Sri Lanka has received unfortunate news as spin all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga won’t be able to take part in the ODI World Cup 2023. The reason for his absence is a hamstring injury. Sri Lanka Cricket has until September 28 to name a replacement for Hasaranga in the final World Cup squad.
Prior to this, Hasaranga couldn’t take part in the recently concluded Asia Cup due to the same injury. His most recent outing was during the Lanka Premier League, where he served as the captain of the B Kandy Love team.
Wanindu Hasaranga won’t participate in the 2023 World Cup
In the recently concluded Lanka Premier League, Wanindu Hasaranga showcased remarkable all-around abilities and was in excellent form. He topped the charts as the tournament’s leading run-scorer, amassing 279 runs, and also led in wickets taken with an impressive tally of 19.
His achievements in the league included winning multiple awards such as the maximum sixes, highest wicket-taker, highest run-getter, and he was rightfully honored with the Player of the Tournament title. These accomplishments underscore his vital role in the Sri Lankan team. If Hasaranga is unable to participate in the World Cup, it would indeed be a significant setback for the team.
Sri Lanka has faced another setback with spinner Maheesh Theekshana sustaining an injury during the Asia Cup. Fortunately, it appears that he will recover in time for the World Cup and be available for the event.
On the flip side, the participation of their key fast bowler, Dushmantha Chameera, in the World Cup is in serious doubt as he is also grappling with an injury and was last seen in action during the Lanka Premier League.
These injuries to crucial players are undeniably a significant blow for the team and could potentially hamper their prospects in the prestigious tournament.
The much-anticipated ODI World Cup 2023 is set to kick off on October 5 in India with a match between England and New Zealand, the finalists from the previous edition. Sri Lanka’s first match is scheduled against South Africa on October 7th.