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How Hasaranga Celebrates!

By Rediff Cricket
March 31, 2022 09:24 IST
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IMAGE: RCB's Wanindu Hasaranga celebrates with team-mate Virat Kohli after taking KKR Captain Shreyas Iyer's wicket at the D Y Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai, March 30, 2022. Photographs: BCCI/IPL

Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga proved to be Royal Challengers Bangalore's match-winner during the IPL 2022 match against the Kolkata Knight Riders at the D Y Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday.

His spell of 4/20 was instrumental in bowling out KKR for 128 before RCB sneaked home by three wickets with four balls to spare in a thrilling finish.

Hasaranga's wicket celebrations evoked a lot of interest, which he later revealed was inspired by his favourite footballer -- Neymar of Brazil and PSG.

'My favourite footballer is Neymar and that is his celebration which I do. When I go play, I don't take any pressure. That's why I feel I got success,' the mild-mannered Sri Lankan from Galle said.

Hasaranga, who took the wickets of Shreyas Iyer (13), Sunil Narine (12), Sheldon Jackson (0) and Tim Southee (1), had a different style of celebration every time he claimed a wicket.

IMAGE: Hasaranga's delighted after dismissing Sunil Narine.

IMAGE: Hasaranga celebrates Tim Southee's wicket.

IMAGE: Hasaranga produced a special delivery to get rid of Sheldon Jackson who failed to pick the googly and was bowled all ends up.
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