Struggling Mathews coming under pressure

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As Lahiru Thirimanne also begins to grow in stature with the bat, Mathews is in danger of being leapfrogged by two younger, newer batsmen in the side. He was groomed for the captaincy for almost two years, and if he is to avoid being usurped by men whose education has come more swiftly, he must...

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UppercuT's picture
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Now this might be bit naive, or even bit nuts, but my view is that a captain should be able to warrent a place in the XI just for his 'leadership' alone! A team needs a someone or something to hold them together! A team of superstars will not nessascerilly be succesful if they lack that rudder to guide them. Best examples are Arjuna Ranatunga, Stephan Fleming and at present Darren Sammy.

Best example is given in the article: the players need someone to tell them: ''u go get it(that instance, Chandi's 100), I've got ur back''- that's leadership for u!

(Last edited by UppercuT on March 17, 2013 - 14:30)
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Case in point: Mike Brearley. And I think Angelo Mathews has 10 times the cricketing talent Brearley had, and if he has a fraction of the captaincy nous, he will be a great captain.

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i think looking at angi purely for leadership is selling him short. his batting is good enuff but he needs to apply himelf a bit more and soon.

disagree with UC7 :) none of the three you cited about was actually there purely for leadership.
ARs avg might not be looking great looking back but in a struggling test side it was quite decent.
Fleming was easily one of the best NZ bats at the time.
and Sammy ; ppl look down on him based on talent (pace) but in terms of performance he does perform quite well i think with both bat and ball.
@MAithri : i dont recall how good mike brearly teams was ; i remembet having heard they were good but how good were they

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Theekashana, yeh i know those don't fit the point am trying to make 100%, but those were the 3 i cud think of top of ma head at the time :) but considering the ultimate status of De Silva, SJ, MJ, Sanga, Murali, Vaas, Dilshan,,,, AR didn't exactly got into that cupboard did he? (don't get me wrong, he is a SL GREAT/LEGEND) and am talking abt purely based on stats-wise which this article is abt! i think lot of us have forgotten, that AR also came to the team as a SEAMING-ALLROUNDER!!!
IN Sammy's case, he s doing great with WI, but i feel he s taking a bowler's spot in the XI, but yes i still want see him in the team :)

btw; i see absolutely NOTHING wrong with Mathews' stats, 40 batting average with 11 halfcenturies and 1 century batting at NO.6

(Last edited by UppercuT on March 17, 2013 - 21:54)
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There are always players whose place cant be justified by recent stats and performances. They stay in the team by reputation. Mahela is a good example.

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The skipper does not necessarily need to be the best batsman in the team and boast an average of 50 plus. Mahela and Sanga were exceptions.

Case in point: Ganguly was an astute leader but there were four batsmen in the Indian team - SRT, Dravid, Sehwag, VVS - who had a much better average, three of them over 50, while Ganguly's average always hovered around the early 40s.

I feel that Mathews needs to play his natural aggressive game like what Chandimal did yesterday, if he tries to bat like Sanga he wont be a successful batsman at Test level.

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yeah i remembet AR has about 93 wkts in odis (top 3 at the time i think) which i always wanted him to get to 100 but he hardly bowled later on..

I think angis avg is mostly ok but i do think he needs more centuries in tests. greats have generally 1 in 3 or 4 tests downwards and even for a number five/six i would want a century every 8-10 matches.

frustrating thing is he is getting into doubt digits/twenties etc which indicates that he belongs at this level but he needs to kick on from his starts.

perhaps he needs to mentally adjust to justifying his position as a batsman rather than an allrounder, perhaps then he will focus more on his batting ; at least i hope so...

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Theekshana, I Brearley had his ups and downs with England, but his place was always warranted because.
Like I said, Mathews is much more talented, and I agree that it would be selling him short. I just feel that to question his place in the team like this article is, when his first Test series as captain isn't even finished is harsh.

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