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    Angelo Mathews-Selfish?

    Now I have made this thread now watch him score a winning 100 next game

    In the last few months he has employed some very questionable tactics. First there was that Chandimal century farce then his own selfish batting for his first 100 when SL needed to press on to level the series and then today was contend to bat for the * next to his name when there was a need to get quick runs with just the tail batting with him. For such a talented bloke he does employ some questionable batting tactics.
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    Dilshan's probably been talking to him.
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    since becoming captain Til Dil is convinced he is the second coming of Richie Benaud.

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    I think he is overated but I think it is harsh to call a guy selfish when he is still in the infancy of their career and may not be 100% certain about their place in the side. If that is the case then it is only human nature to look after number 1.

    Not as though he is a guy with 50 tests, 10 tons and 4000 runs behind him is it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    I think he is overated but I think it is harsh to call a guy selfish when he is still in the infancy of their career and may not be 100% certain about their place in the side. If that is the case then it is only human nature to look after number 1.

    Not as though he is a guy with 50 tests, 10 tons and 4000 runs behind him is it?
    Define over-rated

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apo View Post
    Define over-rated
    Well there are some people on here claiming he is going to be the next brilliant run machine from Sri Lanka and given him god like status already. I think that it is fair to call him over rated after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    I think he is overated but I think it is harsh to call a guy selfish when he is still in the infancy of their career and may not be 100% certain about their place in the side. If that is the case then it is only human nature to look after number 1.

    Not as though he is a guy with 50 tests, 10 tons and 4000 runs behind him is it?
    yeah maybe I am being to harsh on him he just might have a very poor game sense, was certainly odd seeing him just content on blocking when the need was to hog the strike and get quick runs, another 30-40 runs and Pakistan would have had to bat on day 5 to win the game he neither tried to farm the bowling or hit big shots just kept on patting it back to the bowler or get an odd lazy single.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    Well there are some people on here claiming he is going to be the next brilliant run machine from Sri Lanka and given him god like status already. I think that it is fair to call him over rated after that.
    Averages close to 50 in a domestic FC competition that is ridiculously bowler friendly and in which the likes of Sangakkara average less than 40 IIRC. Can't blame people for getting excited at that when a young batsman is putting up those sorts of numbers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    Well there are some people on here claiming he is going to be the next brilliant run machine from Sri Lanka and given him god like status already. I think that it is fair to call him over rated after that.
    never doubted his skills not sure he will be a big run machine like Mahela and Sanga but imo he is techically a better batsman then Mahela.

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    agree with flibberty regarding cementing his place in the side
    And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW

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    I haven't seen his innings today to properly comment, but in Tests I'd have thought that not getting out is pretty much the optimal batting strategy there is. You can't score any runs from the pavilion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    I think he is overated but I think it is harsh to call a guy selfish when he is still in the infancy of their career and may not be 100% certain about their place in the side. If that is the case then it is only human nature to look after number 1.

    Not as though he is a guy with 50 tests, 10 tons and 4000 runs behind him is it?
    I'm not entirely sure you need to have played that much cricket to realise you are batting with the tail, therfore you need to shepherd the strike, and if the runs are going to come it's you that needs to take the initiative and attempt to get them quickly. He let Lakmal face too much of the strike, he had no gameplan and left him to cope with Ajmal, which when it's turning is very tough for an established batsman.

    Maybe it was down to inexperience, but anyone with a cricket brain should be aware of what's required in these situations. Selfish or naive ? Whichever it is, he is making some odd decisions and seemingly not learning quickly enough.

    As for his talent, I'm a big fan. Not sure whether I'd go to the extreme, but he is a very promising all-rounder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    I haven't seen his innings today to properly comment, but in Tests I'd have thought that not getting out is pretty much the optimal batting strategy there is. You can't score any runs from the pavilion.
    his innings made sense till 7th wicket fell after that he kept exposing the tail to Saeed Ajmal without any attempt to up the run rate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    I haven't seen his innings today to properly comment, but in Tests I'd have thought that not getting out is pretty much the optimal batting strategy there is. You can't score any runs from the pavilion.
    While that is true, you have take more of a calculated risk when you are batting with the tail. If SL were going to get a lead of around 120, then Mathews had to take the strike and look to put bat to ball. Or just dot out the first four balls and take his chances on the last couple making sure he got either boundaries or down the other end. He didn't really look like he was targeting either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xuhaib View Post
    his innings made sense till 7th wicket fell after that he kept exposing the tail to Saeed Ajmal without any attempt to up the run rate.
    Yes I agree, and he was fortunate that the likes of Herath and Lakmal did make the odd decent connection.

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