Sri Lanka spinner Wanindu Hasaranga impressed everyone with his recent few performances. In the white ball series against India, Hasaranga scored 10 wickets. The right-arm spinner picked up three scalps in the one-day match, while in the T20I series he was the leading wicketkeeper with seven scales.
Ride on the magical action of Hasaranga in the shortest format, the hosts also won their first T20I series against ‘Men in Blue’.
After the impressive performance with the pickup, many fans around the world wanted to see Hasaranga play in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The cash-rich league is known as a major global platform for aspiring talents to prove their mettle as it is the toughest cricket tournament in the world.
In his recent interaction with the legend of Sri Lanka Lasith Malinga, Hasaranga reveals that he was approached after the Indian series by two IPL parties. The Galle-born cricketer has not revealed the names of the IPL franchises, but admits it is his dream to play in the lucrative tournament.
‘Two IPL teams approached me after the series against India. The chance to play in the IPL is a big problem, and it is my dream to one day appear in the IPL, ‘ said Hasaranga.
The 24-year-old is currently in second place on the T20I bowler. He has so far played 21 T20Is for Sri Lanka, in which the leg spinner took an average of 33 wickets at 14.45, with 4/9 his best figures. Hasaranga has appeared in 60 T20 matches and earned up to 80 scalps, with 5/26 his best performance.
During the Sri Lanka vs India series, the former cricketer in India Ashish Nehra praises Hasaranga for his amazing bowling and suggests that IPL teams, who need a spinner or substitute, should go for the Lankan star.
‘Only time will tell which franchise needs to be replaced. But if there are reservations and someone needs a spinner – he (Hasaranga) can be the guy. If a player plays for a year and a half, he is considered a senior player in T20Is. He is the number 2 on the T20I bowler, although I do not believe much in rankings, “ Nehra said on Cricbuzz.