Updated on: Friday, December 10, 2021, 04:47 PM IST

Sri Lanka's Wanindu Hasaranga wants to get India batter Virat Kohli out

Sri Lanka's Wanindu Hasaranga is elated after picking up a wicket. | Photo: AFP

Sri Lanka's Wanindu Hasaranga is elated after picking up a wicket. | Photo: AFP


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

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Published on: Friday, December 10, 2021, 04:47 PM IST