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Its very deciding in deciding

Its very difficult in deciding the first 4 batsmen in this team because there is just too many options: Tharanga, Dickwella, Gunathilaka, De Silva, Mendis, Chandimal, Kusal, Gunaratne... The list goes on... Unfortunately not everyone of these players are going to find a place in the starting XI and we just have to except that.
In terms of our openers, I'm currently not too impressed with either Dickwella and Tharanga. I know their potential very well but I'm not seeing consistency, especially with Tharanga which is sad to see. For my openers I definitely want a left hand-right hand combination such as Gunathilaka and Mendis. I think both will be good openers and I remember well their performance in England playing India in the champions trophy. Our number 3 is a difficult choice; we have Chandimal, Kusal Perera, de Silva. For me, this position goes to our wicketkeeper, so either Kusal or Chandi. Number 4 MUST be Mathews! He is the brick wall when it comes to a Sri Lankan batting collapse so it would be better if he his at the crease earlier on. The rest of the players are not that difficult to choose apart from our fast bowler to bowl alongside Lakmal. I'm not too impressed with our young fast bowlers at the moment such as Lahiru Kumara and I will definitely choose an experienced player for the world cup, and the only experienced fast bowler with the best chances are Nuwan Pradeep and Lasith Malinga.

Dhanushka Gunathilaka
Kusal Mendis
Kusal Perera / Dinesh Chandimal (wk)
Angelo Mathews
Dhananjaya de Silva
Asela Gunaratne
Thisara Perera
Dasun Shanaka
Akila Dananjaya
Suranga Lakmal
Lasith Malinga / Nuwan Pradeep

I know there will be some complaints about Dhananjaya de Silva and Asela Gunaratnes position because they are batting quite low and would be "wasted potential". However I feel this team has been seriously lacking a late order batsman that is reliable in keeping their wicket and preventing a batting collapse. We have all seen too many instances where after Mathews goes out, the rest of the batsmen falls within 10 overs. Dhananjaya is the type of batsman to shine in these circumstances just like his recent 84 against SA. Gunaratne is also a solid batsman and a potential finisher for the side.
I think this team is one of the best options for the world cup as the batting runs deep (even Akila can bat) and there is planty of bowlers. Lakmal, Malinga, Shanaka, and Perera is enough seam bowlers when playing in England. We also have pur mystery spinner in Akila, and other part time spinners with de Silva and Gunaratne.

(Last edited by Suren1998 on August 13, 2018 - 18:33)


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