Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka hogged the limelight today after he was duly rewarded with an opportunity to represent Gujarat Titans in the sixteenth edition of the Indian Premier League.
Eyebrows were raised when the Sri Lankan international went unsold at the IPL 2023 mini-auction held in Kochi in late December. However, he failed to attract the bidders at the auction.
The Sri Lanka captain had a base price of INR 50 lakh to his name. Unfortunately, he didn’t receive interest from any of the franchises. Needless to say, he breathed a sigh of relief after he learnt that he will be part of GT’s plans in the ongoing season.
Dasun Shanaka replaces Kane Williamson in Gujarat Titans for IPL 2023
During the game between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans, Kane Williamson sustained a right knee injury at the boundary rope while trying to stop the ball from going for a six.
After sustaining the injury, he looked in total discomfort as he was carried by the medical staff. Later on, it was confirmed that Kane Williamson will no longer be a part of the rest of the IPL.
Kane Williamson left a void in the GT’s line-up and his absence turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Dasun Shanaka as the latter gets a golden opportunity to prove his worth for Gujarat Titans in the IPL 2023.
Dasun Shanaka has replaced Kane Williamson in Gujarat Titans’ unit for the ongoing season. It will be quite interesting to see how he goes about his business for the defending champions.
He will operate as an all-rounder for the franchise. Talking about his numbers in T20Is, he scored 1329 runs including five fifties in Twenty20 Internationals. On the other side of the coin, he has accounted for 25 wickets to his name, registering his personal best bowling figures of 3/16.
So finally, Shanka rewarded for his superb performance against India. 🥰Advertisement
— DK (@CricCrazyDK) April 4, 2023
— Pratham Jain🇮🇳 (@Pratham668) April 4, 2023
Wow great pick. Gujarat Titans everytime making correct decisions. Kudos.Advertisement
— Hathim (@itsmeherealltim) April 4, 2023
— Juilius Sneezer (@itsmewhocares11) April 4, 2023
Oh god GT become more n more strongerAdvertisement
— NainaSingh 🇮🇳 (@NainaS771) April 4, 2023
Finally Most underrated Batsmen and captain SHANAKA in 🔥🥵Advertisement
— Praneeth (@fantasy_d11) April 4, 2023
I thought KKR will pick him 🙁Advertisement
— Dr Khushboo 🇮🇳 (@khushbookadri) April 4, 2023
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— Smarak Ray (@ray_smarak15) April 4, 2023
Great pick.. shanaka is an excellent playerAdvertisement
— Jaideep Chhapariya (@jaideep1031) April 4, 2023