[caption id="attachment_693576" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/CHandimal-and-Matthews.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-693576" alt="Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/CHandimal-and-Matthews.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/sri-lanka/">Sri Lanka</a>'s veteran stars <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/angelo-matthews/ ">Angelo Mathews </a> and<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/dinesh-chandimal/"> Dinesh Chandimal </a> are critical to the young side's hopes at the 2019 World Cup despite poor form and recent injuries, said former captain and world cup winner <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/aravinda-de-silva/">Aravinda de Silva</a>. <p></p> <p></p>The islanders failed to make the final of the ongoing Twenty20 tri-series in Colombo, but their recent performances have raised hopes of a resurgence after a lacklustre 2017, in which they lost 40 of 57 international matches. <p></p> <p></p>"I think Angelo is probably the most capable allrounder of the side and also has a good cricketing brain along with Chandimal," said de Silva, who was a star batsman in the Sri Lankan side that won the World Cup in 1996. <p></p> <p></p>He told AFP that captaincy will not make a difference. <p></p> <p></p>"It doesn't matter (if) you are captain or a normal player as you put in the same kind of effort." <p></p> <p></p>Mathews, 30, returned to lead Sri Lanka's limited-overs sides earlier this year after quitting as captain last July, but has played only one international match because of injury. Test skipper Chandimal has led the one-day and T20 teams in his absence. <p></p> <p></p>An improved Sri Lanka won the recent ODI tri-series in<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/bangladesh/"> Bangladesh </a> and also beat the Tigers in the Test and T20 series. <p></p> <p></p>The resurgence has been credited to new coach Chandika Hathurusingha, who moved back to his native Sri Lanka after coaching Bangladesh for nearly three years. <p></p> <p></p>De Silva believes Hathurusingha's ease of communication with players gives him an advantage over a foreign coach. <p></p> <p></p>"He is probably the best... plainly because of the fact that he can relate to the players far better and the players can also relate to him," de Silva said. <p></p> <p></p>"There is no language or a culture barrier and... it helps because they can voice their opinion. <p></p> <p></p>Sri Lankan players were accused of being "too fat" by the country's sports minister last year as the defeats piled up, and were told to get fit or get out. <p></p> <p></p>But de Silva, who resigned as head of the cricket committee of the island's board last year, believes the players look fit and improvements are visible. <p></p> <p></p>"I think they are playing better cricket now. I hope with a little more exposure and experience they will start doing well as a young new team," said the 52-year-old veteran. <p></p> <p></p>An attacking batsman during his illustrious career between 1984 and 2002, de Silva singled out wicketkeeper-batsman <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kusal-perera/">Kusal Perera</a> as a future star. <p></p> <p></p>"I see a lot of Sanath (Jayasuriya) in him and I think it is a crime to leave a guy like him out of the Test team," he said, referring to his former teammate and explosive opener whose whirlwind style revolutionised top-order batting in the 1990s. <p></p> <p></p>Perera has smashed three fifties in four matches of the ongoing T20 tri-series. He has represented Sri Lanka in 73 ODIs and 34 T20s, but has played only 10 Tests since his debut in the format in 2015. <p></p> <p></p>De Silva said that T20 cricket, instead of hampering the skills of upcoming players, has helped improve modern batters. <p></p> <p></p>"Attacking cricket is always good and I think T20 has enhanced the repertoire of strokeplay," he said.