Sri Lanka

2010-10-13 19:06

Captain: Kumar Sangakkara

Number of World Cup Participations: 9

ODI Ranking (November 2010): 3rd

Coach: Trevor Bayliss

World Cup Champions: 1996

The Sri Lankan cricket team transformed themselves from underdog status to a major cricketing nation during the 1990s. The team went on to win the 1996 Cricket World Cup, beating Australia in the finals, and becoming World Champions. Since then, the team has continued to be a major force in international cricket. Sri Lankan cricket team reached the finals of the 2007 Cricket World Cup but lost to Australia in a rain-affected final match. The batting of Sanath Jayasuriya and Aravinda de Silva (retired), backed up by the bowling of Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas (retired), among many other talented cricketers, has underpinned the successes of Sri Lankan cricket during the last 15 years.

Their successes in big tournaments make them a favourite again in 2011, with the '96 Cricket World Cup in 1996, the ICC Champions Trophy in 2002 (Co-champions with India), a runners up spot in the 2007 Cricket World Cup, and runners up places in the ICC World Twenty20 in 2009 setting the precendent for future success.

They're renowned for being formidable in all disciplines – they currently hold several world records including world records for the highest team totals in all three forms of the game, Test, ODI and Twenty20. Their bowling department is full of pace, with the likes of Lasith Malinga, and guile in the form of the legendary Muttiah Muralitharan taking the world by storm.

Players to watch in 2011 are Tillekeratne Dilshan, whose “scoop” shot revolutionised batting in the shorter formats, and captain Kumar Sangakkara who smashes one of the biggest balls in the cricketing world.

Sri Lanka will look to go one better than their runners-up position in the 2007 World Cup. (AFP)


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