Who is the best Sri Lankan Test captain of all time?

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Sri Lanka became a full member of the International Cricket Council on 21 July 1981. Previously they were an associate member of the ICC from 1965, which made them eligible to compete in the ICC Trophy, the leading one-day tournament for associate members. Just after Sri Lanka gained Test status in 1981 a team of rebel players toured apartheid South Africa under the banner "Arosa Sri Lanka" (the term "Arosa" being derived from the promoter's name). All players who toured Sri Lanka were banned from official cricket matches for life, thereby setting Sri Lanka's development back. Read more
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Thirteen may be considered an unlucky number in the biblical sense and in popular culture but Angelo Mathews may not see it that way: he was appointed as Sri Lanka’s thirteenth test cricket captain last week and wasn’t complaining.Angelo Davis Mathews is only twenty five years old. That makes him the youngest Sri Lankan captain in Sri Lanka’s three decades long test cricket history. Even the great Arjuna Ranatunga was a year older than him when the captaincy of the country’s cricket team was bestowed on him. Read more
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Win/loss ratio of Sri Lankan Test captains

Win/loss ratio of Sri Lankan Test captains without Muttiah Muralitharan

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Theekshana Somaratna's picture
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Ranatungas role in sri lankan cricket cannot be measured in numbers. please refer to Sangas lord speech. before ranatunga and after ranatunga is night and day. we were bangladesh before and sri lanka after.
look at the winning ratios for all captains before AR 0.25 or less. look at AR : 0.63. look at all captains after AR 1.33 or more . that in a nutshell is the Ranatunga Impact.
Re Murali data we should also look at the data without both Murali and Herath. please also note than ARs matches without Murali would be at a very chaotic time in SL with the two wars. we were like Pak now in that no country wanted to visit us. and lot of seniors retired at that including madugalla, sidath etc and we had a very young team.
Some of our younger fans perhaps do not know and hence discount some of this. i feel obliged to point it out :)

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data without both Murali and Herath http://imageshack.us/f/832/whmu.jpg/

but if you remove Herath then we will miss that awesome galle test ,which i think captaincy skills won that match :)

Theekshana Somaratna's picture
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hmm interesting stuff.. perhaps jayasuriya was the greatest :) MJ is missing from that list though i think.

btw i like your data based points to ponder and that you present it without any of your own thoughts. take the subjectivity out and let the numbers talk.

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Statistically it's probably Jayasuriya, with his NINE-TEST winning streak and all that,,,,,but have to stick with Ranatunga, cus his wins came at crucial,turbulant times!

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WOW so it means that mahela haven't captained a single Test match without murali and herath O.o

(Last edited by sdf on February 21, 2013 - 12:43)
Anonymous's picture

Arjuna is the greatest captain Sri Lanka ever had. He made many future crickers to the country. Imerge of, Sana, Kalu, Murali,Vass even Marvan and Mahela were the results of what Arjuna did for Sri Lanka. Recent 3 captains did not do that for SL cricket.

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ARJUNA RANATUNGA undisputed.

Damn the statistics a clear case of Lies,damn lies and statistics !

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@Ravana lol stats don't lie :P

@Uppercut_7 agree with you

Selfishkar's picture

SANATH JAYASURIYA!

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Arjuna was a revolutionary and the man who changed everything, but he never was a good TEST captain, in the height of their powers in 1997, Sri Lanka failed to win a single test, having played 11.

Jayasuriya is probably the statistically best skipper, Sri Lanka's best run was under him in the 2000-2002 period, It started with the win against the Aussies , then beating Pak in Pak 2-1, Beating India 2-1 in 2001, followed by whitewashing the Windies and another away win against Pakistan. The run was brought to an abrupt halt in England - notice all the above wins came in Asia and with Murali at the height of his powers, and Vaas at his best.
Purely from a strategic point of view Mahela has probably the best cricketing mind, but under him we have won so little, to even consider him.
To be brutally honest, it's hard to find a truly great TEST skipper in SL's history,(note: TEST SKIPPER) I'd love to say Ranatunga but the stats are so thin, so Just based on the number of hours i have felt proud of our test cricket capabilities i will go with Jayasuriya.

(Last edited by bookCricketer on March 5, 2013 - 13:22)

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