Sri Lanka has had a dismal run of late in the limited overs format. They have lost 14 back to back limited over matches and their batting has failed miserably in most of their matches. The Sri Lankan team has been on a decline since the retirement of their batting greats Mahela Jayawardne, Kumar Sangakarra and Tilekaratne Dilshan. They have failed to have some solidity in their batting line up. However, after a 3-0 drubbing by the hands of India at home Sri Lanka whitewashed Pakistan in UAE 2-0.
The Sri Lankan has now come to India for another full series which is scheduled to begin from 16th November. Sri Lankan selectors have dropped Kusal Mendis, Kaushal Silva and fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep and have picked Dhananjaya De Silva, Dasun Shanaka and a fit again Angelo Matthews.
The selectors have dropped their batting mainstay Kusal Mendis who scored an impressive century against India in August but has failed to score any meaningful innings since then. He has crossed the 50 run mark only once in the last 14 innings. He failed miserably against Pakistan in the UAE scoring 10, 18, 1 and 29 in the four innings.
Despite winning the two match Test series against Pakistan in the UAE, the only bright star for the Sri Lankan team was their veteran left arm spinner Rangana Herath as he picked up 16 wickets for the Lankan lions in four innings. However his record against India is not as impressive as his overall record. He could only manage to pick up five wickets in the three match series against India.
Sri Lanka has never won a Test match in India and with this inexperienced side the chances of improving their record in India looks mostly improbable. Let’s have a look on five Sri Lankan players who could be a threat to the Indian team for the upcoming series.
- Niroshan Dickwella
An attacking left handed batsman and an unorthodox wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella has played some impressive knocks for the Sri Lankan team. Dickwella scored 199 runs in the two match Test series against Pakistan and rescued the Lankan side on several occasions. Even in the practice game against BP XI, he scored 73 not out.
- Dimuth Karunaratne
Dimuth Karunaratne is one of the most experienced batsmen in the current Sri Lankan squad and scored an impressive century in the second Test against India in the last series the two teams played. Karunaratne scored 260 runs in the three match series. He then continued his good form against Pakistan scoring 93 in the first Test and a brilliant 196 in the nd Test.
- Angelo Matthews
Angelo Matthews has played 69 Tests for Sri Lanka and has scored 4718 runs at an average of 44.93. Matthews is Sri Lanka’s most reliable batsmen in the middle order. Despite being inconsistent, Matthews is one of Sri Lanka’s most impactful player and can pose a major threat to the Indian team.
- Dinesh Chandimal
Dinesh Chandimal leads the Sri Lankan side in the Test format. Chandimal had a dismal run in the ODI and T20 series against Pakistan but his Test form was up to the mark as he scored 155* in the first Test and then scored 62 in the second Test. His leadership qualities will be however be tested in the series which will put even more pressure on him to perform on a personal level as well.
- Rangana Herath
The 39 year old veteran left arm spinner, Rangana Herath has played 85 Tests for Sri Lanka and has picked up 405 wickets. His record in the last 10 Test matches has been very impressive picking up 50 wickets. He single handedly won the two match series against Pakistan in the UAE picking up 16 wickets in the two matches.