Sri Lanka entered in the World Cup 2019 as one of the dark horses of the tournament as there were a lot of uncertainties surrounding the team’s abilities to perform. As the ninth-ranked ODI team, they had won just one bilateral ODI series since the last World Cup.
However, all-rounder Thisara Perera insists that a change in leadership will be the key to good times returning to Sri Lankan cricket. Dimuth Karunaratne was appointed captain for the World Cup in place of Lasith Malinga following the 5-0 series loss in South Africa.
Talking about his captain Karunaratne, Thisara said, “I think he’s a really good person and that is the most important thing as a captain, he’s got every person around him – that is the power he has. He’s really silent and very cool; he never [scolds] anyone and he’s always reassuring and telling us we can do it. Even back in school, it was the same thing. He’s like a brother to everyone.”
Sri Lanka registered their first win of the World Cup against Afghanistan after facing a massive defeat at the hands of New Zealand in their tournament opener.