Last Update on: September 24th, 2023 at 11:13 am
Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga is expected to be ruled out of the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023, which is set to be played in India. According to the latest reports, Wanindu Hasaranga is set to miss the entire tournament due to a grade 3 hamstring tear.
Wanindu Hasaranga sustained a hamstring injury during the recent edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL). The right-arm leg-spinner was ruled out of the recently concluded Asia Cup 2023. He is unlikely to regain full fitness before the start of the World Cup.
The 26-year-old suffered a hamstring injury during the elimination contest and missed the final. He was the tournament’s leading run-scorer and highest wicket-taker. The bowler also announced his retirement from Test cricket to focus on white-ball formats.
Wanindu Hasaranga Ruled Out World Cup – Reports
According to RevSportz, Wanindu Hasaranga will miss the upcoming World Cup due to a grade 3 hamstring tear. The selectors haven’t picked their squad for the 10-team tournament, which is set to commence on October 5.
“Big blow to Sri Lanka as Wanindu Hasaranga is all set to miss the ODI World Cup due to a grade 3 hamstring tear,” wrote the caption.
Hasaranga displayed exceptional bowling skills, contributing to the team’s victory in the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe. He claimed 22 wickets in seven matches at an impressive average of 12.90. He also achieved his career-best figures of 6 for 24 against the UAE.
The Situation Is Not That Great – Arjuna de Silva
Prof. Arjuna de Silva, Head of the Sri Lanka Cricket Medical Panel, said that Wanindu Hasaranga is expected to be out of action for at least three months if surgery is required.
“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. de Silva said.
“Since he is a key weapon in our attack, we are looking at other options to see how best we can get his services at least for important games. All that depends on the opinions of the consultant to whom we are trying to show his reports.”