Hasaranga is a 3 in 1 cricketer and a match winner for us: Mickey Arthur
Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur has reckoned that the 22-year-old all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga will be a very successful player of the team within the next few months.
Speaking exclusively over telephone from his Colombo hotel room, the coach said,
“His (Hasaranga’s) control of his line and length is exceptional and is a genuine wicket taker. He can bat and field and so is a 3 in 1 cricketer and a match winner for us.”
The limited over player Wanindu Hasaranga, who made international debut against visiting Zimbabwe team (at Galle in 2017) on the strength of his fielding was only the third debutant in the ODI history to claim a hat-trick.
The list of ODI hat-tricks is dominated by pace bowlers, but his 14th, 15th and 16th leg break deliveries in his international career wiped out Zimbabwe’s tail.
“I think he is going to be among the 10 most valuable players in the world next year. Watch his progression. Remember the name,” Arthur has said.
Sri Lanka’s chief selector Ashantha de Mel also praised Wanindu’s skill. “He is an exceptional player and he will be a big force to reckon with. He is a Gem.” Hasaranga has so far played 15 ODIs’ and 13 T20Is.