Sri Lanka was bruised, battered and whitewashed twice in both formats by the formidable Proteas. The losing streak sustained in the identical vein. In order to have even a slight chance, the writer believes drastic changes in the composition of the playing eleven is of prime status with the ICC World Cup 2019 looming in June this year.
After Sri Lanka won the plum of cricket the ICC World Cup in 1996, we became known as a country to the entire world. Since we had performed admirably both in ODI’s and Tests. Our cricketers had broken many world records in both formats.
Our eminence of cricket in all formats have since diminished to disturbingly low levels in the contemporary decade. In parallel to the performances of the rest of the teams our chances are very bleak which is demonstrated beyond doubt in relative to the ODI rankings. We may probably need to play in a qualifying round before playing in the tournament proper. However, as underdogs all ardent cricket enthusiasts would keep fingers crossed with optimism for us to perform laudably reinstating the lost egotism.
This calamity of losing all five ODI’s and three T/20’s against South Africa warrants an instantaneous diagnosis. The composition of teams in this ODI format in the World Cup is vital to rebuild lost pride. Our tail has been too long impotent to wag.In NZ we were unable to bat the full quota of 50 overs and 20 overs in the shorter formats. In the 2nd ODI we could bat only for 32.2 overs while in the 3rd ODI against NZ we lost the last four wickets without adding a single run. It was the same against South Africa too. In the 2 nd and 4 th ODI’s we succumbed in 32.2 and 39.2 overs. Our tail had been just peanutting for any opposition. In all shorter formats the playing eleven consisted of too many bowlers who were even barely used instead they should have included more batsmen.
In all recent encounters the batsmen at the top as usual were all in a vast panic, get out playing hasty strokes. The manner Proteas batsmen built the innings should be emulated. The lower order should be trained to bat better. They succumb without much of a hostility. The selectors should have included all-rounders who could bowl restricting the opposition batsmen in scoring, if this is pattern of losing is to be stopped in the forthcoming World Cup matches. The deadline for submitting the names of the WC squad in the 15 th April after the 50 over provincial tournament. The performances of players in this tournament should be taken into dire deliberation.