Danushka Gunathilaka

Country: Sri Lanka
Born: March 17, 1991, Panadura
Height: 6ft 1in
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Allrounder

Danushka Gunathilaka Bio

Mashtayage Danushka Gunathilaka, commonly known as Danushka Gunathilaka, is a talented left-handed opening batsman and part-time offspinner from Sri Lanka. Born on December 16, 1990, in Colombo, Gunathilaka made his mark in the domestic system before being recognized for his potential and talent.

Gunathilaka started his cricketing journey at the renowned Sinhalese Sports Club, where he honed his skills and developed a solid foundation. His impressive performances in domestic cricket caught the attention of the national selectors, leading to his inclusion in Sri Lanka’s A team for the tour of New Zealand in 2015.

During the tour, Gunathilaka showcased his attacking batting style and proved his worth as an opener by scoring two fifties in four innings, finishing as the team’s second-highest run-scorer. This remarkable performance earned him a call-up to the senior national team for the home series against West Indies in November of the same year.

Gunathilaka then embarked on his first tour with the senior team to New Zealand. Although his initial ODI performances were modest, he announced his arrival with a stunning match-winning knock of 65 runs off just 45 balls in Nelson, earning him the well-deserved Man-of-the-Match award.

Despite his impressive performances, Gunathilaka faced challenges and was initially left out of the squad for the 2017 Champions Trophy in England. However, due to an injury to Chamara Kapugedara, Gunathilaka was called up for the second match and made an immediate impact by scoring a sensational 76 runs off 72 balls, helping his team chase down a target of 322.

Following this superb innings, Gunathilaka continued his remarkable form with three fifties and his maiden ODI hundred in the series against Zimbabwe. His consistent performances earned him a call-up to the Test side. However, his Test debut did not go as planned, as he struggled with loose strokes, managing scores of just 16 and 2 in both innings.

Gunathilaka possesses an exceptional ability to play square of the wicket, particularly on the off side, making him a valuable asset to the Sri Lankan team. He draws inspiration from legendary cricketer Kumar Sangakkara, admiring his skill and technique.

In addition to his batting prowess, Gunathilaka also contributes to the team as a part-time offspinner, adding versatility to his game. His vast cricketing experience also includes representing Sri Lanka’s Under-19 team in the 2009 Youth World Cup, showcasing his talent from a young age.

As Danushka Gunathilaka continues to evolve and refine his skills, he remains an integral part of the Sri Lankan cricket team. With his attacking batting style, solid technique, and flexibility as an all-rounder, Gunathilaka is poised to make significant contributions to Sri Lankan cricket in the years to come.

Danushka Gunathilaka Career Stats

Danushka Gunathilaka Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 8 16 0 299 61 18.68 597 50.08 0 2 32 3 6 0
T20Is 46 45 0 741 57 16.46 615 120.48 0 3 78 21 21 0
ODIs 47 46 1 1601 133 35.57 1844 86.82 2 11 172 20 14 0
FC 56 91 2 2495 152 28.03 3899 63.99 3 13 310 44 62 0
List A 148 144 15 4737 133 36.72 5701 83.09 9 32 487 87 68 0
T20s 133 130 10 2957 102* 24.64 2344 126.15 1 17 313 97 48 0

Danushka Gunathilaka Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 8 6 198 111 1 1/16 1/57 111 3.36 198 0 0 0
T20Is 46 12 123 155 6 2/3 2/3 25.83 7.56 20.5 0 0 0
ODIs 47 22 402 371 8 3/48 3/48 46.37 5.53 50.2 0 0 0
FC 56 59 3657 1954 64 6/70 9/118 30.53 3.2 57.1 3 1 0
List A 148 72 2242 1705 49 5/28 5/28 34.79 4.56 45.7 1 1 0
T20s 133 50 707 894 32 4/21 4/21 27.93 7.58 22 1 0 0

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