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Sri Lanka Cricket Team

Captains: Dhananjaya de Silva (Tests), Kusal Mendis (ODIs), Wanindu Hasaranga (T20Is)
Coaches: Chris Silverwood (head coach), Naveed Nawaz (assistant coach), Thilina Kandamby (batting coach), Upul Chandana (fielding coach)
First international match: 1982
Cricket board: Sri Lanka Cricket
ICC titles: 3

Sri Lanka Men's Cricket Team History

Cricket has been Sri Lanka's most popular sport since the country gained independence from the British in 1948, but it was in 1996, when the men's team won the 1996 ODI World Cup, that the island's cricket gained global acclaim. Not only did Sri Lanka's aggressive batting style through the tournament influence the limited-overs game the world over, it also professionalised cricket within Sri Lanka, and helped transform the men's side into a force in international cricket.

That 1996 team was led by Arjuna Ranatunga and his team contained several greats. These included spin-bowling allrounder Sanath Jayasuriya, batter Aravinda de Silva, seam bowler Chaminda Vaas, and most importantly, spin bowler Muthiah Muralidaran, considered by many to be the greatest cricketer Sri Lanka have produced, who went on to become the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, completing 800 dismissals, as well as the highest wicket-taker in ODIs.

In the 2000s, Sri Lanka had a fresh generation of great players come through. Of these wicketkeeper-batter Kumar Sangakkara, batter Mahela Jayawardene, allrounder TM Dilshan, fast bowler Lasith Malinga, and spinner Rangana Herath were the most significant. A team containing all these players won the 2014 T20 World Cup - the only global trophy Sri Lanka won outright since 1996, although they also shared a Champions Trophy with India in 2002.

After 2015 there was a significant decline in the performance of Sri Lanka's men's team, who struggled to make the semi-finals of global events, and even sometimes failed to qualify automatically for major tournaments.

They nevertheless occasionally produced exceptional performances, their 2019 Test series win in South Africa chief among them. In that series Kusal Perera struck a fourth-innings 153 not out that is considered one of the greatest innings ever played.

Sri Lanka Men's Cricket Team Current Ranking


Tests: 7
ODIs: 7
T20Is: 8

Sri Lanka Men's Cricket Team Records



Sri Lanka Cricket Team Trophies and Milestones



1985: First Test win, Colombo, and series win, against India






fan-ratings
Team Fan Ratings
Tests
ODIs
T20Is
OTHERT20s
1.
Kamindu Mendis
Runs: 428Wkts: 3
8.8
2.
Lahiru Kumara
Runs: 91Wkts: 85
7.7
3.
Dhananjaya de Silva
Runs: 3582Wkts: 34
7.4

Top Run Scorers

In last one year
Tests
ODIs
T20Is
Dhananjaya de Silva
552
Innings: 9Average: 61.33
Angelo Mathews
390
Innings: 9Average: 48.75
Dimuth Karunaratne
375
Innings: 10Average: 41.66
Pathum Nissanka
1378
Innings: 29Average: 55.12
Kusal Mendis
SL,  Rhb
1105
Innings: 31Average: 39.46
Charith Asalanka
1012
Innings: 27Average: 48.19
Kusal Mendis
SL,  Rhb
313
Innings: 11Average: 28.45
Angelo Mathews
238
Innings: 9Average: 39.66
Sadeera Samarawickrama
199
Innings: 9Average: 28.42

Top Wicket Takers

In last one year
Tests
ODIs
T20Is
Prabath Jayasuriya
21
Innings: 9Average: 38.23
Vishwa Fernando
15
Innings: 8Average: 21.60
Asitha Fernando
13
Innings: 5Average: 24.30
Maheesh Theekshana
40
Innings: 27Average: 27.02
Wanindu Hasaranga
39
Innings: 13Average: 14.10
Dilshan Madushanka
39
Innings: 21Average: 23.56
Wanindu Hasaranga
17
Innings: 9Average: 13.82
Nuwan Thushara
14
Innings: 6Average: 11.71
Matheesha Pathirana
12
Innings: 7Average: 17.58