SL vs AFG: Why is Wanindu Hasaranga Not Playing Today’s Match?

Updated on: Jun 2, 2023 1:25 pm IST

SL vs AFG Wanindu Hasaranga Not Playing

In a setback for Sri Lanka, star leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva has been ruled out of the first ODI against Afghanistan at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium.

Why is Wanindu Hasaranga Not Playing Today’s Match?

Wanindu Hasaranga suffered heel impairment during IPL 2023. He was expected to play a crucial role in the series against Afghanistan. However, his heel injury has forced him to sit out of the opening match, leaving a void in Sri Lanka’s spin attack. Hasaranga’s absence will be felt, considering his recent form and contributions to the team.

Dushan Hemantha handed debut in SL vs AFG 1st ODI

The 24-year-old’s absence has paved the way for 29-year-old leg-spinner Dushan Hemantha to make his debut for Sri Lanka. Dushan Hemantha, a product of St. Peter’s College in Bambalapitiya, has been given the opportunity to showcase his talent at the international level. His selection comes after an outstanding match-winning performance against the England Loons, where he made a significant impact. Hemantha has an impressive record in first-class cricket, having taken 98 wickets from 44 appearances, and he also contributes with the bat.

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Rashid Khan Not Playing first two ODIs

The absence of Wanindu Hasaranga’s counterpart and Afghanistan’s key spinner Rashid Khan, who is sidelined due to a lower back injury, has added an interesting dimension to the series. Both teams will have to rely on their other bowlers to step up and fill the void left by the absence of these talented spinners.

The 3-match series holds great importance for Sri Lanka as they prepare for this year’s WC extravaganza. It is crucial for the former world champions to perform well and secure victory. AFG had prevented Sri Lanka from automatic World Cup qualification when the two teams last met in the previous year.

As Sri Lanka aims to build momentum and gain confidence ahead of major tournaments, the onus will be on Dushan Hemantha and the rest of the team to deliver a strong performance in the absence of Wanindu Hasaranga. Fans will be eagerly watching to see how the debutant leg-spinner performs and how Sri Lanka fares against Afghanistan in this important series.

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