Sri Lankan captain and wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal looks on during the opening Twenty20 international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India of the Nidahas Trophy tri-nation Twenty20 tournament at the R. Premadasa stadium in Colombo on March 6, 2018. The Nidahas Trophy tri-nation Twenty20 tournament involving Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India. / AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Nidahas Trophy: Sri Lanka’s Winning Ways

When one thinks of the name Nidahas, one does not think of a reminder of Sri Lanka’s independence. Back in December, Sri Lanka were preparing for a full tour of Bangladesh with Chandika Hathurasingha in line to get the country back to their glory days. When you break down Nidahas [need-a-hathuru-singha], the message becomes poignant.

Now that the tour is done and dusted, Sri Lanka have emerged with new hope like a Star Wars franchise. With their Obi-Wan at command, the force is strong with Kusal Mendis. His outings in the recently concluded Bangladesh series are a testament to his Jedi Master’s work.

With a youth filled India also to contend with, Sri Lanka will be keen to turn up and make use of their experience. With Malinga also dropped even on the back of a couple decent returns in the domestic T20 tournament, SLC has sent their message loud and clear.

The troopers they have picked must get the job done at all costs.
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This tournament will be the perfect litmus test for Lanka’s limited over underbelly. Along with bolstering their pace ranks in Pradeep and Lakmal, Thisara Perera has oddly struck a 360-degree turn on his cricketing career.

From obscurity, he has risen in stature. He struck the Bangladeshi’s down with the same venom that won him countless man of the match awards in 2012. He has turned back clocks but he will be aiming to lead Sri Lanka into a new era.

He is a pivotal cog in Lanka’s 2019 World Cup plans.

Chandimal has been given the keys to captaincy as Mathews fell prey to fate’s unlucky murder spree of injury. Chandimal will be looking to showcase that Sri Lankan brand of cricket so close to home and writing another chapter in Hathurusingha’s saga of coaching.

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