Wanindu Hasaranga, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva Finalized As Sri Lanka Set To Name New Captains

Shashinka Vidusara
Wanindu Hasaranga, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva Finalized As Sri Lanka Set To Name New Captains

The Sri Lanka National Cricket Team are in its rebuilding phase after a terrible ICC Cricket World Cup campaign. The Lankan Lions finished ninth on the points table in the World Cup 2023. They lost the Asia Cup 2023 finals against India where they were bowled out for just 50. The team also lost a home Test series against Pakistan before Asia Cup 2023.

It has been reported that Sri Lanka could try three different captains in different formats after Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka failed in consecutive tournaments. The Board has also made a lot of changes in their management and the board was also dissolved which is now serving an interim term. The team is in a lot of disarray right now and it seems like a perfect time for transition for the Sri Lanka national team.

Sri Lanka are likely to appoint three new captains in three different formats as the team seeks rejuvenation of their legacy in the game. The team has failed to perform in ICC events after their title victory in the ICC T20 World Cup in 2014. Legends of the game like Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, and Lasith Malinga all retired at a very short interval which led to the downfall of a powerful cricket.

Three New Captains For Sri Lanka Across Formats

According to reports, Wanindu Hasaranga is likely to be named as the new T20I captain with Charith Asalanka set to be his deputy. Whereas Kusal Mendis will lead the side in ODIs and Charith Asalanka will be his deputy too. Kusal Mendis was the only positive for the Lions in the World Cup in terms of batting. He had a terrific tournament with the bat scoring a lot of runs.

Dhananjaya De Silva is expected to lead the side in Test cricket and Kusal Mendis will be the vice-captain in the longest format. It will be interesting to see how these three new skippers lead the national side in their respective formats and how the Lankan Lions rise from their ruins.

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