Pathirana returns to Sri Lanka due to hamstring injury

Sunday, 05 May 2024 - 18:20

Five-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings announced on Sunday that star fast bowler Matheesha Pathirana will be returning to Sri Lanka to continue his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Pathirana has been missing in action since playing against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 28. Pathirana has been quite impressive for the Ruturaj Gaikwad-led side and his absence comes a big setback for the side which is looking to book IPL 2024 playoff berth.

"Matheesha Pathirana is nursing a hamstring injury and will be returning to Sri Lanka for further recovery. Chennai Super Kings wishes Pathirana a quick recovery," CSK said in a statement on Sunday.

After missing the home fixture against Punjab Kings in Chennai, Pathirana was also ruled out of the reverse fixture in Dharamsala on Sunday. His absence further depletes CSK, who were already without Deepak Chahar, their powerplay specialist. It's understood Chahar didn't travel to Dharamsala and is waiting for his scan reports in Chennai after bowling just two balls against PBKS on Wednesday.

Pathirana played only six games for CSK in IPL 2024, taking 13 wickets with an economy of 7.68. He had missed the IPL 2024 season-opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore with a hamstring injury he had sustained while playing for Sri Lanka against Bangladesh in Sylhet in March. He is the second Sri Lanka fast bowler on the sidelines with left-armer Dilshan Madushanka, who was due to make his IPL debut for Mumbai Indians, ruled out of the entire IPL season.

Sri Lanka's premier legspinner Wanindu Hasaranga had also pulled out of the entire IPL 2024 because of chronic heel pain in his left foot. Sri Lanka are yet to unveil their provisional squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the USA and the West Indies.

With Pathirana leaving the IPL with injury, England's Richard Gleeson, 36, is the only overseas fast bowler in the CSK squad. Mustafizur Rahman's stint with the franchise ended on May 1 and the left-arm seamer has now linked up with the Bangladesh side for their ongoing home T20I series against Zimbabwe.

Tushar Deshpande, who sat out of the match against PBKS at Chepauk with a flu, had recovered to make CSK's XI in the reverse fixture in Dharamsala. Delhi's Simarjeet Singh and the Maharashtra pair of Mukesh Choudhary and Prashant Solanki were part of the Impact Player bench for that game.

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