Young talented Dhananjaya de Silva the new test captain of sri-lanka national cricket team.

Upul Tharanga, the newly-appointed Chairman of Selectors for Sri Lanka Cricket, made an announcement on Thursday regarding Dhananjaya de Silva being named as the new captain of the Test team. The immediate focus is on addressing issues in the top order and improving fielding, both of which contributed to Sri Lanka’s underwhelming performance in the recent ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in India.

Dhananjaya de Silva
Dhananjaya de Silva , image – getty image.

Sri Lanka finished at the ninth position with just two wins in nine matches, as reported by Sri Lanka Cricket. Additionally, there is consideration for appointing Kusal Mendis as captain for ODIs and Wanindu Hasaranga as captain for T20Is in white-ball cricket.

Upul Tharanga on Dhananjaya de Silva Selection.

“The new Chairman of Selectors, Upul Tharanga while announcing that Dhananjaya de Silva had been appointed as the new captain of the Sri Lanka Test Cricket Team, and that much as the option would have been for one captain for all three formats that there was no other choice than to go forthree separate captains in Kusal Mendis for ODIs and Wanindu Hasaranga (for T20Is) because there was no suitable automatic choice,

observed that his selection committee’s immediate concern was to fix the inconsistency bugging the top order batting as well as poor fielding that had led to the country’s recent world cup debacle. However, he said that Hasaranga had been earmarked as a long-term choice,” said a statement from SLC.

Dhananjaya de Silva takes over the captaincy from Dimuth Karunaratne, who led Sri Lanka in 30 Tests, achieving 12 victories, 12 losses, and six draws. Karunaratne notably led Sri Lanka to a historic series win in South Africa in 2019, making them the first-ever Asian side to achieve this feat. Additionally, during his captaincy, Karunaratne reached the top of the ICC Test Batting Rankings.

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Upul Tharanga mentioned that his selection team is currently working closely with the High-Performance Center to address and rectify the team’s shortcomings.

upul tharanga
upul tharanga , image – getty image.

“We came apart at the World Cup due to the bugging inconsistency in the batting where mainly the top four who are the nucleus failed to click. If a batsman scored in one game his failure thereafter was a major setback and we aim to arrest that major drawback. All these players are not short of talent, but there is an obvious shortcoming where consistency is concerned and we have already spoken with the coaches concerned regarding sorting out this problem,” said Tharanga.

“The fielding too was found wanting with a lot of dropped chances where mainly half chances went a begging which at that level of the game have to be taken in keeping with the adage ‘catches win matches,” opined Upul Tharanga

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