“I would love to scalp Virat Kohli’s wicket someday”, reckons Wanindu Hasaranga

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“I would love to scalp Virat Kohli’s wicket someday”, reckons Wanindu Hasaranga

Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga came into the limelight last year due to his stellar performances desires to take his favorite cricketer Virat Kohli’s wicket one day.

The leg spinner was in the best form in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 finishing with scalping 16 wickets from eight fixtures. As he continues to expand his stature, Hasaranga is aiming to scalp the wickets of his favorite batsmen one day. When asked Hasaranga to name the players he wishes to dismiss in his career span, Hasaranga told ANI, “I would love to get my favorite cricketer Virat Kohli’s wicket someday. I also want to pick Babar Azam and Glenn Maxwell’s wickets as well.”

Wanindu Hasaranga has been a part of RCB in the second phase of IPL 2021 where Kohli & Maxwell were his teammates.

“I don’t want to be the next Muralitharan or the next Herath. I want to be the first Hasaranga- Wanindu Hasaranga.

The star spinner is rooted as the successor to Muttiah Muralitharan & Rangan Herath who guided Sri Lanka to new heights of success in the past. Hasaranga, however, stressed that there is no pressure on him for him to deliver.

He said, “When I am bowling, I always try to take wickets. When I am on the national team, I always try to do my best for the team. That’s why I am successful. I am always motivated to perform. I don’t feel any pressure. I don’t want to be the next Muralitharan or the next Herath. I want to be the first Hasaranga.”

In the ongoing LPL 2021, Wanindu Hasaranga has been in a staggering form representing Jaffna Kings.

Highlighting the impact of leg-spinners in the shortest formats, he said:

“Leg spinners can do anything. Because in T20 cricket, batsmen are going to hit big shots. We have a lot of variations. Sometimes, we can get hit for 40-50 runs in a match. But in the next match, we find a way to get back and pick 4-5 wickets. Leg-spinners can win matches.”

In the ongoing LPL 2021, Wanindu Hasaranga has picked up five wickets from three games with the best figures of 3/16 against the Dambulla Giants.

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