Sri Lanka Cricket- The Island of Cricket
Sri Lanka cricket is the governing body and the administrator of the Sri Lanka national cricket team. Popularly known as the Lions, the Sri Lanka cricket team is the permanent member of the International Cricket Council. The Sri Lanka National cricket team plays Test, ODIs, and T20 internationals alike. The squad first played cricket in 1926 as Ceylon and it was only in 1981 that they acquired the status of a Test playing nation. In fact, Sri Lanka cricket became the 8th test playing nation.
Besides, Sri Lanka cricket is also responsible for Premier Limited overs tournament and Twenty20 Tournament.
Sri Lanka Cricket History
- Cricket was the natural course of colonization for the country, and the first match of Sri Lanka cricket dates back to 1832.
- By the late 19th century, Ceylon had formed their cricket team which were playing first-class cricket by the 20th century
- The Ceylon cricket team became an associate member of the ICC in 1965.
- When they were renamed Sri Lanka in 1972, Sri Lanka national cricket team faced a heavy defeat in the hands of the West Indies in 1975.
- Upon achieving full membership of ICC, Sri Lanka national cricket team played England in 1981.
- Sl Cricket saw their first test victory under the leadership of Duleep Mendis in 1985 against India in Colombo.
- After being considered an underdog for a long time, Sri Lanka cricket finally entered its glory years under the captainship of Arjuna Ranatunga.
- The Sri Lanka national cricket team became one such example of teams that modernised batting in the one-day internationals by scoring at a fast pace.
Sri Lanka Team Schedule
The following matches of the Sri Lanka national cricket team form a part of the Sri Lanka Cricket Schedule.
- Bangladesh Vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI, 23rd May 2021
- Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI, 25th May 2021
- Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI, 28th May 2021
Following these matches, England becomes a part of the Sri Lanka Cricket schedule.
- England vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI, 29th June 2021
- England vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI, 1st July 2021
- England vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI, 4th July 2021
Sri Lanka Cricket Team
- Sri Lanka cricket gained their first significant honour by being the Asian Champions of 1986.
- After that, they became the Asian champions four more times in 1997, 2004, 2008 and 2014.
- Later, SL cricket team was also declared joint winners of the ICC champions trophy in 2002.
- It took a while for them to stamp their authority on the test playing field. They won their first test match in 1999 against Australia, a series they would eventually win.
- The SL cricket team played their first day-night test match in 2017 against Pakistan in the Dubai International stadium under the leadership of Dinesh Chandimal.
- The Sri Lanka National cricket team received a major honour in the T20 internationals by winning the 2014 T20 World Cup by defeating India.
- India also played an India vs Sri Lanka cricket match in the Cricket World Cup final where they were defeated comprehensively by the Indian team in its prime.
Sri Lanka Performance & Stats
The Sri Lanka Squad currently, including the Sri Lanka cricket players who might make the England tournament.
|Name of Sri Lanka Cricket Players||Age||Batting style||Bowling style|
|D. Karunaratne||33||Left-handed||Right-arm medium|
|Dasun Sanaka||29||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|D. Gunathilaka||30||Left-handed||Right-arm off-break|
|Avishka Fernando||23||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|Lahiru Thirimanne||31||Left-handed||Right-arm medium|
|Niroshan Dickwella||27||Left-handed||Left-arm medium|
|Kusal Perera||30||Left-handed||Left-arm medium|
|Dinesh Chandimal||31||Right-handed||Right-arm off-break|
|Angelo Mathews||33||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Wanidu Hasaranga||23||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break|
|Isuru Udana||33||Right-handed||Left-arm fast-medium|
|D. Chameera||29||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Suranga Lakmal||34||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Lasith Embuldeniya||24||Left-handed||Left-arm orthodox|
These Sri Lanka Cricket Players are supposed to be roped in for the Sri Lanka match against England.
SL Prominence Players
While it is true that the Sri Lanka National cricket team does not have any particular player to inspire, they do have an abundance of hard workers who are an asset to the SL cricket team. One of them in fact, is Angelo Mathews, one of the most prized jewels of the Sri Lanka Cricket team. He is a very effective all-rounder. Mathews has established himself in all three game formats and has even captained numerous Sri Lanka cricket matches.
Frequently Asked Questions
- When did Sri Lanka win the Cricket World Cup?
The Sri Lanka National Cricket team first won the World Cup in 1996 against Australia at the Gaddafi stadium and was led by Arjuna Ranatunga. This was their first international honour after the Asia cup.
- Why is Sri Lanka cricket bad?
Sri Lanka cricket came to the limelight at a pretty late stage of the 20th century, since then they have been consistently doing well in the World Cups, but there are certain lapses when it comes to player replacements.
- Who is the famous cricketer in Sri Lanka?
Many cricketers in SL cricket became famous eventually. Some of them are Ranatunga, Jayasurya, Jayawardene, Sangakkara and TM Dilshan. Today Former captain across all formats, Angelo Mathews is quite the favorite among cricket fans today.
- Who is the Sri Lanka T20 captain?
Dasun Shanaka is the captain of the T20 Sri Lanka National cricket team, while the test and the ODI team is captained by Dimuth Karunaratne.
- Who is the best batsman in Sri Lanka?
According to statistics, Kumar Sangakkara, with over 57 is one of the most successful batsmen of Sri Lanka cricket followed by Mahela Jayawardene.
- Who is the fastest bowler in Sri Lanka?
Lasith Malinga was the fastest bowler that Sri Lanka had. Today, Suranga Lakmal and Isuru Udana are the fastest bowlers available in SL cricket in any Sri Lanka match.
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