Should Kapugedera open the innings with Dilshan?


kaluhewage's picture
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tharanga is not attacking batsman.
we can use kapu or sana

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it will be suicidal if we do that

delan82's picture
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I thought this was worth a try. Kapu would be better utilised up the top.
Give him the chance to play himself in, but also licence to go over the top when he had that rush of blood with the field up.
At present our middle order is the weakest link and this move could have strengthened it, with Mahela going abck down.
But now this is a risky move having not tried it out properly in competition.
Tharanga looks confused whether to attack or play anchor role. Whilst he scored rubns in Aus, they were not convincing innings, and quite streaky/lucky.
Sanath is anotehr risk as he has no recent form to warrant selection. Only thing on his side will be political intereference.
He was a hinderence in the recent T20 WC.

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Hmm, considering how much Dilshan appears to be struggling lately, maybe the question should be who should open the innings with Kapugedera. Since August I only see 2 innings where he tallied runs into the double digits, and only one of those broke the half-century mark. Everything else was 9 runs or less, with one duck. Not exactly inspiring.

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I don't think drastic changes will help. Dilshan and Tharanga have been opening in the recent past and chances are good that the selectors will stick with them.

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I think Kapu should be dropped.............dilshan & Tharanga wud do gd,,,,,,,

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Suicidal idea to make Kapu open with Dili. Tharanga has looked promising and he's the best bet.

Anonymous's picture

If this going to happend i am sure it will be one of the biggest jokes in cricket. First thing is this is not a "A team " tour, this is the biggest event in world cricket, you can't try things out we have to be perfect when going for the BIG one. Why trying a failier we have enough of operners who sounds potential and can keep confidence. Dimuth Karunarathne is the best option for this position. Just have a look at his performance at every level he performed, he has proved it and why not selectors looking at his potential? Meantime he is a good stroke player as well, have plenty of cricketing shots. I am sure 12th man have to be a very crucial like Chandana did it in ^96, KAPU is the best 12th man coz he is a very good fielder. This is clear someone specialy want to have Kapu on the team for some reason. STOP favourations PLEASE, think about the country. He had many chances to perform.

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It's too late now for experiementation. You have to go with what you have.
The reality the selectors left it too late to finalise the ideal line-up and question marks remain over the middle order and that of the two Chamaras.
This is partly their fault for being inconsistent, and partly team management/selectors fault for not trying them out fully to see if they have what it takes.
On current form both would be lucky to make it. But then who else is there apart from Sameeraweera. No one else was given a decent run also leading up to this tournament.
Thanks to the weather forcing the cancelling of the windies series we are now in this position and will need to gamble on a few players.
Certainly having Dilshan, Mahela and Sanga at 1, 2 and 3 would be risky and leave a fragile middle order exposed if they went early. They will have to space themselves out.
The plus side is the team has a more balanced attacking bowling line up compared to 96, but the batting doesn't have the depth, and is nowhere near as reliable.

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delan 82 - I agree with all your points. On the face of it, seems illogical to open with Chamara Kapugedera but he has opened in 3 ODI's against Pakistan at home about 5 years ago and scored two 50's, so its not far-fetched to try that option as we dont have a settled batting line up to begin with. Kapu is such a dynamic fielder who can save 15 runs on the field - and having such a player lifts the side tremendously; a superb run out or a sensational catch can turn a match on its head, so he cannot be ignored.

Although he's supremely talented his batting baffles me sometimes; perhaps its a mental thing with him. It wont surprise me if the selectors and management are seriously considering this option...its not a harebrained idea! Aravinda de Silva thinks out-of-the box; so dont be flabbergasted if Chamara Kapugedera opens with T.M Dilshan. By the way, back in 95' in Australia most pundits thought it was lunacy to open with Kalu and Sanath. But, what happened? hmmm.

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