Sri Lanka’s dashing left hander Kusal Janith Perera, who sustained an injury in his left hamstring; while fielding during the 3rd ODI will not take further part in the South African series. No replacement will be sent.
The incident happened in the 7th over of the South African innings when home captain Faf du Plessis drove one down straight and Perera who was at mid-off dived to stop a certain boundary. Perera immediately clutched his knee and was visibly in a lot of pain.
Immediately, he left the field and later it was reported that Perera was taken to the hospital for scans.
The left hander didn’t come to bat for Sri Lanka in the rain-interrupted game which was comfortably won by South Africa.
This is not the first time Perera had to endure an injury while fielding in the outfield. He was admitted to hospital after crashing onto the advertising hoardings in a test at West Indies last year. Perera was hit on the helmet and had to retire hurt in a test in Australia last month. He was carrying a hamstring niggle last year as well.