Sri Lankan leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga was ecstatic after signing a contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and will play for them in the upcoming second leg of IPL 2021. He replaces Australian cricketer Adam Zampa, who will not be making the trip to the UAE.
Following the signing, the 24-year-old took to Instagram to express his excitement over joining RCB. Having watched the team play in the IPL from the comforts of his home, he now gets a chance to represent the franchise in the playing arena.
“From sitting at home and watching them, to being a part of an amazing team. I am excited, honored, and thrilled all at once,” captioned Hasaranga.
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He will join Yuzvendra Chahal to form a potent spin-attack for the Bangalore side. Adding to that, Hasaranga is more than capable with the bat, coming in at No.5 for Sri Lanka in their away tour of England in June.
Along with the Sri Lankan, RCB signed Tim David and Hasaranga’s teammate Dushmantha Chameera to replace Daniel Sams and Finn Allen respectively. With their addition, the RCB squad got a much-required boost after the loss of Australian players to mental fatigue.
Wanindu Hasaranga’s fine form bodes well for RCB
Very recently against India, Wanindu Hasaranga was absolutely splendid with the ball. He was almost unplayable on tracks that offered a decent amount of spin. The Indian batsmen found it tough to read the leggie, and he earned seven wickets in the T20I series.
It included his T20I best figures of 4/9 in the third T20I which helped Sri Lanka to pocket the series. He was also rather handy with the bat, contributing more than 100 runs across the entire white-ball leg of the tour. He is most likely to make the team as the fourth foreign player alongside Glenn Maxwell, Kyle Jamieson, and AB de Villiers.
Considering the tournament is to be held in the UAE where the pitch offers assistance to the spinners, Hasaranga can have a huge impact on the franchise from Bangalore.