Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) spinner Wanindu Hasaranga is among the leading wicket-takers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. The Sri Lankan bowler is giving a stern fight to franchise icon Yuzvendra Chahal at the top of the pile of wicket-takers.
Spin bowling coach Sridharan Sriram has outlined Hasaranga’s impact in the tournament so far. He lauded the 24-year-old for battling the pressure and expectations on him after coming in as a direct replacement for Yuzvendra Chahal.
Hasaranga, who spent a brief stint with the franchise in the second leg of the IPL 2021, was roped in for a sum of ₹10.75 crore at the mega auction. Meanwhile, Chahal, who was not retained, was sold to the Rajasthan Royals (RR).
Claiming it is not an easy task to replace a player like Chahal at RCB, Sriram said on RCB Bold Diaries:
“The way he has handled the expectations on him, replacing Yuzvendra Chahal at RCB is no mean feat. He comes in with incredible expectations, everyone knows what Yuzi has done for the franchise, and to come and fill in his boots and be second on the list is brilliant.”
The coach added:
“Full credit to him because the way he has handled the pressure and the expectation of the Indian public and some of the criticisms he has to face and the way he has bounced back every time is incredible proof of his temperament.”
After spending eight years with RCB, Chahal evolved to become the franchise’s leading wicket-taker. His exploits in the IPL also earned him a call-up to the national team, where he has cemented his place in limited over formats. The 31-year-old is among the leading wicket-takers in the competition’s history with 162 wickets in 126 matches, which showcases the legacy he created with RCB.