After winning the world t20 title in Bangladesh, the Sri Lankans come into this year’s edition as the defending champions with intentions of putting up an impressive performance. However, the Sri Lankans will certainly miss the lights of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena in the line up.
Here’s my quick analysis on the Sri Lankan squad,
As far experience is concerned, Sri Lanka’s biggest strength lies in opener T M Dilshan and Lasith Malinga. Having played, every world t20 edition, Dilshan has been quite impressive with his all-round skills throughout the past. Additionally, the world’s best T20 bowler, Lasith Malinga’s inclusion would certainly be vital as far as progression is concerned for Sri Lanka. Angelo Mathews remains yet another strength in terms of all-rounders for Sri Lanka.
The biggest weakness Sri Lanka possess at this time is the inexperience in the bowling department. While Malinga’s injury concerns rise, the rest of the bowlers look rusty in Indian soil. As far as chasing total’s are concerned, the Sri Lankan team will certainly miss the lights of the explosive Kusal Perera beside T M Dilshan.
While opportunities are there to be accepted, it would certainly be vital for Angelo Mathews to lead his men to their utmost capabilities in the coming weeks. Resource management is a vital factor as well. Being in the system for quite a while, it’s about time we saw Dinesh Chandimal thrive in the shorter format of the game.
It would also be vital for players in the caliber of Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Milinda Siriwardena and Dushmantha Chameera to put up good performances to cement their place in the team.
Drawn against Afghanistan in the first match, it essential that Sri Lanka evaluate their abilities and the conditions as well. The shorter format has everything to offer. Anything could easily happen on any given day. As far as South Africa, West Indies and England are concerned, all three teams have been aggressively in form in the recent past. With players in the caliber of A B De Villiers, Jos Butler and Chris Gayle in the opposition, the Sri Lankans have to do their best to qualify.
Amidst of all recent performances, it’s absolutely essential that the young Sri Lankan unit remains well back by fans at home and India as well. Only then, they can work towards bringing back glory to the nation.
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