World Cup 2023: Dasun Shanaka Ruled Out, Chamika Karunaratne Named as Replacement.

Today’s match between Australia and Sri Lanka holds significant importance in the ongoing World Cup. Yesterday, fans saw an amazing display of talents after Afghanistan came out in a surprising win over the reigning World Cup champions, England. However, two cricket powerhouses, Australia and Sri Lanka, will go toe-to-toe on the international stage. That being said, we can expect an exciting encounter today. Unfortunately, Sri Lanka’s all-rounder Dasun Shanaka has been ruled out due to an injury he sustained in the Pak vs SL match. This comes as a big blow for the Sri Lankans as Shanaka is undoubtedly the team’s leader. Due to a devastating injury, Shanaka could potentially miss the remainder of the tournament.

In this article, we will focus on Dasun Shanaka’s injury and its impact on the World Cup 2023, along with the interim captain and the replacement selection. Additionally, you can also read our previous article on the Aus vs SL match prediction.

Dasun Shanaka’s absence could mean trouble for Sri Lanka

Dasun Shanaka Ruled Out of the World Cup, Chamika Karunaratne Named as Replacement
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After their loss against Pakistan, Sri Lanla’s Dasun Shanaka sustained a right thigh muscle injury. The 32-year-old cricket star will reportedly need at least three weeks to recover.

Both Australia and Sri Lanka, having faced defeats in their previous matches, are now prepared for a crucial clash. The absence of SL’s captain, Dasun Shanaka, adds an extra challenge for the nationals, leaving fans eager to witness how the team will navigate this important match. With both teams eager for a win to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

This is a major setback for Sri Lanka cricket team at the mid of the 2023 World Cup. The ICC Technical Committee approved the appointment of a replacement for the skipper on Saturday, October 14.

Previously, injuries led to the absence of Hasaranga and Chameera from the World Cup squad. With their key players missing and a struggling performance, Sri Lanka’s challenges have compounded. In place of Shanaka, Chamika Karunatne has been named as the replacement.

Who’s going to replace Dasun Shanaka?

Dasun Shanaka Ruled Out of the World Cup, Chamika Karunaratne Named as Replacement.
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Chamika Karunatne is set to step into the shoes of Dasun Shanaka, already positioned in India and traveling alongside the team as a reserve player. Despite not playing for Sri Lanka since the T20I against New Zealand in April, the 27-year-old has played 23 ODIs, scoring 443 runs, and taking 24 wickets for his country.

In Shanaka’s absence, the capable vice-captain Kusal Mendis will take on the responsibility of leading the team. Mendis is expected to step up and guide the team through the tournament.

Kusal Mendis will take the charge as Interim Captain

World Cup 2023: Dasun Shanaka Ruled Out, Chamika Karunaratne Named as Replacement.
Image Source- The Indian Express

Kusal Mendis, leading the team for the first time in the upcoming match against Australia, currently stands as one of the tournament’s top scorers with an impressive 198 runs from two games. Addressing his new role, Mendis shared, “I am excited about the captaincy and aim to maintain my current performance.” With prior leadership experience, he expressed confidence in his capabilities, mentioning his past captaincy in practice matches. Recognizing the absence of all-rounder Shanaka, he termed it a “significant loss” for the team. With an illustrious history of 114 ODIs and 3413 runs, Mendis continues his stellar form, notably securing a century in the previous match against Pakistan.

Predicted XI of Sri Lanka team

Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (c/wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka.

Conclusion

As the World Cup unfolds, Sri Lanka’s campaign encounters a crucial phase without Dasun Shanaka. However, the emergence of Kusal Mendis as the team’s new leader injects a renewed sense of determination. Despite the challenges posed by Shanaka’s absence, the collective resilience of the Sri Lankan team shines through, underscoring their unwavering resolve to make a significant impact in the ongoing tournament. As the focus turns to Mendis, the team unites, showcasing their unwavering determination and collective drive for success, exemplifying the true spirit that defines their journey in the World Cup.

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