Island Cricket

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Sri Lanka set to unleash new weapon for CB series?

The 95/96 tour 'down under' will be not only remembered for Sanath's maiden century or Hair's 'no balling' of Murali, it was also the tour that Sri Lanka decided to unleash 'lil Kalu' as an opening batsman.

Tillekeratne Dilshan was dropped from Sri Lanka's Test tour to Australia in Nov/Dec of '07 citing concerns over his concentration, application and lack of form. Having being sent back to domestic cricket Dilshan chose to open the batting and what resulted was breathtaking!

In today's warm up match against the Australian Prime Minister's XI in Canberra, Dilshan walked in at the fall of the 1st wicket. This is a sign that the Lankan team management has plans of promoting Dilshan as an opener in the upcoming VB series. Sanath Jayasuriya spoke of this during the recently concluded Test series against the poms thus adding more certainty to this claim.

Dilshan remained not out 74 (81) with eight boundaries and a six to finish off the match.

Team Sri Lanka look likely to to play the 'Sri Lankan brand of Cricket' and will continue to breed dashing opening batsman for the future.


BlackHawk said...

This has to be one of the most anticipated CB series ever with Oz losing some big names (although I doubt that this has dented their superiority).
If there is anyone in the SL batting line-up that deserves a promotion, its Dilshan and if he pulls off a Kalu then it will be AWESOME.

sujan_rao said...

It'll be a pleasure watchin both goin bezerk at Ind and Aussie bowlers !!!

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