Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag said that Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka’s returns for the Gujarat Titans in this season’s Indian Premier League has been disappointing, and that the all-rounder has not lived up to expectations.
Shanaka was dismissed for 17 runs off 16 balls in Qualifier 1 of the IPL on Tuesday and has featured in just three matches for the Titans this season.
Speaking to Cricbuzz ahead of today’s Qualifier 2 between the Titans and the Mumbai Indians, Sehwag said, “I am worried about Dasun Shanaka. Gujarat can play Odean Smith and Alzarri Joseph in place of him. Shanaka’s form has been disappointing.”
“We had huge expectations from him and he hasn’t lived up to even 1% of them. The Titans should play (Abhinav) Manohor instead of Shanaka, as he is a batter who can smash sixes,” Sehwag added.
Shanaka was signed by the Titans to replace New Zealander Kane Williamson who was injured in the opening match of the tournament, and was unutilized for almost all of the group stage games, before making his debut.
Anne Friday, 26 May 2023 06:17 PM
How can you expect a player to sit out all the group stage games and perform at his best in a qualifier when the pressure is extremely intense? And GT brought in Shanaka way early than his usual batting position.
Walter Perera Friday, 26 May 2023 06:17 PM
Well said Virendra Shewag, IPL trash is gold here in Sri lanka
Aj Friday, 26 May 2023 06:51 PM
Give 2 games then u judge get lost. Give few games not 2 games and say he is not good.
Mohan Friday, 26 May 2023 06:55 PM
It is unfair to judge him based on just three games.
citizen Friday, 26 May 2023 06:57 PM
Shanaka got only 3 opportunities to play, he was kept on bench from the beginning of the tournaments, he is out of form I believe, how can you expect from a player if he was side line, I am not agree with shewag comments, these type of situation happens in cricket, suddenly he cannot show magic
Jayantha Friday, 26 May 2023 07:25 PM
Foolish statement. How can you expect someone to perform by just giving only 3 matches at the last moment. Also, he was not given the opportunity to bowl either and this is the dubbest statement made by a so called legend. Lol
dickie bird Friday, 26 May 2023 08:25 PM
Break his enthusiasm, demoralise him by continuously benching and suddenly expect him to perform?
Naveen Muthukumarana Friday, 26 May 2023 08:30 PM
Are you played above expectation in your matches. Is all losses going through one man. How hillarious this is. All we know is cricket is unpredictable and anyone can perform anytime and can change the game in no time. This is all about team effort and not individual performance. For the records, individual performance may win the matches, but team performance need to win the series. Simple as that
Jude Friday, 26 May 2023 08:43 PM
Hello, what about the Highest paid Bench player, Quinton de Kock!???
Ravi Ratnasingham Friday, 26 May 2023 09:23 PM
In T20 cricket a you should be able to perform well from the word GO, Sehwag is 100% correct. Shanaka’s performance with the bat is ordinary and his fielding is horrible. Team management has realized this and dropped hm for todays qualifier against Mumbai Indians.
Fyzer sheriff Friday, 26 May 2023 09:30 PM
I am 100% correct, when he replaced Kane, I knew GT is not going to get anything for money's worth
Gaston Friday, 26 May 2023 09:40 PM
Keeping him on the bench 90% of the tourney and expectng to do wonders...idiot!
Sarah Hussain Friday, 26 May 2023 09:42 PM
What about bhanuka? First Mach 50(32), second 26(25) then removed because strike rate low.
Best Friday, 26 May 2023 10:32 PM
Unlike modern day Indian cricketers most of previous generation Indian players are known hypocrites their words don't carry any weight
roni Friday, 26 May 2023 10:39 PM
Over a period of time, he is nonplaying captain for Sri Lanka. Does not bowl and bats far too low in the order to contribute. Cannot believe he was called up for Kane Willimson. Money wise good for him in his fading career
MjF Saturday, 27 May 2023 01:01 AM
Mr Sehwag … he replaced kane Williamason not you, don’t be a hypocrite among the Sri Lankan fans.
RR Saturday, 27 May 2023 08:21 AM
THE TRUTH IS THAT SRI LANKAN CRICKETERS DONT PERFORM TO THE EXPECTATIONS OF INDIANS IN IPL
Jude Saturday, 27 May 2023 08:43 AM
Hey Shewag let me recall your uncriketing filthy behavior during the second Test between India and South Africa in 2010 at Eden gardens where you kicked the Ball to the boundary. That was against the spirit of the game, and warrant a fine !! Shanaka May have failed in the IPL so is few other elite players, atleast he's Notta scumbag like you.
Lankan Cricket Tho Gaya Saturday, 27 May 2023 10:27 AM
This is IPL not domestic cricket. You can't expect 5 to 6 games to come up to your form. If you don't pick in 3 games, another Indian youngster will. Shanaka lost his spot. Sanath Jayasuriya would have played better
Prophet Saturday, 27 May 2023 10:27 AM
We all know Shewag isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. So it is normal for him to make these kind of statements.
Ghost Lanka Saturday, 27 May 2023 12:09 PM
Sri Lankan Fans need to understand the IPL standards and requirements for super performance. IPL is for super performers who do not require match practice.
Mohamed Zahid Saturday, 27 May 2023 02:56 PM
Shanaka is a super performer..what happened is they were strangely sidelined him, which need sometime to come up. That's why he needs need another few games.
Mohamed Zahid Saturday, 27 May 2023 02:51 PM
This is not good from Shewag. Shanaka is aclassy batsman. I feel they didn't utilize him properly. And keeping him until last and asking to perform. Shanaka should play in the Final. He can change game.
Fred Saturday, 27 May 2023 04:53 PM
Cricketers today bought and sold for money like horses expected to perform when they are put on the track.But then there is the money at the end of it, the chance to become rich if they are successful. Maybe cricket SL should help by building a better more secure base for them at home necessary for their self esteem when they have to represent the country
BFNU Madusanka Saturday, 27 May 2023 07:37 PM
Mr.Sewage...You must know how is player may chack his performance only 2 matches. I think you may have several ducts in your carryer. When you not satisfied. Please release him for bidding.. we know he is best palyer and he can lead ipl team for victory....Sewag banga wewaa...banga wewaaa
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