A Blow to Sri Lanka’s World Cup Hopes
In a piece of unfortunate news emanating from the cricket world, Sri Lanka’s esteemed spin all-rounder, Wanindu Hasaranga, is set to miss the ODI World Cup 2023. A hamstring tear is the culprit behind this untimely withdrawal, rendering him unable to partake in the eminent event set to unfold in India. The Sri Lankan Cricket board is now against the clock, with a mere four days left to name Hasaranga’s successor, the deadline for the final World Cup squads being September 28.
A Recurring Setback
This isn’t the first time Hasaranga has been sidelined due to this persistent injury; he was absent from the recently concluded Asia Cup for the same reason. His last appearance was in the Lanka Premier League, leading the B Kandy Love team with commendable all-round skills.
Exceptional Form and Recognition
During his stint in the Lanka Premier League, Hasaranga showcased his cricketing prowess, emerging as the tournament’s highest run-scorer with 279 runs and claiming the most wickets, 19 in total. His exemplary performance earned him multiple accolades including maximum sixes, highest wicket-taker, highest run-getter, and the coveted Player of the Tournament. His absence will undoubtedly be a monumental loss for the Sri Lankan team, highlighting his pivotal role and significance.
Additional Concerns for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s woes don’t end with Hasaranga. Spinner Maheesh Theekshana also sustained an injury during the Asia Cup. However, hopes are high for his recovery in time for the World Cup. The participation of key pace bowler, Dushmantha Chameera, hangs in the balance due to an injury, his last game being in the Lanka Premier League. These cumulative injuries to crucial players pose a significant setback, potentially impacting the team’s performance in the esteemed tournament.
Looking Forward to the Tournament
The ODI World Cup 2023 is eagerly awaited, with the inaugural match between England and New Zealand scheduled for October 5 in India. Sri Lanka will kickstart their campaign against South Africa on October 7th, with hopes of overcoming these hurdles and putting forth a commendable performance.