Dilshan and Thirimanne opening pair for World Cup - Sanath Jayasuriya

Chairman of the National Selection Committee, Sanath Jayasuriya noted that they have decided on T.M. Dilshan and Lahiru Thirimanne as the opening pair for Sri Lanka’s batting line-up.Jayasuriya added that paceman Lasith Malinga, who was out of action due to a surgery, has found his rhythm again.


samsam's picture

Ethakota squad eke Dimuth enne pol gannada.? It's like going into the world cup with 14 players

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So, why is Dimuth Karunaratne in the squad?

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Lol this is sad , what the f***k was sanath thinking with dimuth oh well. if it was kusal he cudve atleast batted in the middle to provide some hitting power.

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This is so True!!! What the Hell is dimuth's role!!!! should have taken Kusal Janith or Upul Tharanga to fall back on !!!! this is sad!!! BAD SELCTION COMMITEE!!!!

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This may cuase for a slow start.

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Basically it's admission that the selection panel stuffed up.

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Sanath's problem is Upul Tharanga. It is very clear. Right from the day he got the sword as a selector, what he basically did was cuttung Upul from almost every squad selected to tour or play at home since 2013 (except for that one-off Odi in india & 3 vs PK). He was not selected even to the squad Vs Eng in that 7 Odi series, despite the ongoing problematic failure at the top & that horrible defeat in India.

During that one & half year period SL had played close to 50 Odis & certainly there was no reason to justify why Upul was limited to just 4 Odis here & there, giving him no real chance to settle after laying off for more than a year. Sanath tried everyone without Upul, despite failures after failures.

Also, it was pretty clear why Sanath didn't given Upul the obvious chance that he earned to tour NZ in the Test Squad in Jan. After being the highest contributor in the previous Series decider Vs PK & scoring productive 306 run at almost 40 Average, from 4 Tests with 92, 45 Vs PK & 86 Vs SA , otherwise who would axe that player ?
Not even a place in the squad?

Sanath didn't want to give even that solitary chance to to Upul, because he knew if Upul continued well in NZ & put up big scores in NZ Tests, then he wont be able to omit Upul from NZ Odis & WC squads as planned. That is the sole reason behind Dimuth's selection to the NZ tour & the nonsense inclusion in the Odi squads to play NZ & WC! It seems, Dimuth was just a pawn used by Sanath to fulfill that personal desire in his distorted mind, as most politicians do. Story behind Dimuth is this.

Dimuth is there occupying a spot in WC squad. just to carry drinks to the middle in WC... but Sanath has no problem with it, because it had already served the purpose he intended :))

Only question to be asked from Sanath is what rights he has to eliminate such a proven player with a productive track record & experience, for that long, without giving any decent opportunity (or earned opportunity) to settle & reclaim his due place?

(Last edited by SeeThrough on February 7, 2015 - 09:03)

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