Hyderabad: He was talked up as one of Sri Lanka's future stars even before his debut. He made two centuries in his first six ODIs, including one at Lord's. Life could not have got better for Dinesh Chandimal at 21. It didn't, and came crashing down suddenly. He was dropped after only three indifferent outings in the home ODI series against Australia and is now looking at the Champions League Twenty20 qualifier as a potential launching pad for a national comeback.
"This tournament is definitely very important for me," Chandimal said in Hyderabad. "It could help me make the Sri Lankan side more regularly."
His shy smile didn't disappear, but there was hurt in his eyes when the word 'dropped' was mentioned. Twenty-one is not an age when a cricketer becomes adept at diplomacy or eloquence, but Chandimal was. "That's the selectors' call," he said. "I can only focus on my game and can't do much otherwise."