Island Cricket

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tharanga deserves a permanent spot

Moments ago Sri Lanka-A ended their 1st inning in the 3rd unofficial ODI against South Africa-A. The star of the show was Upul Tharanga. He remained unbeaten on 173 in just 149 balls scoring at a strike rate of 116.10 - the knock consisted of 20 fours and 4 sixes.

Upul and Sanath jayasuriya hold the world record for the highest ODI partnership in history. They plundered an English bowling attack to all parts chasing 322 to win.
Tharanga and Jayasuriya piled up 286 in 32 overs, a record opening stand in one-day internationals and the third-highest for any wicket; Sri Lanka overtook a seemingly imposing 321 with an almost ludicrous 75 balls to spare. - Wisden Almanack
Click here for the video.

Upul Tharanga's last ODI appearance for Sri Lanka was during the tour to West Indies earlier this year. His score of 40 in his final ODI turned out to be the highest score by a Lankan batsman in the match. Why then would you drop your highest scorer for the following match and choose to open the batting with Sangakkara?

Both Kumar and Mahela being the smart enterprising blokes they are should take some responsibility in sidelining Upul's career. The skipper picks the final eleven and the vice captain prefers to open batting in ODI's - leave the rest up to our selection committee and Tharanga misses out on the recently concluded Indian tour for no apparent reason.

Upul was picked to tour West Indies for the ODI series and he managed a top score of 40 in two matches averaging 25.00. I understand that is nothing special to warrant selection for the Indian tour but click here note how other batsmen from our top order didn’t do much better either on the same tour.

The only point I'm trying to make is that other batsman in our current batting line up have had a string of low scores extending beyond 5 consecutive games none of them have paid the price as Upul has. This is a batsman who has represented NCC since the age of 15, a cultured player who has come through the ranks and a cricketer Sri Lanka has heavily invested upon he should hit this rich vein of form playing for Sri Lanka not Sri Lanka-A.

It's time we dismiss talks of flaws in his technique and give the bloke the assurance of a long run in the playing eleven, at 23 years of age he is our future.

By Hilal


Nuwan said...

During the past year I thought our batting line-up was weaker and weaker compared to all the options and varieties we have in the balling departement. This impression has been confirmed during the ODI Idea cup series against India when Sri Lankan batting just fell appart in some games (44-6 in the second match).

My point is that I couldn't agree more with Hilal's point of view. After 2007's world cup I really thought Upul Tharanga was one for the future of Sri Lanka. Now he is missing we all realize Sri Lanka's lack of genuine opening batsmen. Maybe it is time for a second chance ...


Anonymous said...

cheers to this, tharanga deserves a spot.. no doubt!! he and mahela udawatte should open now.. sangakkara is a #3, no point fiddling around with him while rearranging your whole lineup in doing so and axing emerging players like this young man.. upul deserves a spot

Rajith Wijepura said...

When he dropping from the side he is not in touch. Thats why he dropped. But I think now we have another 2 promising openers. (Mahela Udawatte & Malinda Warnapura). Malinda really deserves the opening spot in Test matches. But I think if we can try with Udawatte & Great Sanath in ODI for 15 or 20 games, I dont think it will be a bad move. Lets give some time to Upul for came back stronger. Then after Sanath's retirement we can have 2 young experience opening pire (Upul & Udawatte). I also believe that Upul have to be our next permanent opening batsman. He proved it several times. But the problem will be who will be his partner.

Sujan Rao (sanath189) said...

Welll.... I dunno how to react with this.... whenever i feel this guy isnt worth, he comes up with a fantastic knock...

Will selectors pick him leavin warnapura,Uda ??

thats the answer im lookin for...

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