Wanindu Hasaranga retires from Test cricket to extend limited-overs career

Wanindu Hasaranga, the Sri Lankan legspinning all-rounder, has announced his retirement from Test cricket at 26 years of age with an eye on prolonging his limited overs career, Sri Lanka Cricket announced on Tuesday August 15.

“We will accept his decision and are confident that Hasaranga will be a vital part of our white-ball program going forward,” Ashley De Silva, the CEO of SLC, said in a statement.

A regular feature in Sri Lanka’s limited overs side – having played 48 ODIs and 58 T20Is – and an in-demand player in franchise leagues around the globe, Hasaranga has earned only four Test caps and picked four wickets, apart from compiling a half-century. The fast-scoring right-hander could only manage 196 runs in those four matches at an average of 28. Having made his debut against South Africa in 2020, his last Test appearance came in April 2021 against Bangladesh.

In first-class cricket, he has three centuries to his name along with 102 wickets in 44 matches. He is currently leading his Lanka Premier League side B-Love Kandy, and will play a pivotal role in Sri Lanka’s forthcoming Asia Cup and World Cup campaigns.

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