Sri Lankan cricketer Wanindu Hasaranga seems poised to make a strategic move in his career, leaning towards a departure from Test Cricket to concentrate on his prowess in limited-overs formats. At 26 years old, Hasaranga is highly coveted in various franchise T20I leagues, prompting him to seek more opportunities on the global stage.
Recent reports indicate that the talented all-rounder has communicated his intentions to Sri Lanka Cricket, expressing his desire to step away from Test Cricket and channel his energy into excelling in white-ball cricket. This shift aims to serve his nation more effectively in the limited-overs format.
While Hasaranga’s Test Cricket exposure has been limited, with just four matches under his belt, during which he secured four wickets at a somewhat high average of 100.75, his trajectory has been well-noted.
Debuting against South Africa in 2020 and participating in his final Test against Bangladesh in 2021, his focus appears to have shifted towards formats where he has showcased greater consistency and promise.
A dominant figure in the new era of Sri Lanka cricket, Wanindu Hasaranga’s reputation has been built upon both his international cricket performances and his standout appearances in various franchise leagues worldwide. A leg-spinner with the ability to baffle opponents across diverse conditions, Hasaranga’s adaptability shines through in his ability to alter his line and length to suit the surface.
Particularly effective on slower sub-continental pitches, Hasaranga’s proficiency in unsettling rival batsmen is complemented by his aptitude as a spin-hitter. This versatility extends to his batting position, often elevated in the order to capitalize on his capabilities.
As pivotal events like the Asia Cup 2023 and ODI World Cup 2023 loom, Hasaranga’s form could prove decisive for Sri Lanka’s fortunes. His dual contributions with bat and ball hold the potential to steer the team towards success.
The forthcoming Asia Cup 2023 holds added significance for the Sri Lankan team as they aim to defend their title on home soil. Under the leadership of Dasun Shanaka, they clinched an unexpected victory in the previous edition, triumphing over cricket giants India and Pakistan in Dubai.