Ind vs SL 1st ODI LIVE: Sri Lanka’s vice-captain Dhananjaya De Silva is finally out of injury crisis as confirmed by skipper Dasun Shanaka in a press. The skipper confirmed that Dhananjaya De Silva will be available for the first ODI as the scan report says nothing to worry about. Earlier, reports hovered over De Silva’s absence from the first ODI against India on July 18 due to his back injury.
Dasun Shanaka (in Press) confirms Dhananjaya De Silva will be available for the first ODI as scan report says nothing to worry. #SLvIND
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As per earlier reports in local media Cricwire, Dhananjaya De Silva was sent for CT scans after he complained of a back injury after training on Friday. It could deal a heavy blow to a team that is already depleted in the absence of Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews amongst many others. In fact, De Silva with 50 ODIs is the most experienced player in the squad. The captain of the team Dasun Shanaka is just 28-ODIs old.
Ind vs SL 1st ODI: If Dhananjaya De Silva is to be ruled out of the 1st ODI, it could deal a heavy blow to Sri Lanka when they face Shikhar Dhawan’s Team India, which on paper is a second-string side but boasts the likes of experienced campaigners like Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey besides Bhuvneshwar Kumar apart from the skipper himself who has played 142 ODIs and 34 Test matches.
On Friday with just 48 hours left for the 1st ODI, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced the squad for the three-match ODI and T20I series which had to be postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak in the camp after returning from England. Batting coach Grant Flower and performance analyst GT Niroshan was also found to be infected besides two other players from alternate squads.
Ind vs SL 1st ODI: But as all other players tested negative, they were allowed to train and take part in the series. But with Kusal Perera and Binura Fernando’s injuries, the morale of the team took a hit as they have been embroiled in poor performance on the field and controversies off it.
If they slumped to their third straight ODI series loss in England, it was the manner of defeat that irked former players and the board. But then three players — Kushal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka — were sent home from England after they were seen breaching COVID-19 restrictions and roaming at night besides smoking in Durham. Dubbed as ‘terrible trio’, they were suspended immediately.
Ind vs SL 1st ODI: But it is the long-standing contract dispute with the SLC that has dampened the spirit of the squad. Many senior players including Angelo Mathews have quit while the current players are playing on a tour to tour basis.