New Delhi: Ahead of the upcoming One-Day International (ODI) series against India, Sri Lanka have received a huge boost. Former captain Angelo Mathews, who was reduced as a specialist batsman due to a hamstring injury, is now set to resume his bowling and perform his duties as an all-rounder.
This comes as a good news for current captain Upul Tharanga as Sri Lanka have been struggling in the bowling department with Nuwan Pradeep, and Asel Gunaratne already ruled out of the series.
Sri Lanka’s chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya confirmed the development. However, he said Mathews will not be bowling his full quota of ten overs. “It’s a big relief that Angelo will be able to bowl for us again,” Jayasuriya was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. Also Read- India in Sri Lanka 2017 Schedule
“We have to manage him carefully and he is at the moment not ready to bowl full quota of ten overs, but he he will certainly be able to bowl five to six overs. That’s a big plus point for us as it helps us to balance the side, he added.
After returning from the hamstring injury, Mathews played only as a batsman in the ICC Champions Trophy and during home series against Zimbabwe. In the recently concluded Test series, the all-rounder was used purely as a batsman as well. Also View- Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni Arrive in Style For 1st ODI
The former skipper has scalped 111 wickets thus far from 187 ODIs. The team management will be happy too see bowling again even if he doesn’t finish his full quota.
Hosts Sri Lanka take on India in the five-match ODI series which begins at Dambulla on Sunday.