Sri Lanka is back to the situation where they were on 9th October 2019 after the T20I series win against Pakistan. Dasun Shanaka and his young team has proved they are capable of beating a top team not once but twice after the recently concluded India series. Now SLC should continue to go with this team for the next matches against South Africa, Zimbabwe and Afghanistan. Because if they shuffle like they did in 2019 Sri Lanka will become once more a team that can beat easily by bigger margins. So according to many experts it is recommended to keep Shanaka as the skipper for both formats and give him a consistent run at least for another year. By that time I’m pretty sure Sri Lanka will become a much more stronger team that can be really hard to beat at any given situation.
In talking about Sri Lanka’s performance in the last few months, bowling and fielding were top class but the issue is their batting. Yes they beat India in T20’s but there are lot of things to improve especially in the middle order when setting up a big target or chasing down a very good totals. One or two senior players definitely need to get back into the middle order and that might help them to change quickly when chasing a big score in ODI’s and T20’s. Angelo Mathews is the only player that is available right now to support this team with the experience in the middle order.
Another thing I would like to talk is Rest and Rotation method. Sri Lanka will have to implement this especially to the fast bowling unit to protect our players from injuries. This method is widely used by England, India and New Zealand but when will SLC apply this to the current team to keep the best players to crucial matches. Players like Chameera and Hasaranga need to look after very well by SLC as they are capable of changing a match at their own bowling.
In concluding I must say something about Kusal Janith Perera. When he is back to open the innings with Avishka Fernando it will be a much stronger batting unit. We can hope he will paly freely without the captaincy pressure to give a good start for Sri Lanka in the coming series against South Africa.