Srilanka lost 12 of their last 15 completed ODIs, they are not the best team ever that SriLanka sent to the previous world cups. Captain Karunaratne scored only 267 ODI runs ever, very much sure he is the inexperienced captain comparing to all other teams.
Sri Lankan team is the top four team five years ago, but drastically fallen due to the political intrusions in the cricket board, temporary coaches and even temporary players and amateur captains.
The current coach is the fifth appointment since the last World Cup. Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne had never lead the one-day team before this month and also not even played an ODI since 2015, is the fouth captain in the last year.
Sri Lanka World Cup Squad
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis (wk), Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Avishka Fernando, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal
To know other team squads, see ICC Cricket World Cup Squads 2019
Sri Lanka World Cup Schedule and Fixtures
Jun 1, 2019||
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka||Sophia Gardens, Cardiff|
Jun 4, 2019||
Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka||Sophia Gardens, Cardiff|
Fri Jun 7, 2019||
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka||County Ground, Bristol|
Jun 11, 2019||
Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka||County Ground, Bristol|
Jun 15, 2019||
Australia vs Sri Lanka||Kennington Oval, London|
Jun 21, 2019||
England vs Sri Lanka||Headingley, Leeds|
Jun 28, 2019||
South Africa vs Sri Lanka||Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street|
|Jul 1, 2019||
Sri Lanka vs West Indies||Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street|
|Jul 6, 2019||
India vs Sri Lanka||Headingley, Leeds|
Check out the full schedule and fixtures of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Players to watch out for :
Lasith Malinga : He is not the fiercest bowler, his Yorkers are not deadliest as once. Moreover he is good in slower ball deliveries. He is still a wicket taker with atleast two wickets in a match. If he gets some valuable opponent players wickets, the run flow can be in control.
X – factor
A talented left-arm fast-medium bowler, Isuru Udana also can strike the ball as well. He was picked up to ODI squad after the T20 all rounding performance against South Africa in March 2019. He also scores 78(57) runs against South Africa his highest individual score. He can be a real boost to the team at the bottom of the batting order.
No wonder this Srilankan squad will not qualify to the Semi finals for sure. It wouldn’t be surprising if this team get into the last position. But if they try harder, they can cause some upset wins.