Angelo Mathews with the physio    IANS
Angelo Mathews with the physio IANS

Angelo Mathews history with hamstring, calf and ankle injuries goes a long way. He left the South Africa tour early this year due to calf injury. Returning after five months of injury in 2017 Champions Trophy, he played as a specialist batsman. Mathews, however, again hurt his calf during the series against Pakistan at UAE that ruled him out of international cricket for 8 weeks.

Upon return in the India series, Mathews was the best batsman during the tour. He notched up a century during the third and final Test at Delhi. He even brought up a century in the second ODI at Mohali in response to Rohit Sharma s double-century.

However, his wounds seem to find no time to heal, just like Sri Lanka s wounds seem to be aggravating. Sri Lanka were thrashed by Rohit s carnage and struggled against the Indian spinners in the second T20I. They not just lost the second T20I by 88 runs, but also handed yet another series win to India.

Amidst all this, Mathews was seen hopping to the dressing room midway as he picked up a grade one hamstring injury. Mathews did not come to bat as well. To make the matters worse, Sri Lanka will be without their experienced all-rounder in the third and final T20I at Mumbai.

Sri Lanka s team manager Asanka Gurusinha on Friday night confirmed of Mathews unavailability for the third T20I to cricbuzz, Angelo will not play the last game of the series. According to the physiotherapist Nirmalan Dhanabalasingham, he will be out for about two weeks.

India will play the final leg of the tour at Mumbai following which the Indian players will be seen attending Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma s reception on December 26 at St Regis in Mumbai.