Akalanka Ganegama

Country: Sri Lanka
Born: March 29, 1981, Colombo
Height: 6ft 1in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Allrounder

Akalanka Ganegama Bio

Withanaarchchige Chamara Akalanka Ganegama, popularly known as Akalanka Ganegama, is a former professional cricket player from Sri Lanka. Born on July 10, 1981, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Ganegama rose to prominence as a fast bowler and showcased great potential as a quick-scoring allrounder in One Day Internationals (ODIs).

Ganegama’s fascination with cricket began at a young age when he attended private coaching classes run by former Sri Lanka wicket-keeper Russel Hamer. Under Hamer’s guidance, Ganegama honed his skills and developed a deep passion for the game. His talent became evident during his time at the renowned Susamyawardena College, where he made a significant impact by taking nine wickets in a match against Ananda College. As a result of this outstanding performance, he earned a scholarship to study and play for Ananda College, which is renowned as one of Sri Lanka’s top Buddhist institutions.

Continuing to impress, Ganegama was selected to represent Sri Lanka in the Under-19 World Cup hosted by his home country in 2000. He further showcased his bowling prowess during the Sri Lanka U-19 tour of England, delivering a remarkable performance by securing a ten-wicket match haul. These achievements caught the attention of national selectors, and he soon found himself making his ODI debut for Sri Lanka in the 2000-01 Gold Cup in Sharjah against Pakistan. In his debut match, he made an instant impact by dismissing the dangerous Shahid Afridi and Imran Farhat.

Unfortunately, a groin injury forced Ganegama to spend seven months on the sidelines, missing out on several opportunities to display his cricketing abilities. However, he made a strong comeback, representing the Sri Lanka ‘A’ team and eventually earning a spot in the national squad for the tour of New Zealand. During this time, he also had the privilege of learning from seasoned fast bowlers such as Chaminda Vaas, Glenn McGrath, Rumesh Ratnayake, Champaka Ramanayake, and Anusha Samaranayake, who served as his mentors and coaches.

One of Ganegama’s standout performances came while representing the Nondescripts Cricket Club (NCC). In a match against the Colombo Cricket Club (CCC), he claimed an impressive seven-wicket haul in a single innings. His ability to generate inswing and reverse swing played a crucial role in his success on that occasion.

Throughout his career, Ganegama remained determined to improve and learn from his experiences. His dedication and perseverance paid off, as he continued to excel at both the domestic and international levels. His impressive performances and consistent displays of skill earned him a well-deserved reputation as a reliable fast bowler.

After retiring from professional cricket, Ganegama has remained involved in the sport. As of now, he serves as a mentor and coach, passing on his invaluable knowledge and experience to the next generation of cricketers. With his vast understanding of the game and his ability to inspire others, Ganegama continues to contribute to the development of cricket in Sri Lanka.

Akalanka Ganegama is a renowned Sri Lankan cricketer who made a significant impact in the sport. Known for his fast bowling and all-round abilities, he proved himself in both domestic and international cricket. With a strong work ethic and a passion for the game, Ganegama remains an influential figure in Sri Lankan cricket, inspiring aspiring cricketers to strive for excellence.

Akalanka Ganegama Career Stats

Akalanka Ganegama Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 4 2 0 7 7 3.5 9 77.77 0 0 1 0 1 0
FC 138 185 29 2375 133 15.22 - - 1 5 - - 60 0
List A 126 67 20 571 31 12.14 - - 0 0 - - 38 0
T20s 39 29 9 271 38 13.55 195 138.97 0 0 14 22 17 0

Akalanka Ganegama Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 4 3 66 88 2 2/27 2/27 44 8 33 0 0 0
FC 138 - 14551 8598 322 7/25 - 26.7 3.54 45.1 - 13 0
List A 126 - 4797 3544 147 5/20 5/20 24.1 4.43 32.6 4 2 0
T20s 39 36 617 810 30 4/13 4/13 27 7.87 20.5 1 0 0

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