Does Dimuth Karunarathna deserve a place in SL team after 6 years of experience?

Yes
74% (92 votes)
No
26% (33 votes)
Total votes: 125

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delan82's picture
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One innings and a stupid poll comes up.
Have a look at his 2017 test stats.
Even Lords named him in their top 20 players of 2017.

delan82's picture
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One innings and a stupid poll comes up.
Have a look at his 2017 test stats.
Even Lords named him in their top 20 players of 2017.

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All experts there another poor outing for ur master blaster. After offering another few chances he is gone another time haha hahah hahhaha.

Mata nam hinath yanawa oba tumange master blaster batsman gana hi hi hi

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Do you want the side chopping and changing after each test? It is already unsettled side as it is.

Player's do have bad tests and series. Pretty much every player has had this in their career.

He has been fairly consistent in 2017 and over 1000 runs for the calendar year. Next step is to start converting some of these scores into really big ones. His career conversion rate is 50% (in terms of 50s to 100s) which is not bad. Considering one of the 50s in 2017 was 93 it has been same pattern but he needs to continue to make the bigger scores more often especially in the first innings.

You have a batting line up that is already struggling and you want to discard the one that has scored the most and averaging just under 40. What does that say for the rest of the line up? Drop them all I guess

They have just removed one open in Silva who was struggling to have two newbie openers is going back to scratch. You can't expect a new player to come and perform miracles. You are seeing that with Sadeera.

It was only in October which was some 7 or 8 innings ago that he made his HS of 196. And was man of the series. That's the previous series SL played. And now you want him dropped? Madness.

Who do you suggest he gets replaced by?

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Mr Delan I agree with ur concerns but I expect more from a player who have such a experience. He is such a inconsistent player over the 6 year period. If u take this year also he have lesser avg that 40 although he scored 1000 runs. It is the average u must measure not the total runs scored.

Sadeera got the talent. Look he is 22 and like a really active in the field also. I can see lot of talent from Sadeera still than Dimuth still. Sadeera got a really good ball today. He should get more chances. Same I see with Dhananjaya. When these players going though a bad patch they have been unfortunately dropped from the squad. U can see this with young Kusal Mendis. Such a unfortunate thing. But Dimuth is playing every day without any consistentcy.

Ok give Dimuth another series against Ban next. If he could not score more than 45 avg I will drop him.

I would like to go with the following Test squad after this. Full of talent.

Playing XI

1. Sadeera Samarawickrama
2. Dhananjaya De Silva
3. Kusal Mendis
4. Anjelo Mathews
5. Dinesh Chandimal
6. Asela Gunarathna
7. Kusal Janith Perera
8. Dilruwan Perera
9. Ranagana Herath
10. Suranga Lakmal
11. Nuwan Pradeep

Others

12. Lahiru Kumara
13. Jeffrey Vandersay
14. Dasun Shanaka
15. Dusnmatha Chameera

Any resistence from u Mr. Delan about my suggested squad????

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Mr Delan the thing is Mr. Dimuth scores a big century in every 10 innings and that make him in every series.

When if selectors are thinking of dropping him he comes up with a century and boost his average. Now see he had fail for 7-8 innings im sure he will come with a century in BAN and keep his position granted. Then he will fail again for 10 innings.

This is the thing happen for past 6 years if u and other experts in this field havent noticed

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Dimuth is useless when playing against top bowling attacks, but scores well against lower and middle ranked teams such as Pakistan, West indies, New Zealand, Zimbabwe etc. This is the second or third time that he has failed to score a single fifty in a three match series against a top ranked team.

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Hmm..No Tharanga, No Thiramanne, No Thissara what kind of Test squad is this...A good one. I like it.

Possibly a couple of other bowlers can come into the fray and you have discarded Roshen Silva altogether after 1 innings. Bit stiff. But yes hard to fit everyone in.

Sadeera looked more comfortably batting down the innings but yes he is young and has time one his hands.

The wicketkeeper's position is always going be the debatable one. You want the best gloveman first and foremost. The batting is a bonus.
That attack may struggle to be penetrative on tracks that don't offer some assistance. If Chandimal could take gloves that would enable another bowler or another frontline batsman. But he may find the triple burden too much...having said that it's not like Sri Lanka play as many tests per series as the likes of Australia, England, South Africa, India and he doesn't always play the shorter formats.

Personally I would still have Dimuth their in next test series. He is not that old. And some experience is needed in Test cricket for so than other formats.
So you want him to score a century every 2 Test? At the moment he is only averaging one every 12 or 13 innings as you said. But he is still a career in development. But there is signs of improvement in 2017. It is down to every 8 or 9 innings and that too with a couple of scores out in the 90s which would have made that stat even better.
Now you can't control the venues and the opposition you are given to play against. But prior to this series he did well against Pakistan which have a reasonable attack and India when the team was whitewashed. Just before last WC he was getting praised for his performances in tough conditions in NZ when everyone else struggled.

If he can maintain a ratio of getting a century every 8 innings next year he is doing okay. India's openers Dharwan and Murali Vijay average a century every 8 and 9 innings respectively in their careers (when rounded to nearest whole number).

You have to be a bit reasonable and realistic in what to expect of the openers in that he is still developing his game, and as opener facing when there might be a bit of life in the pitch and bowlers are freshest. It is expecting miracles for him to be on par with greats of the game like Ponting (7), Sanga(6), Amla (7) at this stage. Or a well established attacking opener like a David Warner (6).

Batsmen start to reach their peak as around 30 and hopefully he is on the rise. You need on solid opener that has a temperament to bat long innings in your Test side. He certainly has that. He needs to ease pressure by rotating the strike a bit more instead of waiting for boundaries.

I don't consider a half century as a fail. Single digits is a fail. 20s and 30s is a failure to capitalise and make something of the start. But beyond that is not a fail. There was a 50 in the first test. But he not alone in failures in the 2nd Test.

In this test it's a shame the umpires didn't go off for bad light an over early and I don't envy him in 1st innings coming into bat after a couple of days in the field chasing leather. Not easy being an opener.

And no need to use titles or formalities. I'm just like everyone else :-)

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Can anyone tell us who the last successful test opener we had? Dilshan may be, but he was a bit wild and how many partners did he have? The point is quality openers are hard to find and right now in SL we are struggling to find a batter, after all our latest option is serial failure Thirimana, who ironically has failed again! So yes, if you are a SLC official, an obvious option would be to drop the only guy who has made a 1000 test runs in the year and 3rd highest run getter for the year. For the rest of us, happy to see a run maker at the top of the order and hope he gets batter in the coming year which will hopefully add some muscle to the top order.

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Yes I think Dilshan. Tharanga never properly established himself in that slot in Tests for one reason or another and now retired from Tests.

The other Tharanga was similar after showing some promise and hope.

In terms if Test class you need to then go back to Atapattu.

Just quickly, Big Sam there was a 50 in the first test of current series. Does India count as top side or middle side?
Pakistan were the number 1 Test side late last year and have a decent attack as do NZ especially when they are at home in conditions where many batsmen struggle.
That statement is similiar to one Aussies use to discredit Murali

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