Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene. (Picture: IANS)

One of many poster boys of Sri Lankan cricket, Wanindu Hasaranga has been distinctive for his nation previously yr so far as the white-ball cricket is worried. Regardless that the Lankan Lions did not carry out as per expectations within the T20 World Cup 2021, Hasaranga emerged because the main wicket-taker of the event in UAE.

His performances have gotten higher with time because the all-rounder performed sensational cricket and bagged the Participant of the Event title within the just lately concluded Asia Cup and helped Sri Lanka clinch their sixth title.

Mahela Jayawardene, former Sri Lanka captain appears very impressed with the rise of Hasaranga in worldwide cricket. The 45-year-old deemed Hasaranga because the chief of all of the younger gamers. Regardless of not being the designated captain or vice-captain of the facet, the 25-year-old leads the staff based mostly on his performances on the sphere as per the legendary cricketer.

“Within the final 12 months, he has proven how mature he’s – not simply as a bowler however with the bat as properly. In powerful conditions, he has actually come and delivered,” stated Jayawardene within the newest episode of the ICC Overview.

“As a frontrunner in that group, even when he doesn’t have the title because the vice-captain or the captain or something like that, however beneath all of that he has change into a frontrunner who all of the younger guys look as much as,” he added.

Jayawardene sees traits of Lasith Malinga in Hasaranga

Mahela in his dialog with Sanjana Ganeshan revealed how he noticed traits of Lasith Malinga in Hasaranga. Malinga, who is likely one of the greats of Sri Lankan cricket was shy in nature at first earlier than taking the cricketing world by storm. The identical may be stated for Hasaranga as properly. Jayawardene drew similarities between the 2 cricketers within the episode.

“The best way he has blossomed… He’s additionally from down south, fairly near the place Lasith was (Galle) and so they have related mannerisms. The best way they each got here out, they began their careers quietly – you understand, sat within the nook of the dressing room – and little by little they grew.

The hairstyles change, the tattoos got here out and the entire thing. It (Hasaranga’s improvement) is sort of much like how Lasith turned who Lasith was, and that’s how I see the best way Wanindu has blossomed as a participant. Crucial factor is, as soon as they cross the sphere, like Lasith, he’s a competitor – that’s what I really like about him,” Jayawardene added.