Sri Lankan test opener, Dimuth Karunaratane captained his side to victory against South Africa and reports suggest that he might go on to lead Sir Lanka at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Talking to a sports website, Karunaratane said that the selectors have asked him to play the domestic One Day tournament and that he might be chosen as Sri Lanka’s captain for the mega event. The World Cup is scheduled in England and Wales from 30th May.
“The selectors haven’t confirmed anything, but they’ve told me to keep in mind there’s a possibility I could become one-day captain.”
Sri Lanka is without their regular captain, Angelo Mathes (and Dinesh Chandimal), while Lasith Malinga led the side against the Proteas in the ODI leg of the ongoing series between the two teams. He will also captain the team in the 3-match T20I series starting tonight.
An interesting fact is that the left-hander last played ODI cricket for Sri Lanka back in the 2015 World Cup. The 30-year old debuted in 2011 and has only played 17 ODIs since then, which raises some eyebrows when it comes to the captaincy of the team in the biggest event of the Cricket World.
The chairman of the selection committee, Ashantha de Mel said he “wants to see what Dimuth did for the Test team, with the ODI team“.
Dimuth Karunaratne won first two Tests and first series as Sri Lanka Test captain. First asian Test captain to win a Test series in SA. Took over captaincy when SL last won an international match in October,won last Test in July. Welldone skipper & team @IamDimuth @OfficialSLC
— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) February 23, 2019
The 2-0 win against South Africa, which is the first ever bilateral test series win by any Asian team, has impressed the selectors, which is the reason why he might be chosen as the leader.
Okay it has to absorb in to the DNA 🧬So we beat SA in the RSA understand not many have done it !!! Will cherish the moment – Well aware that Cricket is great Leveler as well.
Well Done Guys…
Great Show enjoy tonight 🇱🇰🇱🇰#SAvSL
— Dimuth Karunaratne (@IamDimuth) February 23, 2019
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