Sri Lankan cricket has been in an absolute turmoil in the recent times. They were humiliated by Zimbabwe in an ODI series at home last month as they lost 3-2. Then, the same opposition almost pulled off a victory in the one-off Test but Sri Lanka somehow managed to edge past there.
Amidst all the chaos, the experienced Angelo Mathews decided to step down as the captain and handed over the reigns to Dinesh Chandimal in Tests and Upul Tharanga in limited overs cricket. Then came India and the Island nation suffered one of the most crushing defeats in the Test series as India whitewashed them 3-0.
In the ongoing ODI series as well, India have clinched the series by winning all the 3 games and 2 are still to go. There seems to be no answer from the hosts and they look hugely clueless. There is no inspiration from either the experienced players or the youngsters and the cricket in the country seems to be going down even further.
Sri Lanka used to be a world power when they made it to the final of the 2011 ODI World Cup and then went on to win the 2014 World T20. But on both occasions, the 2 stalwarts of the game – Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene played the defining roles. Since the retirement of the duo, the team has been struggling to find the right personnel in the side to carry forward the legacy.
India’s former captain Sourav Ganguly has come out with a statement that Kumar Sangakkara should come out of his retirement and bail the side out of trouble. Sangakkara might have hung up his boots from international cricket but he is still an active cricketer as he plays in the English County and Caribbean Premier League.
Vikrant Gupta, a journalist of the news channel Aaj Tak, tweeted what Sourav Ganguly had suggested.
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) August 27, 2017
Sri Lanka are currently in danger of missing out a spot in the 2019 ODI World Cup through direct qualification. If they win one of the 2 remaining ODIs against India, they will be secured and if they lose both the games, their fate will rest on the matches that Windies will play before the cutoff date of 30th September.