Pinnaduwage Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva (born 29 July 1997), better known as Wanindu Hasaranga, is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer who plays for the national team in all three formats of the game. He made his international debut for Sri Lanka in July 2017. His elder brother, Chaturanga de Silva, has also represented the national team.
|Full name||Pinnaduwage Wanidu Hasaranga de Silva|
|Born||29 July 1997 (age 24)
Galle, Sri Lanka
|Bowling||Right-arm leg break|
|Relations||Chaturanga de Silva (brother)|
|National side||Sri Lanka (2017–present)|
|Test debut (cap 151)||26 December 2020 v South Africa|
|Last Test||21 April 2021 v Bangladesh|
|ODI debut (cap 180)||2 July 2017 v Zimbabwe|
|Last ODI||7 September 2021 v South Africa|
|T20I debut (cap 80)||1 September 2019 v New Zealand|
|Last T20I||4 November 2021 v West Indies|
|Domestic team information|
|2021||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva was educated at Richmond College, Galle, where he started his cricket career. He represented the Sri Lankan under 19 cricket team at the Under-19 Cricket World Cup held in Bangladesh in 2016.
Hasaranga made his List A debut on 30 November 2015 in the AIA Premier Limited Over Tournament. In December 2015, he was named in Sri Lanka’s squad for the 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. He made his first-class debut for Sri Lanka Ports Authority Cricket Club in the 2015–16 Premier League Tournament, on 26 February 2016.
In November 2017, Hasaranga was named the most promising player in domestic cricket for the 2016–17 season at Sri Lanka Cricket’s annual awards. He made his Twenty20 debut for Sylhet Sixers on 11 November 2017 in the 2017–18 Bangladesh Premier League.
In March 2018, Hasaranga was named in Colombo’s squad for the 2017–18 Super Four Provincial Tournament. Hasaranga was the leading run-scorer for Colombo Cricket Club in the 2018–19 Premier League Tournament, with 765 runs in nine matches. In March 2019, he was named in Galle’s squad for the 2019 Super Provincial One Day Tournament. In October 2020, he was drafted by the Jaffna Stallions for the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League. He was named the player of the tournament, after taking seventeen wickets.
In August 2021, Hasaranga was included in the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad for the second phase of the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE. He made his IPL debut on 20 September 2021 against Kolkata Knight Riders. In November 2021, he was selected to play for the Jaffna Kings following the players’ draft for the 2021 Lanka Premier League.
Hasaranga was named to Sri Lanka’s One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against Zimbabwe. He made his ODI debut for Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe on 2 July 2017. In his debut match, he took the final three Zimbabwe wickets in the innings in three consecutive deliveries, becoming the youngest bowler to take a hat-trick on debut in an ODI. He was also the third debutant in ODI history to claim a hat-trick after Bangladeshi Taijul Islam and South African Kagiso Rabada. He also became the first leg-spinner to take a hat-trick in ODI history.
In May 2018, Hasaranga was one of 33 cricketers to be awarded a national contract by Sri Lanka Cricket ahead of the 2018–19 season. In August 2019, he was named in Sri Lanka’s Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for their series against New Zealand. He made his T20I debut for Sri Lanka, against New Zealand, on 1 September 2019.
In December 2020, Hasaranga was named in Sri Lanka’s Test squad for their series against South Africa. He made his Test debut for Sri Lanka, against South Africa, on 26 December 2020. He took four wickets in the match for 171 runs. In the second innings, Hasaranga scored his maiden Test fifty.
In the annual ICC Awards in January 2022, Wanindu Hasaranga was included in the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year, and the ICC Men’s T20I Team of the Year.
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