Sri Lanka all-rounder Asela Gunaratne has been ruled out for rest of the Test and ODI series against India. Gunaratne injured his thumb while attempting to take a catch at the slip cordon. He dropped Shikhar Dhawan when he was in his 30s and his injury was so severe that he had to leave the field.
It was later revealed that it was a very serious surgery and Gunaratne had to be rushed to Colombo for a surgery. "Asela will be taken for surgery soon. After this kind of injury, a player requires about six weeks to recover and play again. He is definitely out of the Test and ODIs. Maybe he stands a chance for the T20 International," Arjun de Silva, member Sri Lanka Cricket's medical team revealed, according to Cricbuzz.
Sri Lanka's Asela Gunratne has been ruled out of the remainder of the Galle Test due to a thumb injury.
Gunaratne hurt his thumb while trying to catch a ball at second slip. The drop catch was the salt on the injury, literally, as Gunaratne had to be taken off the field. While going back to the dressing room, he looked in great pain.
Shikhar Dhawan made good use of the opportunity as he scored a magnificent century. He was on 31 when his catch was dropped. He went on to score 190 runs on Day One, one of his fastest Test knocks, as it turned out to be.
The injury was so serious that Gunaratne had to be rushed to Colombo for an operation. This new development means that Sri Lanka will be without one batsman when they come out to bat. This will give more worry for stand-in captain Rangana Herath who is struggling with his bowlers to pick all Indian wickets.
Sri Lanka have chased down 388 against Zimbabwe in the one-off Test against Zimbabwe to win the match by 4 wickets. This is the fifth highest successful run chase in Tests and also the highest for Sri Lanka. Niroshan Dickwella with 81 and Asela Gunaratne with an unbeaten 80 were the stars of this match.
Zimbabwe skipper Graeme Cremer tried his best to win the match for his side, but his 4 wickets in the second innings went in vain as Sri Lanka hung in there to squeeze out a win. Sri Lanka resumed the final day at 170 for 3 with Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews at the crease. They needed 218 runs more to win with 7 wickets in hand. Sri Lanka would have believed that they could win this match, but needed to bat sensibly.
Mendis and Mathews fell in the opening hour of the day and Zimbabwe looked on course to complete their maiden away Test win. But that is when Dickwella and Gunaratne came together. Both looked confident right from the beginning and were scoring runs at ease. However, the turning pint of the match was when Dickwella survived a stumping when he was batting on 37. The foot seemed to be on the line, but the third umpire felt that there was some part of his foot behind the line and adjudged it not out. Dickwella had another life when wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva dropped a catch off Cremer, when the batsman was on 63.