Sri Lanka have an excellent pedigree at T20 World Cups, Having twice suffered heartbreak when losing in the final, they came good at the third time of asking, beating India in the 2014 edition.

In fact, Sri Lanka have the best win rate (64.28%) of any team at T20 World Cups, proof of how consistent they’ve been at this tournament.

There is however a problem with all this. Those successful sides were packed with world-class players like Kumar Sangakarra, Mahela Jayawardene, Sanath Jayasuriya, or Muttiah Muralitharan.

These days the Sri Lankan team is low on top-class players who are masters of the format. They’ve been a side in transition for a while now and there doesn’t seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Sri Lanka World Cup odds

They’re the fifth favorites for the T20 World Cup with Sri Lanka World Cup odds currently at 1001.00 with Betway. So, if you’re interested in Sri Lanka World Cup betting, you’re certainly getting some monster odds on them. But as we said, a big run is somewhat unlikely this time around.

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Sri Lanka World Cup Betting: Players to watch

Kusal Perera At 1.70m there isn’t much of him, but Kusal Perera certainly packs a punch. Like most wicketkeepers, he’s very strong when it comes to cutting and pulling, though on his day he can also play beautiful cover drives. He generally opens or bats at three and a strike rate of 132 in T20I cricket shows you he doesn’t mess around and likes to get on with it. He averages a fifty in every four innings in T20I cricket which is pretty impressive and is one of the few players in the side who has a real power game, rather than just being an accumulator.

Dinesh Chandimal – Now 31, he’s been one of the few players to have been a near-constant presence in the Sri Lankan team across all formats.  Originally a keeper-batsman, he doesn’t really keep wicket so much these days and prefers to just focus on his batting. It can be pleasing on the eye with some good-looking shots in his armory and a cool head, allied with years of experience.  Having said all that, his numbers in T20I cricket aren’t great. His average is just 20 and his strike rate is too low for modern standards at 105. But he’s one of the few classy players they have.

Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva – He may be classed as an all-rounder but it’s his bowling that boasts the impressive numbers. A leg-break bowler, he has a strike rate of 15 in T20I cricket, which is brilliant. His economy rate of 6.57 is right up there with the best, too. So, he deserves a place in the team very much on the back of those numbers just as a bowler. But if he can add some proper runs to his game, he’d really add something extra to the team. His batting strike rate is good at 130 but he’s going to need to add some fifties here and there to be classed as a genuine all-rounder.

Sri Lanka Squad & Schedule

Squad: Dasun Shanaka (captain), Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya De Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, Akila Dananjaya, Binura Fernando.

Sri Lanka – Round 1

Matches:

18 Oct – v Namibia

20 Oct – v Ireland

22 Oct – v Netherlands

Prediction for Sri Lanka at T20 World Cup 2021

So, what do we make of the Sri Lanka World Cup odds of 1001.00? Let’s remember they first still need to get through qualifying. Namibia shouldn’t pose too many problems, but Ireland and Netherlands are both very competitive and it’s not even a given they’ll get through the preliminary round.

But their extra experience should see them through where they’ll face the big boys. Not only do they not have a great pool of players to choose from but to make matters worse, they’re missing a few.

Angelo Matthews had issues with the Board overpay and three players including the dangerous Niroshan Dickwella and the experienced Kusal Mendis are suspended. They breached Covid protocols while in England. They’re very much up against it.

Sri Lanka’s history at Previous T20 World Cups

They lost the final to a very good Pakistan side in 2009, played in England. There was more heartbreak in 2012 after they failed to chase a small target on a turning pitch in Colombo, one of their own home venues. The West Indies got themselves some sort of total and after losing the key wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lanka never really recovered.

But they finally got it right in 2014. They bowled well to limit India to 130 in the final in Dhaka and got home with two overs to spare.

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