Suranga Lakmal, Sri Lanka bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Pacer's experience and control will be lethal early on

Sri Lanka rely heavily on Suranga Lakmal to produce the early breakthroughs with the new ball and he rarely lets the side down.

Rex Clementine, May 09, 2019 14:17:21 IST

Sri Lanka rely heavily on Suranga Lakmal to produce the early breakthroughs with the new ball and he rarely lets the side down.

All members of Sri Lanka’s squad who were in Pakistan when they came under a terrorist attack have retired apart from Lakmal. Ten years later, Lakmal is still there in the mix, which speaks about his longevity. He has troubles passing security at airports as he still carries splinters in his body as a result of the shooting. He has to carry medical reports to prove that his case is genuine. Lakmal has delayed surgeries as medical experts say he will be out of cricket for at least six months after the operations.

File picture of Suranga Lakmal. AFP

File picture of Suranga Lakmal. AFP

Lakmal gives impeccable control with the new ball and gets the right-handers in trouble with the ball that cuts back in late. But once the ball loses shine, his effectiveness diminishes.

He was one of the rural talents to be picked up by SLC coaches. Hailing from the deep down south village of Hambantota, Lakmal was fast-tracked into the Sri Lanka ‘A’ team and a year later he toured with the senior side.

A proven leader, Tamil Union won the First Class title under his captaincy after several years. Despite impressive showings as captain, Sri Lanka were reluctant to appoint him captain. Handed the role due to the suspension of Dinesh Chandimal for ball tampering, Lakmal was impressive leading the Test side and went onto become the first Asian captain to win a Test match in Barbados in 2018. He was the first fast bowler to captain Sri Lanka in Tests.

Later that year, under his captaincy, Sri Lanka beat South Africa 2-0 at home and he remains one of the respected figures of the side.

A handy batsman, Lakmal can come up with useful contributions lower down the order, something essential in what is a long Sri Lankan tail.

Sri Lanka will be expecting him to provide early breakthroughs with the new ball during the World Cup.

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Updated Date: May 09, 2019 14:19:27 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254