Dashing opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan has resigned as the Sri Lanka Captain today! It was only yesterday that Dilshan had led his team to a fabulous victory in the final ODI against South Africa at Johannesburg.
Sri Lanka Skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan proudly claims that the Durban victory was one of the greatest wins for his country. The Lankans tasted their maiden Test victory on South African soil when they crushed the hosts by 208 runs inside four days in the Boxing Day Test Match at Kingsmead, Durban.
Rangana Herath captured five wickets as South Africa chasing a daunting target of 450 collapsed in their second innings to lose the Second Test at Durban by a huge margin of 208 runs. The unsung Sri Lankans bounced back to level the 3-Test Series 1-1 with the decider to be played at Cape Town from January 3rd next year.
Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan on Tuesday insisted his team would not be taking Australia lightly despite the youthful look to the tourists' squad.
The skipper will be without injured opening bowler Lasith Malinga for the two Twenty20 matches against Australia but said he wanted his younger players to take the opportunity to perform for the side.
"Australian usually play very hard. They may be a bit inexperienced. But they are tough opponents," Dilshan said in Colombo ahead of the first T20 on Saturday in the central town of Kandy.
Sri Lanka on Thursday appointed Tillakaratne Dilshan as skipper for Australia's visit next month, but did not name a deputy.
Dilshan will lead in the three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20 games, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a statement. The first game is a T20 clash on August 6.