Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews is likely to miss the match against South Africa of the Champions Trophy 2017 due to a calf injury. The Sri Lanka Cricket announced on Wednesday, May 31st that Mathews complained of his calf pain and the management wouldn’t want to take a risk on Saturday match against South Africa.
Sri Lanka Cricket said in a release, “Mathews had complained of stiffness and pain, prompting the team management to conduct radiographic investigations, which revealed a strain on the muscle. He will engage in supervised recovery over the next few days but will most likely sit out the first group stage match.”
If Mathews certainly does miss out that match over South Africa, it will be displayed with a huge blow for the island nation, who usually heavily dependent on the hardness he brings to the batting crease.
After he sidelined from the international cricket since January due to a hamstring injury, Mathews marked in the Indian Premier League for Delhi Daredevils recently before joining his team for the mega event.
Mathews immediately shot back to form with a trademark 95 against Australia but skipped his side’s next practice game against New Zealand.
Opener Upul Tharanga, who will lead in Mathews’s absence in limited-overs cricket, is likely to take over the covering yet again on Saturday against South Africa in the Champions Trophy 2017.