Instances When More Than Two Captains Led A Side In A Bilateral ODI Series
In India’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2017 – three different players led Sri Lanka in a five-match ODI series
It is the latest incident when more than two different players lead a side in a bilateral ODI series. In the recently ended 5-match ODI series between the hosts Sri Lanka and the visiting team India, three different players led the home side.
Upul Tharanga led the Sri Lankan team for the first two games, but he got suspended for the next two games due to the slow over-rate. Chamara Kapugedera took the leadership role in the 3rd ODI, but after that match, he ruled out from the remaining series due to a back injury. Lasith Malinga led the side for the fourth ODI while Upul Tharanga made a comeback into this action in the fifth ODI.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli led the Indian side in all ODIs of that series.
1st ODI (at Dambulla on 20th August 2017): Upul Tharanga led the Sri Lankan side (Virat Kohli led the Indian team) – India won by nine wickets
2nd ODI (at Pallekele on 24th August 2017): Upul Tharanga led the Sri Lankan side (Virat Kohli led the Indian team) – India won by three wickets (D/L method)
3rd ODI (at Pallekele on 27th August 2017): Chamara Kapugedera led the Sri Lankan side (Virat Kohli led the Indian team) – India won by six wickets
4th ODI (at Colombo, RPS on 31st August 2017): Lasith Malinga led the Sri Lankan side (Virat Kohli led the Indian side) – India won by 168 runs
5th ODI (at Colombo, RPS on 3rd September 2017): Upul Tharanga led the Sri Lankan side (Virat Kohli led the Indian side) – India won by 6 wickets
Series Result: India won by 5-0 (5-match ODI series)
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