Allrounder Asela Gunaratne, though has been fully recovered from his shoulder injury, is set to miss the three match test series against India, Cricket Age has reliably learnt. Young Middle-Order batsman Dhananjaya De Silva is tipped to takeover Asela place in the test side.
“He has fully recovered from his Shoulder Injury. But there are doubts, whether he regained full match fitness. Most likely, he could miss test series, though, he will certainly play in the ODI and T20 series” a top SLC Official told Cricket Age.
“It depends on the result of his fitness test, to be honest. He has not started practicing, this all depends on the result of his fitness test” he revealed further.
In Asela absence, Dhananjaya De Silva is the front runner to occupy middle order slot. Captaining Sri Lanka A, he was in spectacular form in the recently concluded test series against West Indies A.
Asela Gunaratne had fractured his thumb during the first test against India in July. In last one year, he has emerged as Sri Lanka most consistent player in all three formats. On Tuesday, he swept SLC Annual award function, as he won T20 batsman, T20 allrounder, ODI allrounder and most promising player of the year awsrds.
Sri Lanka to play three tests, three ODIs and three T20s in 37 days long India tour.
The first test will be played at Historic Eden Garden, Kolkata from 16th November. Three match ODI series will be played on 10th, 13th and 17th December. The tour will end up with three t20 matches, as first match is scheduled to be played on 20th December in Cuttack.