Chandimal's pullout a blow to struggling Sri Lanka

The 28-year-old batsman needed more time to recover from the finger injury, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement. He was replaced by wicketkeeper and batsman Niroshan Dickwella for the event. Sri Lanka will train only from Wednesday at the ICC Academy ground. Their opponents Bangladesh...


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This is a real blessing for SL. Otherwise Hathurusinghe would never axe Chandimal, no matter how counterproductive he is in limited over cricket!

In the previous series played in UAE in 2017 Vs Pak; Chandimal managed to collect only 92 runs at 18 Av- 62 SR Vs Pk playing in all 5 Odis to cause that whitewash!

Look at the appalling performance of Dinesh Chandimal.

Chandimal (2017- 15 odis- 255 runs at 18 Av - 59 SR) repeatedly derailed SL Odis. Chandimal totally messed up the middle order with disgracefully slow & low batting approach @ No3. Even after playing 8+y of international cricket, unable rotate the strike & such a pathetic approach in repeated matches was unbelievable.

Fans will be closely watching Hathuru's other favorite, grossly hyped doom-boy Kusal Mendis performance in Asia Cup;

In 2018 to date he had played 10 odis & managed just 169 runs at 17 Average! in 2017, 22 odis - 587 runs at 27 Av. Even after playing 50 odis still struggling with an average in the 20s with just one hundred VS BD!

But much more assertive run makers in limited over cricket like Niroshan Dickwella 39 ings - 1232 runs at 32 Av - 90 SR already with 2 x100 get chopped for the slightest lean patch, just because he is not in Hathurusinghe's city bunnies list.

Ultimately, the original squad endorsed by Hathurusinghe (axing Dickka to slot in his buddy Chandimal as keeper) has been altered at the last moment to include much more deserved Dickwella (probably after the open criticism appeared recently in Daily News paper.!

(Last edited by MDKJulius Caesar on September 10, 2018 - 10:22)
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Real shame this regardless of what we all think he is part of Hathu's plans for the WC and now missing the second consecutive series and the WC is less than 12 months off.

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Yeah, it is a shame. Hopefully, he has an uninterrupted go till the end of the world cup after this

Anonymous's picture

Don't worry odi nightmare Chandimal will be in WC squad with Kusal Mendis even if they continue to play for the opponent sides, as did all along past 2 years... LoL

I wouldn't be surprised even Dimuth Karunarathne (Mathew's buddy) creep in to the WC squad at last minute, as happened in 2015 WC to make up the numbers for team SL.

Anonymous's picture

Chandimal's pullout a Blow to Struggling Sl?

are you joking or what ? ? Indian writer seems completely out of focus about what has been really wrong & what was really going on in SL Odi cricket to be in this state today

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