Bowler Hasaranga talks with his bat at T20 final | Sunday Observer

Bowler Hasaranga talks with his bat at T20 final

Wanidu Hasaranga
Wanidu Hasaranga

Promising all-rounder Wanidu Hasaranga was once again in the limelight at the SLC T-20 cricket final played at the SSC ground last Tuesday with this time the 22-year old leg spinner using his aggressive batting style to guide CCC to an unforgettable win over Chilaw Marians.

Moving in at number seven he finished the game with a quick-fire knock of an unbeaten 60 in only 34 balls with six fours and a six with a strike rate of 176.47.

At one stage Chilaw Marians were on top heading for the Double after winning the one-day championship.

But Hasaranga’s innings changed everything with a blistering knock to seal the win in the last ball of the innings.

“I wanted to finish the game this way and that was a memorable innings in my cricket carrier,” said Hasaranga after the final.

“When I went into bat CCC were 82 for five in 11.2 overs with Minod Bhanuka (59) at the crease. We had to repair the innings with singles and then blast off, everything then worked in our favour. They had a strong bowling attack and I told my second partner Menelka de Silva to just stay calm, we can do it.”

But Hasaranga said although he is looked at as a limited overs player, his ambition is to secure a slot in the Test team.

“To play Test cricket I have to improve on my bowling which can be very hard work but I am looking forward to the challenges.

“I know there is a long and hard journey ahead,” said Hasaranga, a product of Richmond College who first shot to the limelight at the Youth World Cup.