Sri Lankan all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga has been the talk of the town for his heroics in the recently-concluded series against team India. The spin wizard picked 10 wickets in the 5 limited-overs matches including a four-wicket haul in the final T20I of the series that he played for the Lankans and turned heads with his knack of picking wickets in regular intervals.
Wanindu Hasaranga achieved another milestone during the limited-overs series as he was ranked the number 2 bowler in the ICC T20 Rankings released by the International Cricket Council on Wednesday. Despite such impeccable performances throughout the series, it is a pity that Wanindu Hasaranga isn’t a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the grandest franchise T20 cricket tournament in the world.
However, his performances have ensured that there will be a lot of interest by multiple franchises for the Sri Lankan all-rounder as they grab their seats in the IPL 2022 mega auction. Considering that a lot of teams will change their playing combinations for IPL 2022, we take a look at the five teams which can target Wanindu Hasaranga in IPL 2022 auction.
5 Teams Which Can Target Wanindu Hasaranga In The IPL 2022 Mega Auction
5. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
The two-time IPL champions, Kolkata Knight Riders, have had a couple of forgetful seasons in the Indian Premier League despite being one of the strongest teams of the competition. One of the major reasons behind their downfall in the last couple of seasons has been the performance of their overseas all-rounder duo of Andre Russell and Sunil Narine.
Considering the fact that a team can only retain a total of 4 players in the IPL 2022 mega auction with either a combination of 3 Indian players and 1 overseas player or 2 Indian players and 2 overseas players, Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell might be the obvious choices for the franchise.
This will also lead them to a weakened spin-bowling all-rounder and thus, Wanindu Hasaranga can perfectly fit in the spot in KKR. Also, IPL 2022 might take place in India in all likelihood and hence, the wicket at Eden Gardens might support Hasaranga, and hence, KKR might go for him in the IPL 2022 mega auction.