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Twitter slams Upul Tharanga for his poor batting form

Tharanga is Sri Lanka’s eighth highest run-getter in the 50-over variants.

Upul Tharanga of Sri Lanka
Upul Tharanga of Sri Lanka. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Former Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga is going through a lean patch for quite some time now and the fans are not happy with the batsman. The senior batsman fell for yet another low score in the first ODI against South Africa which his side lost by 8 wickets and the chorus is going strong now to not risk picking him in the squad that will head for England and Wales in May for the 2019 ICC World Cup.

Tharanga managed just nine off 11 balls in the match before getting bowled by pacer Lungi Ngidi. Tharanga, who is Sri Lanka’s eighth highest run-getter in the 50-over variants with 6,935 runs from 232 games at an average of 34 plus, is nearing 15 years of experience. However, his batting form of late has been disappointing.

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The last of his 15 ODI centuries came against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi back in 2017 while the last of his 37 fifties came against Bangladesh in Dhaka in January 2018. His last nine innings has seen 36 as the highest score which is less-than-satisfying for a veteran cricketer who has played three World Cups (2007, 2011 and 2015).

Tharanga played international cricket after a while but yet failed

Tharanga’s prolonged off form did not show any signs of return even after he lost his captaincy in 2017. He was even dropped from the team in the home series against England after playing just two games (he did not get to bat in one and scored zero in the other). The game against South Africa in Johannesburg was the first Tharanga played since the disappointment against England and yet after the break, his bat failed to do the talking to silence the critics. As a captain, too, Tharanga had his moments of failure as he was banned for a couple of games on two occasions for slow over rates – against South Africa and India.

Here are some of the reactions that the Twitterati came up with over Tharanga’s poor form with the willow:

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