In the first day of the first Test against India, Sri Lanka is struck with a major blow. Asela Gunaratne, the top allrounder of the team is injured seriously and the player will be rested for rest of the series. As indicated by X-ray, it is a serious fracture, which will take some time to heal. The injury even puts the player in an uncertainty for the ODI series as well. Gunaratne is most likely to miss the first couple of ODI matches in the series following the Test. The top Sri Lanka player is hospitalized now.
Gunaratne was fielding on the second slip, when a strike from Shekhar Dhawan hit his left thumb to fracture it. It was an attempt to catch out the batsman when the mischief happened. In the 14th over of the morning session Dhawan cut the delivery from Lahiru Kumara to pass by the second slip. Gunaratne dived to catch, but it vain. He dropped the catch and fell growling in pain. The ball hit his left thumb. Per the manager of Sri Lanka Cricket, Asanka Gurusinha, the player will require at least four weeks to recover. He added, the recovery might take more time, stating, “it is a sad one.”
The exact time required for the recovery will be known in next 48 hours. Gurusinha said, there are about three pieces of bone just below the player’s thumb and “it is pretty serious.” SLC realized the gravity of his condition after going through X-ray images of the fracture. The injured cricketer is sent to Colombo for surgery and he was operated immediately at night.
Gunaratne scored an unbeaten 80 in the last inning of their latest campaign against Zimbabwe. He was among the match winners and his absence in the current test is a substantial loss to the team. The player is an allrounder. Thus, the injury has hit both bowling and batting prowess of team Sri Lanka.
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