Dilshan Madushanka Joins Sri Lanka’s World Cup Qualifier Squad As Chameera Sidelined Due To Injury

Sri Lanka’s young left-arm seamer, Dilshan Madushanka, has been called up to the national squad for the World Cup qualifiers following an injury to pacer Dushmantha Chameera. Chameera, who could only participate in warm-up matches before the group stage, suffered an injury during a training session, ruling him out of the tournament. Madushanka, one of the standby players initially named, impressed during his debut campaign at the 2022 Asia Cup and has shown promise in recent matches for Sri Lanka A. As the team deals with the absence of their premier pacer, Madushanka’s inclusion adds depth to the pace attack.

Dushmantha Chameera’s unfortunate injury setback during a training session blows Sri Lanka’s World Cup qualifier campaign. Chameera had already faced a calf injury during the T20 World Cup in 2022, leading to a significant period on the sidelines. Since the T20 World Cup qualifiers in Australia, he has only featured in a few domestic matches and a couple of ODIs against Afghanistan in the home series. The absence of his experience and skill has posed challenges for the Sri Lankan team.

Dilshan Madushanka, a young and talented left-arm seamer, made a strong impression during his debut campaign at the 2022 Asia Cup in Dubai. His recent displays for Sri Lanka A have also been noteworthy, particularly his four-wicket haul across two innings against South Africa A in Pallekele. Despite his limited international experience, Madushanka has shown potential and the ability to make an impact with his bowling.

Madushanka’s inclusion in the World Cup qualifier squad boosts Sri Lanka’s pace attack, led by Lahiru Kumara, Matheesha Pathirana, and Kasun Rajitha. With Chameera’s absence, the responsibility falls on the remaining bowlers to shoulder the workload. Madushanka’s presence adds variety to the attack and allows the team management to rotate their bowlers effectively. The 22-year-old’s potential and recent performances make him an exciting prospect for Sri Lanka’s future.

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Despite making his ODI debut during the away series against India in January 2023, Madushanka’s international appearances have been limited due to injuries and truncated series. He played only one more ODI against New Zealand in March, claiming two wickets at an economy rate of 7.21. The World Cup qualifiers allow Madushanka to gain valuable experience and showcase his skills on the international stage.

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