Arnav Chopra ∙ Sep 14 2023, 11:59 PM | 2 Min Read

Maheesh Theekshana Injured During Pakistan Clash; Asia Cup & World Cup in Jeopardy

image-lmjgx27lMaheesh Theekshana (Source: X/SLC)

The premier Sri Lankan mystery spinner Maheesh Theekshana has been one of the most consistent bowlers in world cricket, with his experience and skills coming in handy at crucial junctures of the game. However, during the ongoing clash against Pakistan in the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup 2023, the 23-year-old injured his hamstring and is at risk of getting ruled out for a prolonged period.

During the 34th over of the innings, Theekshana was trying to stop a boundary, however, in the process, he got hurt. He was immediately taken out from the field as physios and medical staff gave him some attention with bandages and sprays.

Later, he came back hobbling on the field to complete his quote of overs, and as a result, the spinner bowled three overs with immense pain. And as soon as he finished his spell, the offie was taken out of the ground so that he could be provided with some relief from the injury.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) later issued a statement, mentioning that Theekshana has injured his hamstring and will be taken for scans tomorrow so that his condition could be assessed.

"Maheesh Theekshana has strained his right hamstring. The player will undergo a scan tomorrow to fully assess his condition. Theekshana sustained the injury while he was fielding during the ongoing game between Sri Lanka and Pakistan."

If his injury is severe, there are chances that he could be ruled out of the ongoing Asia Cup or even some part of the World Cup scheduled for next month.

Maheesh bowled his full quota of nine overs in the 42-over match as rain caused the game to be curtailed. In his nine overs, the crafty spinner bagged one wicket while giving away 42 runs as Pakistan were able to score 252 by the end of their innings. In reply, Sri Lanka were 160 for two after the completion of 27 overs.