Sri Lankan spin spearhead Rangana Herath will not feature in his team’s inconsequential third and final Test against India in Pallekele. The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has confirmed the news of resting Herath on Tuesday.
With India already taking an unassailable lead of 2-0 by winning the first two matches, the third match has now become a dead rubber, with the only importance being whether or not Virat Kohli and Co. can whitewash the Lankans in their own backyard.
India indeed have very good chances of doing so after picking up victories inside four days both in Galle and Colombo. The third Test starts from Saturday
The 39-year-old complained of back stiffness at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, where Sri Lanka lost the second Test by an innings and 53 runs.
The left-arm spinner, who has played 83 Tests, captained Sri Lanka in Galle when regular skipper Dinesh Chandimal was down with pneumonia.
Paceman Nuwan Pradeep and all-rounder Asela Gunaratne have already been ruled out of the series after suffering injuries during the first and second Test respectively.