Wanindu Hasaranga might make his IPL debut later this year.
Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga has been the talk out the town lately all thanks to his brilliant show against India. The youngster put up one staggering performance after another as Sri Lanka, unexpectedly, defeated the Men in Blue 2-1 in the recently-concluded T20I series. Hasaranga, in fact, finished the series as the highest wicket-taker, having scalped seven wickets in three games. If that’s not enough, the dasher also contributed with his blitzes lower down the order.
Subsequently, he also received the Player-of-the-Series award. With Hasaranga proving his mettle against one of the best teams going around, the cricket world has been heaping praises on him. Many even believe that several Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises would want to bag his services for the second leg of the gala tournament.
For the unversed, the remaining games of IPL 2021 will take place in UAE in September-October. With the conditions in the Arab nation favouring spinners, Hasaranga can be a great addition to any team. Not to forget, many prominent foreign players are expected to miss the competition due to travel concerns. This is another reason why one can see Hasaranga making his IPL debut this year.
Meanwhile, let’s look at three teams that can target Hasaranga for the UAE leg
The Sanju Samson-led side blew hot and cold in the first half of the season, and the points table narrates the entire story. Rajasthan Royals were fifth in the team standings at the time of season suspension, having won three of their seven games. Many things didn’t go Royals’ way this year and the failure of spinners was one of them.
Leg-spinners Rahul Tewatia and Shreyas Gopal failed to take wickets in the middle overs, which allowed opposition teams to score freely. The duo was also taken to cleaners at times. Hence, the inaugural IPL champions might bag Hasaranga’s services to solve this problem. The Sri Lankan star has many variations in his armoury which has given many prominent batters a tough time.
Moreover, the dry tracks and big grounds of UAE are tailor-made for Hasaranga. Not to forget, the likes of Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, and Ben Stokes might not participate in the remaining competition. Hence, someone like Hasaranga will be an impeccable addition to the side.