As Sri Lanka Cricket announced their Squad for Asia Cup & WT20I, It is the time to have a look at those players who missed their chances by inches.
1. Danushka Gunathilaka
2. Lahiru Milantha (wk)
3. Dhanajaya De Silva
4. Lahiru Thirimanne (capt)
5. Kithuruwan Vithanage
6. Jeevan Mendis
7. Farveez Maharoof
8. Chaturanga de Silva
9. Shaminda Eranga
10. Binura Fernando
11. Ajantha Mendis
12. Asela Gunaratne
13. Kasun Rajitha
14. Dilshan Munaweera
15. Tharindu Kaushal
Danushka Gunathilaka: The strong Opener with a very good strike rate, Despite his failure during the India Series, he is a very successful player in the domestic circuit. He can play really long innings with good strike rate.
Lahiru Milantha : The young wicket-keeper from St.Peter's College, He has scored 174 runs at an average of 34 and Strike rate of 150+ during the recent Domestic T20 Series. He held the highest average among wicket keepers and ended as the 3rd run scorer in the tournament.
Dhanajaya De Silva : Highest run getter in the recent T20 Domestic Tournament, He topped the table with 234 runs at an average of 46 and strike rate of 133.
Lahiru Thirimanne : One of the surprise omission from the Sri Lanka T20I squad. He last played for Sri Lankan T20I Side as the vice captain scoring 40 runs against England in England. He never picked for Sri Lanka T20I side again. He played 4 matches in the recent Domestic T20 series and scored 152 runs at an average of 38 and strike rate of 131. He also captained Sri Lankan ODI side to victory against New Zealand.
Kithuruwan Vithanage : Another big name to miss out in this squad. He can hit the ball very hard. He can play as a top order batsman or middle order, He can keep wickets and he is very useful with his leg spin.He has all the potentials and waiting for the right chance to show his ability. He can keep wickets if Milantha failed.
Farveez Maharoof : If anyone asks me who is the best all fast bowling all rounder Sri Lanka produced, Undoubtedly I will point my finger at this guy. He can bat well and can equally bowl well. He can strgenth the batting and can bowl his full quota of 4 overs without any doubt. Simple one of the unfortunate and best all rounder in Sri Lanka's Cricket history.
Jeevan Mendis : The leg spinning all rounder. He played for Sri Lanka during the World Cup 2015 also he played for Sri Lankan T20I side. He can really hit the balls and he is very useful with his leg Spin.
Chaturanga de Silva : Another Left handed all rounder. He is a very good bowler too. He can hit the ball hard.
Shaminda Eranga : Sri Lanka's test fast bowling spearhead who topped the wicket takers during the Domestic tournament with 14 pieces at an average of 13.
Binura Fernando : The tall Left handed pacer. He already played 2 T20s for Sri Lanka. He can bowl well in the death.
Ajantha Mendis : The Big name, The Asia Cup Hero. His WT20 stats are outstanding. The only bowler to have Two 6 fors in T20I. The off Spinner also can bat bit.
Kasun Rajitha : The backup fast bowler for me in this squad. He can bowl in the mid 130s. We saw his potential during the last India Series. he also the second highest wicket taker during the recent Domestic tournament.
Dilshan Munaweera : The most experienced T20 player for me. He has played a lot of domestic Tournament. He can score sixes from the word go. He can replace Danushka at the top if needed.
Tharindu Kaushal : Sri Lanka's mystery spinner. He already bagged a five for in Tests. Yet to make an impression in the Shorter formats. he is tthe backup spinning option for me.
Asela Gunaratne : Another Seaming All Rounder Sri Lanka produced in the recent time. He made his debut against India during the last tour. He didn't get his chance to show his potential in that match. He took 6 wickets and scored 73 runs in 5 matches during the Domestic tournament
With Eranga, Binura, Ajantha & Maharoof Sri Lanka needs to find the rest 4 overs from part time bowlers. This squad features plenty of option to find out the 5th bowler. Chathuranga can bowl some slow left arm bowling while Jeevan Mendis can help with his Leg Spin & Danushka with his part time off spin. Sri Lanka also can play Dilshan Munaweera who can spin the bowl or Asela Gunaratne in place of Binura. Because most of the pitches in India will be spin friendly.