ARAVINDA CRITICISES LANKA MIDDLE ORDER
Former Sri Lankan batsman and Chief Selector Aravinda de Silva lashed out at the team’s inconsistent batting, particularly the middle-order failure, saying that the co-hosts need to perform several notches up if they want to beat England in the quarterfinal on Saturday.
The middle order, comprising Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva and Chamara Kapugedera, has struggled to score runs and thus Sri Lanka have not been able to capitalise during the slog overs.
Aravinda said the English visitors would be a tough opposition to beat. “England will be a tough opposition to beat as they have the potential to upset any side on that particular day,” Aravinda, now chairman of selectors, was said.
“Sri Lanka’s main concern so far in the tournament has been their inconsistency in the batting department,” said 1996 World Cup winner, adding that the middle order has not yet performed upto expectations.
He said “England are comfortable playing quality spinners, have the batsmen to make big scores and potential to upset any side on their day”.
He criticised the performance of Sri Lanka’s middle order batsmen specifically in their last group match against New Zealand. In that match, skipper Kumar Sangakkara and vice captain Mahela Jayawardene raised a century partnership but the team lost their way after the dismissal of the experienced duo. He also said that toss will be a crucial factor during the Sri Lanka-England tie with the dew playing a major role, the Indian Express reports.
Courtesy: Ada Derana
of course. our middle order batsmen should should suppot to sanga and mahela.
It’s time to Kick Thilan Samaraweera out because he is not capable of doing his job he has to do. The time has come to introduce the next person in line by chasing out Thilan.
Aravinda, why are we retaining Thilan, Kapugedara and Chamara as their performance always been below the par. We need to have replacements for Kumar Dharmasena and Upul Chandana and I am sure the currently concluded school season have shown some of the best talents……time to replace them
Better bring Dilshan into middle and promote Anjelo to top. This might give effect and will be good to build a better score.
I’m sure if we had jayasuriya, he would have played a better role than these 3 if not with the bat, at least with the the ball