Sri Lanka announces final 15 players for World Cup 2023, these strong bowlers return - Newztezz Online


Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Sri Lanka announces final 15 players for World Cup 2023, these strong bowlers return


Sri Lanka on Tuesday announced a 15-member squad for the upcoming ODI World Cup starting from October 5 in India. The biggest shock for the Sri Lankan team is that all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga is out of the team due to injury. He could not even play in Asia Cup 2023 due to injury. The command of the team will be in the hands of Dasun Shanaka. Kusal Mendis will take over the responsibility of vice-captain. 

Hasaranga suffered a thigh strain during the Lanka Premier League playoffs last month. While playing for B-Love Candy in this league, he took 19 wickets and scored 279 runs with the bat. After this, the spinner had to be out of the Asia Cup also due to injury. Earlier, Sri Lanka Cricket had indicated that Hasaranga may be out of cricket for at least three months due to surgery. 

Hasaranga had performed brilliantly during the World Cup qualifiers held in June and July. Because of his brilliant performance, Sri Lanka was successful in qualifying. Hasaranga was the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 22 wickets in seven matches. Despite the absence of Hasaranga in the World Cup 2023, Sri Lanka has spinners like Mahish Tikshana and Dunith Vellalage who have left their mark by performing well recently.

Talking about fast bowlers, Lahiru Kumara, Dilshan Madushanka have returned to the team while Dushmantha Chameera is out. Before the World Cup, Sri Lanka will play two practice matches against Bangladesh on 29 September and Afghanistan on 2 October. The Sri Lankan team will play its first match in the mega event against South Africa on October 7 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. 

Sri Lanka's squad for World Cup 2023: Dasun Shanaka (captain), Kusal Mendis (vice-captain), Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadira Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjay de Silva, Dushan Hemantha, Mahish Tikshana, Dunith Vellalage. , Kasun Rajitha, Mathisha Pathirana, Lahiru Kumara, Dilshan Madushanka. 

Traveling Reserve Player: Chamika Karunaratne

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