Mendis was used as opener for tactical reasons – Samaraweera

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"I am not sure whether Kusal Mendis will continue to remain an opener in the future. The reason why we used him as an opening batsman was because we knew that Bangladesh will depend heavily on spin bowling. The Head Coach had a chat with Mendis. I feel that Men...

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delan82's picture
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I have no problems with trialling him as opener because number 3 should be prepared to open. They could be at the crease 2 ball of the innings or have to open if one of the regular openers can't.

What I hope doesn't happen is chopping and changing and he and other players move up and down the order as has happened in past.
That's not to say a pinch hitter or surprise move shouldn't be utilised when circumstances warrant it but you don't want the opening combo changing every tournament for no reason.

delan82's picture
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I have no problems with trialling him as opener because number 3 should be prepared to open. They could be at the crease 2 ball of the innings or have to open if one of the regular openers can't.

What I hope doesn't happen is chopping and changing and he and other players move up and down the order as has happened in past.
That's not to say a pinch hitter or surprise move shouldn't be utilised when circumstances warrant it but you don't want the opening combo changing every tournament for no reason.

Dias's picture
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9 November 2012
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I made a poll: https://island-cricket.com/poll/srilanka...

Vote guys!

Same chopping and changing is happening like what Sanath Jayasuriya did.

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