Wanindu Hasaranga is a Sri Lankan cricketer who has played in many tournaments for Sri Lanka and made many records with his bowling skills. He has played in many leagues in different countries and is considered one of the best fielders Sri Lanka has ever produced.
Pinnaduwage Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva aka Wanindu Hasaranga was born on Tuesday, 29 July 1997 (age 26 years; as of 2023) in Galle, Sri Lanka. His zodiac sign is Leo. He attended Richmond College, Galle for schooling where he started playing cricket at the age of twelve. He participated in cricket practice for the Under-13 team and started as a fast bowler. He later became a good allrounder with a liking for fielding. His name grew in inter-school cricket in 2014 when he took 12 catches in a match. He later met the coach Lamkal de Silva who was impressed with Hasaranga’s good arm speed and convinced him to become a leg spin bowler. He later played in many inter-school tournaments including Red Bull Campus Cricket Tournament in 2017. He later pursued a career in cricket.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Weight (approx.): 75 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest 40″, Waist 32″, Biceps 14″
He belongs to a middle-class family.
Parents & Siblings
His father is a retired police constable, and his mother is a housewife. He has an elder brother named Chaturanga de Silva who is also a professional cricketer and played for Sri Lankan national team and a younger sister named Chathuri de Silva.
Wife & Children
He got married to Vindya Padmaperuma on 9 March 2023.
He dated Vindya Padmaperuma for a long time before marrying her in 2023.
He played his debut domestic first-class match on 26 February 2016 for Sri Lanka Ports Authority Cricket Club (SLPACC) against Bloomfield; he went without a wicket; however, he shone with the bat and scored 87 runs in the first innings and 6 runs in the second innings. He played his debut domestic one-day match on 30 November 2015 for SLPACC against Tamil Union in the AIA Premier Limited Over Tournament. He later played for Colombo, Dambulla, and Galle in various domestic tournaments. He performed wonderfully with 10 wickets in a first-class match and 6 wickets for 24 runs in a one-day fixture and was selected for the Under-19 team.
He was selected for the Sri Lanka Under-19 team in 2015 and later played in the 2016 Under-19 World Cup where he took 3 wickets for 34 runs in the quarterfinal against England.
He played his debut test match on 26 December 2020 against South Africa in Centurian, South Africa; he scored 18 runs in the first innings and 59 runs in the second innings and took 4 wickets for 171 runs in the first innings.
He made his ODI debut on 2 July 2017 against Zimbabwe in Galle, Sri Lanka and took a hattrick in the match. On 14 March 2021, he made his maiden ODI fifty by scoring 80 runs not out off 60 balls against West Indies and took 1 wicket for 49 runs. In a 2023 World Cup Qualifier match against the United Arab Emirates on 19 June 2023, he took his maiden 5-wicket haul by taking 6 wickets for 24 runs.
He made his T20I debut on 1 September 2019 against New Zealand in Pallekele, Sri Lanka and took 2 wickets for 21 runs. In a match against India on 29 July 2021, he took 4 wickets for 9 runs.
T20I World Cups
In the 2021 T20I World Cup held in the United Arab Emirates, he played in 8 matches and was the highest wicket-taker with 16 wickets; he also scored his maiden T20I half-century by scoring 71 runs off 47 balls against Ireland. In the 2022 T20I World Cup held in Australia, he played in 8 matches and took 15 wickets with the best bowling figures of 3 wickets against the United Arab Emirates.
Indian Premier League (IPL)
He made his IPL debut on 20 September 2021 for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 2021 IPL season. RCB acquired him for Rs 10.75 crores in the auction for the 2022 IPL season. In a match in the 2022 IPL season against Sunrisers Hyderabad on 8 May 2022, he took his maiden 5-wicket haul in IPL taking 5 wickets for 18 runs.
He played for Sylhet Sixers in the 2017-18 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and later for Khulna Tigers in the 2021 BPL. He represented Jaffna Stallions in the 2020 Lanka Premier League (LPL) and was named Man of the Tournament for clinching 17 wickets. He played for Jaffna Kings in the 2021 LPL season and Kandy Falcons in the 2022 LPL season.
He played for Machester Originals in the 2022 season of The Hundred tournament. He played for the Quetta Gladiators in the 2023 Pakistan Super League (PSL). He played for Desert Vipers in the 2023 International League T20 tournament. He represented Washington Freedom in the inaugural season of Major League Cricket in 2023. He played for Deccan Gladiators in the 2021 Abu Dhabi T10 League.
He wears jersey number 49 while playing in the Sri Lankan national cricket team.
- First Sri Lankan player (second overall) to take three consecutive five-wicket hauls in ODIs
- Youngest cricketer to take a hattrick on ODI debut (at the age of 19 years 11 months 4 days)
- Third cricketer to take a hattrick on debut in ODI
- First leg spinner to take a hattrick in ODI
- Highest individual score for Sri Lanka in ODI at batting position 8 or lower
- First Sri Lankan cricketer to take a hattrick in the T20I World Cup
- Best bowling figures in a T20I match on a birthday
- Highest wickets in a single edition of the T20I World Cup (in 2021)
- First player to take a hattrick in Lanka Premier League (LPL)
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- Most promising domestic player award for the 2016-17 season at the Sri Lanka Cricket Annual Awards in November 2017
- Achieved number 1 rank in the ICC T20I bowling rankings in November 2021
- Named in the 2021 ICC ODI Team of the Year and T20I Team of the Year
- Named in 2022 ICC T20I Team of the Year
He owns a Range Rover SUV and a BMW car.
Hasaranga has got multiple tattoos inked on his body including a tattoo on his right arm, number 151, 2021-36 (he took 36 T20I wickets in the 2021-22 season), a tattoo on his neck, and Wanindu 49-180 on his left hand.
He has got piercings in his ears.
- Sri Lankan ground: Galle International Stadium
- Sri Lankan cricketer: Angelo Mathews
- Brand(s): Puma, SF (Stanford)
- His batting style is right-handed, and his bowling style is right-arm leg break.
- His nicknames are Waniya and Wownindu.
- He has trained under many coaches at different times of his career including Danushka Denagama from Under-13 to Under-15, Dhammika Sudarshana at the Under-19 level, Lasantha Prasad at Sri Lanka Ports Authority Cricket Club (SLPACC), Tharanga Dhammika and Kelum Gangodawila at the Colombo Cricket Club (CCC).
- In an interview, he mentioned that he likes fielding the most, and many people have speculated that he was selected for the national team due to his fielding skills.
- He likes to play video games and play football during his leisure time.
- His celebration style is very popular among cricket lovers, which he has copied from his favourite football player Neymar.
- Australian pacer Kane Richardson once compared Hasaranga to a streetfighter in an interview.
- He is an animal lover and owns a pet dog.