Mirpur: Heaping praise on Lahiru Thirimanne for his match-winning hundred against Pakistan in the Asia Cup final, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said the youngster is shaping up to be the perfect replacement for veteran Kumar Sangakkara once he calls it a day.
"You push him up the order or down, he's one of those players who scores runs wherever he gets an opportunity. He is a great find for us," Mathews said of Thirimanne who scored 101 in their clinical five-wicket win over Pakistan to seal the Asia Cup title here on Saturday night.
"After Sangakkara and Mahela (Jayawardene) retire, Thirimanne and (Dinesh) Chandimal are the ones who are going to take up their roles. It's not easy to fill their shoes. But the way they are performing right now, I'm pretty sure that they will take the responsibilities.