Sri lanka batsman Upul Tharanga will lead Sri Lankan squad in the the upcoming 5 ODI match series against India that begins in Dambulla on Sunday.

After losing 2-3 against Zimbabwe at home in July, Angelo Mathews will leave the ODI captain after the next series will be in the first team of left-handed batsman.

Sri Lanka last played in India in one-day series in November 2014-15 (in India) and scored 0-5

Mathews is still part of the team, while veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga has also returned.

There are two other changes from the Sri Lankan squad, who were involved in the last three ODIs against Zimbabwe.

Pacer Nuwan Pradeep and all-rounder Asela Gunaratne are out due to injuries and their places in the side has been taken by young fast bowler Lahiru Kumara and left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara, who both featured in the Test series against the Indians.

“This is something that happens in cycles to every team and every nation no matter how great a cricketing nation they are. The support of our fans plays a big role in lifting the morale of the team.

“We play for our country and our goal is to bring pride to our family of 20 million in this nation – so your support is something that matters greatly to us,” Tharanga.

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