Sri Lanka in India 2016 February 6, 2016

Dickwella replaces injured Dilshan for first T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Niroshan Dickwella has played four Tests and one ODI for Sri Lanka © AFP

Wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella has been added to Sri Lanka's squad as cover for Tillakaratne Dilshan, who was ruled out of the first T20 against India with a hand injury. Dilshan did not travel with the team to India on Saturday. He will instead spend a few days recovering from injury at home, before joining the side mid-series. He is expected to be available for the second match, in Ranchi, on February 12.

This injury is an aggravation of an old complaint for Dilshan, who sustained it while attempting a catch during the semi-final of the recently-concluded Super T20 Provincial Tournament. He did not play in the final, but the injury is not thought to be serious. He is scheduled to resume training in the nets on Monday.

Dickwella earned his call-up via a good run in the Super T20 tournament, where he struck 189 runs in six innings, with a strike rate of 173. He has played four Tests and one ODI for Sri Lanka, but is uncapped in the shortest format. He will remain in the squad even after Dilshan rejoins it.

Dilshan is the third high-profile player to be struck by injury ahead of the series. Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews had already been ruled out of all three T20s. The first match is set to be played in Pune, on Tuesday.

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  •   Isuru Madhusankha Perera on February 10, 2016, 4:30 GMT

    Some said that they will quit from watch cricket anymore, if IND lost a single match in this tournament... So I would like to say, please you can quit now... :v :v

  • vikram on February 8, 2016, 12:06 GMT

    Very easy 3 -0 for Indian way... if anything wrong in my prediction I quit to watch cricket anymore.

  • Dark on February 8, 2016, 11:45 GMT

    VKOHLITHEGREAT: Well said mate!!! too bad Kohli the great is not playing if not he alone would score 500 runs in 3 games. even if Sanga, Mahela, Aravinda, Jayasuriya, Arjuna, Murali, vass comes they can't beat this Indian unit. In-fact, no team can beat India on their current form. Not even a world team put together... But then again, If you are to get a world team, you will have at least 4 Indians in that team... Accept it! India, on their current form are FAR superior than any other team in the world. PERIOD.

  • Sachitra on February 8, 2016, 3:43 GMT

    Great, another walking wicket. It will be better to switch off your TV, turn your PC on and play EA Sports cricket 07 easy mode.

  • mohomedfarhan on February 8, 2016, 1:55 GMT

    it's a do or die situation for both the Wicketkeeper batsman. they need to perform big especially Dinesh Chandimal need to get step up

  • Sam on February 8, 2016, 0:47 GMT

    Why does anyone even bother about these 3 T20s. This is SL's second string side playing against India's over-hyped team. Let's get to the truth behind this. This is just a tournament for India's over-hyped team to thrash SL's second string side into pieces and get on a high. for example, players like Yuvraj, Hardik and Nehra to get on a high and put their name into first XI for the T20 worldcup when they shouldn't be there. Then, you know what will happen in the T20 world cup. Same old story as in 2014.

  • Rohan on February 7, 2016, 20:36 GMT

    @ YUOSUFAHMED : Yes mate, they are indeed sending SL A team, infact they have always been sending an A team since their incepton into cricket because they are yet to win a test and a bilateral series in India.

  • Binu on February 7, 2016, 19:09 GMT

    This guy is a quality batsman, SL board should show patients to the youngster, we will get a quality batsman I think

  • Rohan on February 7, 2016, 17:55 GMT

    @ KASUN JAYAWARDHANA : Yes, we do remember the 2014 T 20 world cup final. Infact thats all that we remember because all the others were other way, lol..

  • Manoj on February 7, 2016, 17:10 GMT

    Are they sending SL A team?

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