Angelo Mathews quit his job as Sri Lanka captain in all formats. After his side’s 3-2 defeat vs Zimbabwe, he stepped down. Mathews called the defeat ‘one of the lowest points’ of his career. He informed his decision to the selectors on Tuesday.
Angelo Mathews had led Sri Lanka in 34 Tests, 98 ODIs, and 12 T20Is. He was selected as captain in 2013 at the age of 25. During his reign, Sri Lanka barely tasted success in test matches.
In 2014, Mathews led in the Test series triumph in England. In 2016, they also had whitewashed Australia. There are a lot other degradation took place under his watch. The 2015 World Cup, the 2016 World T20, and the 2017 Champions Trophy were disappointing. Two 0-2 whitewash in New Zealand and a 0-3 result in South Africa in Test format doesn’t look good on a resume. However, Mathews won 13 Test matches as a captain, against 15 losses.
2014 was the best year for Angelo Mathews as a batsman. He scored 1,317 runs at an average of 87.8. His average as captain is still 50.94. He was barely effective in Tests. But in limited-overs, he is still a valuable bowler.
His last year was full of injuries. He missed 5 series thanks to leg and hamstring injuries. Whenever he had a high bowling workload, he fell in injuries. This announcement is not unexpected.
After the series loss against Zimbabwe, it is very familiar now. Mathews’ on-field decision making was in question from the very beginning. This played a key role in his departure.
Till today, Sri Lanka haven’t named a successor to Angelo Mathews. Test series against Zimbabwe is knocking on the door. Upul Tharanga, who had led the ODI team when Mathews has been injured, and Dinesh Chandimal, who had served as Mathews’ deputy and led the T20 team in the past, are prime candidates. Rangana Herath, who captained the most-recent Sri Lanka Test, is an option as well.
Source: SriLankan Cricket Board