Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera will take charge of team’s ODI side in the upcoming 3-match series against India. Recently, he was appointed captain in T20Is against Pakistan. Perera will replace Lankan veteran Upul Tharanga, who has been leading the limited-overs side during Angelo Mathews’ absence and post his resignation in July.
After Mathews’ resignation, the captaincy was divided in two parts. Dinesh Chandimal was handed Test captaincy while Tharanga was rewarded with leadership of the team in limited-overs format. However, things took turn when Tharanga was denied travelling to Pakistan for a solitary T20I at Lahore. His disagreement led to him being dropped from T20I series against Pakistan as Sri Lanka Cricket refused to announce separate squad for matches played in UAE and Lahore.
Under Tharanga’s captaincy, Sri Lanka faced whitewash at the hands of South Africa, India and Pakistan this year. He was also suspended twice due to slow over rate this year. Although, Perera too didn’t have success as a captain in T20Is, he seems to have impressed the selectors.
So far, Perera has led Sri Lanka thrice in international cricket and all against Pakistan. His first appearance as captain came in a 5-over match for Sri Lanka in Hong Kong Super Sixes 2011-12 against Woodworm All Stars. His second instance of being captain came in Super Fours T20 tournament 2014 for Yaal Blazers against Western Troopers. In both the matches as captain, Perera’s side lost the contest.