Match winning allrounder Angelo Mathews will return home due to the strain he suffered to his right quadricep muscle during the match winning innings last night. Sri Lankan team physio Tommy Simsek is predicting a grade 2 tear where the healing time is expected take up to 4 weeks.
The team management has requested cover for the injured Mathews from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). When contacted by srilankacricket.lk, SLC’s Head of Cricket Operations Ashley De Silva confirmed Mathew’s return and stated that Wayamba allrounder Thissara Perera will join the squad in India as his replacement.
20 year old Perera, known in the Sri Lankan domestic circuit for his devastating batting is also a good right arm Seam Bowler who can produce bowling speeds upto 135Kmph. His batting style is reflected by the staggering 1st class strike rate of 91.1%. He is expected to leave the island tonight.
Sri Lankan squad is already hampered by injuries to its bowlers Thilan Thushara, Dammika Prasad, Muthiah Muralidharan and Dilhara Fernando.