With Angelo Mathews fired and Sri Lanka seeking to reaffirm their superior order for the World Cup, Dasun Shanaka went from being completely sidelined a few months ago, to being faced with some substantial and surprising batting responsibilities. 19659002] Considered an all-rounder when he first came to international cricket, Shanaka has recently been considered a specialist hitter, and someone who could potentially beat more in the order.
Arriving at No. 5 – Old Mathews Fall: On Saturday, Shanaka said the team had started looking for tickets with a considerable weight, instead of the cameos that he had sometimes provided.
"They sent me to number 5 because it had been consistent in the domestic T20 and the limited tournaments," Shanaka said. "What the team needs is to hit as much as possible, the challenge is to get into my natural game, if I do, the races will come."
Sri Lankan coach Chandika Hathurusingha has publicized her belief in Shanaka, the batter, and called him a "much improved cricketer" over the past year. Part of that faith, perhaps, was built on the good performance in the national competitions that Shanaka mentioned. He was the second highest scorer in the league at the Provincial T20 tournament in August, with 312 runs on average of 78. His last two innings in that tournament were 105 out of 52 balls and 60 out of 29.  " The coach talked to me and gave me advice on how to prepare and how to hit for a long time, "Shanaka said. "The tactics are the most important to improve that area of the game, I have been asked to play the first 15-20 balls and then make my shots."
Sri Lanka's highest order has been in some change in the past Three years, with numerous combinations that have been tested, while hitters have moved up and down the order. It is expected that there will be another change on Saturday, with Sadeera Samarawickrama replacing Kusal Perera, who has been ruled out of the third game with a variety of quad. However, beyond the changes forced by injuries, Sri Lanka would like to keep things as stable as possible, Shanaka said.
"If we have an established batting order, it's good for the team, we've talked a lot about it, and the captain and senior players have decided that from this series we should try to get players accustomed to their roles" .