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Who is Matheesha Pathirana: Matheesha Pathirana – Sri Lankan fast bowler becomes the first replacement player for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League 2022 series.
The Sri Lankan pacer who once bowled at 175 KMPH(misquoted due to a glitch in the review system) has been named as the replacement player for Adam Milne who was ruled out of IPL 2022 owing to a hamstring injury.
Who is Matheesha Pathirana?
Matheesha Pathirana is a Sri Lankan cricketer who was born on December 18, 2002, Matheesha Pathirana has been with CSK for quite a while now.
In August 2021, he was named in the SLC Greys’ squad for the 2021 SLC Invitational T20 League. He made his Twenty20 debut on 22 August 2021, for SLC Greys in the 2021 SLC Invitational T20 League.
Prior to his Twenty20 debut, he was part of Sri Lanka’s squad for the 2020 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. In January 2022, he was named in Sri Lanka’s team for the 2022 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies.
Matheesha Pathirana Bowling Style
Pathirana, who played for Sri Lanka in the U19 World in 2022, and before this, in 2020 as well, has the ability to bowl toe-crunching yorkers, due to which he has often been dubbed as the next Lasith Malinga. In the recent U-19 World Cup, the youngster picked up 7 wickets in four games at an economy of 6.16.
Touted to be Next Malinga – Matheesha Pathirana who took 6 wickets for 7 runs on his debut game for Trinity College in Kandy, Sri Lanka
— Times of Sports (@timesofsports) April 21, 2022
Did Matheesha Pathirana bowled at 175 kmph?
Matheesha Pathirana came into the spotlight when he bowled an incredible 175 kmph delivery to India’s Yashasvi Jaiswal, during the ICC U-19 World Cup in 2020 in South Africa. While he became a huge talking point at the time, it was later revealed that the figure was misquoted due to a glitch in the review system.
Matheesha Pathirana – CSK Relationship
The 19-year-old has been a reserve bowler for CSK since 2020, but after the ongoing injury crisis, with Deepak Chahar also ruled out for the season, CSK drafted Pathirana into their first team, for his base price of INR 20 lakh.
CSK Ropes Matheesha Pathirana as the first replacement in IPL 2022
Despite the injury to Deepak Chahar, CSK opted against naming a replacement for the Indian pacer, while Matheesha Pathirana becomes the franchise’s first replacement player for IPL 2022.
After Adam Milne was ruled out for the season following a hamstring injury he sustained earlier this term. It will be interesting to see whether the young Sri Lanka lad can feature in a couple of games for CSK.