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Thisara and dasun the best white ball cricketers in sri lanka cricket

Dasun and Thisara
Dasun and Thisara

Although it’s still a far cry to the ICC WORLD CUP 2019 in UK with three overseas tours in between, it’s imperative that Thisara Perera and Dasun Shanaka should be carefully nurtured till such time. The reason being that they are the two players who can turn the tables and bring glory to Sri Lanka, since the country is sailing like a rudderless ship in troubled waters.

Hathurusinghe and Co should have a long term strategy till the World Cup 2019 to judiciously sustain these two players. They have 3 ODI’S and a T20 in New Zealand, probably 3 ODI’S and 2 T20’s in South Africa and 8 odi’s in the up and coming World Cup. All in all these two players will have to play in 14 ODI’s in conditions similar to U.K. and in New Zealand and less so in South Africa.

In the initial stages of the World Cup, we ought to beat Afghanistan,Bangladesh, South Africa and the Windies, which we are capable of to get through to the knock out stages, from then onwards we have a 50% chance of gaining glory.

The reason for me to say so is that Afghanistan are minnows and will succumb to the big occasion. We already have beaten South Africa comprehensively not far back and of course without A.B. De Villiers and injury prone Dale Steyn, they looked like a spent force, Bangladesh and West Indies have got their prima donnas in Chris Gayle, Tamim Iqbal and Shakib ul Hassan, they play for their names more than their countries and on the day anything can happen and one can surmise that Sri Lanka will be the one to beat.

REVERSE STANCE

Dr David Mann, a scientist in human movement at VU University in Amsterdam, said: “Michael Hussey - one of Australia's finest cricketers - is right-hand dominant, but learned to bat left handed to emulate his childhood idol, Allan Border.”

At this juncture Kusal Janith Perera springs to my mind changing his stance in emulating Sanath Jayasuriya, unfortunately he has lost his way at the moment.

It has also been studied that surprisingly half of the Australian batsmen/all-rounders use a reversed stance as do 40 per cent of the English and 33 per cent of the South African, Sri Lankan and Bangladesh.

It is also stated that Sri Lankan Thisara Perera comes into this category along with Chris Gayle and Ben Stokes the best batters in white ball cricket in the World. In short they bowl right arm and bat left hand.

THISARA PERERA

Built like a battle tank but nimble in foot is a reverse stance player, Sanath Jayasuriya used to be one and he use to take the cover off the cover fielders when in full flow. I deduced that Jayasuriya was more a flicker and Thisara more a mauler. In my opinion if Thisara had Jayasuriya’s timing Chris Gayle would have been in the shade. Perera has curbed his impetuosity especially at the beginning which augurs well for the future. When set he has the ability to manufacture shots between long off and deep fine leg at will no matter who the bowlers are. He too is a handy pace bowler.

DASUN SHANAKA

He is not built like Thisera Perera, he is slim and lithe like a panther. When he slogs it is the hip, rather than the biceps or shoulders,that plays a pivotal role in generating power. The way he transfers power to the hand from his torso is almost freak, his technique looks natural he maximise this by channelling of energy. All this boils down to bat speed. His timing too is excellent he finds the sweet spot of the bat with consummate ease. Shanaka hits the ball at 45 degrees relative to the ground getting maximum mileage true to the theory of dynamics. ”When he is on song only the scoreboard moves, the crowd is stunned. Skill, touch and power that rare blend is there in Dasun Shanaka. Lets hope they come to the party together so that all Lankans can celebrate in spite of the gloom. Angelo Mathews- turning the tables

At the time of writing, Angelo has hammered a hundred and to put the icing on the cake he performed 10 dips, this he did, not to show his recent dip in form but to show his virility and fitness, the flexing of his bicep also conveyed his feelings towards the dressing room.

His class innings epitomised his dedication, diligence and determination, truly a brilliant knock, I wonder why he kept it locked in his broad shoulders, who knows he must have waited till “the winds of change” as sung by the “scorpions.” You have done us proud man, keep going and don’t let that be a “flash in the pan. ”One must not forget Kusal Mendis he played a responsible innings by not getting caught to Wagner’s bait outside the off stump. I hope he has come of age which will be a good omen for our cricket. Niroshan Dickwella too played for the country and not the self. The senior citizen Angelo Mathews is shepherding these youngsters, good to see, let’s stop bickering, leave the politricks to the politicians, cricket is our best bet to rub shoulders with the best of them, so let’s play the game fair and square.

Unfortunately at the time of writing our batsmen have succumbed to the wiles of Tim Southee and Trent Boult the best pace bowling pair in Test Cricket playing for New Zealand, bowling under conditions conducive to them. New Zealand was 305 runs ahead with 8 wickets in hand and 3 more days to go.

It sure is a pity that the sun has dipped below the horizon of Sri Lanka cricket once again and in my opinion changing batting and fielding coaches by the “whims and fancies” of the ever revolving band of selectors will be a useless exercise. 


 

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