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WaninduHasaranga, spinning a web

Anybody who comes across WaninduHasaranga for the first time in International cricket struggles to pick up his variations.

An indifferent IPL

The leg spin bowling all rounder has been sensational for Sri Lanka over the last couple of years and has also climbed to the top of the T20 international ranking.

Courtesy of his brilliant performance against India, he was picked for the second half of IPL 2021 by the Virat Kohli led franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, the spinner failed to have an impact in the two matches that he played and went wicketless.

Regardless, the spinner has a bright future ahead of him and will go on to pick up many more wickets across formats.

Captain’s vote of confidence

“He’s a gem and he’s a superstar in the making,” captain Shanaka said after legspin-bowling allrounder WaninduHasaranga took 2 for 19 to help knock West Indies out of the 2021 T20 World Cup. “I think the team is going in the right direction at the moment and fans have been following us for a long time. They wanted victory, but they supported us throughout whether we lose or win. So, we should thank every fan over here and everywhere in the world.”

“You know he has just started off his career. We have a lot of cricket to be played and we have to protect him as well. As a captain, I’ve backed him in every situation from the start and he’s a real prospect for world cricket. I knew he had potential a long time back. He has worked damn hard for this and I think he has got a long career ahead of himself and a lot of good cricket to come. I feel he can have a place in every team.”

Keep’em coming

The 24 year old has already picked up 52 wickets from just 33 T20 Internationals with the help of one 4 wicket haul at an average of 13.72 , an economy rate of 6.1 and a strike rate of 13.2 which are brilliant figures.

This includes some brilliant performances against top quality sides like India and South Africa

The all rounder also has quite a lot of batting ability and can use the long handle to good effect. Undoubtedly, Sri Lanka have a really good prospect on their hands.

Saksham Mishra

Justifying hours of watching sports by scribbling down a few logical lines that might just about hold your interest. Was not talented enough to make it as a professional cricketer, so the next best logical option was to enroll in a Mass Communication course, and write about sports instead. Because, what else is there to write about in this world, right?
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