Sri Lanka v India, 1st ODI, Hambantota

Groin injury puts Kulasekara out of series

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July 21, 2012

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Nuwan Kulasekara attempts to dismiss Virender Sehwag by taking a tumbling catch, Sri Lanka v India, 1st ODI, Hambantota, July 21, 2012
Nuwan Kulasekara injured his groin while attempting a diving catch © AFP
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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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Posted by 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.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 24, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

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

Posted by 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?

Posted by 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..

Posted by 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?

Posted by   on (July 23, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

noooooooooooo maharoof for kula

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by dilr on (July 23, 2012, 3:17 GMT)

Nooooo Dilhara Please????

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

All these comments are out of context. The article is on Kulasekara's injury. There should be suggestions on a suitable replacement. Isuru Udana who is already in the squad will obviously be chosen for the next match. But there should be an alternative if he fails to deliver. Regarding these type of catches, it is clear that technology is not advanced enough to make a clear differentiation between a grounded catch and a genuine one. So better not to use it as it will only result in the benefit of doubt given to the batsman. Instead on field umpires should make a decision one way or another or alternatively batsman should take fielders word and leave.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

Kosala Kulasekara is the Best replacement for Nuwan Kulasekara.He bowled well in South Africa.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 22, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

@Mozenrath Tabaqi, if you recall that LBW against Sehwag at SSC in 2008, Murali's delivery hit on the middle was clearly going to hit the wicket. Dravid was given not out in the 3rd test at the P Sara when he was cruising and thanks to DRS, he was given LBW correctly and Indian innings crumbled afterwards. Ok regarding Australia in India in 2010, Chandigarh test was marred by poor umpiring where Ojha should have been given LBW in the 2nd innings but given not out. Even Hussey got a dreadful howler in that test. In that year when NZ came, 2 howlers against NZ in Nagpur proved costly for the Kiwis. Well Dravid's reprieve in the 3rd test in the Brabourne Stadium was costly for us. Point about marginal decisions is that if the ball is just clipping the wicket it should be out unless if the ball is misssing the wicket. I think it was DRS that won us the series in 2008 and not Mendis, who was an over rated bowler who is now extinct and will never be seen again.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

Though Sanga scord a centry..It can not be considered as a match winning effort..He should have palyed possitive cricket with Tharanga....The slow over ate for the second wicket gave unnessasary presure to young middle order...The way Malinga is bowling against India is very surprising...Can anybody say why thses selectors are always dropping Jeewan Mendis when he is performing well...He is a mixture of Rangana Herath & Lahiru Thirimanne..He has made match winning performance during the last match against pakistan...Farveez Mahroof should be the replacement of Kulasekara...

Posted by xylo on (July 22, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

As long as Kulasekara can recover in time for the T20 WC, I believe Mahela will be okay with it.

Posted by timohyj on (July 22, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

if i reemeber correctly, india and sri lanka fans used to get along very well. In fact, SL was probably our biggest friend in cricket. However, this as changed by SL when Randiv overstepped on purpose when Sehwag was on 99 to denie him his century. That was one of the most despicable acts in the history of cricket even rivaling trevor chappel's underarm ball. And this complaining that sehwag was out is very silly because everyone knows that benefit of doubt goes to the batsman, and there was a lot of doubt on kulasekara's catch, in act it looked more not out than anything else. Waht SL fas are ignoring is that Sanga also benefited from the benefit of the doubt when he looked to be run out with his bat on the line. It acually looked much closer to being out than kula's catch but there was enough doubt for it to be given not out

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

@Sinhaya You DID not mention the decisions India suffered. Many of the lbws were marginal, Dravid catch was off the helmet and Sehwag lbw in first test in 2008 all were dubious. Indians were annoyed by that,and Dhoni doesn't know to use it. another thing is KUMBLE retired at the wrong time, he style of bowling suited DRS.his lack of form in 2008 notwithstanding. Aus tour in India 2010 - India actually suffered, which benefit are you referring to? the one after Ishant was wrongly given out in the last moments? that benefitted Aus, Ojha would have never batted. Dravid in 2009 was given wrongly out in the first test, you missed that? and that decision at Mumbai did not matter. Never heard SL fans mentioning the MARGINAL decisions which is the problem NOT howlers. Mendis and not DRS was the reason for that 2008 SL win.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

Get well soon Kule.................................

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 22, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

@Harmony111 yes of course. Look at the last Sri Lanka India test in Mumbai in 2009. Dravid was given not out when he was clearly caught for a bat and pad. Dilshan was given LBW in that match when it was clearly missing the wicket. Had DRS been there, we could have minimized the impact of that howler. When DRS debutted in 2008, lot of LBW appeals were not out when we were bowling and when challenged, many Indian batsmen were given out making us the beneficiaries. Had DRS not been there, India would have beaten Sri Lanka 3-0 in 2008. Also, look at when Aussies visited India in Oct 2010, India were the beneficiaries of umpiring errors cos DRS was not there. Last year at Lords when India played England, Tendulkar was given not out for a plumb LBW cos no DRS was there for LBWs.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 22, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

@Jindal Priyank, I am buoyed by your reconciliatory comments and I will act neutrally for the coming days and see how other Indians also reciprocate and hope bashing and vilifying call each other as weak school boys or flat track bullies ends. Fact is that both teams are world class teams which can excel on any given day. Overall, South Asian teams are weak on fast bouncy pitches and only Tendulkar and Dravid have shown the skill on green tops. I hope this series can be used to mend fences and exchange warm pleasantries rather than making mud slinging comments. Hope as many Indian and Lankan fans see this comment and follow suit. I of course will be crossed with BCCI for their stubbornness with DRS as why only BCCI is against DRS.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

Parvez maharoof must be included in place of the injured player........................

Posted by cool2cool on (July 22, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

@CLETUS-SL: Good point mate. We are waiting to see SL's comeback against "India" for atleast last 3-4 matches now.

Posted by cool2cool on (July 22, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

@ Sinhaya: If SL is in favor of UDRS, why it was not there in recent SL-PAK series?

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

(From Indian Fan) @ Dear Lankan Fans: After seeing some of the members speaking their heart out here, I too want to say something. India, SA, NZ and SL used to be favorite teams. But don't know what happened in past few months, why there is so much hatred between us. Agreed that I too sometimes post -ve comments about SL, I have no personal issues with SL but I can't forget the incident when a few months or a year ago when Sachin recieved his 1st ever ICC award, SL fans alleged that BCCI have purchased it coz it is the richest board. although i'm not a mad fan of SRT but that posts from SL fans did hurt me badly. n abt DRS ya Im in favor of it unlike SRT, Dhoni bt they might have their own reasons for rejecting it n hey Not using DRS doesn't help Indian Team, we have suffered a lot of matches / opportunities coz of it. I hope, in coming days we don't bash each other's teams.

Posted by Harmony111 on (July 22, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

@Sinhaya: Really? Can you back your allegations? Please document the no of times India has had the benefit of not using UDRS. 2nd, please prove that not having UDRS helps India any more or any less than it does to the other team be it in India or out of India. 3rd, BCCI feels that UDRS has a to fix a few issues before it can be universally adopted - what is wrong with this? There have been some cases where the Hawk Eye failed to track the ball path correctly or failed to extrapolate the ball path correctly. There have been cases where the HotSpot failed to show an edge when it looked like there was one. If you are so ardent supporter UDRS then can you produce an independent peer reviewed analysis of UDRS - I am only talking about established best practice in vogue globally, nothing more. 4th, Why was there no UDRS in SL vs Pak series - Is that too a fault of BCCI? You should practice what you preach to BCCI. 5th, UDRS is a Null here, Viru and KS's appeals had no link to UDRS.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

I totally agree with Prashan. It's good cricket match which played yesterday, Win & Lost margin...Kulasekara was the factor.DON'T FORGET Weall are Asians ....We are playing A Gentlemen's GAME.Long Live CRICKET.

Posted by ruchanu93 on (July 22, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

@Neeraj Gautam, mate when was anything foolproof in this world? fyi nothing is! UDRS is there to minimize the errors of umpires! if they make 10 errors its there to make it 1 o 2 and not zero cuz thats virtually impossible. and in the process one or two will go the other way but that is something we have to keep up with if you get it right 9 times outa 10 then its damn good rather than seeing umpires getting 6 o 7 outa 0 decisions correct. And about tendulkar well keep the fact that he is a great batsman and etc aside the bottom line is he is an indian and an indian to the core and would he ever critizise his boards descision? well all of us rem how india were humiliated when DRS was adapted in Ajantha mendis's maiden series, Mahela got around 10 appeals correct and India around 2 o 3 ;P well you guys are calling umpires are gods and alll and telling to bewith em but where were all those when ul were in aussie sometime back and were blaming bucknor and all bigtyme?

Posted by lion69sl on (July 22, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

sl lost to PAK in the 1st ODI very badly in the last series @ the same venue and went on to win the series 3-1

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 22, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

@rahulkkhh, we dont need to prepare for any excuses. We know our fielding was poor yesterday and that was costly and we are determined to do well on Tuesday. We were 1-0 down against Pakistan and fought back to win. We have won ODIs many times before against India and nothing can stop us winning again. Yes please keep talking as if Sri Lanka has never ever ever won any international cricket match in this planet. I can have a good laugh reading them.

Posted by sonu77 on (July 22, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

Huge blow for SL.Relief for Gambhir..:)Shaminda Eranga is the ideal replacement if he fit..

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

Jeevan Mendis might be in for the next game

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 10:43 GMT)

why you people are making such a big issue of UDRS????? we all have seen how the reviewed decisions have been. India thinks it isn't 100% acuurate and so does ICC. ICC keeps on saying dt errors are there in this technology. So why not go by umpires decision and not invest in UDRS when the technology isn't fullproof. A batsman of the stature of sachin tendulkar has expressed doubts on the technology and those have been confirmed as well. For now india doesn't support UDRS and as a member of ICC their view is being respected. Why you people are jealous of th power of the indian cricket board. Just sit back and enjoy the game. This discussion wont win your team matches against us !!!!

Posted by warneneverchuck on (July 22, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

SL fans start preparing for excuses u wil need them at the end of the series

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (July 22, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

IF SL continue to drop catches, it will be IND 5-0.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (July 22, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

As I said before the start Fielding will win this FLAT PITCH KING TROPHY. Dilshan dropped Shewrag.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 22, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

@Harmony111, you are telling that we benefited from umpiring decisions against Pakistan. Yes but then how about India getting many umpiring benefits thanks to refusing UDRS always? When India has home tests, many umpiring howlers have gone in India's favor, so dont single out Sri Lanka Pakistan series as marred by bad umpiring. Why cant India ok the DRS so that all umpiring howlers can be ruled out? Regarding your comment on the other forum we debated, it was closed for comments so I could not reply. I of course got bitter towards India naturally seeing the similar bitter comments towards Sri Lanka made by Indians. Regarding Kohli, we must have a good strategy to get him out or he will be probably the biggest obstacle for victory. Anyway, last night we came close but Sanga was too slow putting pressure on the rest.

Posted by CLETUS-SL on (July 22, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

Do we really have to talk about the behavior of the players in etc team also about the FANS quality.?? COZ WE ALL KNOW WHAT ABOUT IT VERY WELL..SO STOP PRETENDING... I do agree the SL players wd have lost their respect by doing/saying things...same goes to the INDIANS....in fact umpire errors are avoidable but not the stupid errors.I thought SL will be in the loosing seat from the time they lost the toss & for the drop catches..as this ground is always in favor of team bat first.still SL gave a good fight may be it was matter of 3-4 good blows.. would have changed the result.How ever if some1 wants to say India is not beatable.. that's wrong..SL will come back on the next match harder than this..just that now they don't have Kula...BUT don't expect SL to hand over the series to INDIA...coz its SL not Bangladesh..or some other minor team..

Posted by Harmony111 on (July 22, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

I also want everyone to recall one thing. In 2011's India's tour of England, Zaheer Khan has an injury in the 1st Test Match itself on day 1 and he was out of that match and the whole series. What was the reaction of the SL fans then? They simply refused to see that as a severe handicap to Team India in that match and for the series. Today when Kula had to leave with just 5 overs of his quota left and he still somehow managed to bat then the SL fans was mourning it and saying that SL lost because of Kula's loss? SL fans talk of Viru's not out yet ignore the not out of Sangakkara. Any neutral person would say that Viru's looked more not-out than out while Sangakkara's bat was almost certainly on the line and hence out. SL fans also conveniently forget that their own Mr. Gracious Mahela had refused to walk off in a WC match against NZ in 2011 and the replays had labelled him not out. The SL fans also forget that they had so many fav decision against Pak recently. SHEER DOUBLE STANDARDS.

Posted by Harmony111 on (July 22, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

@randikaayya: Your comment is incorrect. Viru was well within his rights to express his doubts, the replays showed he was not out. Can't you see the ball is touching the ground as Kula tumbled? Btw, during the WC IIRC Mahela also refused to walk in a match against NZ. What about that huh? Why do most SL fans keep a very selective memory? This is not funny anymore. The only thing that made me funny about your comment was your user id on cricinfo. Keep posting !!!

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

@sachinkhairnar5983, thanks for your warm reconciliatory comments. I admit I have posted anti India comments after seeing many anti Lanka comments posted by Indian fans. I got offended when Indian fans posted comments showing Lankan batting is a school boy lineup to even talking as if we have never won any game away. I also admit Lankan fans also have posted similar offensive coments on India. It is honestly the worse thing to get so emotional over a sporting matter really. Talking about the game yesterday, Kulasekara's demise was a blow for us. Sanga was too slow and Mahela is out of form. Hope cricket is a source of unity among South Asian fans honestly but that will never happen on cricinfo forums. Anyway, I will be glad if BCCI okays DRS because that is the main reason I have been negative about India.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

what happ to Farveez Maharoof...He was the best all rounder for SL @the moment?

Posted by Narbavi on (July 22, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

Stop giving excuses, just accept your team is not better than India, we beat u in Australia we beat u in India and over the last 4yrs we are also regularly beating you in your own country!!

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

@Lahiru Prasad Iddamalgoda : What a comedy sir?

Posted by satish619chandar on (July 22, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

Good game.. Once it came to Perera and Sanga, it iwas a matter of one wicket.. Sl were in as long as they were in and once separated, its over.. SL did miss Kula as a death bowler.. he was good in recent times and also in IPL.. Not very sure of catch.. BOD goes to batsman and umpire gave it.. Same with Sanga run out too.. Irfan was excellent with ball whenever he bowled.. Malinga is completely decoded against India.. The only thing Indians are doing consistently post-WC is : Beat SL(Irrespective of where they play)..

Posted by warneneverchuck on (July 22, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

Better accept that yor team can't beat India rather than blaming umpires. Wher were u people when Pakistan got many desicions against them in a previous series. Moreover benefit of doubt always goes to the batsman and same happened yesterday with sanga and sehvag

Posted by shaantanu on (July 22, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

Kulasekhara is a good performer and its a big loss for the SLs........moving away from the main topic here i just want to say that over the last couple of years the indian and slankan fans have been very vocal in their dislike for one another.its very sad really.it wasnt so before n i wish the cordial relations we shared should be revived.....i m sure players from both sides share a much better relationship than us fan.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

Its a shame that SLC built a cricket stadium in a place where you dont have a facility to take a scan.....

Posted by maddy20 on (July 22, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

Is it so difficult to see that the ball is touching the ground(se the third snap) and his fingers are on top of the ball , NOT under it? What is wrong with these Lankan fans?

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 5:24 GMT)

I think SL can will be win this series

Posted by QingdaoXI on (July 22, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

I am posting in this section because most of the Sri Lankan brother will see this page. from last 3-4 years we are playing more cricket against each other and sri lanka is loosing but it doesnt mean you should start hating India. India is the good neighbour for help in crisis for Sril Lanka and still you people Hate India. Why? You will say Indians too do this. I know the indian way of thinking they will never go first, but if you bite them than they will do it in numbers. So for god sake stop this stuff and try to enjoy cricket. From my childhood whenever Sri Lanka used to Play other countries i supported Sri Lanka, but in recent past due to behaviour of fans and some players like Dilshan, Sanga and Randiv i have stop. I hope every thing will be good soon and i will enjoy the success of Sri Lankan teams vs others. And one request to you all try to phased out Seniors from Odi team as India did in 2007-8 they dropped dravid and ganguly to build a new team. Bring on Banuka and dimuth.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

Wish u a happy bday kulasekara ur the best a gr8 loss 4 Lanka dis tym

Posted by ranuk on (July 22, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

Kula palys or not won't change the result of the series. This series organised has been to show that IND team can win a series in overseas. And its important for commercial values before 20-20 World Cup. Sri Lanka will merely give the series to India.

Posted by DilumSL on (July 22, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

@Mozenrath Tabaqi of course dilshan bowled well but I was pointing the last 10 overs. Look at Kula's recent figures in death overs. we could have (may be) save another 10 or 15 runs. and I agree with you about Dilshan. I don't know why Mahela is not giving him a chance to bowl more often. and again the replacement should be ERANGA

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

Sri Lankan fans..Remember world cup?The match against New Zealand?The cleanest catch ever to go to the 3rd umpire because Mahela wouldn't leave?If that was not out, there was no way this was out.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (July 22, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

Yes it's a huge loss for Srilanka.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

Replacement should be Farveeez Maharoof.

Posted by Udendra on (July 22, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

Kosala kulasekara was in form in SA, but he doesnt perform well at home. so may be Eranga is a good option.

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (July 22, 2012, 3:37 GMT)

Sanga was not given run-out.It was actually out and a bad decision went for India and Sanga went on to make 133 runs.Sehwag was not out,the picture here clearly tells the ball was grounded.India needs to take those catches otherwise players like Sanga n dilshan will hurt them after dropped chances.Go for 5-0 India.good luck

Posted by mdeepu83 on (July 22, 2012, 2:12 GMT)

@randikaayya Sanga was also run out and was not given out. So its Ok that Sehwag was also not given out

Posted by Balumekka on (July 22, 2012, 2:02 GMT)

Bad luck for Sri Lanka.... Not only we miss a frontline bowler, but we miss a good lower order batsman too.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2012, 0:20 GMT)

Bring back eranga.... sl should come back in the series........... it shouldnt be 5-0 whitewash.....

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 21:54 GMT)

This is really sad news for the Sri Lankan team. Kula was a key player of the team and to lose him for the entire series is a big blow. Hope he gets well soon!

Posted by randikaayya on (July 21, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

Hope and pray this wouldn't be a turning point int his series :( Sehwag was OUT and Kula was plain unlucky to get such an injury. bad start to a series for SL, they took too long to recover from that disappointment.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

@DilumSL Dilshan filled those 5 overs and did pretty well.

Posted by suve on (July 21, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

Thats a Huge Blow for Sri Lanka. His 5 overs could of made a big difference in the match too. Btw I think his catch was 100% clean, Sehwag should've been given out by the third umpire.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

badluck for sure he's a gd player.....mahela will surely miss his service...........in this series

Posted by DilumSL on (July 21, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

that's big blow for SL. even today his 5 overs could have make a huge difference. wishing KULA a quick recovery. If there is a replacement then it should be Shaminda Eranga.

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