Dinesh Chandimal is likely to lead Sri Lanka in the second Test against India after recovering from pneumonia. He had missed the first Test at Galle that Virat Kohli’s side wrapped up in four days and won by 304 runs.
“Dinesh played on Sunday morning and has batted the last couple days,” Sri Lanka’s cricket manager and selector Asanka Gurusinha said, adding that he should be fit for the second Test.
However, Sri Lanka faced a blow during the first Test when their stand-in captain Rangana Herath injured his finger. According to Gurusinha, the spinner is being closely monitored and will be given a go-ahead only after he is able to ‘drift the ball without any pain’.
"We have to see how he is going to come up in the next couple of days because his finger is pretty sore," Gurusinha said of Herath's condition. "We will give him till the last minute to make sure that he is fit.
"The day before the Test we will see whether he can drift the ball, it will come down to that. If he can without pain he will play, otherwise we will have to look at different options. The finger is not swollen but it's sore and painful."
Sri Lanka are contemplating bringing in Dhananjaya de Silva to fill in the spot left vacant by Asela Gunaratne after the latter broke his thumb in his attempt to pluck an edge of Shikhar Dhawan’s bat in the slip cordon on the first day of the Galle Test.
"We have Dhananjaya (de Silva) in the squad and we have Danushka as well," Gurusinha said. "We haven't looked at whether this is the squad we are going to have for the second Test. We will have a chat later today and see whether we will need someone from outside or what combination we are going to play. It comes down to whether we are going to play six or seven batsmen, we will have to decide on that after looking at the wicket."