Sri Lanka’s Cricketing Shortcomings Quite Painful To Watch At Times!
Posted on August 31st, 2016
Top Spin By Suni
This is indeed a bold topic as there is sufficient evidence to beleive Sri Lanka’s cricketing shortcomings have been compounded by the inadequacies of the selection staff particularly at the highest level as Sri Lanka meanders into the loss column – painful to watch especially when a few key players who could have made a difference seem to have been, for whatever reason overlooked.
The Chairman of selectors is said to be waging an ongoing personal vendetta against certain players he dislikes and have nor been given the opportunity to bolster the Sri Lanka team as he experiments with young players who have not been blooded in the strictest sense of the work when noteworthy players like Milinda Siriwardena and Upul Tharanga to mention some have been overlooked when they might have made a difference as in the ongoing ODI and T20 series agaist Australia. There is no provable evidence towards confirming this concept but is sure sounds plausible to the seeing eye.
It is pathetic to see how the Aussies quicks are able to run through the top order Lankan batsmen without any qualms and it is becoming painfully obvious that the aforementioned players who have been known to perform well against genuine fast bowling and should have been included so what has our high and mighty chairman of selectors to say in his defence that he has blundered together with the rest of the selection team?
True enough the Sri Lankans have been hit by injury and many who may have made a diference have been sidelined as a result and blooding young players certainly no sin looking towards the future of the team but when the exclusion of key players appear to be deliberately motivated there seems to be something lacking in the work ethic of those responsible.
What a different side the Sri Lankan team would have been had Lasith Malinga and Dhammika Prasad made the team albeit prevented through injury but that now seems wishful thinking.Another name which comes to mind is Dushmantha Chameera who seems to have gone into oblivion despite the impact he made during the past New Zealand series, so whatever happened to him?
Perhaps it is high time Sri Lanka focussed on rebuilding a powerful seam attack and not depend as much as they do on spin alone despite the high quality of the young spinners available today and the rhetoric some pundits indulge in towards its merit!.
Concurrently the emerging young batsmen need to be put through a stringent crash course on how to face upto players like Mitch Stark and the rest of the Aussie trundlers who make such a piecemeal of the Lankan Batting at times laced in blunders.
The current Test Series was a whitewash for the Lankans and joyfully so but they have not proved their mettle in the shorter versions of the game lately and gone are the laurels they secured at World Cup level in both short formats where the absence of former greats like Sangakkara and Jayawardena has become quite conspicuous!