Wanindu Hasaranga yet to recover from Covid-19 for T20Is between India and Sri Lanka


Wanindu Hasaranga, a Sri Lanka all-rounder who contracted Covid-19 during his team's trip to Australia earlier this month, has been ruled out of the following India series, which will consist of three T20Is and two Tests. He has produced a positive result in the most recent round of RT-PCR testing.

Hasaranga was one of three players of Sri Lanka's visiting team in Australia who tested positive after the instances of Kusal Mendis and Binura Fernando, and he only played two matches in the five-match series, which Sri Lanka lost 1-4. In those games, he returned with statistics of 3/38 and 2/33.

Sri Lanka will play India in three T20Is, followed by two red-ball games, with the first T20I on February 24 at Lucknow's Ekana Stadium. The next two matches will be staged in Dharmshala on consecutive days (February 26 and 27), followed by the first Test in Mohali and a day-night Test in Bengaluru.

On February 21, the visitors named an 18-man team, including off-spinner Ashian Daniel, who received his first call-up. Hasaranga's withdrawal due to Covid-19 just to Sri Lanka's woes, as they are without Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando (knee injury), Nuwan Thushara (side strain), and Ramesh Mendis (thumb injury). Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who failed to achieve the requisite fitness criteria, was also left out of the squad.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is not the only team lacking key players; India has also been hit by injuries, with Deepak Chahar and Suryakumar Yadav ruling out the series. Chahar tore his hamstring against West Indies in the third and final T20I in Kolkata, bowling 11 balls before limping off the field. After suffering a hairline fracture in his hand, Yadav, the Player of the Series, was ruled out.

Because of the limited time frame for the T20I series, neither team is expected to identify substitute players due to bio-security concerns.