Sri Lanka had a forgettable Asia Cup T20 2016 © Getty Images
Sri Lanka had a forgettable Asia Cup T20 2016 © Getty Images

Sri Lanka had a torrid time in the Asia Cup T20 2016, where they managed to win just one match in four attempts. Sri Lanka never looked comfortable throughout the tournament and their performance reflected that. Sri Lanka went into the tournament as defending champions, but this time around they never looked like a settled unit, like they did when they won the championship in 2014. The fact that some big guns like Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene retired in 2015 did have a major role to play. The injury to Lasith Malinga too did not help. This is not the way Sri Lanka would have wanted to go into the ICC World T20 2016, a tournament which they won in 2014, Pramod Ananth rates Sri Lankan players on a scale of 10 for their performance in Asia Cup T20 2016. READ: Asia Cup T20 2016: The CricketCountry XI

Tillakaratne Dilshan (6.5/10): Dilshan was one of Sri Lanka’s best performers in the tournament. He got off to a good start in most of the matches, but it was only against Pakistan in a dead rubber where he went past a half-century. His unbeaten 75 and an opening stand of 110 with Dinesh Chandimal helped Sri Lanka put up a competitive score. He did not bowl much in this tournament, but he managed to pick up a wicket in his two overs. Dilshan finished as Sri Lanka’s second-highest run-scorer with 132 runs at 44.

Dinesh Chandimal (8/10): Dinesh Chandimal was easily the star for Sri Lanka in this tournament. Barring his failure against India, his scores in other three matches read 50, 37 and 58. He was good behind the wickets as well, finishing the tournament with four catches to his name. Sri Lanka seemed to have found a reliable player at the top of the innings. He led Sri Lanka in their final match against Pakistan in the absence of Malinga and Angelo Mathews.

Chamara Capugedara (5.5/10): The presence of Kapugedara adds a bit of depth in Sri Lanka’s batting, but it did not work. However, he made a handy 30 when he was promoted to No .4 in the batting line-up against India. This is perhaps an indication of where Sri Lanka should perhaps play him in the future. He however did not have much time to settle in when he played way down the order and as a result finished with just 54 runs in four innings.

Angelo Mathews (2/10): Mathews led Sri Lanka in a couple of matches in the absence of Lasith Malinga. He had a forgettable tournament, finishing with just one wicket and 38 runs in his three innings. Mathews has always led from the front in Tests and One-Day Internationals (ODI), but could not do the same in the shortest format. He will have to get his act together during the ICC World T20 2016, where he will once again lead Sri Lanka after Malinga’s resignation from the captaincy post. READ: ICC T20 World Cup 2016: Sri Lanka name Angelo Mathews as skipper

Milinda Siriwardana (2/10): Siriwardana has a lot of potential, but looking at the way he performed in this tournament, one may think otherwise. He failed miserably with the bat and went for more than 10 an over in the four overs he bowled, picking up just one wicket. Siriwardana performed reasonably well in during the tour of New Zealand and the series against India, but has not been able to carry it on in the Asia Cup. READ: Angelo Mathews may not be Sri Lanka’s ideal T20I captain following Lasith Malinga’s resignation

Shehan Jayasuriya (2/10): Jayasuriya, like most in the team, had one of those tournaments which they would like to forget. A less than impactful effort with the ball and a poor show with his part-time off-spinners makes an ordinary tournament for the youngster.

Thisara Perera (1/10): Perera was poor, picking up just one wicket in three matches at an economy rate of close to 10. There was not much to boast about his batting abilities down the order as well. But it is his poor show with the ball that would have hurt Sri Lanka more.

Nuwan Kulasekara (7/10): Kulasekara was Sri Lanka’s best bowler. He finished with seven wickets in four matches at an economy rate of just over six. He had a forgettable game against Bangladesh, barring which he bowled very well. It is a major boost for Sri Lanka as he may be entrusted to lead Sri Lanka’s bowling attack, if Malinga is unfit during the ICC World T20 2016.

Dasun Shanaka (3/10): After taking India by surprise with the ball in the T20I at Pune, Shanaka has not been able to perform at that level ever since. Primarily known in Sri Lanka as a batsman, who can ball a bit, he did not have much to boast about with bat in hand as well. He just bowled a couple of overs in the series in which he picked up a wicket.

Dushmantha Chameera (3/10): Chameera is rated highly by Sri Lanka, but he did not have any sort of impact in this tournament. He finished with just three wickets at 7.23. Sri Lanka will expect a much improved performance in the ICC World T20 2016.

Niroshan Dickwella (5/10): Dickewella played in Sri Lanka’s final match of the tournament against Pakistan. He did not bat, but was the designated wicketkeeper for the match. He did not cause a single dismissal, but did not make any glaring errors in the match.

Rangana Herath (6/10): ICC World T20 2016 could be Herath’s final tournament Sri Lankan colours. He had a decent Asia Cup, picking up three wickets in four matches at 6.52. However, he failed to have a major impact against the big teams, especially in crunch games like Bangladesh and India, where Sri Lanka would have expected more from him.

Lasith Malinga (6.5/10): Malinga was the designated captain for the tournament, but managed to play only in Sri Lanka’s opening match against United Arab Emirates (UAE). He bowled brilliantly as he finished with 4 for 26. Due to his injury, the captaincy responsibility were shared between Mathews and Chandimal. Malinga’s injury could have eventually cost Sri Lanka from putting up a better show in the tournament.

(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)