Sri Lanka’s guide in the historic Test series win in South Africa, Kusal Janith Perera was injured in the 3rd ODI vs South Africa at Kingsmead grounds, Durban.
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.
Right away, 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.
He is ruled out of the remaining 2 ODIs against South Africa due to the injury and SLC announced they will not send any replacement players as cover for Perera
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.
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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.
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The wicket keeper top order batsman is part of Sri Lanka’s World Cup plans and his healthy physical condition will be crucial for Sri Lanka in the coming months.