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Sri Lanka’s T20 cricket team has a rich history of early dominance, and is now at a key point in its development, standing as it does between past glories and future potential. This side was once hailed for their explosive batting and innovative spin typified by legends like Sanath Jayasuriya and Muttiah Muralitharan but inconsistency and transition have become their watchwords since then. They had conquered the world three times at the World T20 finals including one in 2014; however, this has not been sustainable in recent years. However, amidst all these challenges there lies hope in the form of old hands such as Dasun Shanaka as well as new talents like Pathum Nissanka and Wanindu Hasaranga. Sri Lanka will need to walk on a tightrope between betting on youth or experience while also addressing concerns such as a lack of consistency with batting, death bowling issues and fielding lapses if they are to recapture their former glory days. For Sri Lanka’s T20 team to regain its formidable status in the ever-changing nature of the T20 cricket format and remain one of the contenders in a global setting, it needs to have an approach that gains confidence through a winning attitude while investing heavily on focusing targeted skill development for nurturing young talent.

Sri Lanka T20 Cricket Team

Niroshan Dickwella

Niroshan Dickwella

A Sri Lankan dynamic player who is a left-handed batsman and wicketkeeper, Niroshan Dickwella’s aggression turns him into an unstoppable force in T20 cricket. His attacking batting style has made him adept at playing the ball when it comes hard on him. He can single-handedly change the direction of games with his power-hitting abilities during the middle overs. 

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches28130
Runs4802420
Innings27124
Not Out110
Balls Faced3661721
High Score6879
Average18.4621.22
Strike Rate131.14140.61

Avishka Fernando

Avishka Fernando

Avishka Fernando is a right-handed opening batsman from Sri Lanka with great potential in T20 cricket. He has briefly shown what he can do for his team, although he still has a long way to go on the international stage. The way he bats shows a technique which allows him to play an anchor role at the top of the order.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches35116
Runs3412819
Innings33113
Not Out29
Balls Faced3672120
High Score37100
Average1127.1
Strike Rate92.91132.97
Bowling
Matches116
Balls24
Innings2
Runs39
Wickets0
Average
Strike Rate

Kusal Mendis

Kusal Mendis

Kusal Mendis plays an aggressive brand of cricket, particularly against pacemen. At some point in any match, Kusal Mendis can lead his side to victory single handedly by clearing boundaries during over number four to 15. 

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches64135
Runs15543723
Innings64134
Not Out26
Balls Faced11452733
High Score8687
Average25.0629.08
Strike Rate135.72136.22
Bowling
Matches135
Balls1
Innings1
Runs0
Wickets0
Average
Strike Rate

Sadeera Samarawickrama

Sadeera Samarawickrama

Sadeera Samarawickrama is a twelfth man and wicket-keeper-batsman for Sri Lanka. He is a technically correct batsman who strikes the ball well enough to rotate strike. These qualities make him a safe pair of hands for sharp deliveries and communicating stumpings. 

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches1899
Runs3102462
Innings1795
Not Out214
Balls Faced2812040
High Score61100
Average20.6630.39
Strike Rate110.32120.68

Pathum Nissanka

Pathum Nissanka

Pathum Nissanka is one of such players. Pathum Nissanka has become an integral part of Sri Lanka’s T20 team. He has stylish shots and is gradually becoming more composed under pressure at the top. Holding a strong technical background he anchors innings and constructs stands. In addition, Pathum Nisshanka’s clean hitting stands out like nothing else through covers and down towards the ground with elegance and timing.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches4896
Runs12312366
Innings4793
Not Out34
Balls Faced10572002
High Score7593
Average27.9726.58
Strike Rate116.46118.18

Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera fits into this group. Sri Lanka has always relied on Kusal Perera as their main source of firepower in the shorter formats. His power game can effortlessly clear boundaries. 

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches66153
Runs16773483
Innings65149
Not Out28
Balls Faced12862639
High Score8487
Average26.6124.7
Strike Rate130.4131.98

Binura Fernando

Binura Fernando

Sri Lanka has a young bowling sensation in Binura Fernando, who is known as a left-arm medium-fast bowler. Though he still needs to develop his international career, he has flashed some real potential. 

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches1788
Runs30323
Innings438
Not Out212
Balls Faced30287
High Score2054
Average1512.42
Strike Rate100112.54
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches1788
Balls3431812
Innings1787
Runs4882153
Wickets16109
Average30.519.75
Strike Rate21.416.6

Dilshan Madushanka

Dilshan Madushanka

The name Dilshan Madushanka rings a bell when we talk about emerging players from Sri Lanka who are making waves in the T20 format. There is reason to believe that his international career will take off sooner rather than later due to his skills and recent performances.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches97212
Runs14444076
Innings89195
Not Out2046
Balls Faced11702908
High Score74131
Average20.9227.35
Strike Rate123.41140.16
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches97212
Balls4861290
Innings49111
Runs6801903
Wickets3174
Average21.9325.71
Strike Rate15.617.4

Maheesh Theekshana

Maheesh Theekshana

Maheesh Theekshana, the mystery spinner for Sri Lanka in the T20 format who bowls right-arm off breaks balls. His merit lies in making batters look foolish through cunning variations, especially within the shortest format; moreover, no batsman can pick this ball up until it lands at his bat front foot.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches97212
Runs14444076
Innings89195
Not Out2046
Balls Faced11702908
High Score74131
Average20.9227.35
Strike Rate123.41140.16
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches97212
Balls4861290
Innings49111
Runs6801903
Wickets3174
Average21.9325.71
Strike Rate15.617.4

Nuwan Thushara

Nuwan Thushara

Nuwan Thushara is a right-arm fast-medium bowler, who with his sticky action, is making a name for himself in Sri Lanka T20 cricket. So far, he has managed to attract attention due to his pace and knack for taking wickets. 

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches887
Runs838
Innings326
Not Out217
Balls Faced945
High Score67
Average84.22
Strike Rate88.8884.44
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches887
Balls1451649
Innings886
Runs2172164
Wickets11120
Average19.7218.03
Strike Rate13.113.7

Jeffrey Vandersay

Jeffrey Vandersay

Jeffrey Vandersay is a right-arm leg-spinner known best for inconsistency considering whether we either discuss cricket or something else. His struggles with form have undermined his impact at the international level despite his undeniable talent. 

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches1484
Runs20147
Innings839
Not Out719
Balls Faced20189
High Score822
Average207.35
Strike Rate10077.77
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches1484
Balls2961687
Innings1482
Runs3952029
Wickets785
Average56.4223.87
Strike Rate42.219.8

Wanindu Hasaranga (Captain)

Wanindu Hasaranga

Wanindu Hasaranga, the Sri Lankan right-arm leg spinner and a handy lower-order batsman, has emerged as a true force to be reckoned with in T20 cricket. His potent bowling variations, exceptional fielding abilities, and developing batting skills make him a complete package and a vital asset for the Sri Lankan team. 

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches65172
Runs6502010
Innings55135
Not Out1228
Balls Faced4981388
High Score7177
Average15.1118.78
Strike Rate130.52144.81
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches65172
Balls14203591
Innings63166
Runs16194046
Wickets104241
Average15.5616.78
Strike Rate13.614.9

Charith Asalanka

Charith Asalanka

Charith Asalanka, the left-handed batsman from Sri Lanka, has emerged as a vital force in the T20 arena. His aggressive batting style, coupled with his ability to adapt to different situations, makes him a valuable asset for the Sri Lankan team. 

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches44105
Runs9902166
Innings44103
Not Out512
Balls Faced7861748
High Score8080
Average25.3823.8
Strike Rate125.95123.91
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches44105
Balls37386
Innings531
Runs38442
Wickets019
Average23.26
Strike Rate20.3

Akila Dananjaya

Akila Dananjaya

Akila Dananjaya, the Sri Lankan off-break bowler, is a unique talent in T20 cricket. His deceptive bowling variations and ability to control the run flow make him a valuable asset for the Sri Lankan team. 

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches33123
Runs65212
Innings1650
Not Out821
Balls Faced72256
High Score1128
Average8.127.31
Strike Rate90.2782.81
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches33123
Balls7012455
Innings33116
Runs9653053
Wickets30138
Average32.1622.12
Strike Rate23.317.7

Dhananjaya de Silva

Dhananjaya de Silva

Dhananjaya de Silva, the Sri Lankan right-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler, is a valuable all-rounder in T20 cricket. His ability to contribute significantly with both bat and ball makes him a versatile asset for the Sri Lankan team. 

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches43118
Runs7922325
Innings42109
Not Out413
Balls Faced6791839
High Score6681
Average20.8424.21
Strike Rate116.64126.42
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches43118
Balls2741031
Innings2474
Runs3161227
Wickets1549
Average21.0625.04
Strike Rate18.221

Angelo Mathews

Angelo Mathews

Angelo Mathews is a Sri Lankan cricketing legend, renowned for his impactful contributions across all formats. His greatest strength is his well-rounded skillset. He can bat aggressively in the middle order, contribute with his tight medium-pace bowling, and even chip in with handy fielding. 

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches87205
Runs13543453
Innings70175
Not Out2144
Balls Faced112523111
High Score8181
Average27.6326.35
Strike Rate120.35121.62
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches87205
Balls11392448
Innings70150
Runs13533043
Wickets4599
Average30.0630.76
Strike Rate25.324.7

Kamindu Mendis

Angelo Mathews

Kamindu Mendis, the young Sri Lankan left-handed batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler, is rapidly carving a niche in the exciting world of T20 cricket. While his international career is still blooming, Mendis has showcased glimpses of brilliance, making him a player to watch out for. 

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches1066
Runs2091294
Innings955
Not Out16
Balls Faced1541040
High Score6599
Average26.1226.4
Strike Rate135.71124.42
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches1066
Balls48570
Innings441
Runs70746
Wickets015
Average49.73
Strike Rate8.757.85

Dasun Shanaka

Dasun Shanaka

Dasun Shanaka is a vital cog in the Sri Lankan T20 cricket team, known for his aggressive batting and handy medium-pace bowling. While his stats might not always reflect it, he brings valuable energy and leadership to the team.  

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches97212
Runs14444076
Innings89195
Not Out2046
Balls Faced11702908
High Score74131
Average20.9227.35
Strike Rate123.41140.16
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches97212
Balls4861290
Innings49111
Runs6801903
Wickets3174
Average21.9325.71
Strike Rate15.617.4

South Africa T20 Cricket Team Winning Records

TeamOppositionSpanTotal MatchesWonLostNo Result 
Sri LankaUAE2016 – 20222200
Sri LankaAfghanistan2016 – 20248530
Sri LankaWest Indies2009 – 202115870
Sri LankaZimbabwe2008 – 20246510
Sri LankaNew Zealand2006 – 2023239131
Sri LankaIndia2009 – 2023299191
Sri LankaSouth Africa2012 – 2021175120
Sri LankaAustralia2007 – 20222610160
Sri LankaEngland2006 – 2022144100
Sri LankaBangladesh 2007 – 2024161150
Sri LankaNetherlands2014 – 20223300
Sri LankaIreland2009 – 20233300
Sri LankaPakistan2007 – 20222310130
Sri LankaCanada 20081100
Sri LankaKenya20071100
Sri LankaNamibia2021 – 20222110

South Africa T20 Cricket Team  World Cup Records

South Africa T20 Cricket Team  Coach

Sri Lanka’s T20 coaching staff is going through a period of transition, blending experience with fresh outlooks. Here are the major players: 

Head Coach: Chris Silverwood

Chris Silverwood, a former English fast bowler, brings a ton of international experience to the job. He was England’s Test coach and has a specialization in developing bowling attacks. His mission is to lead Sri Lanka’s T20 team to victory by engaging in strategic planning as well as player development for overall team performance.

Assistant Coach: Naveed Nawaz

Naveed Nawaz, an ex-Sri Lankan cricketer, has been the assistant coach of the national side for many years now. His involvement in Sri Lanka’s cricket setup offers useful continuity and awareness about the strengths and weaknesses of individual players. He can help Silverwood implement policies while guiding the team.

Fast Bowling Coach: Aaqib Javed

Aaqib Javed who is Pakistani by nationality is also another former pace bowler; he was part of a World Cup-winning side and his knowledge and experience were helpful to Sri Lankan fast bowlers when they got their skills refined on how to do this from him. Dilshan Madushanka and Nuwan Thushara are examples of fine bowlers that can assist in raising their speed, accuracy and variations so that they become more dangerous mechanisms in T20 encounters.

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