Getting dropped is part of playing for Sri Lanka - de Silva

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There is a point at which Dhananjaya de Silva could have felt aggrieved. Since first turning heads at the international level in 2016, no player has been moved around - up the batting order, down the batting order, out of the team, back into the team, out of the squad altogether - than de Silva...

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Stormy's picture
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We never really learn do we? We did the same with Chandi and Thiri and thankfully Chandi has made an impact in test cricket after a long looong apprentice in which he was continuously dropped, in and out of the team, up and down the order.

We first dropped De Silva after that disaster of a SA tour where no one got runs but we managed to drop this guy. Then he took a long time to get back in and I really hope we just stick with him.

Clearly there is no one else so may as well accept that and make the most of what little we have rather than get in to this musical chairs.

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According to my view there are two classes of cricketers in Sri Lanka. Class I is the players whom most SL cricket administrators and Sri Lankan media want to be in the team. Players like Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne (during early part of his career he kept on failing), Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Kaushal Silva, Jeffery Vandersay falls in to this category. These guys can keep their place in the team even without making a notable / match winning contribution for a considerable period. Even if they are dropped from the team they can come back quickly with one or two good performances in local cricket.

Class II is the players who have to perform well regularly to be in the team, otherwise who are prone to get axed very quickly. Chandimal (during early part of his career), Asela Gunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Janith Perera, Upul Tharanga, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dasun Shanaka falls in to this category. Since Dhananjaya is also a class II type cricketer, Getting dropped and batting at different positions are parts of his career.

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