Sri Lankan leg spinner Vanindu Hasalanga said that he dreams of one day getting the wicket of his favorite batsman and his former Royal Challenger Bangalore (RCB) captain Verat Koli. Hasalanga is currently a member of the Lanka Premier League (LPL 2021) and is playing for the Jaffna Kings.
In the ongoing LPL 2021 season, the long legs have performed well in handling the ball. Hasalanga selected five wickets in three games with excellent form. Although Sri Lanka did not enter the group stage, he was still the leading goalkeeper of the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, scoring 16 scalps in 8 games.
“I hope one day I can get the wicket of my favorite cricket player Virat Kohli. I also want to choose the wickets of Babar Azam and Glenn Maxwell,” When asked to name the players he hopes to fire during his career, Hasalanga said.
When asked about the reasons behind his success, Hasalanga said that he always strives to be the best for his team.
“When I play bowling, I always try to take the wickets. When I am in the national team, I always try to do my best for the team. This is the reason for my success,” ANI quoted him as saying.
I don’t want to be the next Muttiah Muralitharan or the next Rangana Herath: Wanindu Hasaranga
Hasaranga is one of the discoverers of Sri Lanka cricket, and it has risen rapidly, especially in T20I cricket. He also has a hat trick on the format. He believes that the leg spinner can be the winner of the competition in the shortest format.
“The leg spinner can do anything. Because in T20 cricket, the batsman will hit the big ball. We have a lot of changes. Sometimes, we can get hit 40-50 times in a game. But in the next In a game, we found a way to re-select 4-5 wickets. The one who turns the leg can win the game,” He added.
After great men like Muttiah Muralitharan and Rangana Herath retired, Sri Lanka is still looking for the next important spinning mill, and the media has some expectations for Hasaranga. However, he has said that he did not feel the pressure of the media and fans to compare him with the two former Sri Lankan spinning legends.
“I always have the motivation 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,” He said.