Sri Lanka’s star all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga has been ruled out of the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup with a grade three hamstring tear.
Cricnow has learned that despite the selection committee’s desire to include him in the World Cup, he is not medically fit to play the tournament due to this injury.
Hasaranga sustained an injury to his right hamstring during the Lanka Premier League. Due to that injury, he also missed the Asia Cup 2023.
Then Wanindu got injured again while he was doing his rehabilitation process.
Meanwhile, according to the Sunday Times, Wanindu Hasaranga will have to stay out of action for 4-6 weeks.
“We are consulting foreign doctors to see whether he needs surgery or not. If he does, he will be out for at least three months. At the moment, the situation is not that great and it’s highly unlikely if he can play the World Cup,” Prof. Arjuna de Silva, Head of the Sri Lanka Cricket Medical Panel, told Sunday Times.
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It is widely known that Sri Lanka will face a significant setback in the World Cup due to his absence.
In addition to being the primary bowler for Sri Lanka, he bears a significant responsibility to finish the innings as a batsman.
Given captain Dasun Shanaka’s lack of success in batting, Sri Lanka’s lower order is currently facing a significant crisis.
Wanindu Hasaranga showcased his exceptional skills in the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualifier, making a distinctive impact on Sri Lanka through his bowling abilities.
He finished the tournament with 22 wickets, emerging as the top wicket-taker of the competition.
However, his performance in recent ODIs against formidable opponents has been subpar.