Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed on Friday that former captain and wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera will not be available for the Indian series. He will miss the entire white-ball series against India due to a shoulder sprain.
“Kusal Janith Perera will not be able to take part in the ODI and the T20I series against India owing to an injury. The wicket-Keeper batsman suffered a right shoulder sprain during training,” SLC said in a statement.
Kusal Perera was given the captaincy of the Sri Lankan team before the England tour. But the Perera led side could not manage to win a single game in the white ball series. They lost 3-0 in the T20I series and 2-0 in the ODI series.
Sri Lanka Cricket have now given all-rounder Dasun Shanaka the duty to lead the side in Perera’s absence. Shanaka has the experience of captaining the country. Under his captaincy, Sri Lanka managed to whitewash Pakistan on their home turf in a three match T20I series in 2019.
Sri Lanka fast bowler Binura Fernando ruled out due to an ankle sprain: SLC
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka fast bowler Binura Fernando will also miss the entire ODI series against India. Binura Fernando suffered a sprain in his ankle during training.
“Fast Bowler Binura Fernando sprained his left ankle during a practice session held yesterday (15th July, 2021). It’s a lateral ligament sprain. Fernando will be unavailable for the ODI series of the India Tour of Sri Lanka,” SLC added.
The India vs Sri Lanka series will kick off from July 18th. The original kick off date for the series was 13 July. But the series was postponed and rescheduled due to a Covid outbreak in the Sri Lankan camp.
A young and new looking Indian team will be led by Shikhar Dhawan in the absence of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma who both are in the UK for the upcoming Test series against England. Hence, a lot of youngsters have a great opportunity to announce themselves in a grand fashion in the international arena.
India’s squad: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (Wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (Wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, K Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Vice-captain), Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya
Net Bowlers: Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, Sai Kishore, Simarjeet Singh