On Thursday, Sri Lankan Cricketing Board officially announced that Kusal Perera is now doubtful about participating in this year’s T20 World Cup after sustaining a hamstring injury during the third T20 against South Africa. He is very important and a key player for their nation as it will be very difficult for the selectors to choose his replacement. The southpaw was seen struggling while running between the wickets causing him the injury when he scored 39 runs off 33 balls with three boundaries in his account. He has played 52 T20 matches, he averages just about 27 with 12 half-centuries in his name and scoring 1416 runs in total.
Dr Daminda Attanayake, the Sri Lankan Cricket team’s physician thoroughly examined his injury cause and mentioned “The injury is a sprinter’s injury, which can be picked up while running between the wickets. Because of the nature of the injury, we can’t do a fast rehabilitation” in the press conference held after the 3rd T20 against South Africa.
The nature of the injury now makes it difficult for Kusal Perera to recover as they can’t undergo swift rehabilitation entirely. The remainder of the T20 World Cup with just around a month to go, he might not be in contention to join the team. The mega event is set to kick off on 17th October. On the 12th of September, they did announce their team with Dasun Shanaka now leading the side travelling to Dubai to play two T20 games against Oman before they start their qualification round on 18th October against Namibia.
Sri Lanka is a part of group A which has Namibia, Ireland and Netherlands. If they qualify by winning this round, they will make their place in the Super 12 where they will clash against the biggest nations around the world.