I agree with sahan .this is the best opportunity to give the youngsters a good run at international level. Dilshan Munaweera is among the leading strikers and will be a great investment for SL Cricket,but the way the Selectors and the SL cricket are handling him is very disappointing.
On debut he scored 17 and had a good partnership with Tm Dilshan and put on 54 for the first wicket in 6 overs.
Just after his debut with out giving confidence he was dropped to bat at number 3 in a seven overs encounter between South Africa,in a seaming wicket where all the Sri lankan batters failed to make a mark he was the highest run getter in that match with Sangakkara.
next he was given a chance to play against the kiwis in the one and only 20/20 and only play was due to two overs he was not out on 4 with Tm Dilshan not out on 2.and inclusion of mahela got the youster out of the side with fare to say not even getting a chance to prove him self.
Dinesh Chandimal among the leading run scorers in the Calender year and not even giving a chance to play in the playing eleven.After tm dilshan Chandimal he is the leading run getter in the year 2012 in one days,even in the 20/0 world cup Chandimal did’nt even get a single practice game to take back his confidence,
at the age of 23 these kind of players are going through lot of hard times,from my point of view selectors should not consider the thoughts of mahela,Sangakkara and Dilshan when picking a side. i still can remember how mahela jayawardena got his chance to play all the matches in the 2003 world cup thanks to sanath jayasuriya,now mahela is one of the greatest and can say the best batsmen ever produced by SL . but sad to say at the late 30s marvan atapattu,sanath jayasuriya and Chaminda Vass were dropped under the captaincy of mahela and sangakkara. that was a good move to give the new comers a chance but i have a fishy feeling that they did that to take over captaincy’s and rule SL Cricket??? and other fishy feeling is that are theses players afraid to give the young batsmen confidence in the national team so they want overcome or do what they did to the legends like Sanath ,Marvan and Vass.
for a brighter future of Sri Lanka Cricket Please selectors make a good combination with Angelo maththews .
Well played Sri Lanka. Experienced batsmen played well as a whole. Now who is going to play next 2 ODIs. Selection committee named the team only for first 3 ODIs. Since Sri Lanka lead the series, experienced three can have a rest. This is a vital opportunity for youngsters to evaluate their talents since New Zealand also come up with several youngsters. Then I suggest this team(with batting order) will be good for the 4th and 5th ODIs.
01. Dilshan Munaweera
02. Dinesh Chandimal (WK)
03. Lahiru Thirimanne
04. Chamara Kapugedara/ Angelo Perera
05. Angelo Mathews (C)
06. Bhanuka Rajapaksha
07. Jeevan Mendis
08. Thisara Perera
09. Nuwan Kulasekara (WC)
10. Sachithra Senanayaka/ Suraj Randiv
11. Shaminda Eranga