In a significant blow to the Sri Lankan crew, Maheesh Theekshana has been dominated out of the upcoming summit conflict of the continued Asia Cup in opposition to India on account of a grade two hamstring tear. He has been changed by off spinner Sahan Arachchige for the ultimate.
Theekshana injured his hamstring whereas making an attempt to save lots of a boundary within the recreation in opposition to Pakistan on Thursday, September 14. He put within the diving try on the fifth supply of the thirty fourth over and was seen in excruciating ache. The star thriller spinner was given fast medical consideration and he got here again on the sphere to finish his quota of overs regardless of hobbling in discomfort. Sri Lanka Cricket gave the affirmation by taking to the social media platform ‘X’ previously Twitter to substantiate Theekshana’s unavailability.
“Maheesh Theekshana, who strained his proper hamstring through the recreation in opposition to Pakistan, won’t be out there for the finals. A scan was carried out and confirmed the muscle harm. Sri Lanka Cricket Selectors have introduced in Sahan Arachchige into the squad rather than Theekshana. Theekshana will return to the Excessive Efficiency Heart to start rehabilitation work,” learn the publish.
Theekshana performed all 5 video games for the island nation within the event earlier than getting dominated out of the finale and bagged eight wickets for his aspect at a median of 29.12. He recorded a great financial system fee of 5.15 and was useful for the skipper Dasun Shanaka due to his potential to bowl with the brand new ball within the powerplay overs up entrance. His greatest bowling figures within the ongoing version got here in opposition to Bangladesh whereas playign on the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on September 9.
The harm to Theekshana is a telling blow for the defending champions as they’ll now rely closely on left-arm orthodox spinner Dunith Wellalage, who has been in glorious kind recently.
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