Lahiru Kumara

Sri Lanka’s bid to make the 2023 World Cup semi-finals has suffered another blow as in-form fast bowler Lahiru Kumara has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a left thigh muscle injury. Kumar suffered an injury to his left thigh during training in Pune ahead of Sri Lanka’s crucial match against Afghanistan at the MCA International Stadium here on Monday. Fellow fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera has been included in his place.

Earlier, captain Dasun Shanaka and Mathesha Pathirana were also out due to injuries. The inclusion of Dushmantha Chameera in the Sri Lankan team was approved by the organizing technical committee on Sunday. The ICC said that the Event Technical Committee of the World Cup 2023 has approved Dushmantha Chameera as the replacement for Lahiru Kumar in the Sri Lanka squad.

Kumar was a hero against England.

Chameera has played 44 ODI matches so far. He has experience of more than 100 matches. Kumar’s absence will be noticeable, as he played a key role in their surprise win over England in Bengaluru last Thursday. He was named ‘Man of the Match’ for his performance of 3-35. Sri Lanka won this match by 8 wickets.

Sri Lanka is at fifth position in the points table.

Kumar’s injury is the third injury blow for Sri Lanka, with captain Dasun Shanaka (quad) and Mathesa Pathirana (shoulder) already ruled out with their respective injuries. Sri Lanka have currently won two out of five matches in the World Cup and are placed fifth in the table with four group matches remaining.