Even as the Sri Lankan team fight out against a strong Indian batting line up on the second day of the third and final Test match in New Delhi, opener Sadeera Samarawickrama has not taken the field. The Lankan opener who was hit on the head while fielding on the opening day of the match at the Ferozeshah Kotla will not take part in the day's play either, Asanka Gurusinha the Sri Lankan team manager told Cricbuzz.
“Sadeera is not taking any part at all in today’s proceedings. He has got mild concussion. There’s a protocol in place when a player gets hit on the head and we are following that. We will take a call after taking him to the doctors at close of play,” said Gurusinha.
Samarawickrama was hit off the last delivery of the 30th over bowled by Dilruwan Perera, when Murali Vijay tried to pull a short delivery on the first day of the third and final Test. It hit him flush on crest of his helmet. He was immediately taken off the field and sent to the hospital for precautionary scans.
"All the precautionary x-rays and scans have been done. It has been advised that he should be kept under medical observation for the next 24 hours. We will take a call on whether he will open or not depending on doctor's advice," Gurusinha had said after the end of the first day's play.
"Since it was an on field injury, he can open the innings if he is fit," he added.