2014 T20 Champions will be looking to spring a surprise in this seventh edition of the T20 World Cup in Australia. Lasith Malinga-led unit has suffered from inconsistency in the shortest format of the game. Since May 2016, Sri Lanka have only 14 matches out of 44 played in the T20 format.
Given it is a big competition, Sri Lanka’s current form won’t count much as every team will be looking to give their best in this showpiece event. With the likes of Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis and Lasith Malinga in their ranks, Sri Lanka can put up a strong fight in this year’s T20 World Cup.
Players to watch out for:
Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera has been a consistent performer for the side in the T20 format. Left-hander is certainly the most experienced player in the batting department and will be looking to make an impact with the bat in this T20 World Cup.
Since May 2016, Kusal Perera has topped the batting charts for Sri Lanka in the T20 format. The 29-year old has accumulated 697 runs in 25 T20I matches at an average of 29.04 with seven half-centuries to his name. He is certainly one player that can change complexion of the game in matter of few minutes.
Since making his international debut Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga has proven to be a match-winner for Sri Lanka in the T20 format. Hasaranga was instrumental with the ball in helping Sri Lanka clinch their maiden T20I series in Pakistan.
Since May 2016, Hasaranga has claimed 16 wickets in 13 T20I matches an impressive strike-rate of 14.1, which is the best by any Sri Lanka bowler during this period. Therefore, the team management will be hoping that their star performer can raise his game with the ball in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
2020 T20 World Cup might prove to the last hurrah for veteran pacer Lasith Malinga. Captain will be looking to lead from the front and deliver the goods with the ball in hand. The 36-year old might retire after this T20 World Cup. He will be keen to end his cricketing career on a positive note.
Since May 2016,, Malinga has taken 29 wickets in just 22 matches at an outstanding strike-rate of 16.9 and with an impressive economy-rate of just 7.84.