Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga

The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have reportedly approached the BCCI asking for Sri Lanka all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga as a player replacement for Adam Zampa for the second leg of the IPL 2021 which will resume from September 19 in the UAE.

Wanindu Hasaranga may rope by RCB

The Bengaluru-based franchise will be without the services of Aussie spinner Adam Zampa; ABP Live has reported that the management wants Hasaranga as his replacement.

Adam Zampa and pacer Kane Richardson had pulled out of the season during its first half, which was played in India, citing personal reasons, and returned back to Australia. Australian players are also likely to withdraw from the second half due to international matches before the T20 World Cup

“An IPL franchise should look at him. But the problem is, if it’s a local player, he walks into the side. But if it’s a foreign player, you have to see which franchise wants a foreign spinner. It’s a tricky thing. They will buy him [Hasaranga] but playing him is something that will not be easy for a franchise. Some franchises look mostly at Indian spinners rather than foreign spinners,” Murali said while speaking to ESPNCricinfo.

Fans praised Sri Lanka spinner Wanindu Hasaranga for upholding the sporting spirit even as he was given a send-off by Rahul Chahar on his way out during the second T20I in Colombo.

India managed to post a low total of 132 runs on the board and was failing to get regular dismissals as they tried to defend the total.

It’s at this point Hasaranga was dismissed by Chahar. The 21-year-old made the most of it and even gave Hasaranga a sendoff. But the Lankan didn’t react and even applauded Chahar for the delivery.

Wanindu Hasaranga has impressed everyone during the recently-concluded ODI and T20I series against India. He snapped 7 wickets in the 3 T20Is, with a best of 4/9 in the third T20I, bagging the Player of the Series award.

The leg-spinner was extremely difficult to tackle for the young and inexperienced Indian batters, outfoxing them with his clever variations.

The 24-year-old also has a decent amount of hitting ability – as he showed on the tour to England with scores of 54, 26, and 20 in the ODIs, and he was Sri Lanka’s bright spot in the whitewash they received from the hosts.