This year’s ICC Champions Trophy is packed with top calibre players and hearty competition. All the teams come packed with talent ready to rest the title from defending Champions India. Sri Lanka is no exception and they hope that their talent laden team will be the one to accomplish that objective.
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They have 5 key players on their roster and here is a short analysis of each one of the stars.
Angelo Mathews: At 30 years of age he may be reaching his peak. He has shown immense improvement over the past couple of years scoring over 2,000 runs in 2014. His main drawback is that he is prone to injury. Though he is a gifted athlete, this problem may be too much to overcome but Sri Lanka is betting he will be a champion and best both his injury streak and their opponents.
Lasith Malinga: Malinga is reaching 34 this year and Sri Lanka is betting he will be a tough of bowler during this tournament as he has been throughout his career. A very difficult bowler to hit, Malinga has handcuffed the Indian batsman before and hopes to do it again.
Nuwan Kulasekara—Mostly overshadowed by his teammates, Kulaserkara hopes to make his mark in this year’s tourney. A great bowler whose finest, but hopefully not last, hour came in 2003 against Australia, Sri Lanka is hoping that he can repeat that performance through each match and lift Sri Lanka to the crown.
Upul Tharanga—an explosive player to watch and who has put up big numbers in the past, Sri Lanka is hoping he can overcome his inconsistent play and return to a championship form. He is known to be a great scorer and has some big production over the years which makes it easy to see why Sri Lanka has added him to the team.
Dinesh Chandimal—the youngest of the five, he is looked as the game changer. He is explosive and a great batsman. Sri Lanka is looking to him to put up big numbers that will turn any game around and head for victory.
These are the top 5 Sri Lankan layers that will have an impact on any match Sri Lankan plays. Their talent should overcome any of their weaknesses and give their country a team to root for and be proud of.
Any one of these players can impact the game with great individual performances that can combine to give any opponent a headache.