Sri Lankans bounced up as a cricketing nation in 1996, winning the world cup when very few predicted them to. For more than a decade, Lankans didn't do too bad but not untill 2007 when they made it to final of 2007 world cup that people started to take them really seriously. Islanders repeated the performance in 2011 but yet again, couldn't seal the deal. they were also in final of 2009 World T20 but cup eluded them once again. Now, at home, will Sri Lankans be able to go that extra distance? following is the 15 member squad selected to do the job..
Schedule : T20 world cup 2012.
Mahela Jayawardene, taking over the captaincy once again almost a year ago when no other suitable option was available. He's lead the team impressively in his second stint and he'll be the guiding force for Sri Lankans in T20 World cup 2012, scoring runs from top order (if not as an opener) and then marching the troops in the field. Kumar Sangakkara has fixed the fractured finger that sat him out of the SLPL and he'll be taking the gloves as well as top batting slot.
Tillakaratne Dilshan remains the 3rd most valuable player in Sri Lankan squad but his bat hasn't done much talking in recent times. Having said that, Dilshan is one name all opposition must remove before feeling safe. Youngsters Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne have just started to come off age, so there'll be some expectations from them too.
Dilshan Munaweera is a hard hitting batsman selectors have kept in as alternate.
Vice captain Angelo Mathews and leg spinning left handed allrounder Jeevan Mendis will help elongate home team's batting order. They both can change the game with the bat, although their bowling may just be occasional.
Thisara Perera is one true allrounder, using the new ball and striking'em big down the order. Perera has been doing well in past few months and it might just be the stage for him. Nuwan Kulasekara is another medium pace who bats well.
Lasith Malinga will lead the fast bowling attack, followed by quickie Shaminda Eranga besides Perera, Kulasekara and Mathews.
In spin department, Sri Lankans have kept their options open by including finger spinner Ajantha Mendis, left arm spinner Rangana Herath and picking 18 year old off spinner Akila Dhanajaya. Dilshan and Mendis can also cover some spin.