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Kusal Perera suffers from thigh muscle injuries during the T20I series against South Africa, doubtful for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021

Sri Lanka opener Kusal Perera is in danger of missing the 2020 T20 World Cup due to a thigh muscle injury he sustained during Sri Lanka’s third T20 against South Africa Tuesday in Colombo.

He achieved a top score for Sri Lanka with 39, but he saw him struggle with his thigh muscle as he ran between the wickets during his stay of 33 balls. His efforts were not enough as Sri Lanka were able to score only 120 runs, chasing the visitors with 10 wickets in hand in 15 overs.

Dr Daminda Attanayake, the team doctor, told ESPNcricinfo that Kusal Perera’s availability for the T20 World Cup, which starts on October 17, is ‘on the fence’. He also said that the medical team will continue to observe and test him this month.

Kusal Perera. (Photo- Getty)

‘The injury is a sprinter’s injury, which can be picked up while running between the wickets. “Due to the nature of the injury, we are unable to do rapid rehabilitation,” Attanayake told ESPNcricinfo.

Kusal Perera, the former white ball captain of Sri Lanka, has also had problems with his thigh muscles in the past. He has just returned to international cricket after recovering from covid-19 and also missed home series against India with an injury.

All-rounder Lahiru Madushanka has ruled out the T20 World Cup; Sri Lanka to name a replacement

While the medical team will continue to assess Kusal Perera’s injury, the versatile Lahiru Madushanka is certainly not out of the T20 World Cup. He reportedly broke his collarbone while playing in the same game.

Madushanka, who only played in his third T20I, injured himself while making a dive in the outfield. He landed hard on his left shoulder and saw how he immediately stretched uncomfortably afterwards. Madushanka was named in Sri Lanka’s squad for the World Cup; the selectors will now need to name a replacement for the all-rounder.

Lahiru Madushanka
Lahiru Madushanka (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFP)

Dasun Shanaka’s team will meet Ireland, Namibia and the Netherlands in the ’round 1′, which is the elimination round. The top two teams from this group, and four from two groups, advance to the Super 12 innings.

Sri Lanka team for T20 World Cup 2021: Dasun Shanaka (capt), Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kamindu Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Praveen Jayveen

Reserves: Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Pulina Tharanga

Also read: IPL 2021: CSK vs MI- 3 players who can replace Sam Curran in the CSK for the first game against MI

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