Wanindu Hasranga, the man behind Sri Lanka’s series win against India in T20Is after 13 years, impressed everyone with his bowling, and he could be the next big thing in IPL, there were reports circulating that IPL teams are trying to get him in their team.
Let’s take a deep look at which teams will look to invest their money in bringing the spin-bowling all-rounder to strengthen their squads.
1.Royal challengers Bangalore:
Adam Zampa who withdrawn himself from suspended Ipl 2021 due to covid-19 bio bubble fatigue, is only the sole foreign spin bowling option available with RCB. Glen Maxwell is regularly featured in all games but he hardly bowled any overs. RCB has to buy Wanindu Hasaranga during the mega auction to fill the spot. He gives them an all-rounder option with bat and can bowl his leg break in power plays too. If he plays then it will be difficult for opposition teams to tackle the spin twins of both Yuzi Chahal and Hasaranga. RCB can pick Hasaranga, AB de Villiers, Maxwell, and kyle Jamieson as four foreign players which will give them perfect balance to challenge any opponents.
The team which failed to pick foreign spin bowling all-rounders in the past auctions went with purchasing pace bowlers which backfired them big time in the first half of the Ipl 2021. They have three Indian spinners and only foreign spinner, Fabien Allen, in the squad but he too failed to impress in any game. It would be nice if they get Hasaranga in place of any quick bowlers who they have in abundance. Hope Punjab kings will turn their fortunes with the inclusion of Hasaranga. They can play Pooran, Malan, Hasaranga, and Jhye Richardson in their four foreign players quota.
3.Chennai Super Kings:
M.S.Dhoni will be eager to build a new look to the side by bringing Hasaranga to the side in the auction. During the next auction, CSK will revamp their entire squad by releasing players like Tahir, Santner, and Ngidi. Moen Ali who played crucial knocks for CSK too is a doubtful contender due to England’s travel restrictions amid the COVID pandemic. So Csk will hope Hasaranga would be a good option for them in the long run. Facing him in turning Chennai pitches will be a nightmare for many batsmen. They can play Hasaranga, Sam Curran, Faf du Plessis, and Bravo/Hazelwood/ Behrendorff as foreign players depending on the pitches where they play.
The team which had service of spin wizard Shane Warne at initial Ipl seasons after his departure, they never had or focused on getting good spin options for the Indian pitches. RR trusts a lot with their Indian part-time spinners like Tewatia, Parag, Lomror to deliver the goods for them but it is still a learning curve for those players at the biggest league going around the globe. Shreyas Gopal, the leg spinner from Karnataka is the only regular member who takes care of the spin department, he too sometimes leaks runs. To solve their spin bowling woes, they need Hasaranga in their team to get important breakthroughs with the ball and useful runs with the bat down the order. Jos Buttler, Morris, Hasaranga, and Mustafizur/ Miller based on pitches been made on the match day.