Kusal Perera set to miss India series due to shoulder injury

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15 Jul 2021 | 06:14 AM
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Kusal Perera set to miss India series due to shoulder injury

The southpaw is most likely to be replaced by Dasun Shanaka as the new Sri Lanka captain

In what comes as a major blow for Sri Lanka, wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera is all but sure to miss the limited-overs series against India. He did not train with the team due to a shoulder injury, according to a Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) official. Now, reports suggests he won't be taking the field for six weeks. 

Perera recently led Sri Lanka for a white-ball series in England. They were blanked 3-0 in the T20 International (T20I) series and then lost 2-0 in the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series. As a result, there are reports that suggest Dasun Shanaka could take over as Sri Lanka captain for the India series. Perera's absence is a major blow to Sri Lanka's chances against India. The former captain is the second-highest run-scorer for Sri Lanka in ODIs since 2020 with 332 runs at an average of 36.9. The third and fourth entry on the list - Danushka Gunathilaka (271) and Kusal Mendis (255) - are also not available as both are serving their one-year suspension for breaching the bio-bubble protocols in England. 

Niroshan Dickwella was the third Sri Lankan cricketer to be suspended on the similar lines. Dickwella is the back-up wicketkeeping-batsman in Sri Lanka's white-ball setup. Perera's unavailability is hence a double whammy for Sri Lanka given they lose a top batsman as well as they have none of their two wicketkeeping options available to select. 

The players and SLC were recently involved in a contract tussle. Other seniors like Dinesh Chandimal and Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne are yet to put pen on paper.

(report updated based on fresh inputs from PTI)

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