India vs Sri Lanka: Wanindu Hasaranga has yet to recover from Covid-19 to miss T20I series

Sri Lankan leg-breaker Wanindu Hasaranga has been ruled out of the three-day T20I series against India which begins on February 24 in Lucknow.

Wanindu Hasaranga misses T20I three-game streak against India  (Reuters photo)

Wanindu Hasaranga misses T20I three-game streak against India (Reuters photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wanindu Hasaranga eliminated from 3-match T20I series against India
  • Hasaranga was one of three members of the Sri Lankan team in Australia to test positive
  • Hasaranga is still recovering from Covid and tested positive in the latest test

Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga has been ruled out of the three-game T20I series against India after failing to recover from Covid-19. Hasaranga was diagnosed with Covid-19 a week ago during the Australia series and he has also come back positive in the latest test.

Hasaranga was one of the three members of the Sri Lankan away team in Australia to test positive following the cases of Kusal Mendis and Binura Fernando and did not play in the final three games of the five-game series which Sri Lanka lost 4-1. He returned in those games with numbers of 3/38 and 2/33.

Hasaranga became the most expensive Sri Lankan player in Indian Premier League history when he was penned by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 10.75 crore at the IPL 2022 Mega Auction in Bengaluru on Saturday.

The 24-year-old all-rounder particularly impressed with the ball when India went to Sri Lanka for a limited overs series in July last year, with a three-for in the second ODI and seven wickets – including a 4 for 9 – around the Top bowling charts in the three T20Is. At the end of that series, Hasaranga finished second in the ICC rankings among T20I bowlers.

Sri Lanka will play three T20I matches against India, followed by two friendly matches starting with the first T20I match at Lucknow’s Ekana Stadium on 24 February. The next two T20I games are scheduled to be played on February 26 and 27 before the first test in Dharmshala Mohali followed by a day-night test in Bengaluru.

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