A 'normal Dickwella' aims to make full use of Asia Cup opportunity

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Niroshan Dickwella would have considered himself rather unlucky to miss out after Sri Lanka's Asia Cup squad was announced last week, but poor returns in the domestic T20 tournament last month had somewhat overshadowed an impressive showing at home against South Africa.

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TVP's picture
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Dickwella is clearly a well above-average batter among youngsters. But he seems to be another outstation player, who had become a red-herring in the eyes of selectors, who instantly wave their magic-wand in every slightest opportunity they get to make him disappear. Unlike in the case of some fortunate guys like K Mendis, Gunathilake etc, Dickewella is always prone to get the axe. I think they somehow wanted to create a limited over slot for unworthy Chandimal by omitting Dikka. Dickwella was Sri Lanka's second-highest run-getter in ODIs for the year 2017, behind Upul Tharanga.

In the previous series Vs SA, SL won the last 2 odis by putting up 300 runs, mainly due to the vital 50+ 1st wkt solid stands put up in less than 10 overs by opening pair Dikka & Upul. Without that upfront launching pad, SL would have never put up 300 or won those 2 odis. That was the only series SL had 2 such consecutive 1st wkt stands, since we saw such vital stands 18 months ago in SA, when the same pair was allowed to open. The most productive pair of openers should be allowed to open in all matches up to WC is the most logical thing to do. But the move to axe Dikka from original squad, clearly shows that they still have no proper plan at all to face the WC, in less than 12 months. It seems everything revolves around slotting in some lucky guys to the WC squad somehow, as seen in 2015 WC.

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This guy reminds me of Kalu who was a sensation at the time but more for his audacity than runs. If you look at Kalu's numbers, it hardly warrants a second look except for the fact he was part of a duo that changed the game forever. Dikka's story will be based on runs as there are lots of guys playing fancy shots but the more successful limited over batters these days are power hitters or pure stroke makers. The unorthodox guys eventually get caught out.

TVP's picture
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Dikka is far better than Kalu in run making as reflected from his numbers (actually far better than much hyped Kusal Mendis or Dhanushka Gunathilake). His very impressive Strike rate is the prime factor, well above the rest. Master blaster SJ has a modest average, but his SR made him a world class blaster.

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No chances were given. Instead so called Mendis got 2 zero's against Bangladesh and Afganisthan.

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