Matheesha Pathirana, the rising star from Chennai Super Kings (CSK), is all set to make his debut for the Sri Lankan cricket team in the upcoming three-match ODI series against Afghanistan. Following a tried and tested formula, Sri Lanka has a history of introducing young bowling talents just before significant events, and Pathirana is the latest addition to this list. Despite having played only one Twenty20 International so far, the 20-year-old has already gained recognition and acclaim for his impressive performances in the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he played a crucial role in CSK’s triumphant campaign to secure their fifth IPL title.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has adopted a strategy that has worked in the past, providing young players with opportunities on the international stage just before major tournaments. This approach was successfully implemented with the likes of Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis, who made impactful debuts before going on to play significant roles in Sri Lanka’s cricketing success.
Matheesha Pathirana’s selection for the upcoming series against Afghanistan is a testament to the faith the selectors have in his abilities. Despite his limited international experience, his impressive performances for CSK in the IPL have caught the attention of the cricketing fraternity. Pathirana’s skills with the ball and his ability to handle pressure situations were on full display during CSK’s remarkable journey to their fifth IPL title.
With the ODI series against Afghanistan about to commence, Pathirana will have the opportunity to showcase his talent and make a strong case for his inclusion in Sri Lanka’s future plans. The series will provide a platform for him to gain valuable international experience and prove himself on the international stage.