Sri Lanka leg-spinner, Wanindu Hasaranga will not be able to take part in the upcoming three-match T20I series against India after failing to recover from Covid-19. Hasaranga was diagnosed with Covid-19 a week ago during the Australia series and he has returned positive in the latest test after arriving in India as well.
Wanindu Hasaranga was one of the three members of the visiting Sri Lanka team in Australia to test positive following the cases of Kusal Mendis and Binura Fernando and did not feature in the last three T20Is of the five-match series, which Sri Lanka lost 1-4. He returned with figures of 3/38 and 2/33 in that matches.
The leg-spinner became the costliest Sri Lankan player in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) when he was roped in by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for the whopping price of ₹10.75 crores at the IPL 2022 mega auction in Bengaluru on Saturday.
🚨 UPDATE ON WANINDU HASARANGA
Wanindu Hasaranga, who was in isolation after contracting Covid-19, has once again, returned a positive result when a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) was conducted on the player yesterday (22nd February).
A PCR test too confirmed the result. pic.twitter.com/GW5SmgB4H6
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) February 23, 2022
The 24-year-old all-rounder made an impression, especially with the ball, when India had visited Sri Lanka in July for a limited-overs series last year, with a three-for in the second ODI and seven wickets – including a 4 for 9 – to top the bowling charts in the three T20Is. At the end of that series, Wanidu Hasaranga was placed second among T20I bowlers in the ICC rankings.
Sri Lanka will be playing locking horns with India for three T20Is and it will be followed by a couple of Tests. The T20I series is scheduled to be commencing at Lucknow’s Ekana Stadium on February 24. The next two T20I matches are scheduled to be held in Dharmshala on Feb 26 and 27 before the first Test in Mohali followed by a Day-night Test in Bengaluru.