5 players who could become Sri Lanka captain

Here are the potential replacements for Angelo Mathews

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Sri Lanka. (Photo credit IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Angelo Mathews stepped down as Sri Lanka’s captain from all three formats of cricket following the shocking series defeat against Zimbabwe. Mathews himself admitted that this was the lowest point of his captaincy tenure. Many believed this was even the lowest point for Sri Lanka cricket.

Sri Lanka cricket board needs to find the replacement soon as they are scheduled to host India for 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and 1 T20I in July. There are few youngsters who have been shining in recent times for the island nation. Victories for them have been very few but they have come on the back of brilliant performances from the upcoming stars.

Now that Angelo Mathews has decided to step down, the time has come for the next gen to take over the baton. Also, the new captain would always be guided by Mathews who has gone through all the tough times when he was at the helm.

Here we look at the potential replacement for Angelo Mathews as Sri Lanka captain

#1 Dinesh Chandimal

Dinesh Chandimal Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka cricketer Dinesh Chandimal. (Photo by ISHARA S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Dinesh Chandimal is the front runner for the coveted position. The right-handed batsman has been in the thick of things since his debut in 2010. Not so long ago, he was the vice-captain of the side only to lose his place due to a poor run of form.

Chandimal has won many games for Sri Lanka, may it be in ODIs or Tests. Very few must have forgotten his match-winning knock in the second innings against India in Galle a couple of years ago. He is also experienced now after 36 Tests, 128 ODIs and 48 T20Is. He has also led Sri Lanka in few games whenever Mathews was not available.

With age on his side and the experience he has gained in last 8 years, Chandimal seems to be the perfect replacement for Angelo Mathews. The extra responsibility might just bring the best out of him which has happened with the likes of Virat Kohli, Steven Smith, Kane Williamson and Joe Root recently.

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