Sri Lanka is all set to face England away from home in a complete white-ball series. The first T20 is set to be played today in Cardiff, but are they the team that they once were? Maybe not. Here’s what has happened with Sri Lanka in the past few years.
Sri Lanka in white-ball cricket
Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, Sanath Jayasurya, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Arjuna Ranathunga, are the players that come to mind when we think of the Sri Lankan cricket team, but there might not be any player from today’s team that might catch someone’s eyes.
The Sri Lankan Cricket team has not had many feathers in their cap in the past few years. T20 World Cup 2014 was the last significant achievement to their name. After the 2019 World Cup, they have played a total of 17 T20 matches, out of which they have only won 5 and lost 11. They have played 14 ODI matches, and won 9 of them, and lost 5.
They are not a very stable side because they have tried many players in the past few years, but still have not found their core team in any format. They have also changed many captains during this time, which suggests they do not have someone who can inspire their young players and motivate everyone to win them matches.
Sri Lanka is 8th in the world T20 rankings and 9th in world ODI rankings. This being said, Sri Lanka has some talented players how can resurrect their lost reputation.
Tour of England
The English conditions are always difficult to adapt to because there is a lot of swing on offer. Sri Lanka needs to make the most out of this. They do not have a good set of fast bowlers, which could go against them.
With Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes not available for them, England still looks stronger side going into this series. Sri Lanka needs to make a good effort and make its presence felt.