Should Dimuth Karunaratne be considered for the ODI squad as an opener?

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Anonymous's picture

But as long as the headless chief selector remains no good player gets a chance to get into the team and deliver a match winning performance. this chief selector is useless and does not know the potentials of the true giants that's why he is selecting school boy type team to face international teams and get beaten. god bless srilankan cricket.

sudath.karunaratne@outlook.com's picture
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I was always thinking about this personally why are't we playing the best opener we have currently in the country. Our problem is we are always looking for dashers not technically correct batsmen. England, Australia and New Zealand recently changed their attitude towards this and they were able to score more than 300 as a result. Just give him a chance and see, he didn't bat badly in the recent domestic tournaments.I saw couple of times he mentioned about his interest.

(Last edited by sudath.karunaratne@outlook.com on September 21, 2018 - 21:24)
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Yeah i mean, it could either be a huge success or a huge flop. Last time it didnt work when we tried him at the top. That was a world cup and hes a better batsman than in 2015. He could play the attapatu role to a dasher partner.

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Wait a minute. Is a world cup around the corner? Ok lets take a guy who has not played white ball cricket since being a total flop in the last WC shall we then? I thought it plain idiotic to pick him last time but hey what the hell, lets just keep doing meaningless selections and hope it all works out. Never mind we did the same for the last WC and got no where!

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Is he the best opener in the country in this format or just the best opener in general.
We saw what happened in 2015 after he was pushed into WC squad based on Test performances. Let's not repeat say stupid errors!

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I think he has changed a lot since then but anyone is open for their views. I have already mentioned in another article about this. Many other countries have changed their stances accordingly and adjusted we are looking for another Sanath and Kalu but the reality is we haven't got any of such. So what are we going to do? Change or keep on going with selfish captains and batsmen without any footwork and techniques but can score like batting machines at home but shrink like snails into their shells when facing the swinging ball plus the leg spin as well good luck Sri Lanka.Recently I felt very angry when a friend of mine mentioned about Hathuru wasted his opportunity with Bangladesh where he was treated as a king because I think and personally feel your country is the best place for anyone even if one can afford to have a better life somewhere else but there may be different personalities

Anonymous's picture

Ali madiwata harak kiwwalu... Ane Apoi ratata giya kalak, me gothaya ayeth ringanna hadanawa world cup uusanna bindu walin

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Delan & Stormy, to be fair, much has changed with Dimuth since that failed experiment in 2015. To also be fair, it is clear that he has never been given a realistic chance to succeed either. He has played only 13 inns of which only two were at home. Seven of these knocks were in NZ where not too many of our batsmen fair well, and another couple in England. When you think of the many opportunities that so many other cricketers tend to receive with the benefit of home conditions to boot, you would have to admit that this is a sparse offering to say the least.

However, notwithstanding his record and the failed experiment the last time around, the reality is he was probably lucky to even have a spot in the Test team then. At the time he was averaging some 36 in 18 matches with just two centuries. God only knows where he was even in the Test batting ranking then. But he has certainly grown in stature and confidence since and is now our highest ranking Test batsman at # 7. Since 2017, he averages 44.4 in 17 matches with 4 centuries.

That said, the only reason his name even comes into the ODI equation is because of the lack of stability of our top six. While we are all aware of our losing trend, where we have lost 30 of the 40 matches since 2017, it is the manner of our losses that is alarming. Of those 30 losses, we were all out inside 50 overs for 187 or less 11 times - that is a 1/4 of ALL our matches since 2017, which is a staggering stat. In 18 of our losses, our highest score was 217. Even if you look at our 10 wins, 5 of them have come in low scoring games. While there have been some big scores in both some of our wins and losses, these have been way to sporadic and inconsistent.

With 8 of our 12 remaining games prior to the WC to be played in NZ & SAF therefore, I do not think that this is an entirely ridiculous idea! That said, I fully agree with you Stormy - the selectors need to now just bite the bullet and go with a set of openers and stick with them for the WC for better or worse.

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Agreed Confused,it is high time that we need a change in our stance

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Confused -

Have you ever closely watched how Dimuth K is batting(odi av 15 - 68 SR)? Just Imagine slow going guys like Chandimal & Dimuth who take ages to settle-in & completely incompetent to raise the tempo at will to meet the primary demand in an Odi side? Top of all, they both typically get bogged-down frequently for long periods, unable to even rotate the strike(just remember the times when Thirimanne & Chandimal did exact thing in tandem, busting so many Odis). What is acceptable in Test cricket is the prime NEMESIS of Odis!

This is the worst that could happen to a side already grasping for breadth. We don't need any more "Bitters" multiplying dot-balls to yield a few runs here and there! They could survive only at Tortoise's strike rates in 60s.! Filling the 50 overs with such solutions would still ended up in mediocre scores around 200 or less. Do you really think that is the solution to target 300 winning totals mostly demanded in modern Odis? That kind of lopsided logic will only ended up in putting more pressure on others.

Instead of repeating the same mistake of going with Test mode flash highs (Already ruined one WC) why don't they allow the best proven combo of ODI Openers UT/ND since Jan 2017??

Before looking at TEST stats to parachute a proven failure for the 2nd time in SL's WC history, isn't it better to consider the most obvious solution, looking at ODI PERFORMANCE STATS ?

After all, in World's best productive Openers rankings since Jan 2017 :

1)Opener UpulT World ranking# 10 (1,061 runs@ 40 av- 86 SR Opener)

2) N Dickwella World ranking# 11 (928 runs @ 34 Av - 93 SR Opener)

Since Jan 2017:

The Opening pair Tharanga & Dickwella had produced 599 runs for the 1st Wicket @ 40 Average, maintaining an EXCEPTIONAL RUN RATE 6.33 in their 15 Odi inings together as Openers.

Another point to be noted is all those 599 runs in their 15 innings together were scored against Top-Class Quality Opponents as follows:

- 10 inngs Vs SA
- 4 innings Vs PK
- 1 Ing Vs India

There were 6 x 50 - 139 runs First-Wicket STANDS in initial 10 overs from 15 innings together as openers. That is almost Fifty PERCENT.! The latest being 50 & 61 back to back stands that paved launching pad for two consecutive 300+ winning totals Vs SA in Aug 2018 (just Before Asia Cup but dismantled immediately for a ridiculous choice that mainly caused upfront collapse in Asia Cup)). For the past 20 months SL had only one more 50+ consecutive stands when UT/ND were together putting up 69 & 139 in SA (Feb 2017).

The OBVIOUS QUESTION is WHY didn't they ALLOW these TWO Openers (NCC pair) to continue & repeatedly dismantled after success? Can we afford to do more absurd experiments like seen in recent Asia Cup?

For anyone with a brain, these are the most logical questions to be asked ? never ever answered by responsible authorities!

WITHOUT MAKING SENSELESS SUGGESTIONS, First think about this. We need Real Horses for Courses & NOT TRYING TO FIND COURSES FOR HORSES who are born to stagnate.!

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

Note: (copied from recent IC blog articles & stats)

https://island-cricket.com/blogs/srilank...

(Last edited by Fight4Right on September 23, 2018 - 13:05)

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