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“IPL franchise Should Look At Him” – Muttiah Muralitharan Backs Wanindu Hasaranga To Bag A Contract Next Season

Legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has recommended IPL franchise to watch out for spinner Wanindu Hasaranga in the next year's auction

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Muttiah Muralitharan

Shikhar Dhawan led Team India has been the dominant side in the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. India has performed brilliantly and better than Sri Lanka in the tour however team Sri Lanka has found big positives from the tour. Players like Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, and Chamika Karunaratne have performed very well in the series. Also, youngster Wanindu Hasaranga has performed sensationally for the side.

The all-rounder had a very good outing in the ODI, Hasaranga carried his good form in T20Is too. The leg spinner picked two wickets in the first T20I game against India. Notably, Hasaranga is amongst one of the few consistent performers from the Sri Lankan side. He possesses amazing wicket-taking and power-hitting skills.

Talking about Wanindu Hasaranga, Muralitharan said Indian Premier League (IPL) teams should buy Hasaranga in the next auction. However, Muralitharan highlighted that it will be tough for Hasaranga to get into playing XI, due to the allowance of only 4 overseas players in the team. Also, he mentioned that the IPL franchise mainly looks for Indian spinners.

He (Wanindu Hasaranga) bowls well in the T20s most of the time: Muttiah Muralitharan

“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 but playing him is something that will not be easy for a franchise. Because some franchises look mostly at Indian spinners rather than foreign spinners,” Muralitharan said in a chat on ESPNCricinfo.

“He will get a launch and if he gets a game or two and performs, then he will be a regular player. He bowls well in the T20s most of the time. In shorter games he is a very good bowler,” added the 49-year-old.

Notably, two new franchises are all set to join the Indian Premier League 2022 auction. Due to the addition of new teams, more players will be needed in the IPL. It will be interesting to see whether someone will Wanindu Hasaranga in the auction or not.


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