Dimuth named Sri Lanka’s ODI skipper

Sri Lanka’s national selectors finally put a full stop to all widespread speculation by naming batsman Dimuth Karunaratne as skipper of the Sri Lankan ODI team. This presents a perfect opportunity for him to skipper the national side in the upcoming World Cup in the UK.

Dimuth named Sri Lanka's ODI skipper
Dimuth Karunaratne

“Karunaratne’s appointment was ratified by the Minister of Telecommunications, Foreign Employment and Sports Honorable Harin Fernando,” Sri Lanka Cricket Board confirmed the news through a press release.

While other teams have been figuring out choosing the right bunch of players for the marquee event, Sri Lanka are still yet to name their squad.

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Selectors make a different choice

By far, Sri Lanka saw Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal and Thisara Perera leading the team at different formats over the past two years. But with the iconic tournament is soon on the way, the selectors thought about something different this time around, as they appointed Dimuth Karunaratne as the team captain.

The 30-year-old Karunaratne, who has not even played a single ODI since the last World Cup tournament, now has to carry the flag of responsibility in his shoulders. Statistically, he has not been that good, scoring just 190 runs in 17 ODIs at an average lesser than 16.

But he will be remembered for leading a struggling Sri Lankan side to a historic clean sweep over South Africa in South Africa in Tests and that too in his first series as captain. Impressed by his captaincy traits in Tests, he was named the captain in ODIs too.

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