Surprising Retirement Move: RCB Star Cricketer Bids Farewell to Cricket

Wanindu Hasaranga, the talented all-rounder and leg-spinner hailing from both Sri Lanka and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), has taken everyone by surprise with his decision to bid farewell to Test cricket at the relatively young age of 26. Despite his brief stint in the longer format, where he participated in only 4 Test matches donning the Sri Lankan jersey, Hasaranga’s impact was evident as he notched up 196 runs, including a fifty, and showcased his bowling prowess with 4 wickets.

In the ongoing Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2023 season, Hasaranga is donning the captain’s hat for the B-Love Kandy team, an opportunity where he’s been putting his leadership skills to the test. In a heartfelt communication released by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Hasaranga expressed his decision to step away from Test cricket. His reasoning was grounded in his aspiration to extend his cricketing journey as a specialist in limited-overs cricket, a move that would potentially add more milestones to his already impressive career.

Sri Lanka Cricket gracefully accepted Hasaranga’s choice, and their optimism about his future contributions shines through. Ashley De Silva, the esteemed CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket, conveyed his unwavering confidence that Hasaranga’s prowess would continue to shine in their white-ball cricket program. This sentiment echoes the collective belief that Hasaranga’s journey is far from over and that he’s poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the country’s cricketing narrative in the times ahead.

Hasaranga Retired from Test cricket

Although he has only participated in four Test matches for Sri Lanka, the 26-year-old cricketer has amassed considerably more experience in the realm of limited-overs cricket, making appearances in 48 one-day internationals and 58 T20Is.

Notably, Hasaranga boasts an impressive third position in the T20I bowler rankings worldwide, and his skills extend to the ODI format where he secures the eighth position as an all-rounder. Showcasing his versatility, he has managed to secure 67 wickets across 48 ODIs, a remarkable feat accentuated by achieving three five-wicket hauls during the ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 Qualifiers earlier this year.

His adeptness at leg-spin also shines in the T20I arena, with an impressive tally of 91 wickets in 58 matches, maintaining an admirable average of 15.8. His abilities have been acknowledged by Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), who secured his services for a substantial sum of Rs 10.75 crore during the IPL 2022 mega auction. Hasaranga made his mark by securing 26 wickets in 16 matches during IPL 2022, boasting an average of 16.54. Continuing his stride into IPL 2023, he successfully clinched 9 wickets from 8 matches, cementing his reputation as a potent player on the field.

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