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Thisara Perera to lead Sri Lanka in India ODIs

Thisara Perera (right) has played 188 limited overs matches for Sri Lanka
Thisara Perera (right) has played 188 limited overs matches for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka have appointed all-rounder Thisara Perera as the captain for the upcoming limited overs series in India.

The 28-year-old will take over the reins from Upul Tharanga in both the One-Day Internationals and the Twenty20 Internationals competition as Sri Lanka look to redeem themselves from a slump in the limited overs.

Sri Lanka chief selector Graeme Labrooy confirmed the news in a statement released by the board.

“We are keen to implement our selections policy across the board in all aspects of the game, and Thisara’s appointment is one such move,” said Labrooy.

”We believe this is the leadership skillset the team needs right now, and have made this decision specifically with our long term goals in mind."

A shocking ODI series defeat to Zimbabwe saw Angelo Mathews resign as Sri Lanka captain following which Tharanga took over the role.

However, under Tharanga, Sri Lanka suffered 5-0 series defeats against India and Pakistan at home and away respectively and were also beaten 5-0 in South Africa when he was a stand-in captain.

Nevertheless, his form with the bat has been one of the few bright spots for Sri Lanka and Labrooy wants his opening batsman to continue contributing.

“Tharanga had not failed us in anyway, we want him to keep making big scores and want him to concentrate on his game without burdening him with the captaincy.”

Perera had earlier captained the team during the T20I series against Pakistan that included a visit to Lahore as well which Tharanga expressed reluctance.

“All teams go through tough patches, it’s up to each of us to get past our mental barriers and perform best for our country,” Perera said.

Following the conclusion of the third Test in Delhi, both India and Sri Lanka will face each other in three apiece of ODIs and T20Is between 10th and 24th December.

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