The star all-rounder of Sri Lanka has announced his retirement from Test cricket: Sri Lankan cricket sensation Wanindu Hasaranga, the star all-rounder who has created quite a stir in the cricket world, has decided to bid adieu to Test cricket. The 26-year-old all-rounder, known for his exceptional performances in the white-ball format, has opted to prioritize his flourishing limited-overs career rather than the traditional five-day game.
After making his Test debut against South Africa in December 2020, Hasaranga quickly attracted attention for his leg-spinning ability and contributions with the bat. However, the talented player has taken a courageous decision to take his career toward the high-octane world of ODIs and T20Is.
Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed Hasaranga’s acceptance of his retirement from Test cricket in a statement released on Tuesday. His departure from the longest format lies in his desire to increase his impact in white-ball cricket, where he has consistently surprised fans and pundits alike.
Hasaranga, who played only four Tests, may have had a short stint in the traditional game, but his impression on limited-overs cricket has been nothing short of remarkable. His tireless dedication has seen him rise to prominence in a very short span of time.
Notably, Hasaranga’s performance was instrumental in Sri Lanka’s recent qualification for the 2023 Cricket World Cup. His outstanding performance in the qualifiers in Zimbabwe earned him the distinction of being the top wicket-taker, underlining his value in high-pressure situations.
Hasranga’s star shone brightly in the fast-paced T20 arena. His bowling skills and dynamic batting have made him a popular asset in various franchise leagues, including the IPL, PSL, CPL, and Lanka Premier League. Not to forget, his consistent contribution with the bat highlights his versatility and prowess as an all-rounder.
“We will accept his decision and are confident that Hasaranga will be a vital part of our white-ball program going forward,” affirmed Ashley De Silva, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket. This sentiment underscores the belief that Hasaranga’s white-ball journey is poised for even greater achievements.
As Hasaranga prepares to turn a new chapter in his cricketing journey, eyes will undoubtedly be on his performances in upcoming events, including the Asia Cup and the 50-over World Cup. His flair for spin bowling and match-winning abilities make him a potent threat on surfaces conducive to spin, adding a strategic edge to Sri Lanka’s lineup.
While Test cricket will miss Hasaranga’s contributions, his decision opens the door for him to etch his name in the annals of limited-overs cricket history. His journey from humble beginnings to becoming a white-ball maestro is a testament to his dedication, talent, and unwavering commitment to the game.
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