Sri Lanka’s allrounder Wanindu Hasaranga has impressed everyone with his bowling variations in the recently concluded limited-overs series against India. He played a major role in Sri Lanka’s comeback to clinch the T20I series.
As per reports, Royal Challengers Bangalore have approached the Board of Control for Cricket in India to consider Wanindu Hasaranga as a replacement for Adam Zampa in the second phase of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. However, there has not been any official confirmation from the franchise about the development. Adam Zampa withdrew from the tournament earlier this year citing personal reasons.
RCB approached the BCCI to consider Wanindu Hasaranga as a replacment of Adam Zampa for the rescheduled IPL. (Reported by PTI).
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Wanindu Hasaranga’s match-winning performance in the third and final T20I on Thursday helped Sri Lanka to clinch the three-match series 2-1. He was awarded the Player of the Series award, for his seven wickets in the series.
Wanindu Hasaranga was also the best player for Sri Lanka on their tour of England. He was their highest run-scorer in the ODI series, with 100 runs in three matches. After his splendid performances lately, Wanindu Hasaranga’s stocks in world cricket have certainly risen.
An IPL franchise should look at Wanindu Hasaranga: Muttiah Muralitharan
Former Sri Lankan cricket and Legend Muttiah Muralitharan was confident of Wanindu Hasaranga’s chances of playing in the Indian Premier League.
“An IPL franchise should look at him. But the problem is, if it’s a local player, he walks into the side. But if it’s a foreign player, you have to see which franchise wants a foreign spinner. It’s a tricky thing. They will buy him [Hasaranga] but playing him is something that will not be easy for a franchise. Some franchises look mostly at Indian spinners rather than foreign spinners,” Murali said while speaking to ESPNCricinfo.
The second phase of the Indian Premier League 2021 is all set to kickstart from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.