Ruled out of India series, Sri Lanka leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga remains in isolation | Cricket News

MELBOURNE: Ruled out of the T20I series against India after being infected with COVID-19, Sri Lanka’s star leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga‘s isolation here has been extended as he returned another positive result for the virus.
Sri Lanka and India will play in a three-match T20 series beginning with the opener here on Thursday.
“Wanindu Hasaranga, who was in isolation after contracting COVID-19, has once again returned a positive result when a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) was conducted on the player yesterday (22nd February),” a release from Sri Lanka Cricket said.
An RTPCR test too confirmed the result.
Hasaranga was first found to be positive during a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on February 15 when the Sri Lankan team was playing in a five-match T20 series in Australia.
The player was transferred to Melbourne from Canberra and will remain in isolation until he returns a negative PCR test report.
The leg-spinner was picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 10.75 crore at the IPL 2022 mega auction in Bengaluru last week.
The 24-year-old made an impression, especially with the ball, when India went to Sri Lanka for a limited-overs series last July, with a three-for in the second ODI and seven wickets — including a 4 for 9 — to top the bowling charts in the three T20Is.
At the end of that series, Hasaranga was placed second among T20I bowlers in the ICC rankings.

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