Which of the following T20 squad should be selected for the Independence cup?


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Here is the Cricket Statsguru squad

Playing XI

1. Dhanuska Gunathilaka
2. Kusal Mendis
3. Kusal Perera (WK)
4. Anjelo Mathews (Captain)
5. Dhananjaya De Silva
6. Dasun Shanaka
7. Thisara Perera
8. Jeewan Mendis
9. Akila Dhananjaya
10. Suranga Lakmal
11. Nuwan Pradeep

Additional Players in the squad

12. Dushmantha Chameera
13. Seekuge Prasanna
14. Dinesh Chandimal
15. Upul Tharanga
16. Lasith Malinga


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Here is Mr X squad

1. Kusal Mendis (Right-Hand Batsman)
2. Kusal Perera (Left-Hand Batsman)(WK)(Re-Entry to International Stage)
3. Dilshan Munaweera (Right-Hand Batsman)(Re-Entry to International Stage)
4. Sahan Arachchige (Left-Hand Batsman)(Debutant)
5. Dasun Shanaka(Right-Hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Medium-Fast)
6. Thisara Perera (Left-Hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Medium-Fast)
7. Angelo Mathews (Right-Hand Batsman)(Captain)
8. Akila Dananjaya (All-Rounder)(Left-Hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Off/Leg Spin)
9. Prabath Jayasuriya (Slow left-arm orthodox)(Debutant)
10.Asitha Fernando (Right-Arm Fast)(Debutant)
11.Lasith Malinga (Right-Arm Fast)(Re-Entry to International Stage)

12. Niroshen Dickwella (Left-Hand Batsman)(WK)
13. Lahiru Kumara (Right-Arm Fast)
14. Jeevan Mendis (All-Rounder)(Left-Hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Leg Spin)
15. Lakshan Sandakan (Slow left-arm chinaman)


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Not the above both
Best squad for nidahas trophy presented by Hamada

1.Banuka rajapaksha
2.Dilshan munaweera
3.Kusal janith perera
5.Dasun shanaka
8.Jeewan mendis
9.Seekkuge prasanna
10.Akila dananjaya
12.Ramith rabukwella
13. Gunathilaka
14.kusal mendis

(Last edited by Hamada on February 26, 2018 - 19:41)
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The problem with Mr X squad is too many changes from previous T20 games and lots of debutants at once so starting again from scratch.

What i'm not sure about StatsGuru's side is that there are some players that are clearly no good in this format getting picked again and again. Tharanga and Chandimal with bat. Pradeep and Lakmal with ball.

Also Are Jeevan and Seekuge the best spinning all-rounders in the country? They both in their 30s, are they in long term plans of coaches to be there by next World T20? Will they succeed in Australia where it is held?
At same time winning each series as they come helps and builds confidence so need a balancing act but no use wasting time on players that are failure or unlikely to be of any use at next WT20.

SL sit 8th in ranking sin this format. At this rate it is potentially possible Afghanistan will leap ahead of them if they don't improve.
Fresh players are the way to go up but you can't have a whole heap at once, you need to phase them in.

End of the day hopefully selectors go with those in form in current comp, so they can carry that into the international stuff.

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Whya are people changing the players so much?

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Mr Delan I agree with the two batsman u have mention that is Tharanga and Chandimal. I also not a fan of these two. But what I consider here is the experience they will bring in. Add to this they played the BAN t20 series which we won. So rather than bringing new inexperience players for such important series I opted for these two.

However I disagree over the two fast bowlers. These two are experience and is good enough. Lakmal showed good stuff in the last 3 months. Pradeep also played well. I like these two over Malinga. Lahiru Kumara the young bowler also a good but unfortunaly left out due to his inexperience.

I also agree with the Jeewan and Seekuge. I also not a fans of them. But what I consider here is the experience and we need some who can handle the bat lower down the order. They might be able to give few quick runs which might be vital. Seekuge choosen over Vandersay because did not think Vandersay is such good in bowling wise where Seekuge can bat also a bit.

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I get what you saying and true Lakmal and Pradeep have improved (a bit).
Overall the 2 of them who are now both on the wrong side of 30 for quick bowlers have pathetic international records and that's probably part of the reason Sri Lanka has struggled and declined.

The are okay with a bit of help in the pitch and every now and then but if your two main quicks are averaging around the 40 mark or beyond something ain't right! It means they are either leaking runs or incapable of taking wickets on a regular basis or a combination of both.

The T20 format is already a batsman's game (the others have become like that too but certainly this format is heavily in favour of batsmen). Lakmal and Pradeep are frontline bowlers, they can't bat and are not that great in the field. Lakmal averages 39 at an E/R of 9 and Pradeep 57 E/R 10.

Really is that what you expect from frontline bowlers? It's the kind of stats you would accept from a part-timer. You might as well ditch them and select batsmen that can roll their arms over for a few overs and the odd wicket and get the same results.

The only thing these two seem to be doing is providing a bit of pace on the ball for the opposition openers to use and hit in the power plays.

We often see people grumbling about Thisara but his figures with the ball in this format are much more respectable and likely to get a wicket every 19 balls.

I know that not many international T20s are played compared to domestic ones hence they haven't played as much along with their injuries which has to be considered. Malinga would bowl in the block hole with attempted yorkers and had slower ball variations that were good. These 2 not quite the same.

Now I do not apply the same to Test or ODIs. You need frontline bowlers there. ANd these two in England next WC might be handy.
But here it is 4 overs. If you have decent frontline quicks like Malinga was then great but if they are not taking wickets and leaking runs whats the point.

We are also see spinners especially wrist spinners becoming more and more successful weapons in more domestic and international T20s around the globe. The batsmen have the challenge to pick the delivery and also often make the pace to hit them especially on larger grounds like in Australia where the next WT20 will be.

On a side note Chandimal will obviously now play as captain with Matthews out. If he is playing no use having both KJP and Dickwella there also. Pick one, as they have done.

Tharanga is in the side again he has good ODI record but pathetic T20 one.
The great players can adjust to all 3 formats but for the vast majority time for the selectors to start picking 3 separate squad based on who succeeds in which format and not just hope for the best. Probably another reason why SL finds itself low down in rankings.

I hope those 4 (Lakmal, Pradeep, Chandimal and Tharanga) come good in this tournament. But their past records are nothing to get too excited about

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Whatever we say, the playing 11 is gonna be like this. (Batting order would be vary to keep the right hand left hand combination)

1. Dhanushka Gunathilake
2. Kusal Mendis
3. Dinesh Chandimal
4. Upul Tharanga / Kusal Perera
5. Dasun Shanaka
6. Thisara Perera
7. Dhananjaya De Silva
8. Jeevan Mendis
9. Akila Dhananjaya
10. Suranga Lakmal
11. Dushmantha Chameera / Nuwan Pradeep

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