Sanath Jayasuriya named Sri Lanka’s head coach before the India series

IND vs SL: Sri Lanka, a team with a great legacy in world cricket, has lost their status with their largely compromised performance over the last decade. Glory, the word now seems to be the phoenix bird for the Sri Lankan national cricket team.

Ever since the golden generation of Sri Lankan cricket has passed, which included the likes of the greatest ever Lankan cricketers, from Kumara Sangakara, Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, Muralidharan to Jayasuriya and Dilshan, they have never been to a major trophy triumph.

The men from the island nation of the subcontinent have been a great side in the shortest format of the game and have won 2 major T20 World Cups in 2012 and 2014. However, this same Sri Lankan team failed to even get past the group stage in the T20 World Cup 2024 in the United States.

They failed to qualify for the Super-8 after being placed in the same group with Bangladesh, South Africa, and the Netherlands, with the Lankans losing to all of them. After this humiliation, the Lankan head coach Chris Silverwood and cricket consultant Mahela Jayawardene submitted their resignations.

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The legendary Sri Lankan all-rounder has featured in over 400 ODI career matches with experience of 5 World Cup campaigns, of which he was an inevitable part when Sri Lanka went on to be the World Champions in 1996 under Ranatunga and later reached the 2007 World Cup finals under Jayawardene. He is the only cricketer in the world to have scored 12000+ runs alongside picking 300+ wickets in his limited-overs career.

The splendid cricketer, often marked as one of cricket’s Master Blasters, will be in office with immediate effect, and his first major role will be to respond to the India series. India will be touring Sri Lanka from the 27th of July for 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs, and every team in the world is looking to do better with the Champions Trophy in sight in the upcoming cricketing year.

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