Kusal Perera Out of India Series Due to Shoulder Injury
The first ODI between India & Sri Lanka is going to be played on 18th July 2021 from 03:00 PM IST. The match will take place at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo in Sri Lanka.
The other ODI’s are to be played on 20th & 23rd July 2021.
The bad news for Sri Lanka is that Kusal Perera has been ruled out from the series due to his right shoulder injury during training.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on 16th July 2021, confirmed that wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera will not be able to take part in the ODI and the T20I series against India as he suffered a right shoulder sprain during training. A doctor said he’s likely to be out for 6 weeks.
Kusal Perera’s withdrawal from the series means Sri Lanka will lose their first-choice wicket-keeper.
While the next option of wicket-keeper, Niroshan Dickwella is under suspension following a bio-bubble breach on the recent tour of England.
Kusal Perera was the captain on the tour of England where he has scored one fifty. As of now, Dasun Shanaka has been appointed as the team captain.
Although Kusal Perera was not in a good form in the England Series, he has been one of Sri Lanka’s best batsmen.
Sri Lanka failed to win even a single match on their tour to England as they suffered a 3-0 defeat in T20Is and a 2-0 loss in the ODI series.
Sri Lanka Team Squad: Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Dhananjaya De Silva (Vice Captain), Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ashen Bandara, Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Udara, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dhananjaya, Shiran Fernando, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ishan Jayaratne, Praveen Jayawickrema, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana.
The 1st ODI between India vs Sri Lanka will be aired live on Sony Sports Network.