Sri Lanka's injury woes deepen as Maheesh Theekshana's Asia Cup future hangs in the balance
Sri Lanka's Maheesh Theekshana in race against time after he got injured in a virtual semifinal against Pakistan in the Asia Cup
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Sri Lanka's rising spinner, Maheesh Theekshana, faces an uncertain future in the Asia Cup 2023 as he awaits a crucial scan following a hamstring injury during the Super Four clash against Pakistan. The young talent strained his right hamstring while making a valiant diving effort to prevent a boundary off a sweep shot by Mohammad Rizwan.
In a thrilling encounter which went down the wire, the 23-year-old had already made his mark by delivering nine economical overs, conceding just 42 runs and scalping the crucial wicket of Mohammad Nawaz. Despite the injury setback, Sri Lanka managed to secure a nail-biting victory over Pakistan, securing their spot in the highly anticipated final against India.
This remarkable win was made possible by the heroics of Kusal Mendis and an unbeaten 49-run innings from Charith Asalanka, who held his nerve in a last-ball thriller. As the Lankan team anxiously awaits the scan results, Sri Lanka Cricket Board provided an update, stating,
"Maheesh Theekshana has strained his right hamstring. The player will undergo a scan tomorrow to fully assess his condition. Theekshana sustained the injury while he was fielding during the ongoing game between Sri Lanka and Pakistan," Sri Lanka Cricket Board posted on X (formerly Twitter).
🚨 Maheesh Theekshana has strained his right hamstring.— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) September 14, 2023
The player will undergo a scan tomorrow to fully assess his condition.
Theekshana sustained the injury while he was fielding during the ongoing game between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.#AsiaCup2023 #SLvPAK pic.twitter.com/6RTSRxhKNQ
What’s ahead for Sri Lanka with plethora of injury concerns?
Sri Lanka's preparations for the highly anticipated Asia Cup 2023 final have been thrown into disarray due to a formidable challenge. The right-arm spinner is currently grappling with a troubling right hamstring issue. This unfortunate setback compounds the existing woes faced by the Sri Lankan team, already missing the services of key players Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga.
The gravity of the injury looms large, particularly in light of the impending 2023 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup. Sri Lanka, like all participating nations, is mandated to unveil its final World Cup squad by September 28. The potential absence of Theekshana due to this nagging injury raises concerns about the team's World Cup prospects, as his contribution is pivotal if he can stage a timely recovery from what seems to be a rather substantial setback.