August 21, 2017

Dilshan named Sri Lanka cricket captain

The charge of the light brigade? Or is it just another new shot from Dilshan?

Tillakaratne Dilshan has been appointed captain of Sri Lanka for next month’s tour of England. He will captain in Tests, ODI’s and Twenty20’s.

The opening batsman was the leading scorer during the World Cup – which Sri Lanka co-hosted along with India and Bangladesh – with 500 runs at an average of 62.50.

He also took eight wickets at 15.75 with his right-arm off-spin as his side made it to the final before losing by six wickets to India.

He succeeds Kumar Sangakkara, who quit as national skipper after Sri Lanka’s defeat by India in the Cricket World Cup Final in April. In fact everyone quit. The captain, the vice-captain (Mahela Jayawardene) and the selectors.

All-rounder Angelo Mathews, 23, has been tipped to take over as vice-captain, but he is out with a side strain suffered during the World Cup semi-final win over New Zealand. Sri Lanka have delayed naming their vice-captain for now.

Dilshan has led his country once before, during last June’s tour of Zimbabwe, when his team won the final of a one-day tri-series which also included India.

•Full name: Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan
•Born: 14 October 1976, Kalutara
•Tests: 66 games, 3,990 runs (average 42.44), 19 wickets (av 33.31)
•One-day internationals: 203 games, 5,456 runs (av 36.61), 62 wickets (av 40.24)
•Twenty20 internationals: 32 games, 758 runs (av 29.15), 4 wickets (av 37.75)