Friday, August 21, 2009

Test Cricket Needs More Dilshans

If Dilshan's first innings 92 off 72 deliveries was more off a twenty20 innings, his second innings effort of 123 off 131 deliveries was more of an ODI one.

I guess his third innings as an opener in tests will be more of a test innings.

I have not seen either of Dilshan's innings; it has been difficult to find anything besides the Ashes and Football (soccer) on TV in Manchester!

Who cares about a Sri Lanka vs New Zealand series, right?


Dilshan for one has made it somewhat interesting; if the Kiwis can create the kind of false hype that Pakistan managed during their tour to Sri Lanka then it might catch some attention.

You know the kind where they show that they are about to win a test and then lose dramatically!

We need more of that.

New Zealand have been down and out in this first test from the moment Dilshan hit O'Brien for a boundary in the 2nd over of the series.

As I said I didn't watch either of his innings, but I'm sure he had his scoops out in no time. Did he?

There was an uncanny similarity to both his knocks; each contained 12 boundaries and 1 six.

Both must have been entertaining knocks.

I believe test cricket needs more openers like Dilshan; sure we have a Sehwag, a Chris Gayle, but there aren't many attacking openers out there who can do what Hayden and Langer used to do.

And no, I don't wish for a test like innings from Dilshan.

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  1. Cricket Tragic said...

    Dilshan follows what is known as Sehwagology, which is the practise of hitting a ball to the boundary when it is there to be hit, regardless of the state of game or the format of the game currently being played! ;p

  2. Pakistani Blogger said...

    Before sehwagology there was the revolutionary Jayasuriyology. I suspect dilshan is more inclined towards that ;)

    Test cricket has been speeding up since the advent of t20. Its just the way things are evolving. Anyway SL is going to totally thrash NZ in this series. Definitely the opener is going Sri Lanka's way.

  3. Q said...

    Cricket Tragic,

    Thats right.. we need more players like that.. esp for test cricket.

  4. Q said...

    Pakistani Blogger,

    Welcome to Well Pitched.

    Sure Jayasuriya was probably at the forefront of attacking opening in ODIs.. but I think Sehwag took it a notch higher in tests.

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