Sri Lanka Squad for World Cup 2023

The Lankan cricket fans will get the updated Sri Lanka squad for the ICC World Cup 2023 here. Keep scrolling, and you will find the 15-man squad in this article. There’s also their schedule in the end.

Lo and Behold, Sri Lanka have qualified for the World Cup, and they also have announced their squad for the ICC world cup as well.

Sri Lanka team for CWC23

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You can say that among all the other teams, Sri Lanka and West Indies were the apparent answers when it came to who will qualify for the World Cup. Although the Windies have disappointed us all, the Lankans have roared as per expectations.

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This article will discuss the squad, their MVPs, and their journey in the qualifier tournament. So, without any further ado, let’s get right into it.

But hey, let’s see their past performances in the World Cups so far.

World CupsPerformance
2019Ranked 6th in the group stages.
Won 3 out of 9 matches in the group stages
Couldn’t make it to the knockouts.
2015Ranked 3rd in the group stages.
Lost to South Africa in the quarter-final.
2011Runners up
2007Runners up
2003Ranked top in the group stages. Won 4 out of 6 matches
Ranked 4th in the Super Sixes. Won 2 out of 5 matches
Lost semi-final to Australia
1999Ranked 5th in the group stages. Won 2 out of 5 matches
Couldnt reach the knockouts.
1992Ranked 8th in the group stages.
Won 2 out of 8 matches
Couldn’t reach the knockouts
1987Ranked last in the group stages
Couldn’t win a single match.
1983Ranked last in the group stages
Only won one match.
1979Ranked 3rd in the group stages. Only won one match.
Couldnt reach the knockouts.
1975Ranked last in the group stages
Couldn’t win a single match.

Road to qualify for the ODI world cup

So the journey of Sir Lanka started like this, they played their first match against UAE and won with a massive margin of 175 runs. That was some match, believe me. After that, they swooped through Oman, Ireland and Scotland.

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Now comes the super-six stage, where they dominated the Dutch team, winning that match by 21 runs. Their 9-wicket win against the hosts followed this, which sealed their spot in the world cup 2023. West Indies was just a formality, and they crushed the two times world champions by 8 wickets at hand.

The unbeaten Sri Lankan Lions will also perform similarly in the world cup? We have to see.

Sri Lankan team for ICC men’s cricket world cup 2023

This squad propelled the Lankans to an easy win in the tournament. They went undefeated and a lot of players had their efforts in that. Let’s see the squad.

Squad MembersRole
Dasun Shanaka (c)Captain
Kusal Mendis (vc)Vice-Captain
Kusal PereraBatsman
Pathum NissankaBatsman
Dimuth KarunaratneBatsman
Sadeera SamarawickramaBatsman
Charith AsalankaAll-Rounder
Dhananjaya de SilvaAll-Rounder
Dushan HemanthaAll-Rounder
Maheesh TheekshanaBowler
Dunith WellalageAllrounder
Kasun RajithaBowler
Matheesha PathiranaBowler
Lahiru KumaraBowler
Dilshan MadushankaBowler

Sri Lanka has to look for Wanindu Hasaranga as he has missed Asia Cup due to injury

Influential players – Potential MVPs in the main tournament

Four players, in particular, were instrumental to the success of Sri Lanka in the qualifying tournament. This section will discuss how these players can reproduce the same innings and performances in the World Cup.

Here is a summary of their performance in the qualifier tournament.

Pathum Nissanka394 runs in 7 innings
Dimuth Karunaratne369 runs in 7 innings
Wanindu Hasaranga20 wickets in 6 innings
Maheesh Theekshana17 wickets in 7 innings
Sri Lanka’s best players in ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023

Pathum Nissanka

Nissanka proved to be quite a lethal batsman for the Sri Lankans. He averaged more than 75, scoring almost 400 runs in 7 games. How he performed and provided Sri Lanka with strong starts in the powerplays made him the MVP for many games.

When we look into his ODI career, he has an average of 44 runs. In the brief ODI career of 33 matches, he has scored 3 tons and 9 50s. Not only that, but he has a strike rate of 85.

On the turning pitches of India, he is an excellent option. Whether he will be in the same form in the world cup or not, we can assess that in the Asia Cup 2023.

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Dimuth Karunaratne

Karunaratne may not have impressive stats like his predecessors, but he has shown promise in the cricket world cup qualifier. He scored an average of almost 70 and helped Sri Lanka steer smoothly to the ICC world cup.

He has scored 1248 runs in his ODI career with an average of 34. But consider the fact that 369 runs came from mere 7 games. That shows he is in form and ready to smash all the ball out of the boundary during the world cup.

Wanindu Hasaranga

Hasaranga is one of their top guns. A bowling allrounder who didn’t get much success before the qualifier tournament, Hasaranga marked his name in the tournament’s history. He took 20 wickets in 6 matches, while he had previously taken 45 in 40 innings.


Maheesh Theekshana

The cunning magician, Theekshana, will be another x-factor for the Sri Lankan side in the bowling department. He took 17 wickets in 7 games, earning him the 2nd spot among top wicket-takers in the ICC CWC Qualifier. The young bowler reminds us of another offspinner from Sri Lanka: Ajanta Mendis.

Maheesh can bowl those carrom balls among the regular offspins, making him quite unpredictable for the batters. I have said this before, and I will repeat it: he will be a nightmare for the batsman in the world cup.

Kusal Mendis

He was instrumental in Sri Lanka’s success in the qualifiers. And if you see the times the team has performed well, chased a score successfully, or put up a decent total on the board, you will see Kusal as the central gear.

He may not be Kumar Sangakkara’s replacement; those are some big shoes to fill. However, his recent form is a testament to his talents. In the last 5 innings before the start of the World Cup, he had scored. Passed the 90-run mark twice and scored a 50. This makes him one of their key players.

Dunith Wellalage

Spinners will rule this World Cup; if that is the case, Sri Lanka will rely on Wellalage. Especially when Hasaranga is not around, they need a spinner to take wickets.

His stats may lie to you. The young lad may seem an ordinary spinner. However, his performance against the Asian sides showed his ability to be that strike spinner.

Sri Lanka will be in good position if he continues his form.

Sri Lanka’s schedule for ODI World Cup 2023

The warmups

September 29BangladeshBarsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati2:00 PM
October 3AfghanistanBarsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati2:00 PM

The group stages:

October 7South AfricaArun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi2:00 PM
October 10PakistanRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad2:00 PM
October 16AustraliaBharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow2:00 PM
October 21NetherlandsBharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow10:30 AM
October 26EnglandM Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru2:00 PM
October 30AfghanistanMaharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Gahunje, Pune2:00 PM
November 2IndiaWankhede Stadium, Mumbai2:00 PM
November 6BangladeshArun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi2:00 PM
November 9New ZealandM Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru2:00 PM


Sri Lanka has qualified for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 and has named its roster. The team’s unbeaten performance in the qualification competition demonstrates their success potential.

Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Maheesh Theekshana were critical factors in clinching Sri Lanka’s qualifying.

Their potent bat and ball performances make them possible MVPs in the main competition. Sri Lanka’s World Cup voyage will be eagerly followed, with fans hoping the squad can emulate their success and make a significant impression.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who qualified for the Cricket World Cup 2023?

Both Sri Lanka and the Netherlands have qualified for the world cup.

How many teams qualified for World Cup 2023?

10 teams have qualified for the world cup, Sri Lanka and Netherlands being the latest to join the roster.

How does the Netherlands qualify for World Cup?

The Netherlands joined the cricket world cup 2023 club by winning their match against Scotland within 44 overs.

Has Sri Lanka ever won a world cup?

Yes, Sri Lanka has won the 1996 world cup.

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