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Rex is in trouble again for writing rubbish and lies. Danushka has sent his newspaper letter from his lawyer about this article.

Posted in: Danushka Gunathilaka in trouble again by Jagath Perera on Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 20:44. Reply to this comment.


Confused -

Have you ever closely watched how Dimuth K is batting(odi av 15 - 68 SR)? Just Imagine slow going guys like Chandimal & Dimuth who take ages to settle-in & completely incompetent to raise the tempo at will to meet the primary demand in an Odi side? Top of all, they both typically get bogged-down frequently for long periods, unable to even rotate the strike(just remember the times when Thirimanne & Chandimal did exact thing in tandem, busting so many Odis). What is acceptable in Test cricket is the prime NEMESIS of Odis!

This is the worst that could happen to a side already grasping for breadth. We don't need any more "Bitters" multiplying dot-balls to yield a few runs here and there! They could survive only at Tortoise's strike rates in 60s.! Filling the 50 overs with such solutions would still ended up in mediocre scores around 200 or less. Do you really think that is the solution to target 300 winning totals mostly demanded in modern Odis? That kind of lopsided logic will only ended up in putting more pressure on others.

Instead of repeating the same mistake of going with Test mode flash highs (Already ruined one WC) why don't they allow the best proven combo of ODI Openers UT/ND since Jan 2017??

Before looking at TEST stats to parachute a proven failure for the 2nd time in SL's WC history, isn't it better to consider the most obvious solution, looking at ODI PERFORMANCE STATS ?

After all, in World's best productive Openers rankings since Jan 2017 :

1)Opener UpulT World ranking# 10 (1,061 runs@ 40 av- 86 SR Opener)

2) N Dickwella World ranking# 11 (928 runs @ 34 Av - 93 SR Opener)

Since Jan 2017:

The Opening pair Tharanga & Dickwella had produced 599 runs for the 1st Wicket @ 40 Average, maintaining an EXCEPTIONAL RUN RATE 6.33 in their 15 Odi inings together as Openers.

Another point to be noted is all those 599 runs in their 15 innings together were scored against Top-Class Quality Opponents as follows:

- 10 inngs Vs SA
- 4 innings Vs PK
- 1 Ing Vs India

There were 6 x 50 - 139 runs First-Wicket STANDS in initial 10 overs from 15 innings together as openers. That is almost Fifty PERCENT.! The latest being 50 & 61 back to back stands that paved launching pad for two consecutive 300+ winning totals Vs SA in Aug 2018 (just Before Asia Cup but dismantled immediately for a ridiculous choice that mainly caused upfront collapse in Asia Cup)). For the past 20 months SL had only one more 50+ consecutive stands when UT/ND were together putting up 69 & 139 in SA (Feb 2017).

The OBVIOUS QUESTION is WHY didn't they ALLOW these TWO Openers (NCC pair) to continue & repeatedly dismantled after success? Can we afford to do more absurd experiments like seen in recent Asia Cup?

For anyone with a brain, these are the most logical questions to be asked ? never ever answered by responsible authorities!

WITHOUT MAKING SENSELESS SUGGESTIONS, First think about this. We need Real Horses for Courses & NOT TRYING TO FIND COURSES FOR HORSES who are born to stagnate.!

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/...

Note: (copied from recent IC blog articles & stats)

https://island-cricket.com/blogs/srilank...

Posted in: Should Dimuth Karunaratne be considered for the ODI squad as an opener? by Fight4Right on Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 13:05. Reply to this comment.


There is a legitimate reason for such vibrant support.

None other player was constantly subjected to such unwarranted suppression and hogwash criticism as much as UpulT in our Cricket history. So, naturally any open-minded person who admit that fact would support against those misdoings.

Just look at this blog thread alone, is there a single opposer blabbering against it with rubbish, could come up with any legitimate point to deny the blog article content or positive comments? No I don't see any!

You are right, everyone has the right to express their Opinion, but no one is entitle to suppress them. If it becomes a thorn in the eye & getting desperately agitated, when unable to counter any of those facts, the simplest thing they could do is shut up and getaway from the blog. LoL

Posted in: 11 - X = ??????????????? by Fight4Right on Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 10:38. Reply to this comment.


Sri Lanka vs England - 1st ODI Match

1. Upul Tharanga
2. Dananjaya De Silva
3. Dimuth Karunaratne
4. Kusal Mendis / Dinesh Chandimal / Ashan priyanjan
5. Kusal Janith Perera
6. Angelo Mathews
7. Thisara Perera
8. Akila Dananjaya
9. Jeffry vandersay
10.Suranga Lakmal / Mohammed Dilshad
11.Lasith Malinga / Dushmantha Chameera

Posted in: Who should open for sri lanka in ODIs? by Ninth on Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 04:21. Reply to this comment.


Agreed Confused,it is high time that we need a change in our stance

Posted in: Should Dimuth Karunaratne be considered for the ODI squad as an opener? by sudath.karunara... on Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 03:08. Reply to this comment.


@Suren1998, that's plain ridiculous. How could you leave out Roy Dias :)

Posted in: The best opening batting pair for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 by Confused on Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 02:55. Reply to this comment.


@Stormy, true, it would have been ideal prep if we weren't in such a great big hole now. Thrashings in these remaining matches aren't going to do much for our already fragile confidence.

And no, I have not been standing up at the wrong time, but SLC has been doing this for a long time now LOL!

Posted in: The best opening batting pair for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 by Confused on Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 02:54. Reply to this comment.


Thank god for small mercies that this rabid and totally immature support by the permanently outraged supporters of Upul, are not replicated by supporters of other cricketers. Logging into Island Cricket would be intolerable if it were.

Calm the **** down people - it’s called an OPINION, and everyone is entitled to one.

Posted in: 11 - X = ??????????????? by Confused on Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 02:47. Reply to this comment.


Delan & Stormy, to be fair, much has changed with Dimuth since that failed experiment in 2015. To also be fair, it is clear that he has never been given a realistic chance to succeed either. He has played only 13 inns of which only two were at home. Seven of these knocks were in NZ where not too many of our batsmen fair well, and another couple in England. When you think of the many opportunities that so many other cricketers tend to receive with the benefit of home conditions to boot, you would have to admit that this is a sparse offering to say the least.

However, notwithstanding his record and the failed experiment the last time around, the reality is he was probably lucky to even have a spot in the Test team then. At the time he was averaging some 36 in 18 matches with just two centuries. God only knows where he was even in the Test batting ranking then. But he has certainly grown in stature and confidence since and is now our highest ranking Test batsman at # 7. Since 2017, he averages 44.4 in 17 matches with 4 centuries.

That said, the only reason his name even comes into the ODI equation is because of the lack of stability of our top six. While we are all aware of our losing trend, where we have lost 30 of the 40 matches since 2017, it is the manner of our losses that is alarming. Of those 30 losses, we were all out inside 50 overs for 187 or less 11 times - that is a 1/4 of ALL our matches since 2017, which is a staggering stat. In 18 of our losses, our highest score was 217. Even if you look at our 10 wins, 5 of them have come in low scoring games. While there have been some big scores in both some of our wins and losses, these have been way to sporadic and inconsistent.

With 8 of our 12 remaining games prior to the WC to be played in NZ & SAF therefore, I do not think that this is an entirely ridiculous idea! That said, I fully agree with you Stormy - the selectors need to now just bite the bullet and go with a set of openers and stick with them for the WC for better or worse.

Posted in: Should Dimuth Karunaratne be considered for the ODI squad as an opener? by Confused on Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 02:03. Reply to this comment.


I agree with those selections of course if we are to go ahead towards any successful future otherwise we will be the next Zimbabwe or Windies for that matter. My only question is Mathews he should not be even considered if he doesn't show any form during domestic tournaments. I think he is the main reason why players like Asela has not being given a chance as he knows Asela is the main threat to him in the middle order. Captaincy for him is out of the question Chandi or even Suranga are better than him. They may not fluent in English like Anjelo but Inzamam had very little English when he captained Pakistan but what a good player he was.

Posted in: Angelo Mathews slams Sri Lanka's performance by sudath.karunara... on Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 23:35. Reply to this comment.