Wanindu Hasaranga, Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore. Image: BCCI/IPL

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Director of Cricket Mike Hesson applauded Wanindu Hasaranga for his tremendous efforts in the ongoing IPL 2022.

Hasaranga has been exceptional with the ball in RCB’s bowling unit and brings out the turns and googlies to deceive the batters. The Sri Lankan spinner has amassed 24 wickets in 14 matches at an economy rate of 7.39 so far in the tournament.

Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga. Image: BCCI

Wanindu Hasaranga has picked critical wickets: Mike Hesson

Hasaranga was awarded Player of the Match in RCB’s match against Sunrisers Hyderabad for his bowling figures of 5/18, the best figures in T20 cricket.

Hesson said Hasaranga has been brilliant for RCB in the middle overs (7-15), where he picked 18 wickets at an economy rate of 7.19. Not just Hasaranga, Hesson also praised Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood, who scalped 15 wickets in 10 games.

Wanindu has been exceptional in terms of those middle over wickets for us. You can only control the back of the innings if you take wickets in the middle. The wickets that he has got have been critical,” Hesson was quoted as saying by RCB’s official website.

Mike Hesson
Mike Hesson. Image: BCCI/IPL

“Josh Hazlewood’s come out and he shows experience. He is a banker. He’s got big wickets for us. He’s shown his expertise in the death as well which is being critical,” he added.

MI helps RCB to qualify for IPL 2022 playoffs

RCB rode on their fortunes as Mumbai Indians outsmarted Delhi Capitals in their final league stage to end Rishabh Pant and his men’s chances of making it through to the playoffs.

RCB were placed in the fourth position with 16 points ahead of the MI-DC clash. All that the Capitals were required to do was to win against the five-time IPL champions to seal their playoffs berth on a better NRR to RCB.

However, Singapore-born batter Tim David’s blaze, sloppy fielding, and some poor captaincy calls took the onus away from the Capitals and propelled the Bangalore outfit into the playoffs.

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RCB will play KL Rahul-led Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the Eliminator game on  Wednesday (May 25) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

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