Wanindu Hasaranga received a little negative reaction from the Royal Challengers Bangalore fans when the franchise decided to spend 10.75 crores to sign him at the IPL 2022 Mega Auction. One of the main reasons behind that was the Royal Challengers Bangalore released their proven match-winner Yuzvendra Chahal. Interestingly, they did not try to re-sign him at the mega auction.
However, Hasaranga has proven his doubters wrong with his excellent performances in the RCB colours this season. He is the leading wicket-taker of the team and is one of the contenders to win the Purple Cap award this year.
Many fans would remember that Hasaranga made his IPL debut last year for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He went unsold at the mini-auction, but the Bangalore-based franchise roped him in as a replacement for the second half of the season. Hasaranga played with Yuzvendra Chahal in that season, but the Sri Lankan cricket team all-rounder could not make much of an impact.
“I appreciate his bowling all the time”- Wanindu Hasaranga comments on his friendship with Yuzvendra Chahal
In a recent appearance on Royal Challengers Bangalore’s social media show “RCB Bold Diaries”, Wanindu Hasaranga spoke about his bonding with Chahal and said:
“I played the second half of the last season with Yuzi, so we both are very good friends. I appreciate his bowling all the time and he also does the same for me.”
Hasaranga has enjoyed sharing the dressing room with big names like Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Faf du Plessis. Even the backroom staff has reputed names like Mike Hesson, Sanjay Bangar and Sridharan Sriram. Sharing his experience of spending time with some big names, Hasaranga added:
“This is like one of the best franchises, these players are really friendly and we are like a family all the time.”