Why treatment to Upul Tharanga not tolerable

The criteria for selection of the final 15 should have been on proven previous records and the current form (domestic/international).If such criteria were adhered to it is very intricate to comprehend why the past experience & his form were not measured for an automatic selection of Upul Tharanga.


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UPUL IS THE MAIN REASON WE LOST 2011 World Cup bcoz of HOS GREAT 20 balls 2 RUNS KNOCK ..what a selfish player is UPUL ...same as thirimanne... GOOD FOR NOTHING PLAYER.. ONLY SCORES RUNS AGAINST WEAK OPPOSITIONS

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Kusal ruined 15 wc by 4 of 7

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It's true, Kusal Perera is an impact player.

Comparing their man of the match awards:

Kusal Perera has 4 in 61 matches while Tharanga has 11 in 176.
That means Kusal Perera, on average, gets one man of the match award every 15.25 games while Tharanga gets one every 16.9 games. Now what does that tell you?

Now, looking deeper into this we can see how many matches were won when they scored at least a fifty.

Out of 178 innings Upul Tharanga has played, he has scored a 50+ score in 42 of them. From those 42, 28 of those matches have resulted in wins. So in 2 out of 3 (66.67%) matches that Upul Tharanga scores in, Sri Lanka win. And that means an overall win percentage of 15.73%.

As for Kusal Perera, in 59 innings he has scored a fifty or more in 11 innings. Out of those 11 50+ scores, 9 have resulted in wins for Sri Lanka. So the win percentage when he scores is 81.81% and an overall win percentage of 15.25%.

Now from these facts, it shows that Kusal Perera is more of a match winner than Upul Tharanga.

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We should not go back to old players, whats the point? We already have possible openers like Gunathilaka, Fernando, Dhananjaya and KJP.

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Upul's 50+ scores in Odis 42x 50+ yielding 3,407 runs @ 100.20 Av and 82.55 SR

His 13 x100+ yielded 1,509 @ 167.66 Av - 88.24 SR
Isn't the above productive enough from 151 innings as No 1 Opener giving the upfront boost expected from an opener to win matches? That proves you cannot judge a player's impact from winning number of matches alone. In some matches he could have been the only significant contributor, while all others failed (just look at most recent matches in Eng. Even batting at No7 he made the sides highest score with an unbeaten 50+ with highest SR 108 in the side, despite facing the most number of fielders (5) outside the ring to cut off 4s, batting in last 10 overs from 40th, while entire top order wasted all power play overs from 1-40 dooming the match.

on the other hand look at how almost 50% of Kusal Perera's innings doomed SL side with unrecoverable negative impact. So the question is what is the point of having such a player who doomed almost 50% (24 ings)of his total career innings (59 ings), went down with world record level failure? In regards to MOM awards, to get just 4 MOMs from 59, is it worth to totally sacrifice 24 innings with dooming impact? You need to look at the overall picture. This is why KJP's average is still in the 20s even after 61 Odis.

24 innings (from total 58 innings)
yielded just 88 RUNS @ AVERAGE 3.66 lasted 172 balls
with 51.16SR (under 10 ball innings)

24 inngs- 88 runs - 3.66 Av - 172 balls - 51.16 SR

Overall win percentage difference (0.48%)is insignificant, especially considering the significantly large deference in number of matches in comparison. Longer the record harder the maintenance!

winning matches in a career alone would not give the real picture in contribution, since Sanga, MJ & Dilly pulled most of his doomed innings as we have recently seen in Tests (K Mendis , Chandimal pulling the upfront dead weights of Dimuth & K Siva to win Test series Vs Aus). This doesn't mean DK & Silva did good in those.

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At the end of the day, Tharanga has an average of 33 in ODIs and 30 in Tests, with a relatively low strike rate (52 in Tests and 74.11 in ODIs). Kusal Perera has an average of 28 in ODIs and 29.9 in Tests, and high strike rates (71.8 in Tests and 91.4 in ODIs).

As for potential, Perera has a first class average of 48 compared to Tharanga's 40.

I would rather have the younger guy who has more potential, is a better fielder and can also keep wickets. As much as I like Tharanga, all he offers is batting, which isn't good enough to automatically get him into the side.

We can talk stats all we want, but Kusal Perera offers more to the team and has time on his side.

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@ Anon (not verified) on August 28, 2016 - 22:02. #1

Do you know how much he contributed to bring SL to that 2011 WC Final? Just look at his overall record in 2011 WC. Do you know how SL comprehensively beat Eng in vital WC-QF ? on a tricky surface recording a 10 wkt defeat, with Upul & dilly's record breaking unbeaten 200+ 1st wicket stand, in which both scored unbeaten Tons!

Yes Upul scored only 2 from 20 in final trying to negotiate the massive new ball movement in the air prevailed at the time with Mumbai humidity. He tried to do the job he was suppose to do, as the anchoring opener according to the conditions prevailed at the time, to see off initial new ball spell. But failed in that occasion. As we know none can score in every match. If you look at aggressor Dilly's scoring rate at that stage, when upul got out , you will see it was no better up to previous over, proving the level of difficulty. But 20 balls in initial overs would have the least impact on the out come of a 50 over match. Before picking one inning look at his overall contribution.
Upul was ranked the 5th best batter in 2011 WC among all countries.

scoring 395runs @ 56.42 Av - 2x100+ & 2x50+ with 84 SR and 2x double-hundred stands with Dilshan creating a WC record and an unbeaten 100+ in WC Quarter Finals Vs Eng.

WU Tharanga Global tournaments (WC + Champions Trophy) record :

26 innings = 20 WC + 6 CT - 1013 Runs - 42.20 Av - 75.78 SR -–
4 x 100 – 5 x 50

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