Pinnaduwage Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva is a leg spinner who represents Sri Lanka in international cricket. The 24-year-old also possesses the capability to score good runs for the team while batting in the lower middle-order position.
Wanindu Hasaranga came into the limelight after his brilliant run with the ball in the limited-overs series against India. After his impressive run for the team, many former cricketers praised Hasaranga. Notably, the legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan even suggested IPL teams to go for Hasaranga at the auction. So far the 24-year-old has represented Sri Lanka in 4 Tests, 26 ODIs, and 21 T20I games
Let’s have a look at 5 unknown facts about Wanindu Hasaranga
#5 Wanindu Haranga holds the record of the highest score while batting at number 8 for Sri Lanka in ODIs
The trustable lower middle-order batsman holds the record of most run in an innings by a Sri Lanka batter while batting at number 8 position. On March 2021 Wanindu scored unbeaten 80 runs against West Indies to create the record. Also, his amazing innings were filled with 7 fours and 3 sixers.
#4 Wanindu Hasaranga is only the third debutant in ODI history to pick a hat-trick
Hasaranga was 19-years-old when he made his ODI debut for Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, he started his career with a bang picking a hat-trick in his first ODI game. Wanindu Hasaranga wiped out the tail of the Zimbabwe cricket team in the match.
He got wickets in his 14th,15th, and 16th delivery of the match. Also, Sri Lanka was able to clinch the victory in that match easily.
#3 Wanindu Hasaranga was the leading run-scorer in the 2018–19 Premier League Tournament
Alongside his mastery in leg-spin, Hasaranga is a very good lower-order batsman. Hasaranga showed his batting capability while playing for Colombo Cricket Club in the 2018–19 Premier League Tournament. Notably, 24-year-old was the highest run-getter for Colombo Cricket Club with 765 runs in his bag.
#2 Wanindu Hasaranga was named the most promising player
The star leg spinner of Sri Lanka was named the most promising player by Sri Lanka cricket. Notably, he was given this honor in November 2017 for his amazing run in 2016-17 domestic cricket.
#1 Wanindu Hasaranga became the number 2 ranked bowler in ICC rankings
Wanindu Hasaranga has moved up one slot to a career-best 2️⃣nd place in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/r0LrH5s2Hk
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) July 28, 2021
The leg spinner of Sri Lanka attained his career-best rating points;720 to become the number 2 ranked T20I bowler. 24-year-old achieved this milestone during the 3 matches T20I series against India. Notably, throughout the series, Hasaranga was the top performer from the Sri Lankan side.