Have we found a better captain in Tharanga?

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Avizzzy's picture
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My 2 cents on this is that I look at Tharanga as a better captain at this stage than Angelo for ODIs. I was someone who was always disappointed with Tharanga and hated seeing him in the line up at times due to his negative and lazy body language.

But it does seem like the captaincy has helped him, he has never been a good fielder, his lazy approach has cost us a lot of catches, but yesterday he took a brilliant catch at the slips.

Angie used to be good at times in his captaincy, but somehow he is not motivated these days in leading a young team. He probably feels that he doesn't have the right team to lead, whereas Tharanga seems better equipped in handling this young team, imagine what he could probably do when some of the seniors are back and in form.

Why not let Angie focus on his batting for awhile in ODIs and let Tharanga captain. A team that has openers such as Tharanga and Dickwella, Mendis coming at one down, Angie at number 5, Kusal perara at 6 as batters will pose a threat to the other teams at international level.

(Last edited by Avizzzy on February 8, 2017 - 07:33)
R Peterson's picture
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Even though SL lose the matches, every time we could see Tharanga's attacking captaincy in the field which we could not see from Mathews past few years. When it comes to Mathews, he is more a defensive captain.

So when going forward, I think it is fair to give Tharanga to lead the ODI team for some time while giving some release to Mathews.

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If he keeps batting like that - YES! Our issu the cape with the Anji captaincy issue is the lack of an option. Tharanga was floating around aimlessly in the middle order but with knock, he settles two problems - an opener and captain. I didn't see his aggression coming and it addresses our worries at the top of the order. What's more he brings with him an opening partner!

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To early to say to be honest, but i wouldnt complain if Tharanga took over. I hope that in the Champions trophy we put up a good fight. We have a good openeing pair of Dickwella and Tharanga now. Dhananjaya should be dropped from both ODI and T20. Mendis and Weerakkody should stay but if they dont perform then bring in Gunathilaka. Since the Champions trophy is in England, we need our best fast bowlers in the team.

Upul Tharanga
Niroshan Dickwella
Kusal Mendis
Sandun Weerakody/Dhanushka Gunathilaka
Angelo Mathews
Asela Gunaratne
Dasun Shanaka
Lakshan Sandakan
Nuwan Pradeep
Lahiru Kumara
Lasith Malinga

Great Bat's picture

I think we need to take a step back before jumping the gun. We need to look at it in perspective. Did we win? Except for the last game we were completely blown out of the park by South Africa. A captain someone who inspires others. Not sure if we were all watching the same game? How many matches did we win under Tharanga? Does Taranga's body language like Angelo brings energy on to the field. Do you think Tharanga is has the nuances of a good tactician and reader of the game? My answer is I am not convinced.

I feel there are better options available like Milinda Siriwardana who will be good captain in the shorter formats.

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@Suren: I think we should hold off on making a full judgement of Weerakody, he's only played 2 matches, and he looked extremely scratchy even during his 50.

I think Gunathilaka is a better option to balance the team given that he bowls part-time off spin. Also do you realise that your line up has 6 pace bowling options and only 1 spinner? That's overkill even on helpful tracks, and not all tracks in Eng are helpful for pacies, so need at least one more spin option for those days. My call is drop Pradeep or Kumara (depending on form and conditions) and bring in Vandersay or Aponso.

Chameera should have fully recovered by then, so it'll be interesting to see how he fits in. Binura Fernando should also be in the mix given his skills.

(Last edited by PraveenP on February 8, 2017 - 21:49)
Avizzzy's picture
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@Great Bat, I am sorry, but when was the last time Angelo had a positive body language on field?

All I can remember is him being down and out through out the series, he never seemed to inspire the young team on the ground, the only way he inspires the team is with his own performance, like he did in England when he scored 160. He is not a self-motivator who is able to motivate others on field when the odds are against the team (which of course is the case more than often).

Tharanga in my opinion has done a better job, at least who looks more calm on and off field. You can constantly hear him talking to his young partners and we saw the same in Zim, he did a better job leading the young team. He's had only four games this tour to test out his skills, of course he is making some mistakes but we also see him learning. IMHO, he seems attack more than Mathews for sure.

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Avizzy, great pick up. I apologize for that. What I meant to say is like Angelo Tharangas body language is very poor and uninspiring quite opposed to what a true leader should have. Unfortunately we didn't have any true leaders in our squad. I realized after posting it that I have made the gaffe. Thanks again for having an eagle eye.

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