This week we introduce a new column – ‘Have your say‘ which allows our readers to comment on pressing issues in the sporting world. Each week we will post a topic on our website Times Online (www.sundaytimes.lk) and posted comments on our site will be published in our Sunday Print Edition.
The following is the issue we posed to our online readers and the comments that were made are reproduced below. See our website for the upcoming issue and ‘have your say’.
With only two scores over 15 in his last ten matches (4, DNB, 33, 57, DNB, 4, 3, DNB, 2, 13) that includes only one half century, Chamara Silva seems to have charmed the selectors down the line. (Barring the one he scored before we carried this in the website)
They never can drop him in spite of his mediocre contributions and the present age of 31. Even the thirteen runs he scored in the semi-final against New Zealand in the World Cup was so unimpressive the then selectors dropped him for the final. Then he was dropped for the England tour of Sri Lanka only to be recalled for this.
At 29 Thilina Kandamby who has a better record than Chamara Silva was dropped from the Australian series after his failure in England. At the age of 34 Thilan Samaraweera had been omitted on the age issue. Yet at 31Chamara Silva keeps manning the middle order in Sri Lanka Cricket. Both batsmen mentioned here other than Chamara Silva have played at least one match winning inning for Sri Lanka in ODIs in their last ten outings.
The only plus point that goes for Chamara is that he is immensely talented and has all the strokes in the books. Yet he has not been able to convert his net practice versatility into match situations.