Which Duo Should be dropped for Mathews & Chandi?

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Gaja48's picture
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If it is possible to drop Thanga twice would be great

Jeewantha's picture
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Kaushal & Tharanga even though Tharanga did well.
If Kaushal to be dropped who'd open is another question.
Asela is a very good batsman but hardly a all-rounder bowling at a spinner's pace.
Shanaka could be more effective as a bowler in SA

My top 7 for SA

1.Dimuth
2.K Perera/ new opener like Sandun, Minod, Lahiru
3.K Mendis
4.D Chandimal
5.A Mathews
6.D de Silva
7.A Gunaratne/K Perera/Shanaka

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If Kaushal is dropped, one possible option would be to push Dhananjaya up to open. He does it in FC cricket and definitely seems to be our best batsman against pace.

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praveenP

but he is doing a great job in the middle order.Why should we halt it?
And opening in SA is the toughest job for an asian batsman.

But I am sure he is upto it.

PraveenP's picture
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@Jeewantha: True it's tough, but the point is if Kaushal is dropped we need an opener, which is a position Mathews and Chandi can't fill. So only two options are Kusal or Dhana, and for Test matches Dhana is definitely the better of the two for the openers position.

Still I agree with your top 7 picks, just feel the order needs to be shuffled slightly, because we can't have our keeping options batting at no.2 & 4.

(Last edited by PraveenP on November 10, 2016 - 07:16)
Anonymous's picture

I'm surprised you have not given the right choice as an option;
The two who will be dropped are Kusal Perera & Tharanga. The team will be,

Silva, Dimuth, Mendis, Mathews, Chandi, Dhananjaya, Asela, Herath, three bowlers.

Maari's picture
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Kaushal Silva should be dropped & Asela should give way to Mathews &Chandimal.

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I don't think keeping & opening is tough for KJP as he hardly plays long innings.
shuffling the gloves among chandi and 2 kusals is another option for long term if Kusal P can suceed as an opener.
Then we can play an extra all-rounder @7
Even with kaushal opening we can do that.

idea sounds like strange but not a bad one i think

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Top batsman in Triseries
1). Niroshan - 179 runs with 44.75 avg
2). Kusal M - 167 runs with 55.66 avg
3). Dhanajaya - 139 with 46.33 avg

Top wicket takers
1). Asela - 8 wickets with 14.75 avg
2). Kule - 8 wickets with 22.50 avg
3). Lakmal - 7 wickets with 24.00 avg

I think it will be too harsh to drop Asela after giving only few matches.

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