Sri Lanka’s World Cup squad (early predictions)

Sri Lanka ODI team

1) Niroshan Dickwella

2) Danushka Gunathilaka

3) Upul Tharanga

4) Kusal Janith

5) Angelo Mathews

6) Dhananjaya de Silva

7) Thisara Perera

8) Akila Dananjaya

9) Suranga Lakmal

10) Lahiru Kumara

11) Lasith Malinga

12) Kusal Mendis

13) Dasun Shanaka / Asela Gunaratne

14) Kasun Rajitha / Dushmantha Chameera

15) Lakshan Sandakan / Kamindu Mendis

Your suggestions are welcome. Please help selectors to choose the best ODI squad for South Africa tour     focusing on the world cup.


Leave a comment
  1. kamindu mendis should bat at no.6, instaed of shanaka, as shanaka is poor againest spin. sadeera should be included in the squad. Again wanidu hasranga has to be included instead of sandakan, as hasranga is much better bowler and batsman than sandakan.

  2. It’s better to give more opportunities to some players (Kusal Mendis , Dasun Shanaka , Asela Gunaratne etc ) during the ODI series in South Africa irrespective of their poor performances in recent New Zealand tour. Whoever performs well can be considered for the world cup. Although inform Kamindu Mendis doesn’t have much international experience he hasn’t been seen by other countries much. Considering our batting collapses in NZ it’s worth to give him a chance in South Africa. If we can take around 17 players to South Africa and rotate them during the ODI series that would be helpful to select the best world cup squad.

    We can only fit 4 specialist fast bowlers in the world cup squad of 15 players. Apart from Malinga three more fast bowlers need to be selected for the world cup from Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha, Chameera, Pradeep and Isuru Udana etc

  3. I would like to add Roshen Silva at no 5 and kamidu mendis at no 6. My Xi
    1- Niroshan Dickwella
    2- Danushka Gunathilaka
    3- Kusal Janith Perera
    4- Kusal Mendis
    5- Roshen Silva
    6- Kamindu Mendis
    7- Thisara Perera
    8- Akila Dananjaya
    9- Isuru Udana
    10- Lahiru Kumara
    11- Lasith Malinga – Captain

  4. What is now sure is there is no place for Sadeera,Dananjaya De Silva & Chandimal in the one day team. For the SA series Kamindu Mendis should be included. Because Gunatilaka has recurrent back problems he is a risk for the WC. Could we go back to Tharanga & give him another chance under the new batting coach?Sandakan getting hammered.Dickwella has not played a long innings for life literally & Kusal P is also once in a few innings. But who can replace them? If Akila not considered is there a better spinner ? Like others suggested can we get Mushtaq Ahmed like spinner soon to train Hasaranga, Aponso etc & also train our batsmen to face spinners?

  5. @Sajeewa Aoushada Rathkarawwa Although Jeevan Mendis performs well in domestic matches and sometimes in T20 leagues he’s a kind of ‘bits and pieces’ player in international level. Taking him for the world cup in 2015 was one of the selection blunders. May be we can think of Jeevan if Akila Dananjaya is not considered for the world cup this year.

    @Ninth : Roshen Silva hasn’t played any ODIs and his career List A strike rate is 70. Kamindu Mendis should be considered.

    @ Rehan Jayasuriya : I agree that Dananjaya de Silva’s batting needs to be improved in ODIs (his last 5 innings 36*, 3, 17, 19*, 36). However, his all-rounding skills can still earn him a place in the world cup squad ahead of Chandimal, Sadeera etc. Also Tharanga has performed well in England in the past. Considering his experience and our recent batting collapses Tharanga should be given another chance though Tharanga’s fielding and inconsistency matter.

  6. @Dattatray Kharade: Inform Kamindu Mendis should be definitely considered for his all rounding skills . Both Sadeera and Wanidu Hasranga are exciting young prospects but we can’t take too many young players for the world cup.

  7. 1.Niroshan Dickwella
    2.Dhanushka Gunathilaka
    3.Kusal Janith
    4.Angelo Mathews
    5.Kamindu Mendis / Charith Asalanka
    6.Asela Gunaratna
    7.Thisara Perera
    8.Dasun Shanaka
    9.Shehan Madushanka / Lahiru Kumara
    10.Kasun Rajitha
    11.Lasith Malinga

Leave a Comment