Sri Lankan speedster Lahiru Kumara has pulled out of a test match for the third time with a leg injury and he is set to miss the remainder of the test series against Bangladesh. Having made his debut in 2016 in tests, he is still having a lot of issues with his injury recovery and Sri Lanka has been paying the price for poor player management.
Sri Lanka went in with only three fast bowlers and a spinner as the frontline bowlers in their first test and they have already lost the services of a pacer, which is going to be a worry for the nation. The 24-year-old Lahiru Kumara is one of the fastest bowlers from the island nation and he has picked up 68 wickets in the 22 tests he has played so far. He bowled 28 overs in the game with figures of one wicket for 88 runs in the first test until he pulled out.
Lahiru Kumara Needs To Be Managed Properly
This is not the first instance of Lahiru Kumara suffering from a hamstring injury, and it has become a habit of him over the last three years. He first pulled out in the Gabba Test in 2019 when the team was already under scrutiny. He made a comeback in 2020, but couldn’t last long and again pulled out of the Centurion Test.
This has depicted the way Sri Lanka has been managing their injury to the players and they must be looked into more. With Sri Lanka not showing any progress in the way they play, this will add up to their worries as their talented quicks have been facing fitness issues. Kumara is still very young, and he needs to be groomed properly to make full use of his pace.
Sri Lanka Fights Back Strongly
After all that happened, Sri Lanka managed to put up a good show with the bat in reply to Bangladesh‘s huge score in the first innings, and the captain Dimuth Karunaratne has been the man of the moment. Karunaratne(234*) and De Silva(154*) are still at the crease with a score of 512 for the loss of three wickets and the partnership has been outstanding with 322 runs.
Sri Lanka trails by 29 runs in the first innings and bad light has stopped play nearing the end of day four.