Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka believes the Lankan team could go a long way in the Twenty20 World Cup tournament – even if they lack considerably in terms of experience.
Shanaka speaking on a captains’ Zoom call said “If you recall, the 2014 squad had a lot of variety and depth. And with the youngsters we have coming through now I feel have the same potential, but the only thing lacking is the experience. If our guys perform to their strengths, I feel they can go a long way in this tournament. Our fans in Sri Lanka have been waiting a long time for us to be successful, and I hope we can make them proud.”
Avishka Fernando has been a revelation at No. 4, while Chamika Karunaratne and Shanaka have shown promise in their roles as finishers down the order, and in the bowling department there are two quicks and spinners with as many variations.
Shanaka said the team was not able to perform up to the mark in the last few years, but believes the strength of the squad is very good.
He said Sri Lanka is settled with the batting line-up and they’ve recently changed the line-up a bit and have struck a good balance.
In the spin department, meanwhile, Sri Lanka boast the No.2-ranked spinner in the world in Hasaranga while in Maheesh Theekshana Sri Lanka have the latest from their production line of mystery spinners.
Sri Lanka begin their T20 World Cup campaign against Namibia on 18 October.