2014 Asia Cup: ‘Mystery spinner’ Ajantha Mendis finishes with 9 wickets – third many – and Sri Lanka with a fifth title
2016 Asia Cup: The ‘mystery’ has been unraveled and there is no Mendis in a squad. Mendis apart, a patrol lacks a peculiarity spinner
Sri Lanka have been attributed to producing peculiarity spinners by a years. From mythological Muttiah Muralitharan to Kumar Dharmasena and afterwards for some time it looked like Mendis had picked adult a baton.
In T20Is, he still binds a record for best figures: 6/8 vs Zimbabwe and 6/16 vs Australia. But that impulse has upheld and it didn’t live as prolonged as many Sri Lankans would have liked.
Going into a Asia Cup starting 24th February, Sri Lanka won’t exaggerate of a clever cube in their armour – a spinner.
They do have a likes of Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake, Jeffrey Vandersay, Milinda Siriwardana and Shehan Jayasuriya’s in their midst nonetheless that disproportion builder is missing.
The miss of wicket holding or run interlude solutions, supposing by a spinner, hinges a change divided from The Lions.
This was clear during a final T20 opposite India in Vishakhapatnam where Ravichandran Ashwin won a round beautifully to win India a game. On a same track, pivotal spinner in Senanayake was hardly removing a extract out of a pitch.
With a most depleted spin department, Sri Lanka’s hopes would effectively distortion with their seamers. Captain Lasith Malinga, who is a tip wicket taker in T20I with 38 scalps, is expected to spearhead a attack. Giving him support will be Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera.
In a batting department, Tilakratne Dilshan and Dinesh Chandimal are a tip draws to get Lankans off to a flier. The latter, though, is nonetheless to settle himself in a shortest format nonetheless has peculiarity and character on his side.
In a center order, vice-captain Angelo Mathews is approaching to yield a spine amidst fresh Dasun Shanaka and Niroshan Dickwella.
Sri Lanka’s fixtures during Asia Cup:
Vs TBD on 25 February
Vs Bangladesh on 28 February
Vs India on 1 March
Vs Pakistan on 4 March