Sri Lanka Cricket T20 League a success?

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Tournament director Sajith Fernando claims matches were a success as one team uses nine bowlers to bowl 20 overs : Despite it turning out to be one of the most disputable Leagues in the country, Sri Lanka Cricket is over-the-moon that the on-going SLC T20 domestic tournament has produced the...

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MDKJulius Caesar's picture
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21 March 2015
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Author is missing the point here. SL T20 doesn't mean Mathews, Thisara or KJP. Missing those 3 as missing the biggest guns.! Maybe most hyped on paper, but they are not the best productive in statistical terms compared to the continuous opportunities given to them well over 3 years & in current form.

Most contrasting outcome of the tournament is the re-endorsement of most valuable, but grossly underrated/overlooked opener in SL, Upul Tharanga. His astonishingly steady up-rise seen as most consistent & attacking opener of SL since the beginning of 2017 was well above the rest.

Upul Tharanga's

1) Scoring over 1k (1,011) odi runs @ 48 av- 92 SR in 2017 (World's 3rd best odi batter in 2017)

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/...

2) Topping Sri Lanka Super Four Provincial Limited Over Tournament (List-A), 2018 / with Most runs 396 @ 66 Av - Most Sixes 9 x6, Most Boundaries 47 x4 with 2x100+ & 2x50+ from just 6 ings @ 66 Average & 109 SR...!

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/...

MDKJulius Caesar's picture
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Upul Tharanga's consistently outstanding batting Achievements since January 2017:

1) Scoring over 1k (1,011) odi runs @ 48 av- 92 SR in 2017 (World's 3rd best odi batter in 2017)

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/...

2) Topping Sri Lanka Super Four Provincial Limited Over Tournament (List-A), 2018 in Batting / with

- Most runs 396 @ 66 Av - 109 SR
- Most Sixes 9 x 6
- Most Boundaries 47 x 4
- Most Hundereds 2 x 100+ & 2 x 50+

From just 6 innings @ 66 Average & 109 SR becoming the Best Batter of the tournament & winning the Championship for Galle, leading the side from front as skipper & scoring a match-winning 124 runs (122b) in the Final, filled with 13 x4 & 3 x6 @ 102 SR.!

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/...

3) Topping Sri Lanka SLC T20 League, 2018 in Batting / with

- Most Runs 414 @ 104 Av - 171 SR
- Most Sixes 28 x 6
- Most Boundaries 32 x 4
- Most Hundreds 2 x 100+ & 2 x 50+

From just 6 innings @ 104 Average & 171 SR becoming the Best Batter of the tournament & winning the Championship for Colombo, leading the side from front as skipper & carrying the bat throughout the inning in the Final with a match-winning unbeaten 104* runs (55b) filled with 6 x4 & 9 x6 @ 189 SR ...!

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/...

Upul Tharanga also reaffirmed his value as a Match Winning batter in crucial FINALS, apart from the above; again in 2018 Triangular International ODI Tournament played in BD in 2018; winning the Man of The Match award in the final that SL won thanks mainly to his vital highest score (56 runs) of the side helping to build 3 vital stands of 34 for the 2nd wkt, 72 for the 3rd wkt & 45 for the 4th wkt on an extremely difficult wicket.

delan82's picture
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It was mostly a waste of time. Hastily organised to make up for proper one not done! Clashed with CPL. Did anyone outside of SL care about this tournament?
It's quite sad when you see sides like Afghanistan and Nepal launching T20 comps attracting international attention and SL which started many years ago is now nowhere after certain people could not follow rules and take seriously.

With Asia Cup and World Cup coming and SL unsettled in that format and several Test series also approaching you wonder if this time could have been better spent giving players some down time then preparing for these rather than quick cash cow attempt of a comp

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