Mumbai: A weak and depleted Sri Lankan team has been battered and bruised by two (in fact three counting the World Cup warm up match) successive defeats at the hands of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
The Sri Lankan team is totally down and out, the unit is totally clue-less and doesn’t have any idea about what changes should it make to make sure this team clicks in this world Cup. The Sri Lankan unit has been totally dependent on its two old and experienced stalwarts, Angelo Matthews, and Lasith Malinga for too long.
The youngsters need to ramp up their performances to reduce the burden that is being carried by Matthews and Malinga. If the youngsters take the onus on themselves then the Lankan outfit will be able to at least put some fight.
Afghanistan already started their World Cup campaign with a bang when they thrashed the Pakistani team in the World Cup during the Warm up match. The team put up some fight versus the Aussies in the first official World Cup match as the all-rounder showed their resilience to post a par score of 207.
However, that day the bowlers didn’t click well as the Australians chased down the target without having too much hiccups.
Afghanistan World Cup squad: Gulbadin Naib (captain), Rashid Khan (vice captain), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, and Mujeeb ur Rahman.
Sri Lanka World Cup squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeffery Vandersay, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana.
Dream11 squad: Gulbadin Naib (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Rashid Khan (vice captain), Rahmat Shah, Angelo Mathews, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal,...