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ICC World Cup 2023 is keeping everyone on its toes even though the tournament hasn’t started yet. The excitement is getting doubled up as each day passes by. The cricket extravaganza will take place in India from 5th October and the final is all set to take place on 19th November. While the excitement is there for everyone to see, a few teams have faced setbacks as well as few star players have been ruled out of the tournament. 

ICC World Cup 2023: Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga ruled out of the World Cup with a hamstring injury

Sri Lanka Qualified for the World Cup 2023 in India after defeating Zimbabwe by 9 wickets in the World Cup Qualifiers 2023
Sri Lanka Qualified for the World Cup 2023 | Image Credit: ICC

Sri Lanka team are among the unfortunate teams that will be heading into the ICC World Cup 2023 without their star player. Premier spinner Wanindu Hasaranga has been ruled out of the tournament with a hamstring injury. 

Wanindu Hasaranga has faced a grade three hamstring tear and is unlikely to recover in time. It’ll be a big setback for Sri Lanka as he has been the mainstay of the bowling lineup. The leg-spinner also missed the Asia Cup 2023 and his absence was quite evident. 

Wanindu Hasaranga missing the ICC World Cup 2023 will give a massive headache to Sri Lanka team management. It’s fair to say to name a replacement of his quality won’t be possible and they need to dig in to see who to add into the team. 

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Wanindu Hasaranga was undergoing rehab during the Asia Cup 2023. However, his hamstring aggravated during that, which made things worse for him. He has picked 67 wickets in 48 matches at 28.77, including three five-wicket hauls. 

Apart from this, he has been handy with the bat as well as he has scored 832 runs to go with four half-centuries under his belt. 

Sri Lanka will open their ICC World Cup 2023 campaign against South Africa on October 7 at the Arun Jaitely Stadium in Delhi. They are yet to announce their squad for the tournament.