The beautiful island nation in the Indian ocean has undoubtedly had a rough patch in cricket.

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There is no need to talk about the results and our performances to add to the grief and disappointment we have had to bear as true followers. However, with the dawn of the new year Sri Lanka has taken a step on the right path with the addition of Chandika Hathurusinghe as the Team coach. It has brought renewed hope and anticipation among many.

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Can Hathuru make a difference? Can he change the pattern of defeats to victories? These are questions which await answers. He has been handed over a set of players who have struggled to be consistent for the longest time, so he has clearly got his work cut out for him.

In the past calendar year, Sri Lanka played 57 international matches. They managed 14 wins, but the losses stacked up to 47 in all three formats. Apart from certain occasions where the lions sparked some confidence out in the middle, they failed to be consistent in all three departments of the game. After producing so many high-class batsmen over the years, Sri Lanka have seemingly failed to find replacements for the retired Sangakkara, Jayawardena and  T M Dilshan.

However, on further scrutiny, fielding it seems was the biggest let off last year.  So, one could say it’s not a lack of talent that’s missing in the team. The number of run out dismissals Sri Lanka conceded during 2017, was a staggering 37 in 57 matches which is something that cannot be ignored moving forward.

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Sri Lanka played 13 test matches which included 7 run outs, 29 ODI’s which included 23 run outs and 15 T20’s which included 7 runouts.

Confusions during running between the wickets occur mainly due to callous negligence on the part of the batter. This goes to show that it is not entirely the lack of talent of the players that has resulted in the losses, but the inattention of the players which has aided in the failures.

Amongst those 37 dismissals, there was only one occurrence where the dismissal was indeed created by some  brilliance in the field. It was during the sole test match against Zimbabwe where Asela Gunaratne was found short of the crease through a joint effort Malcolm Waller, Tarisai Musakanda and Regis Chakabva. Apart from that, there were 18 occurrences where the run outs were affected by direct hits.

There was one occasion where the bowler flicked one to the stumps on his follow through during the Zimbabwe tour. The victim was Upul Tharanga who was caught short of the crease by Donald Tiripano who got a bit of hand to the ball which was hit back by Dinesh Chandimal.

During the year 2017, there have been 19 dismissals to run-outs which included the top order of Sri Lanka and it was the rising star Kusal Mendis who topped the list with 4 dismissals. He is followed up by Dinesh Chandimal, Upul Tharanga and Asela Gunarathne who were dismissed 3 times each. Kusal Mendis who was tipped off to become the next big thing in Sri Lanka Cricket was found missing in the squad which travelled to India after his failures in the Pakistani Tour and unfortunately running between the wickets has been a major concern for the youngster.

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Another young prospect Wanindu Hasaranga who picked up a hat-trick against Zimbabwe has been run out twice in his short career of just 5 ODI matches.
Also, in the match against Bangladesh which was held on the 28th March, the Sri Lankan innings included 3 run outs. Upul Tharanga, Thisara Perera and Dilruwan Perera were the victims.

Amongst those 37 occasions two batsmen missed out on making triple figures during last year. Kusal Mendis who played an absolute blinder of an innings in the big run chase against India in the Champions League, was run out on 89 just 11 runs short of the century while Dimuth Karunarathne was dismissed for 93 in the 1st test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

Chandika Hathurusinghe would no doubt have pounced on this factor in his analytics as he is known to be a very scientific and fact driven coach.

Below is the list of all 37 run outs during 2017:

FormatDateBatsmanPartnerEndFielderRunsOverFall of WicketTarget at Fall of WicketTeam totalResultReason
T201/25/2017Kusal MendisSeekuge PrasannaNon-StrikerDane Paterson217.3142/528 off 16 balls170/5WonReckless
ODI1/28/2017Asela GunrathneDhananjaya De SilvaNon-StrikerChris Moris/Quinton De Cock1034.6126/6181LostConfusion
ODI2/1/2017Asela GunrathneDinesh ChandimalNon-StrikerJP Duminy1723.3119/5189 off 160 balls186LostConfusion
ODI2/10/2017Lahiru MadushankaAsela GunarathneStrikerFarhan Behardin734.2183/7202 off 95 balls296/8LostReckless
T202/22/2017Lasith MalingaNuwan KulasekaraStrikerAaron Finch117.2146/948 off 17 balls146LostReckless
T202/22/2017Vikum SanjayaNuwan KulasekaraStrikerTim Pain/Ben Dunk517.6146/1043 off 13 balls146LostReckless
Test3/8/2017Suranga LakmalDilruwan PereraStrikerLitan Das/ Mushfikar Rahim8125.3480/7494WonConfusion
Test3/19/2017Dilruwan PereraSuranga LakmalStrikerSubashis Roy/ Mehadi Hassan50112.4319/9319LostReckless
ODI3/25/2017Lakshan SadakanThisara PereraStrikerMusthafar Rehman343.5232/994 0ff 38 balls234LostReckless
ODI3/28/2017Upul TharangaKusal MendisStrikerMahamudulla6524.4129/4311DrawReckless
ODI3/28/2017Thisara PereraAsela GunarathneStrikerMushfikar Rahim946.4280/6311DrawConfusion
ODI3/28/2017Dilruwan PereraAsela GunarathneStrikerMushfikar Rahim948.2300/7311DrawConfusion
ODI4/1/2017Dinesh ChandimalKusal MendisStrikerTaskin Ahmed/ Mushfikar Rahim2125.5136/3280/9WonReckless
ODI4/1/2017Milinda SiriwardaneKusal MendisStrikerShuvagata Hom/ Mushfikar Rahim1230.3161/4280/9WonReckless
T204/4/2017Asela Gunrathnekusal PereraStrikerShabir Rehman1715.3120/336 0ff 28 balls158/4WonReckless
ODI6/3/2017Dinesh ChandimalUpul TharangaStrikerA.B. Diviliers1217.2116/2184 off 197 balls203LostReckless
ODI6/3/2017Suranga Lakmalkusal PereraStrikerImran Thahir037.5191/8109 0ff 74 balls203LostConfusion
ODI6/8/2017Dhanushka GunathilakeKusal MendisStrikerUmesh Yadaw/ M.S. Dhoni7627.5170/2153 0ff 134 balls322/3WonReckless
ODI6/8/2017Kusal Mendiskusal PereraNon-StrikerBuvenshwar Kumar8932.4193/3126 0ff 105 balls322/3WonReckless
Test7/15/2017Upul TharangaDinesh ChandimalNon-StrikerDonald Tiripano7132.1116/2346WonUnfortunate
Test7/15/2017Dilruwan PereraAsela GunarathneNon-StrikerT. Musakanda/ M. Waller/ C. Regis3379.1274/6346WonReckless
Test7/27/2017Upul TharangaAngelo MathewsStrikerAbinaw Mukundh/ Veeridiman Saha6433.6124/4291LostReckless
Test8/13/2017Kusal MendisDinesh ChandimalNon-StrikerKuldip Yadaw/ Ravichandran Ashwin188.538/3135LostConfusion
ODI8/20/2017Chamara KapugedaraAngelo MathewsNon-StrikerVirath Koli133.2169/5216LostReckless
ODI8/27/2017Dushmantha ChamiraVishva FernandoStrikerM.S. Dhoni/ Bhuvenesh Kumar648.5210/9217/9LostReckless
ODI8/31/2017Kusal MendisDilshan MunaweeraStrikerK.L. Rahul12-May26/2346 off 269 balls207LostReckless
ODI8/31/2017Vanidu HasarangaAngelo MathewsNon-StrikerAksar Petal/ Jasprit Bumra2233.6177/6199 0ff 97 balls207LostReckless
Test9/3/2017Vanidu HasarangaMilinda SiriwardaneStrikerM.S. Dhoni/ Yushvendran Chahal942.6205/6238LostReckless
ODI9/28/2017Dimuth KarunarathneDinesh ChandimalStrikerM. Abbas/ Shafras Ahmed9369.1161/3419LostConfusion
ODI10/16/2017Suranga LakmalUpul TharangaNon-StrikerAhmed Sheshas/ Shafras Ahmed145.317248 off 27 balls187Lost
ODI10/16/2017Lahiru GamageUpul TharangaStrikerRuman Rais347.618732 off 12 balls187LostReckless
ODI10/18/2017Thisara PereraLahiru GamageStrikerRuman Rais/ Shafras Ahmed3848.2208208LostReckless
ODI10/20/2017Dinesh ChandimalLahiru ThirimannaStrikerAhmed Sheshas/ Shafras Ahmed1610.359173LostConfusion
ODI10/23/2017Sikkuge PrasannaThisara PereraNon-StrikerShadab Khan1616.563103LostReckless
T2010/27/2017Dilshan MunaweeraDhanushka GunathilakeStrikerImad Wasim196.443124/9LostReckless
T2010/27/2017Sadeera SamarawicramaDhanushka GunathilakeStrikerMohommed Hafiz/ Shafras Ahmed3216.2106124/9LostReckless
T2010/27/2017Sikkuge PrasannaThisara PereraStrikerM. Nawas117.2109124/9LostReckless