Colombo, Jul 30: Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene felt a finger injury to Kumar Sangakkara has given him the much needed break form international cricket, as he feels the wicket-keeper batsman will be fit for the ICC World T20, to be played in Sri Lanka in September.
"He hasn't had a break for nearly two years so if you look at it that way, it's unfortunate but he gets a deserving break. Hopefully he will get fit for the World Cup [World Twenty20]," Jayawardene said.
"Kumar behind the wickets is always the added factor for me as a captain because he sees things and he can analyse them and let me know certain things. It's a big opportunity for him [Dinesh Chandimal, who is] keeping wickets after a long time."
Kumar Sangakkara, was hit by a Ashok Dinda delivery on Saturday during the third ODI against India, Mahela said Sangakkara felt some pain after he was hit on the glove by a short ball while he was on 23 (29 balls) who went on to make 73 (95 balls) before being dismissed by Dinda.
Further a scan showed that he had fractured a finger on his right hand, which would put him out of action for four weeks, said Jayawardene.
"Sanga said that he had pain but he could bat through," Jayawardene said.
"He knew there was pain but it wasn't really bad when you are in that situation. When [he is] batting in the middle he will bat through, but he did feel it so that's probably why he didn't go for big shots. I just told him to just bat through [the innings]," Mahela said.
Mahela who was not happy with Sangakkara's injury, hoped the wicket-keeper batsman got a well deserved break from international cricket due to a fractured finger, which helps him to rejuvenate and make a return to the national side in time for ICC World T20 in September.
Sangakkara's finger injury also suggests that he might not be available for the first edition of Sri Lanka Premier League which is slated to begin on August 10, after the completion of the ODI series and one-off T20 against India on Aug 7.