Dimuth Karunaratne

Country: Sri Lanka
Born: April 21, 1988, Colombo
Height: 6ft
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Opening Batter

Dimuth Karunaratne Bio

Dimuth Karunaratne, a talented left-hand opening batsman, hails from Sri Lanka and is known for his solid technique and ability to score big centuries against tough oppositions. Born on April 21, 1988, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Karunaratne had his first taste of cricket during his schooling years at St Joseph’s College. This prestigious institution has produced several cricket stars, including Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera, whom Karunaratne played with in the Sri Lanka Under-19 side.

Karunaratne kicked off his professional cricket career in 2008 when he made his debut for Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) in first-class cricket. However, his first season was relatively low-key as he predominantly batted in the middle order. Determined to make his mark, Karunaratne secured a place in the top order in 2009 and began to display more consistency in his performances.

His breakthrough came during the 2009 season when he scored his maiden first-class century against Colts Cricket Club. This remarkable innings paved the way for an impressive total of 1186 runs at an average of 56.54 in that season. His prolific form caught the attention of selectors, leading to a call-up for the Sri Lanka A team against South Africa A. Karunaratne continued to shine and even notched up 184 runs in a match against an attack that included the formidable Vernon Philander.

While Karunaratne hasn’t been able to replicate the same volume of runs since his standout second season, he has built a reputation for his ability to score big centuries against challenging bowling attacks. In 2011, he got the opportunity to represent Sri Lanka in two ODIs, making scores of 4 and 60. Later that year, he was named in the Test squad for the South African tour, although he didn’t get an opportunity to play.

However, Karunaratne toured South Africa again in July 2012 with the A team, and it was during this tour that he showcased his potential with impressive scores of 83 and an unbeaten 150. His outstanding performances caught the attention of the national selectors, leading to his Test debut for Sri Lanka against New Zealand in the Galle Test. Karunaratne was chosen to open the batting alongside his SSC partner, Tharanga Paranavitana, replacing the injured Tillakaratne Dilshan.

Ever since his Test debut, Karunaratne has established himself as a reliable opening batsman for Sri Lanka. He has displayed immense resilience and a strong temperament, often facing some of the toughest bowlers in the world with remarkable composure. His ability to adapt to different conditions and perform consistently has earned him widespread acclaim and admiration from cricket enthusiasts worldwide.

As of now, Karunaratne continues to be a vital cog in the Sri Lankan cricket team’s batting lineup. His contributions have played a significant role in Sri Lanka’s success in Test cricket, including a historic Test series victory in South Africa in 2019 where he captained the side. With his strong work ethic, determination, and unwavering commitment to the sport, Dimuth Karunaratne is undoubtedly one of Sri Lanka’s most accomplished cricket players of his generation.

Dimuth Karunaratne Career Stats

Dimuth Karunaratne Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 88 168 6 6631 244 40.93 12971 51.12 16 34 698 9 56 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 50 46 4 1316 103 31.33 1654 79.56 1 11 131 1 17 0
FC 197 343 24 14805 244 46.41 25934 57.08 47 65 1670 29 174 1
List A 166 158 14 5045 132 35.03 6512 77.47 7 33 502 12 74 0
T20s 34 33 1 543 80 16.96 499 108.81 0 3 68 3 17 1

Dimuth Karunaratne Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 88 14 308 199 2 1/12 1/12 99.5 3.87 154 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 50 2 16 18 0 - - - 6.75 - 0 0 0
FC 197 34 828 500 4 1/6 1/6 125 3.62 207 0 0 0
List A 166 6 82 63 3 2/13 2/13 21 4.6 27.3 0 0 0
T20s 34 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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