The 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup, which will be held in India, is one of the most eagerly anticipated sporting events in the world. Sri Lanka, past winners, is once again prepared to make a mark on the international stage.

Make no mistake, theirs is a rich cricketing history and tradition of generating some of the game’s best players. The island nation’s preparation, it seems, is backed by a strong desire to bring the cherished trophy back home.

They will play against the greatest teams from around the world. So let’s examine just how strong they seem with an eye on current realities, strengths basis their rich legacy and World Cup success:

“Echoes of Glory: Sri Lanka’s 2023 World Cup Journey Inspired by 1996 Heroes”

Sri Lanka triumphed as the ultimate underdog victors in the fiery crucible of cricket greatness that was the 1996 Cricket World Cup, putting on a stunning display that awed the entire globe. Despite all odds, this island nation wrote an unforgettable victory tale that will live on in cricketing lore.

The Sri Lankan lions roared with unrelenting tenacity, fusing youthful excitement with seasoned wisdom to ignite the competition. Arjuna Ranatunga’s bold leadership, Aravinda de Silva’s skill, Muttiah Muralitharan’s miraculous spin, and Sanath Jayasuriya’s explosive batting helped Sri Lanka dance their way to victory.

The “Matara Mauler” Jayasuriya, revolutionised aggressive opening batting, paving the way for Sri Lanka’s supremacy. Through his destructive hitting and explosive innings at the top of the order, he revolutionized one-day international cricket. The classic pictures of Jayasuriya’s fierce strokeplay, Arjuna Ranatunga’s shirt-waving gesture, and the joyful team celebrating beneath the Colombo night sky left an everlasting impression on fans all over the world. The triumph of Sri Lanka in the 1996 World Cup was a demonstration of the strength of self-belief and the seductive beauty of the game they played with such panache.

It was more than simply a game of cricket; it was a symphony of skill and tenacity that best displayed the spirit of sportsmanship.

“Sri Lankan Cricket: ‘From 96 to Now”

The current Sri Lankan cricket team is very different from the World Cup-winning squad from 1996 in a number of respects. First of all, leadership and talent have changed generationally.

Arjuna Ranatunga, Aravinda de Silva, Sanath Jayasuriya, and Muttiah Muralitharan were members of the 1996 team who were iconic characters in international cricket at the height of their expertise and ability.

The current squad, in comparison, is made up of freshmen who are still learning how to play on the international stage.

The playing style has changed, too. The 1996 squad was renowned for its original strategy, aggressive batting style, and exceptional spin bowling. The cricketing strategy of Sri Lanka in 2023 has changed to meet the evolving requirements of modern cricket, emphasizing greater power-hitting and a balance of shots.

However, as they get ready for the forthcoming 2023 Cricket World Cup, the present Sri Lankan team must overcome a number of obstacles:

Lack of Consistency

Sri Lanka has battled with inconsistent results in recent years. They have occasionally displayed brilliance but have seen repeated collapses in both their bowling and batting. Their World Cup campaign will depend on improving their consistency.


Right now, there is greater competition than ever in the world of cricket. As teams like India, England, Australia, and others have grown stronger over time, it has become more difficult for the likes of Sri Lanka to compete at the highest level. That they emerged clean in the recent World Cup qualifiers was strong evidence of their intent to bounce back strongly in the mega tournament up ahead.

But again, having had to compete with several weak nations such as the West Indies itself illustrates that the island nation has become weak itself.

Team Composition

In the days of the yore, legendary Arjuna Ranatunga served as the team’s captain, and players on the 1996 World Cup-winning squad included Sanath Jayasuriya, Aravinda de Silva, Chaminda Vaas, and Muttiah Muralitharan. During the competition, these players were at the height of their abilities. As cricket teams change over time, the current Sri Lankan team might have different key players.

Batting Lineup

The 1996 team had a powerful and aggressive batting lineup that was known for taking risks and setting high targets. Batsmen like Sanath Jayasuriya and Aravinda de Silva were noted for their aggressive attitude. The current Sri Lankan team may have a diverse batting strategy and lineup depending on the format of the game.

“Emerging Stars and X-Factors: Sri Lanka’s World Cup 2023 Campaign Unveiled”

The Sri Lankan side, which is vying for victory at the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup, consists of a mix of seasoned veterans and bright prospects who may prove to be vital players and X-factors.

Kusal Mendis

The experienced middle-order batsman renowned for his graceful stroke play and capacity to anchor the innings may serve as the centre of Sri Lanka’s batting line-up. Setting up competitive totals will depend heavily on his ability to form alliances and serve as a sheet anchor in the middle overs.

Dimuth Karunaratne

The stylish left hander, a seasoned opener, adds consistency to the top order. His expert skills and knowledge help lay a firm foundation to the start of the innings. Though, his current form is a bit of a concern for the team, yet despite of that, they will believe that their experienced campaigner will come good in the mega event.

Dasun Shanaka

The team’s present captain is a powerful all-around player and the team’s foremost talent alongside names like Karunaratne. He is an important member of the team due to his aggressive batting style and the talent for taking crucial wickets. Shanaka’s leadership abilities, as seen brilliantly in the Asia Cup, will be crucial in steering the team through difficult circumstances.

Wanindu Hasaranga

The spin sensation of the team continues to perform and from a team perspective, fortunately in difficult circumstances. In the middle overs, his ability to spin the ball both ways and his deft variations can come in handy. Hasaranga is a valuable asset because of his ability to select critical wickets and stop the flow of runs.

The Emerging Talent

Charith Asalanka has the potential to be the team’s talisman in the vein of Aravinda de Silva. Asalanka’s versatility can fill important roles as both a competent off-spinner and a stylish middle-order batsman. His ability to play game-winning innings and maintain composure under duress can be an X-factor.

“Sri Lankan Cricket’s Achilles’ Heel”

Instability at the top

A recurring problem has been top-order batting collapses.

Example: With batting averages below 30 in ODIs, batsmen like Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera have had trouble getting the team off to a strong start.

Bowling in the Death overs

Sri Lanka struggles to keep the run rate under control during the death overs. For instance, in the last 10 overs, Sri Lanka’s economy rate has been continuously high, conceding more than 7 runs per over. Although, they have found a baby Malinga in ‘Matheesha Pathirana’ but his inexperience at the highest can cause concerns for the island nation.

Key Position Inexperience

Players with insufficient experience in key positions, particularly in leadership roles. The captaincy has frequently changed hands, and the team is currently led by a somewhat inexperienced skipper. Though, Dasun Shanaka has started to take the team dynamics forward but as we all know the pressure in the World Cup is a totally different recipe and it can make you feel strong emotions in no time.

Now, let’s have a look at what makes this side a dangerous one:

The Power of Youth

The Sri Lankan team has an energy that is characteristic of youth, which can provide a certain element of surprise to their play. Young athletes like Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, and Dimuth Wellalage have the ability to shock rivals and change the tide of a game in Sri Lanka’s favour.

Team Cohesion

If they can match the cohesion and camaraderie of the 1996 team, that might be their biggest differentiator. Individual weaknesses can be overcome by having faith in one another and working together as a team.

In conclusion, the Sri Lankan team for the 2023 World Cup has all the necessary components. Under the direction of Dasun Shanaka, they have the ability to replicate the success of 1996 and make their imprint on the world scene once more if the essential performers step up to the plate and the X-factors come into play.


  1. Superb article with relevant facts.Just loved reading the article about it, cricket fraternity would feel lucky and proud to have details summarised so well.

    • Cricket has witnessed a remarkable evolution in skill sets over the years. From the finesse of legends like Aravinda de Silva and the explosive power of Sanath Jayasuriya to the multi-dimensional skills required in the modern era, cricket has transformed into a dynamic and highly competitive sport. Comparisons of different eras in this fast evolving sports are bit harsh on today’s generation.

  2. The growing popularity of T20 cricket has affected Test and ODI formats. Test cricket’s enduring challenges and ODI’s strategic aspects have taken a backseat to T20’s quick thrills. To maintain a balanced cricket landscape, players need to cherish traditional formats while enjoying T20’s excitement.
    Very well felt in recently concluded Asia Cup that continual application of the skillsets required in ODIs were missing in this current SL side. I am really scared that if this mindset will spread in every giant nations than Cricket will no longer be the same as before.

  3. Cricket has witnessed a remarkable evolution in skill sets over the years. From the finesse of legends like Aravinda de Silva and the explosive power of Sanath Jayasuriya to the multi-dimensional skills required in the modern era, cricket has transformed into a dynamic and highly competitive sport. Comparisons of different eras in this fast evolving sports are bit harsh on today’s generation.


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