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Wanindu Hasaranga: From Debut Hat-Trick To 5-For In IPL 2022

Sri Lanka’s premier white-ball cricketer Wanindu Hasaranga is making huge noises in the ongoing IPL 2022 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

With his maiden IPL five-wicket haul, against Sunrisers Hyderabad, the leg-spinner has taken his wicket tally to 21, in 12 matches, and is now the second leading wicket-taker of the tournament, just behind Rajasthan Royals leggie Yuzvendra Chahal who has 22 wickets.

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Wanindu Hasaranga

Wanindu Hasaranga has got everyone excited with his bowling and also in the intrigue of his story to the world’s best T20 league:

Born on July 29, 1997, in Galle, Hasaranga started as a batsman who could bowl aggressive leg-breaks. Soon after gaining recognition as a prodigy, he was drafted into Sri Lanka’s 2015 and 2016 Under-19 teams and made an instant impact.

He bagged 3/34 against England in the 2016 Youth World Cup quarter-final while also plundering loads of runs. Hasaranga made a quickfire 87 on his first-class debut with Ports Authority Cricket Club, and, having switched to Colombo Cricket Club, hit 586 runs at an average of 39.06 and a strike rate of 93 in the 2017 Premier League Tournament.

He got his maiden ODI call-up in 2017 when Sri Lanka hosted Zimbabwe and made his ODI debut in Galle where he created history by becoming only the third debutant to pick an ODI hat-trick as the Zimbabwean batters had no answer to his mystery spin.

He had had a decent run in ODI cricket for two years, but it was his emergence in T20s – making his T20I debut in 2019 – that changed his career. In T20 cricket, Hasaranga has taken 136 wickets in 97 matches at a brilliant average of 15.55 and an enviable economy of 6.64. He can also hit crucial runs lower down the order, and is an excellent fielder; all these combinations make him a dream cricketer for any captain in T20 cricket.

Then came the IPL. From going unsold in the IPL 2021 auction to being roped in as a replacement player by RCB for the UAE leg last season, to being released to being bought by the same franchise for a whopping 10.75 crore at the IPL 2022 mega-auction- Wanindu Hasaranga has had quite a time in the IPL over the past year.

Last year, he had two poor games, leaking 60 runs in 6 wicketless overs and was released by RCB. Hasaranga then showed his quality in the T20 World Cup, finishing as the tournament’s highest wicket-taker, and also became the first Sri Lankan bowler to take a hat-trick in a T20 World Cup, versus South Africa.

This forced RCB to splurge out a big amount at the mega-auction this year. And he’s repaid their faith and vindicated his heavy price tag so far, helping RCB to an upper table position.

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Jatin Khandelwal

Hi, I am Jatin Khandelwal. Cricket writing came accidentally for me with an undergrad engineering degree. With opportunities first as a freelancer and then full-time, and experience with time, I have grown in the role. The Cricket Lounge is a place where I can thrive with the best of my abilities.

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