- ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021
Sri Lanka announced their 15 members ICC T20 cricket world cup 2021 player list on 18th April making few surprises. Dimuth Karunaratne will lead the team, under his captaincy; Sri Lanka has won a test series in South Africa earlier this year. The experienced, Angelo Mathews, is made part of the T20 world cup Sri Lankan squad because of his excellent performance in domestic cricket. He was having some fitness concerns and was dropped from the Sri Lankan side.
Isuru Udana, Thisara Perera, Jeewan Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Siriwardana are joining Matthews in the all-rounder club. Thisara Perera the highest scorer of his team in the last year coupled with his bowling capabilities made him an important member of his team. The majority of these surprise additions were made based on their excellent performance over the last few months.
Malinga, the most experienced player in the 2021 cricket world cup Sri Lankan squad, will lead the bowling attack for his team along with Dimuth Karunaratne on the other end. The seam department constitutes Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal while Vandersay will be the only specialist spinner.
Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, and Angelo Mathews have led the team at some point in time over the last two years. Jeffrey Vandersay, Milinda Siriwardana, and Jeevan Mendis made their surprise comebacks in the Sri Lankan team. Jeevan Mendis didn’t appear in ODIs after the cricket world cup 2015 while Siriwardana and Vandersay didn’t play after October 2017.
Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal, Danushka Gunathilaka, Akila Dananjaya, and Upul Tharanga were not made part of the ICC T20 cricket world cup 2021 Sri Lankan squad. The exclusion of Dananjaya from the squad was a big surprise given his last one-year bowling record where he got 27 wickets in just 15 innings. Dickwella’s exclusion was also surprising given his 497 runs in just 15 innings during the last year. Oshada Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Angelo Perera were placed on reserve.
Selectors have selected players keeping in view their performance in their recent series against South Africa where they faced a 5-0 defeat. The highest run scorers of that series, Kusal Mendis and Oshanda Fernando, kept their positions in the T20 cricket world cup 2021 Sri Lankan squad.
2021 T20 Cricket World Cup Sri Lankan Squad:
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Jeffery Vandersay, Dhananjaya de Silva, Isuru Udana, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Milinda Siriwardana, Jeevan Mendis