Hasaranga was a striking artist for Sri Lanka in their rather disturbing year. Despite Sri Lanka’s series losses to the West Indies, Bangladesh, England and then India, the overall spin with batting and ball shone brightly and kept its team in the game.
He has scored 344 runs in 11 ODIs so far this year and picked up 8 wickets against a dazzling 4.35 economy; the spinner tipped 12 wickets in 7 T20Is against an economy of 5.33 in 2021.
Muttiah Muralitharan is confident that once Hasaranga gets an IPL team, he will only thrive further. However, the legendary spinner also pointed out that IPL teams do not go to overseas spinner and prefer a local spinner instead. Nevertheless, with the addition of two new IPL teams next season, the chances are high that the versatile player will be selected at the auction.
‘IPL franchise needs to look after him. But the problem is that it’s a local player, but he walks in the side. “But if it’s a foreign player, you have to see what franchise a foreign spinner wants,” Muttiah Muralitharan told ESPNcricinfo.
“It’s a troublesome thing. They will buy him, but playing him is something that will not be easy for a franchise. Because some franchises mostly look to Indian spinners rather than foreign spinners. He gets a launch and if he gets a game or two and performs, he will be a regular player. ”
In shorter games he is a very good bowler: Muttiah Muralitharan
The Sunrisers Hyderabad spin bowling coach saw Hasaranga as a better T20 bowler than in a 50-over cricket. Overall, the 23-year-old hit 75 wickets in 58 T20s and hit the bat at 132.78.
Muttiah Muralitharan was impressed by the way Hasaranga took the wicket of a well-placed Suryakumar Yadav in the first T20I on Sunday; the spinner fired Yadav after being hit for a six with a similar shot.
‘He bowls well most of the time in the T20s. In shorter games he is a very good bowler. He took the wicket of Suryakumar Yadav, which was otherwise important. Suryakumar would have scored an even bigger score. The total would have been very different, ”said the legendary spinner.