Abu Dhabi T10: Wanindu Hasaranga retained by Deccan Gladiators

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Sri Lanka spinner Wanindu Hasaranga (Photo/ ICC Media Twitter)
Sri Lanka spinner Wanindu Hasaranga (Photo/ ICC Media Twitter)

Dubai [UAE], October 5 (ANI): With two days to go for the Players Draft in the Abu Dhabi T10, Deccan Gladiators has 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 the limelight in his first-ever one-day international (ODI) when he claimed a hat-trick against Zimbabwe and thereby became 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 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 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." (ANI)

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