Sri Lanka finally released their 15 men Squad for the World Cup and only 3 players were different from the line up we expected as they have opted Avishka Fernando in place of Bhanuka Rajapaksha,Milinda Siriwardena instead of Akila Dananjaya and Nuwan Pradeep as the 4 th Pacer in the Squad.
Although there are lots of criticism about the selection,we do think the Squad looks pretty balance except for one or 2 players.
Dimuth being the captain ,he is likely to open up with Thirimanne who had a great run in Provincial Tournament.In this regard We see Avishka as a injury replacement and We do not expect him to be in the First XI as he averages 14.20 in ODI s and he was a failure in South Africa series as well as in Provincial Tournament.
At number 3 position we expect Kusal Janith as both Sri Lankan Openers are steady and slow Batsmen he could be used to score few quick runs if Openers can get a good start.
Angelo is probably the best Sri Lankan Batsman and most experienced and he is our obvious pick for No 4 position as he can be used to hold the inning.
At no 5 and 6 position Sri Lanka have got the option of using their young talents Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya De silva and inclusion of both of them looks as a good choice.
At no 7 Sri Lanka has got two options in Milinda Siriwardena who is good Batsman who can contribute with 5 to 6 overs and their experienced Thisara Perera who is more of bowling all rounder.
We do prefer Siriwardena over Thisara as Thisara has become very poor with both departments of bowling as well as batting in Last ODI series as well as provincial tournament.But as Milinda has not been seen in the Squad, team selection will be surely be based on practise matches as well as per conditions.
Sri Lanka's Pace attack look good as Sri Lanka has Chosen Malinga,Lakmal and Pradeep who played in Champions trophy for Sri Lanka and who has got good experience back in English conditions.New addition for the Squad is Isuru Udana and we prefer him to be the second Pacer after Malinga as he is good in death overs plus he is a good batsman who can play at No.8 to extend the batting.
In spin department Sri Lanka has got Jeewan Mendis who is an all rounder and Vandersay and the selection of one out of him will be based specifically on conditions and performance in practise matches.But we do prefer Jeewan Mendis as he performed better than Vandersay in provincial tournament and he averages 20 as a Batsman and he is very good Batsman to be played at No 9.
Our expected line up as per the Squad is as follows:
7.M.Siriwardena/T.Perera(Besed on conditions)
Analysis on all the other 9 teams will be provided to you on our website sooner in our road to Worldcup.