Maheesh Theekshana was originally part of Sri Lanka’s World Cup squad with hopes regarding his physical condition, but he couldn’t join the team in India for their preparations. In a significant setback for Sri Lanka, their key spinner Maheesh Theekshana won’t be available for their opening match against South Africa in the 2023 World Cup.
The 23-year-old suffered a hamstring injury during the Asia Cup Super Four game against Pakistan, which caused him to miss the final against India. Despite initial hopes of a speedy recovery, Theekshana’s injury hasn’t healed in time for their much-anticipated World Cup opener.
Maheesh Theekshana is unavailable for the South Africa match
Theekshana was originally part of Sri Lanka’s World Cup squad with optimism about his fitness, but he couldn’t join the team in India for their preparations, raising concerns about his availability. Unfortunately, just a day before the crucial match against South Africa, it has been confirmed that Theekshana won’t be able to participate. This injury setback not only diminishes Sri Lanka’s spin bowling resources but also deprives them of their spin duo.
Hasaranga, who wasn’t initially part of the World Cup squad, could only be considered as a replacement player if he recovers before the tournament concludes, as he is also sidelined due to an injury. Theekshana has been a valuable asset for Sri Lanka, amassing 44 wickets in 27 matches with an impressive average of 23.45, which drops to 17.45 this year. His partnership with Hasaranga in the middle overs has been a potent weapon for the team, making their absence a notable setback.
Apart from Theekshana and Hasaranga, Sri Lanka will also miss the contributions of fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera, who couldn’t recuperate from a torn muscle in time for the World Cup. However, there is a positive note with the return of Lahiru Kumara and Dilshan Madushanka, who were previously sidelined with injuries during the Asia Cup but have now regained fitness and are part of the World Cup squad.
With several key players missing, Sri Lanka’s World Cup opener against South Africa will be closely watched by fans and cricket enthusiasts, eager to see how the remaining squad members perform and make their mark in this prestigious tournament.