RCB vs PBKS Live: Declared UNFIT to play for Sri Lanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa sends BIG MESSAGE to SLC with 43 off 22 against RCB

RCB vs PBKS LIVE: Dropped from the Sri Lankan team over fitness concerns, Bhanuka Rajapaksa delivered a statement of intent on his…

RCB vs PBKS LIVE: Dropped from the Sri Lankan team over fitness concerns, Bhanuka Rajapaksa delivered a statement of intent on his IPL 2022 debut on Sunday. Coming into bat at No. 3 for Punjab Kings, the left-hander blasted a quick fire 43 to put his side in the driver’s seat. Follow IPL 2022 live updates on Insidesport.in

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RCB vs PBKS Live: Declared UNFIT to play for Sri Lanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa sends BIG MESSAGE to SLC with 43 off 22 against Hasaranga’s RCB

Bhanuka Rajapaksa silenced his critics in fine style on Sunday after he chipped in with a game changing knock at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. The Sri Lankan, who filled in for the absent Jonny Bairstow, scored a magnificent 43 off just 22 balls to add impetus to Punjab’s chase, who eventually sealed the deal with an over to spare.

The Sri Lankan left-hander took particular liking to fellow countryman Wanindu Hasaranga, who struggled to keep Rajapaksa in check. Bhanuka nullified the threat of Hasaranga’s mystery spin, further easing Punjab’s troubles.

RCB vs PBKS Live: Declared UNFIT to play for Sri Lanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa sends BIG MESSAGE to SLC with 43 off 22 against Hasaranga’s RCB

Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s innings is a timely reminder of his skills and a statement of intent to the Sri Lankan Cricket Board, after he was dropped from the side on fitness grounds. Rajapaksa had announced his retirement in protest and later retracted the same, working on his fitness before the IPL 2022 began.

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The 30-year-old top-order batter had missed the selection of the India tour after being found to have an excessive skin fold on his body. Rajapaksa has sought the help of Sri Lankan professor Arjuna de Silva in a bid to build up his fitness.

Professor Arjuna de Silva, the chairman of the medical panel of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board will personally supervise, guide and monitor the fitness and skin fold level of Bhanuka Rajapaksa. The training seems to ha e worked as the the Sri Lankan set the show alight on his IPL debut.

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