SLC issues Gunathilaka 'severe warning'

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Sri Lanka Cricket has asked opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka to pull up his socks following his repeated off the field troubles. The 27-year-old was fined and handed a six match suspension that saw him miss the entire limited overs leg of the recent bilateral series against South Africa for...

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Former captain Sanath Jayasuriya recently named Gunathilaka as one of the players who could break his Sri Lankan record for most ODI centuries – 28.

Same Sanath J is the one who stalled Upul Tharanga's ODI career at 28 yrs of age in mid 2013 for more than 3 years virtually without any ODI exposure. This AXING happened just 3 weeks after, Upul scored his career best ODI score of unbeaten 174* Vs India (his 13th TON)& topped 5,000 runs as 2nd quickest SL in 2013 July.

Sanath picked clueless Dimuth (15.8 av in odi) to open in NZ/WC in 2015 prior to WC, overlooking UT. Dimuth ended up wasting 7 odi innings to collect 106 runs at 15 av – 65 SR thanks to SJ’s parochial selections. UT was overlooked for NZ tour-Test/Odi/WC series squads in 2014 Dec to 2015 April, despite being the highest batting contributor in previous Test series decider with 92 & 45 V PK in the end of 2014. That was SL’s last Test series win against a formidable side up to 2016 & overlooking of highest batting contributor for the next series squad (unrelated to injury), was the first such despicable omission happened in world cricket.

Two previous occasions that SJ omitted UT from the squads selected to Eng comes to my mind. In June 2013 - ICC-CT, he selected Kusal Perera over UT. In that flopped Global tournament Kusal managed 14 runs at 3.50 Av – 61 SR, dumping 4 Odis. But, strangely in the following year 2014 June, UT was overlooked again & Kusal was selected to ODI series in Eng, despite his pitiful record in Eng & the 4 ball duck in Ireland just before the selections. Thanks to SJ, within 2 yrs KJP had played 2 Odis more in Eng than Upul’s 5 Odis in 10 yrs. Just looking at Kusal’ s overall record in Eng: 7 in- 52 runs - 7 av… with Upul’s 5 in – 347 runs- 70 av tells the long story in short : )

Sanath may have prevented Tharanga from reaching his 28 tons record by wiping-off 3+ yrs of Upul's prime Odi career!

(Last edited by MDKJulius Caesar on September 4, 2018 - 15:57)
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It is highly unlikely for Danushka to make that record during his career. He is already 27 yrs and only one Century he has made so far from 33 odis & average is just 30.

Sanath should know better :)

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