Angelo Mathews has resigned from captaincy following upset series loss to Zimbabwe a new deep point in Sri lankan cricket history. Mathews described the defeat as “The lowest point in my career”. Sri Lanka was outclassed in all departments by Zimbabwe who had chased high targets with ease.
The step down from captaincy was expected because substantial pressure on Mathews for not leading the team well and making on ground decisions. The series loss against Zimbabwe has been particularly chastening to the Sri Lanka team – they had never lost a match to Zimbabwe at home before and now not only they lost the matches but more importantly Series.
Mathews captained the team in 34 tests, 98 ODIs and 12 T20I starting from 2013. Highlight time of his captaincy was test series victory in England and Australian whitewash at home.
Sri Lanka remain calm under his captaincy after retirement of big guns like Jayawardene, Sangakara and later Dilshan. Mathews had to rely on new talent with inexperience that was evident by lower ranking both in ODIs and Tests.
Sri Lanka also not performed well in 2015 World Cup, 2016 T20 World Cup and Champions trophy winning only one match against India. Mathews has 13 test victories and 15 losses. His batting average was 87.8 in 2015 but lost his form both in batting and bowling in 2016 and early 2017.
Mathews last 6 months were covered by injuries where he only played 2 tests and then champions trophy followed by Zimbabwe series.
After his resignation there are circling the names of Upul Tharanga, Chandimal for ODIs and Herath for Tests. Currently Tharange is considered as most favorite.