afforded only on pure expectations on technicality based potential (Kaushal Silva, Thirimanne in Tests, Chandimal in ODis, Kusal Perera as Odi Opener, Thisara Perera, & Kapugedara in OdIs etc.). This never materialized in the middle, despite long term investments, sacrificing the chances of some true performers & suffering so many series.defeats.   

SL Test Batting Average Rankings from 01 Aug 2016 to Nov 26th  2017 (batting @ No 1 -5) :

1) LD Chandimal -    16 ing/ 693 runs @ 49.50 / 43 SR- 2 x 100 / 4 x 50+

2) DKarunaratne -     34 ing/ 1375 runs @ 41.66 / 46 SR- 4 x 100/ 6 x 50+     

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

4) K Mendis -               30 ing/ 918 runs   @ 30.60 / 59 SR-  2 x 100/ 3 x 50+

5) MDKJ Perera -            9  ing/ 268 runs @ 29.77 / 74  SR-  1 x 100

6) AD Mathews -           18 ing / 531 runs @ 29.56 / 54 SR-              4 x 50+

6) DAS Gunaratne -       4  ing/ 105 runs @  26.25 / 55 SR-              1 x 50+

7) JK Silva -                    18 ing/ 450 runs @ 25.00 /  38 SR- 1 x 100/  2 x 50+

8) L Thirimanne -               6 ing/ 83 runs  @ 16.60 / 35 SR-                 1 x 50+

9) Samarawickrama-          6 ing/  87 runs @ 14.50 /86 SR -

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SL ODI Batting Average Rankings from 01 Aug 2016 to  26th Nov  2017 (batting @ No 1 -5 minimum 5 Odis) :

1) WU Tharanga -  25 ing  /  944 runs  @ 47.20 Av /  84 SR -     2 x 100  -  6 x 50

2) AD Mathews-      15 ing/   519 runs @  43.25 Av /  76 SR -       -              4 x 50

3) Thirimanne -          8 ing /   339 runs   @  42.37 Av / 66 SR -      -                 4 x 50

4) MD Gunathilaka - 15 ing / 555 runs @  37.00 Av /  84 SR -      1 x 100 -  4 x 50

5) N Dickwella -        27 ing /  949 runs @ 35.14  Av / 93 SR  -    2 x 100 -    5 x 50    

6) BKG Mendis--         30 ing /  928 runs @   33.14 Av  / 83 SR  -     1 x 100 -    8 x 50 

7) DM de Silva -           10 ing /  282 runs  @  31.33 Av / 82 SR -                 -     3 x 50

8) Chandimal  -            19 ing /  491 runs  @ 27.27 Av/  64 SR -       1 x 100 -   2 x 50

9 ) MDKJ Perera -          6 ing /  94  runs @  18.80 Av / 90 SR

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