These two legends are irreplaceable and Sri Lanka is yet to find the replacements. What they don’t understand is that they are irreplaceable. India hasn’t found replacements of Sachin and Dravid, Australia hasn’t found the replacements of Warne and McGrath. Still, they are doing great.
Teams need to move past heroes. Legends come and go but a team should always be on the move. A like-for-like replacement is impossible. Therefore, other teams have moved on and found new combinations. However, Sri Lanka is still searching for a number three and a number four like Sangakkara and Jayawardena.
A very well combination is awaiting. But Sri Lanka is yet to groom and utilize them. At position 3, Srilanka has three options- a technically sound Lahiru Thirimanne, a belligerent Kithuruwan Vithanage, and an influential Shehan Jayasuriya. At number 4, there is very talented Dinesh Chandimal.
Sri Lanka is full of emerging players. Minod Bhanuka became the youngest to score a triple century in Sri Lankan first-class cricket at the age of only 20. On the other hand, Dasun Shanaka, a 24-year-old is scoring eye-catching quick centuries in the Domestic T20 league. Shammu Ashan and Charith Asalanka are two more emerging players from the U-19 team.
Talent is really available in Sri Lanka, but all they need is a ‘KICK’. Ironically, the source of the kick is missing. There is no national policy for team selection. Players are not given time to fit in the squad. When MS Dhoni started his career, it took longer to move to his peak. Now he is considered as the best captain India has ever had.
It’s been 5 years since Murali retired from ODIs. Sri Lanka’s quest for a spinner hasn’t ended. Ajantha Mendis, Suraj Randiv, Lakshan Sandakan started their career very well. But they have got a lightning short spell.