Sri Lanka suffered a huge blow in the first Test against India in Galle on Wednesday (July 26) as middle-order batsman Asela Gunaratne was ruled out of the game with a fractured left thumb. The left-hander has been rushed to Colombo for a surgery, Sri Lanka’s Chairman of Selectors Sanath Jayasuriya told Cricbuzz.
Gunaratne’s injury comes across as a huge dent to Sri Lanka’s already depleted batting resources. Prior to the Galle Test, Sri Lanka’s batting mainstay Dinesh Chandimal, who had been named the Test skipper after Angelo Mathews stepped down, was ruled out with pneumonia.
Gunaratne recently starred with the bat courtesy an unbeaten 80 against Zimbabwe in the one-off Test, as he strung together a match-winning partnership with Niroshan Dickwella to help Sri Lanka register the highest-ever run chase on home soil.