Lasith Malinga Appointed as T20I Captain for Sri Lanka

Lasith Malinga to Lead Sri Lanka in T20Is

Lasith Malinga, T20I Captain, Sri Lanka

On Wednesday (August 7), the report suggested that the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has appointed ace bowler, Lasith Malinga as the skipper for T20Is, whereas, Dimuth Karunaratne will lead the Islanders in One-day Internationals (ODIs) and Tests respectively.

Meanwhile, the veteran 35-year-old Malinga has recently retired from the ODI cricket after playing his last game 50-over game against Bangladesh on 26th of July, 2019.

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Associated with Sri Lanka since 2004, the prominent fast bowler had proved mettle at crucial junctures.

Malinga to don T20I captaincy hat:

Lasith Malinga
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In his farewell ODI game at Colombo, Malinga, who is known for his toe-crushing yorkers, had bagged three wickets while conceding 38 runs against the Tigers.

Malinga had featured in 226 ODIs in which he had snared 338 wickets at an average of 28.87. Also, the star bowler had managed 11 four-wicket hauls apart from five eight-wicket hauls.

Also, Malinga had featured in 30 Tests for Sri Lanka. With Malinga focusing on T20I cricket, Malinga had a wealth of experience on his back to earn the trust from selectors regarding the leadership role.

In the recent past, Malinga had led Sri Lanka sparsely. During the 2014 T20 World Cup, Malinga had also led Lankans following the removal of Dinesh Chandimal.

The Galle-born cricketer Malinga had featured in 73 T20Is since 2006. He had bagged 97 wickets at an impressive average of 19.70.

Dimuth Karunaratne:

Dimuth Karunaratne, ICC World Cup 2019, Kumar Sangakkara
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On the other side, Karunaratne will lead Sri Lanka in the traditional format apart from ODI set-up. He had recently led Sri Lanka at the twelfth edition of the World Cup when it took many by surprise.

The top-order batsman has featured in 60 Tests apart from 28 ODIs for Sri Lanka. Overall, the 31-year-old batsman had done relatively good in the multi-day format as he is still looking to cement his spot in the 50-over format.

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Recently, Sri Lanka had thrashed Bangladesh 3-0 in the three-match series.

The senior all-rounder Angelo Mathews had bagged Player of the Series award for his brilliant show during the series.

Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. Twitter, Instagram: TahirIbnManzoor