Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka has hailed Wanindu Hasaranga as a future superstar after the legspin-bowling allrounder took 2 for 19 to help knock West Indies out of the T20 World Cup.
Hasaranga removed both Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo with fizzing wrong’uns, finishing with 16 wickets – a tournament record.
Those 16 strikes included a hat-trick against South Africa in Sharjah, although his efforts weren’t enough to prolong Sri Lanka’s involvement in the tournament.
Shanaka said at the post-match presentation, “He’s a gem and he’s a superstar in the making, you know he has just started off his career. We have a lot of cricket to be played and we have to protect him as well. As a captain, I’ve backed him at every situation from the start and he’s a real prospect for world cricket.”
Sri Lanka have had other heroes as well in the tournament.
Charith Asalanka and Pathum Nissanka, with 231 and 221 runs respectively, are currently the World Cup’s leading run-scorers.
The two batters combined to add a 91-run second-wicket stand off 61 balls, which carried Sri Lanka to 189 for 3.
Shanaka foresees a bright future for these two youngsters as well.