The ICC Cricket World Cup is one of the most important events in the cricketing calendar, if not the most important. In this arena, for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at least, the top 10 cricketing nations slug it out for the prestigious crown of Cricket World Cup champion.
Since the championship’s inception in 1975, six nations have earned that elusive title of World Cup champion. This took place in different eras and different formats were even employed. The ICC World Cup 2019 holds no exception, and promises to be one of the most exciting and hotly contested world cups. The hosts, England will certainly be the favourites, with their consistent form and a well-balanced squad.
Sri Lanka team’s World Cup History
Coming to the Sri Lankan team, the nation has been fairly successful in terms of the World Cup. The Lankan Lions stormed Cricket World Cup glory back in 1996, defeating the mighty Australians.
During their entire World Cup campaign through the years, Sri Lanka had only managed to reach the group stages. This lasted up until their shock triumph in 1996. From then onwards, the highest, that Sri Lanka had ever been was when they were semifinalists in 2003 and later, were runners up in 2007 and 2011.
Now, in the 2019 edition, Sri Lanka are certainly looking god for a decent finish this time around.
The 15-member Sri Lanka World Cup 2019 squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 was announced a while ago. The good news for them is that they have largely been unaffected by injuries.
Captain and Vice Captain
Dimuth Karunaratne has been chosen to lead the pride of Lankan Lions in the World Cup 2019. Filling in the Vice Captain role will be Dhananjaya de Silva, and they will be eager to bring back home a 2nd trophy to fill their cabinet.
The Sri Lanka team for the World Cup 2019 consists of a batting fire power of skipper Karunaratne, Avishka Fernando and Lahiru Thirimanne.
Their main pick for wicketkeeper is Kusal Perera. However, Kusal Mendis will be the backup keeper for the tournament.
There are a grand total of six Sri Lankan allrounders in the 15-member World Cup 2019 squad list. In their team, they have de Silva, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera and Isuru Udana, Jeevan Mendis and Milinda Siriwardana.
In the Sri Lanak cricket team, there are quite a few bowling options to experiment with. Fresh from an IPL stint with the triumphant Mumbai Indians, Lasith Malinga leads the attack. Joining him are Jeffrey Vandersay, Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep.
In conclusion, the Sri Lanka team possesses a well-balanced side. In the bowling department, age may be catching up to Malinga, but he is still lethal with the ball.
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