The leg-spinner and explosive batter Wanindu joins Tymal Mills and Zahoor Khan to become the third player retained by the franchisee.
Dubai/Mumbai: With two days to go for the Players Draft in the Abu Dhabi T10, Deccan Gladiators have retained Sri Lankan leggie and explosive batter, Wanindu Hasaranga in the squad. Hasaranga joins England all-rounder Tymal Mills and UAE fast bowler Zahoor Khan in the list of retained players by the franchisee. West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell is the Icon Player of the team.
Hasaranga, who is currently playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League, shot into limelight in his first ever one-day international (ODI) when he claimed a hat-trick against Zimbabwe and thereby becoming the third debutant and the first leggie in the history of the game to claim that feat. Hasaranga’s seven wickets in three T20 Internationals, with best figures of 4 for 9, helped Sri Lanka beat India in the recently concluded limited overs and T20I series at home.
The 24-year-old is one of the most promising cricketers in Sri Lanka’s cricket horizon. Someone who was drafted straight into the senior national squad from his U-19 side, Hasaranga plays all formats of the game (Test, ODIs, T20Is and T10) and his all-round abilities can be vital in Deccan Gladiators quest for their maiden Abu Dhabi T10 title this season.
“I think my batting and bowling style suits this version more than any other formats that I play, and so, I am looking forward to go out there, do what I do best, and bring home the cup! I can’t wait to join the likes of Dre Russ (Andre Russell), Tymal (Mills) and Zahoor (Khan) in the Deccan Gladiators line-up. I am a leg-spinner and I am eagerly waiting to meet my childhood hero and coach of Deccan Gladiators, the legendary leg-spinner from Pakistan Mushtaq Ahmed. I am sure I will be able to learn a lot from him,” said Hasaranga after his retention in the Deccan Gladiators squad.
Deccan Gladiators owner Mr Gaurav Grover said: “One of the most talented all-rounder in world cricket at the moment, he is such a great player for his age and he handles the tough situations perfectly. I am so glad to have a match-winner like him in our side.”
About Deccan Gladiators
In a nutshell, Deccan Gladiators is a result of owner Mr Gaurav Grover’s vision combined with his passion for the sport which he loves so dearly. Representing the glory of the South as the name suggests, the Gladiators in the team are no less than their historical counterparts of the Roman
Empire. A perfect combination of youthful exuberance and battle-hardened experienced generals, the team has time and again in the past won hearts with their fearless brand of cricket in the park. Add to it a new strategic approach and red hot form of everyone, in the team, that is Deccan Gladiators for you this season.