Help the Sri Lankan selectors by naming your ODI squad

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Drop Upul Tharanga as the batsman. He is an ordinary in the last two years. In his last 16 ODI's he has AVERAGE of 16 with a S.R OF 60 %

Drop Thilakarathna Dilshan from the team. He is not getting younger and he will never play in the next world cup at the age of 43 years in 2019.

Drop very ordinary bowler, fielder for a period of time now Lasith Malinga. His days are over and he will never improve after these surgeries.

Bring back impact players like Kithuruwan Vithanage, Chamara Kapugedara in to the team. These are the players who can have a impact and change the cause of a match in one second. For example Kusal Perera 25 ball 68 in 2nd ODI.

Add quality bowlers who can ick wickets like Tharindu Kaushal, Dusmantha Chameera, Lakshan Rangika, Binura Fernando in to the team.

Spread this discussion tread to selectors (Kapila Wijegunawardena and co's) mind hence they seem to be unaware of what to do even !!!

Best Sri Lankan one day squad

Playing XI

Kusal Perera
Lahiru Thirimanne
Dinesh Chandimal
Kithuruwan Vithanage
Anjelo Mathews
Chamara Kapugedara
Thisara Perera
​Sachith Pathirana ( Not impressed totally with Pathirana but think we need a spin bowling all rounder here hence our batting is weak specially after Mahela an Sanga departure. If not Sachith we can use other all rounder here ).
Dhammika Prasad
Tharindu Kaushal
Suranga Lakmal


Lakshan Rangika
Dusmantha Chameera
Bhanuka Rajapakse
​Shaminda Eranga


Anonymous (not verified)
Drop Malinga bring Binura or

Drop Malinga bring Binura or even play Lahiru Gamage. We need a strike bowlers not bowlers who can ball us 50 overs. From what I hear Sandakan seems like a good prospect. If he has the surprise factor why not try him now than later? We all saw how successful left arm fast bowlers have been in the recent past include binura.

Vithanage is more suited for shorter formats yet I don't know why don't the selectors give him a go in the one dayers.

Playing half bowlers and batters aren't going to win matches for us. Dilli isn't performing that we'll either yet I will have him in the team to see how will he perform since he is necessary to balance our team.

My team will be:
7.Sacith (not very convinced but way better than thisara at this moment)
10.Prasad (if we are saving him for the tests against India then Lahiru Gamage)

Anonymous (not verified)
Are you mad?

Are you mad? Thisara Perera ahead of Sachith Pathirana. Thisara is a brainless cricketer. He has played over 100 odi matches still he doesn't have the common Sense of the cricket. He thinks that he can play cricket only with his physical strength. Look at that his technique very poor. Only knows to play one shot towards leg side. There is 360 degrees around the wicket. He is similar to useless Seekuge Prasanna. He doesn't have wicket taking ability also. Always gives low pace short wide easy deliveries to batters. As a allrounder Sachith Pathirana better than Thisara. He has a better technique than Thisara. Thisara plays only one shot whatever the ball (slow, bouncer, yorker....). He is a easy wicket even for average bowler. Therefore we should remove this brainless cricketer from the team forever. Also Milinda was got out due to his brainless factor.

- Also we don't need this negative cricketer Upul Tharanga. When we were chasing 370+ score against in first odi against India can you remember how slow he bat? He batted to lose in that match. In world cup when we chasing 360+ target against Austrailia we had a very good chance to win that match. Can you remember How Tharanga & Thisara batted in that match. Both of them only scored under 5 runs. Then this match against Pakistan. Very poor poor poor poor cricketers & poor selection. His strike rate is suitable when we are chasing 150.

- Also Dilshan & Malinga their days are over now. Dilshan plays for his personal goals & Malinga just play for money & request of the selectors. Even having these 2 experience cricketers we loose the games. Why doesn't give chance for a youngster. When next WC comes Dilshan 43. It is not a practical thing for him to play a another WC. When next WC comes Malinga in his mid 30s. Decaying ages of the fast bowlers. Specially Malinga with his slinging action.

If our selectors want to get maximium results; without considering some their cameos in here & there in the past we must take straight decision to remove Dilshan,Malinga,Thisara,Tharanga from the team.

Instead of Dilshan & Tharanga - Kithruwan, Dimuth, Niroshan, Anjelo, Dhnaushka, Shehan, Udara, Kapugedera, Roshen.... etc.
Instead of Malinga & Thisara - Lakmal, Eranga, Dammika, Dushmantha, Binura, PHT, Vandersay, Malinda, Sandakan

We should give more chances to this squad in odi format; (6 proper batsmen,Allrounder for No.7 & 4 front line bowlers)

1.Lahiru Thirimanne
2.Kusal Janith Perera
3.Dimuth Karunarathna
4.Dinesh Chandimal
5.Anjelo Mathews
6.Kithruwan Vithanage
7.Sachith Pathirana/Milinda Siriwardene
8.PHT Koushal/Lakshan Sandakan/Malinda Pushpakumara/Jefferey Vandersay
9.Dushmantha Chameera
10.Suranga Lakmal
11.Dammika Prasad/Shaminda Eranga/Nuwan Pradeep/Binura Fernando

Others to be considered as batters - Dickwella, Dhanushka, Kapugedera, Shehan, Udara, Bhanuka/Rumesh

We don't need to go beyond these players in odi format. But selectors give more chances to aged Dilshan & Selfish Malinga, average cricketers like Seekuge, Sachithra, Thisara, Kulasekera, Tharanga. We need to get step forward beyond these inconsistent average players. Why selectors you are fear to do that???

Anonymous (not verified)
Oya wage welawakatawath

Oya wage welawakatawath gahanna bari Tharangayawai, Thisarawayawai mona magulakatada ban aye ayeth team ekata danne.

Anonymous (not verified)
Rebuild cricket


1.DILSHAN (if he won't at his usually best,then DANUSHKA GUNATHILEKE)
3.PRIYANJAN (we need a technically correct batsman and should be consistent or bring chandimal)
4.KITHRUWAN (should be play in no 4)
9.PRASAD (should play every format)

we dont need guys who plays for their spot like thirimanne, thisara, tharanga


Anonymous (not verified)
Dear president of selection

Dear president of selection committee,

Please don't give chances to Thisara & Tharanga. Thisara is a "pol Adi" player only have one shot in his book. Even he can't play his favorite one & only shot against a quality bowler. As a bowler even he can't bowl at least 5 overs. What are you expecting from him. Although he was a experience player he can't get responsibility. He normally gives so many chances to opposition & he mostly scores his runs with lucky factor. Don't have good foot work. Poor fielder. Very lazy slow fielder & he doesn't have any activeness when he field. Play so many dot balls although we have to chase big target. Put pressure on other batsmen. Why so many half batters & bowlers in the team. Include 6 specialist batters one proper allrounder & 4 front line bowlers. In this 4 front line bowlers include at least 2 wicket taking bowlers. Then you must understand who are the wicket taking options we have & who are the reliable bowlers who can bowl 10 overs. Lakmal, Malinga, Pradeep,Prasad, Eranga, Sachithra, Ajantha these are the reliable bowlers. PHT Koushal, Jefferey Vandersay, Lakshan Sandakan, Malinda Pushpakumara, Dushmantha Chaneera, Binura Fernando. These are the wicket taking options.

If you don't know how to produce a bowling combination here look at below.

Dushmantha Chameera(Wicket taker)
PHT Koushal(wicket taker)
Dammika Prasad(Reliable Bowler)
Suranga Lakmal(Reliable Bowler)

Mathews & Allrounder can bowl 10 overs together. Then give a target to bowlers "Go & Restrict team under 250 which is managable target to the batters." Then 6 batter & allrounder should get responsibility to chase that target. Inclusion of so many allrounders is a negative thing & batsmen don't get responsibility because they know there are so many batters to come & play loose shots & get out. Look Pakistan Bowling attack. Mohommad Irfan & Yasir Saha 2 wicket takers. Imad Wasim & Anwar Ali & Rahat Ali 3 reliable bowlers. I can tell you Imad Wasim is a special bowler. He is a such a difficult bowler to pick up with his angular action. Pakistan had so many options to restrict a team under 200.
It is a shame that even we had 9 batsmen in the team just scored 180. That is why I am saying inclusion of so many bits & pieces is not the solution. Give chance to Kithruwan Vithange insted of Tharanga. He is good odi player. Mewa kochchra qwath wadak na ban kowda mewa balanne ahanne.................

Annoyed supporter (not verified)
Drop Maling & Thissara

Drop Malinga & bring Binura or Dhammika (Malinga is no suite to play for motherland, he will bowl and field better if given any extra bulk of money only)

I don't know why selectors and Mathews stick to Thissara when he continuously fail with Bat and Ball

Pls send Chandimal up in the order & include Suranga Lakmal - he bowled well in 1st ODI but given only 5 overs

***** All these failures are due to ideas of Attapattu??????????????

Attn: Selectors.....


futurecric (not verified)
Let Chandimal bat up in the

Let Chandimal bat up in the order and anchor the inning, he can bat really well under pressure and can rotate the strike without hitting boundaries.. that help to release the pressure which bowlers putting against us..

Anonymous (not verified)
Chandimal, Thirimanne, Mathews

Chandimal, Thirimanne, Mathews, Kusal has the talent no doubt that. Instead of Dilshan (after his retirement) & Tharanga (Due to poor foot work he can be easily troubled against quality fat bowlers & negative approach when chasing huge targets) we need to include Kithruwan Vithanage(2nd X factor after Kusal) & Dimuth/Dickwella (these 2 players have the better technique & foot work among youngsters & has the ability to play a long inning ) in to the odi team. If Mathews can bowl 10 overs we can play both Dimuth & Dickwella. But due to his niggle he can't do that forever. Therefore for the no.7 spot we need some one like Sachith Pathirana. Thisara is not a reliable bowler or batter. Milinda is the best batsmen among these 3. But can he bowl decent 5 overs at least. Also No.7 should be a big hitter Pathirana can hit the ball hard rather than Milinda. But some times we need reliable batsmen for the last 10 overs. If we need batting allrounder Milinda is good for No.7. If we need bowling allrounder Pathirana is good for no.7. But no need Thisara. Even Jeewan Mendis is not a bad option for no.7. Then 4 front line bowlers. 1 front line spinner & 3 fast bowlers. My front line spinner is PHT Koushal. He is a wicket taker. Can spin the ball. But need some experience in this arena. Dushmantha Chameera is my first pick as a fast bowler. He can touch 150kph. Other 2 bowlers are Pradeep & Prasad both of them can bowl 145+. If we need more variation to the fast bowling attack instead of Pradeep we can include Lakmal, Eranga, Malinga, Gamage, Binura anyone of them. Also Lakshan Sandakan, Malinda Pushpakumara, Jeffrey Vandersay better as the front line spinner.

My Team;

1.Kusal Janith Perera
2.Dimuth Karunarathna
3.Lahiru Thirimanne
4.Dinesh Chandimal
5.Anjelo Mathews
6.Kithurwan Vithanage
7.Milinda Siriwardene/Sachith Pathirana/JeeWan Mendis
8.Dammika Prasad
9.PHT Koushal
10.Dushmantha Chameera
11.Nuwan Pradeep

analyzer01 (not verified)
Drop tharanga and

Drop tharanga and replays cricket statguru.. this guy hates tharanaga.......

1993 (not verified)
ODI XI Should be

ODI XI Should be,

1.Kusal Janith
2.Lahiru Thirimanne
3.Dinesh Chandimal (Wk)
4.Ashan Priyanjan
5.Anelo Mathews
6.Kithruwan Vithanage
7.Thisara Perera / Milinda
8.Tharindu Kaushal / Akila Dananjaya
9.Binura Fernando
10.Suranga Lakmal
11.Dushmanth Chameera

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