Sri Lanka Spinner Wanindu Hasaranga Yearns For "Favourite Cricketer Virat Kohli's Wicket"
Sri Lanka spinner Wanindu Hasaranga hopes that one day he will be able to take the wicket of his "favourite cricketer" Virat Kohli.
- Wanindu Hasaranga says he hopes to get Virat Kohli's wicket someday
- Hasaranga termed Kohli as his "favourite cricketer"
- Kohli was recently replaced by Rohit Sharma as India's ODI captain
Sri Lanka spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, who is having a good season at the Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2021, hopes that one day he will be able to take the wicket of one of his favourite batters, Virat Kohli. Hasaranga is playing for Jaffna Kings in the ongoing LPL and has been in superb form, having already picked five wickets in three games. "I would love to get my favourite cricketer Virat Kohli's wicket someday. I also want to pick Babar Azam and Glenn Maxwell's wickets as well," Hasaranga said when asked to name the players who he wishes to dismiss in his career.
Hasaranga was the leading wicket-taker at the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021, with 16 scalps in 8 games, despite Sri Lanka not reaching past the group stages.
On being asked about the reason behind his success, Hasaranga said that he always try to do the best for his team.
"When I am bowling, I always try to take wickets. When I am in the national team, I always try to do my best for the team. That's why I am successful," he said.
Hasaranga does not feel the pressure of media and fans comparing him with former Sri Lanka legends Muttiah Muralitharan and Rangana Herath.
"I am always motivated 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.
With the rise of the T20 format, it is largely believed that cricket is becoming a batsman's game. But Hasaranga explained how the spinners can be match-winners in the shortest format.
"Leg spinners can do anything. Because in T20 cricket, batsmen are going to hit big shots. We have a lot of variations. Sometimes, we can get hit for 40-50 runs in a match. But in the next match, we find a way to get back and pick 4-5 wickets. Leg-spinners can win matches," he added.
The 24-year-old bowler went on to credit the Lanka Premier League for the rise of Sri Lanka Cricket in the past few years.
"Last time, we saw a lot of youngsters doing a good job in Lanka Premier League. In this kind of tournament, we always get a lot of good players. That is why Sri Lanka Cricket is better than the last few years. These kinds of tournaments are always good for the growth of the sport in a nation," Hasaranga signed off.