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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Dilshan factor

To reiterate a point made during the Indian Oil Cup, this is where SL's biggest problem lies -- the likes of Dilshan are match winners at home, more because the pitches are made for his type of bowling, than because of intrinsic merit. In the IO Cup, he went 108 runs off 24 overs with 6 wickets, an average of 18 and a strike rate of 24.17. You'd think his less accomplished twin was bowling here, though. Actually, check out Dilshan's performance with the ball, home and away, and you'll find some startling figures: At home, Dilshan in 29 matches has 21 wickets at 27.28. Away? 22 matches, 1 wicket -- ONE wicket -- at 95.00.
Banking on home conditions is fine -- but too much of it, and you end up with match winners who, when they go travelling, are mere passengers.

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