Pacer Dilshan Madushanka has been sidelined from the upcoming Asia Cup 2023 due to injury, further weakening the Sri Lankan team’s bowling attack. As the tournament draws near, Sri Lanka faces mounting challenges with injuries to key players, including Lahiru Kumara, while also grappling with the absence of Dushmantha Chameera.
Sri Lanka’s players updates for Asia Cup 2023:-
- Wanindu Hasaranga ruled out
- Dushmantha Chameera ruled out.
- Dilshan Madushanka ruled out.
- Lahiru Kumara likely unavailable
Madushanka’s unfortunate injury was a result of a torn oblique muscle sustained during a practice match on Friday, exacerbating Sri Lanka’s bowling concerns. The absence of Madushanka compounds the challenges for the island nation, which is already grappling with the unavailability of pacer Dushmantha Chameera due to a pectoral injury.
Adding to the woes, leg-spin all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga’s participation in the tournament hangs in the balance due to a grade two thigh strain. While a decision on Hasaranga’s availability depends on his recovery pace and the duration of Sri Lanka’s campaign, it seems unlikely that he will feature in the group stage matches.
Professor Arjuna de Silva, Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket’s medical committee, expressed concerns over Chameera’s status as a starter in the ICC Cricket World Cup, stating that his pectoral injury has cast doubts on his readiness for the event. Meanwhile, Kumara’s recurring side strain raises questions about his availability, with a recovery timeline extending potentially beyond the conclusion of the Asia Cup.
The trio of Kumara, Chameera, and Madushanka represents Sri Lanka’s pace artillery, and their absence leaves a void that is difficult to fill. In their stead, Kasun Rajitha, Pramod Madushan, and Matheesha Pathirana are expected to step up and take on the challenge.
As Sri Lanka navigates these challenges, potential replacements are being considered. Left-arm spin all-rounder Dunith Wellalage and leg-spin all-rounder Dushan Hemantha are being contemplated as stand-ins for Hasaranga, should his recovery not allow him to participate.
Sri Lanka’s campaign in the Asia Cup is set to commence against Bangladesh on Thursday, followed by a clash with Afghanistan in the group stages. The mounting injuries cast a shadow over the team’s preparations, raising questions about its ability to deliver standout performances in the tournament.