Now Sri Lankan team should be confident of doing well in the T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka Squad at the United Arab Emirates and Oman, which will start later this month of October 2021. The Lankans will fancy their chances after they win the T20I series against Kohli less India.
However, after the hosts lost the fifty-over series by the margin of 2-1, the Asian Lankan Tigers bounced spectacularly and won the shortest format series. Sri Lanka was competitive in that series of three ODIs and T20Is.
Sri Lanka will be in their learning curve as they also know it will not be easy for them to do well on the slow and dry pitches of the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Sri Lanka lost the T20 International series against South Africa at home in Colombo by 2-1. The pitches in Sri Lanka are quite slow despite the home conditions. Therefore, they lost that shortest format series, which would give them good learning for the T20 World Cup 2021 Tournament.
Sri Lanka had named a squad for the T20 World 2021 earlier with a 15 man squad. But now they have added five new players in that T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka Squad. The T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka Squad is filled with new faces, and no one can take them lightly as India did in the T20I series, which the Dhawan lead team lost.
Dhawan is the only Indian captain to lose a T20I series against Sri Lanka. In the T20 World Cup Si Lanka Squad, many talented youngsters will take part as Sri Lanka will miss some key and senior players who could have proved vital for their chances in the T20 World Cup 2021 ICC event.
Dasun Shanaka will lead his country in the T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka Squad
Dasun Shanaka will lead the Sri Lankan team in the T20 World Cup 2021. In his captaincy, Sri Lanka won the T20I series against India when the senior players didn’t participate, and some were also banned. Dasun Shanaka is an all-rounder who has the experience of playing this shortest format for his national side. His bowling has variety which can fox the best International batsmen on his day, and his power-hitting could help Sri Lanka with few lusty blows.
But Sri Lanka will not need only his power-hitting for this T20 World Cup 2021. As a captain, Shanaka needs to hold the batting unit together because there are very few experience batters in the squad, and the same thing he will have to do in the bowling department. Sri Lanka has talented bowlers. But their lesser experience on the UAE tracks might concern them ahead of this T20 World Cup 2021.
Dickwella, Gunathilika, and Kusal Mendi still serve the one year ban, and they are not available for T20 World Cup 2021
For the T20 World Cup 2021, the senior trio of Sri Lanka will not take part, and that would be the biggest blow which they will have because this team of the T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka Squad is filled with inexperience players.
Dickewella, Mendis, and Gunathalika are experienced top-order batters, and Sri Lanka could have been helped with that. Instead, these three players were banned because they broke the Corona Virus protocols when Sri Lanka toured England for the limited-overs series. These three are the notable omissions from the T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka Squad.
The T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka Squad
As told earlier, Sri Lanka had announced a 15 member for T20 World Cup 2021, which will be played later this month in the United Arab Emirates. Sri Lanka is in the Group A of the first round, and they will play the qualifiers round to progress in the next stage of the T20 World Cup 2021. Sri Lanka will play a game each against Ireland, Netherlands, and Namibia.
In the earlier T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka Squad had named Lahiru Madhushanka. But he is not available as Lahiru hasn’t yet recovered from his injury. As a result, Mind Bhanuka, Asen Bandara, Lakshan Sandakan, Ramesh Mendis, and Pathum Nissnka are added to the T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka Squadthese five players were not named earlier.
Mahesh Theeksana, the 21-year-old spin bowler who recently made his debut against South Africa, dismissed Heinrich Klaasen. As a result, Theeksana has made it to the T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka Squad.
The 21-year-old youngster recently made his ODI debut against South Africa, and he also picked up a four-wicket haul. Wanjiru Hasaranga and Praveen Jayawhickrama are two more spin bowlers added to the T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka Squad.
Dushmantha Chameera will lead the pace attack. Sri Lanka has two more pace bowling options in Nuwan Pradeep and two all-rounders Chamika Karunaratne and skipper Dasun Shanaka.
Here is the T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka Squad –Minod Bhanuka, Bhanuka Rajpaksha, Charith Asalanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Dasun Shanaka, Dananjaya De Silva, Wanidru Hasaranga, Charith Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep, Praveen Jayawhichkrama, Allen Bandara, Lakshan Sandan, Ramesh Mendis, Kamlandu Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Mahesh Theeksana, Lahiru Madushanaka, and Kusal Perera.
The reserve players in the T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka Squad – Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Pulina Tharanga.
The Positive of the T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka Squad
The inclusion of Dinesh Chandimal in the T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka squad is a good move. Sri Lanka has already lost Dickwella, Gunathalika, and Kusal Mendis. Dinesh Chandimal is a proper middle-order batsman who holds the innings and bats through the twenty overs. Chandimal was the former captain of Sri Lanka. So he can also assist the young skipper Dasun Shanaka whenever the need arises.
The main positive for the Lanka Tigers in the T20 World Cup Sri Lanka squad is that they have a bunch of good rounders’ for the T20 World Cup 2021 event. Dasun Shanka will have to lead the way as the skipper and the fast bowling all-rounder.
Chamika Karunaratne, Wanidru Hasaranga, and Ramesh Mendis can prove vital for the Lankan to lift the T20 trophy in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021. All the all-rounders can bat and take Sri Lanka to newer heights in this T20 World Cup 2021 tournament.
The Negative of the T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka Squad
In this T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka Squad, the team might be a well-balanced team. But the main thing which is missing is the experience of the Sri Lankan players. Apart from Dinesh Chandimal, Dasun Shanaka, and Kusal Perera in the batting department, no one else in the T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka squad has more experience.
That is why Sri Lanka will miss the senior players alongside Dickwella, Gunathalika, Kusal Mendis in their T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka Squad. However, these three players had the experience and talent to succeed in the conditions of the UAE.
Nuwan Pradeep and Dushmantha Chameera in the bowling department have the experience, and that is why their four-over each will matter a lot for Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup 2021 event. These two experience bowlers will have to guide the other fast bowlers, including skipper Dasun Shanaka, who will be under immense pressure to deliver as an all-rounder.
- Laksan Sandan and Wanidru Hasaranga walk into the T20 World Cup Sri Lanka Squad. But again, they are inexperienced as the spin bowlers. Praveen Jayawhichkrama can be the third spinning option in the T20 World Cup Sri Lanka Squad. But the inexperience of the batsmen and bowlers might cause concern for the Sri Lankan team in the T20 World Cup 2021.
The Fixtures of Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup 2021
- Sri Lanka Vs Namibia – 18th October 2021 at Abu Dhabi in Sheikh Zayed Stadium – Time 7.30 PM IST.
- Sri Lanka Vs Ireland – 20th October 2021 at Abu Dhabi in Sheikh Zayed Stadium – Time 7.30 PM IST.
- Sri Lanka Vs the Netherlands – 22nd October 2021 at Sharjah International Stadium in Sharjah – Time 7.30 PM IST.
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Which are the three main players missing from T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka Squad?
Yes, three main players are missing out on the T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka Squad. Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, and Danusha Gunthalika have been banned because they violated the COVID 19 protocols in England on their tour.
Where were the most matches played for Sri Lanka in T20 World Cup 2021?
In the T20 World Cup 2021, Sri Lanka will play three matches, and they will play two of them in Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium and one in Sharjah International Stadium.
Who will be the player to watch out for T20 World Cup 2021 Sri Lanka Squad?
Dasun Shanaka will be the player to watch out for in the T20 World Cup 2021 tournament. He is the captain and the fast bowling all-rounder of the team. So he will have delivered in is ICC marque tournament.