Sri Lanka v India, 1st ODI, Hambantota July 21, 2012

Groin injury puts Kulasekara out of series

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Sri Lanka fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara has been ruled out of the five-ODI series against India, after injuring his groin during the first match in Hambantota on Saturday. While the extent of the injury was not specified, captain Mahela Jayawardene confirmed that he will take not further part in the series at the post-match press conference. A replacement had not yet been discussed, Jayawardene said.

"Nuwan is out of the series. He has got a groin injury. We cannot get a scan here [in Hambantota]. Once we get back to Colombo, we will get a scan done and see the extent of the injury and how long he will have to be out," Jayawardene said. "We will talk to the selectors [about a replacement].

"The A team guys probably would have arrived today in Sri Lanka [after the Zimbabwe tri-series]. There was a selector on [that] tour, so we will get some advice from him [as to] who was in good form and try and come up with a replacement."

Kulasekara had injured himself while attempting a catch that would have got rid of Virender Sehwag: in the eleventh over, with Sehwag on 24, Kulasekara ran in from mid-off and dived forward to collect the ball the batsman had mistimed while trying to loft Thisara Perera over extra cover. He took the catch low down, but the effort was in vain as Sehwag escaped with replays proving inconclusive. He did not bowl after the incident, having completed only five overs in his spell, and only came out to bat at No. 11 with India in control of the match.

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  • Sinhaya on July 24, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    @Harmony111, umpires are doing a tough job in the middle meaning errors are inevitable. They have to make a quick decision when the fielders appeal. They are humans and make errors and DRS is the solution as it has helped increase the number of correct umpiring decisions. Good example is when SL beat South Africa in the last year's Boxing Day test, Jacques Kallis was given not out for a close in catch when chasing 450. We challenged it and hawk eye showed the ball touching the bat and we dismissed Kallis. Who knows if Kallis stayed on, SA may have gone on to beat us in Durban.

  • Sinhaya on July 24, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @Harmony111, I was replying to you yesterday and day before but strangely none got published!

  • Harmony111 on July 23, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    @Sinhaya: I am interested to know how do you assume that not having UDRS helps India any more than it does to the other team. What is the basis of this assumption? In that same Eng Series, Dravid was given OUT when the ball had brushed his shoe laces. In that same series, KP was ruled NOT OUT after being given OUT even with the UDRS. Clearly, I have managed to prove that UDRS or no UDRS, no team is affected specifically. The errors tend to be distributed well. What irks though is when Umpires are utterly incompetent, fail routinely and fail to apply rules and some common sense such as not being able to count balls from 1-6, failing to note an edge or lack of it even in a Slo Mo replay. Having countered your argument, time for you to answer the other points of my last post, esp the one about why was there no UDRS in the SL-Pak series if SL and Pak are so fond of it? Is it still BCCI's fault? Also tell me if UDRS would have helped in Viru or KS's Catch/Run Out appeals?

  • Batman111 on July 23, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Farveez Maharoof should have been a better option to replace Kula.. He bowled well in Australian tri-series and his pace variation and swinging skills are one of the best I have seen in world cricket..

  • Harmony111 on July 23, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    @Sinhaya: I am interested to know how do you assume that not having UDRS helps India any more than it does to the other team. What is the basis of this assumption? In that same Eng Series, Dravid was given OUT when the ball had brushed his shoe laces. In that same series, KP was ruled NOT OUT after being given OUT even with the UDRS. Clearly, I have managed to prove that UDRS or no UDRS, no team is affected specifically. The errors tend to be distributed well. What irks though is when Umpires are utterly incompetent, fail routinely and fail to apply rules and some common sense such as not being able to count balls from 1-6, failing to note an edge or lack of it even in a Slo Mo replay. Having countered your argument, time for you to answer the other points of my last post, esp the one about why was there no UDRS in the SL-Pak series if SL and Pak are so fond of it? Is it still BCCI's fault? Also tell me if UDRS would have helped in Viru or KS's Catch/Run Out appeals?

  • dummy4fb on July 23, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    noooooooooooo maharoof for kula

  • Htc-Android on July 23, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    i really cant see sri lanka winning matches. perera and mathews will be always expensive. malinga recent performance against india is poor. only reliable bowler kulasekera is gone. now our bowling is weak. i hope sri lanka will include back up bowler in the final XI.

  • dummy4fb on July 23, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Its time to overlook Tharanga as a opener. Dimuthu K. is in great form after SL A team tour to South Africa. Malinga is not great perfomer agaings India. Wonder Why? ah i forgot about the IPL contract, the hightst paid bowler in India. I agree with sampath de silva, Maharoof will be replacement for KULA. Rangana is not tretaning at all after seeing decade of Muralis delight. Schithra Senanayake or Jeevan mendis is need a spining allrounder spot in SL team

  • dilr on July 23, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Nooooo Dilhara Please????

  • dummy4fb on July 22, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    @Sinhaya Sehwag lbw in 2008 at SSC is the case of Hawkeye error which even Tony Grieg agreed and cricinfo commentary explains it. At Nagpur vs NZ? India suffered, VVS and Zaheer were wrongly given out. I don't think it has been onesided favour for India in many cases. Anyway, Indians (Dhoni) seems to struggle with its use and instances like Ian bell in WC and Dravid 3 times in England have not helped.His defensiveness also overlooks the fact that Indian bowlers can benefit from DRS.Indians players like Sehwag have welcomed DRS as well. EVEN SRT HAS GIVEN HIS CONSENT FEW MONTHS BACK.

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