Full name Anguppulige Gamini Dayantha Wickremasinghe
Born December 27, 1965, Colombo
Current age 49 years 249 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Nondescripts Cricket Club
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Test debut||Australia v Sri Lanka at Brisbane, Dec 8-12, 1989 scorecard|
|Last Test||Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Colombo (SSC), Dec 6-9, 1992 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Colombo (RPS), Dec 4, 1992 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Sharjah, Feb 2, 1993 scorecard|
|First-class span||1984/85 - 1995/96|
|List A span||1991/92 - 1992/93|
Gamini Wickremasinghe was a victim of the selectors whims. A solid performer behind the wickets and a determined lower-order batsman, he was never given a chance to establish a permanent position within the national team. Ironically the selectors preferred his Nondescripts team-mate Hashan Tillekeratne as the
Sri Lankan wicketkeeper despite the fact that at club level Wickremasinghe held the position while Tillekeratne played as a specialist batsman. Wickremasinghe made his Test debut against Australia at the Gabba on the 1989-90 tour taking three catches behind the wicket and scoring two runs. Injury forced him to miss
the second test at Hobart and Tillekeratne took over the position giving an impressive display. From that point on Wickremasinghe was cast into the background as the selectors preferred Tillekeratne due to his pedigree as a batsman at domestic level. Wickremasinghe continued to be a steady, capable performer at domestic level and earned a recall against New Zealand in 1992-93. Sri Lanka won the series and Wickremasinghe gave an assured display behind the wickets dealing with the spin of Muralitharan, Warnaweera and Anurasiri with style. However, the selectors in their wisdom not for the first time chose to plump for the player with superior batting skills. For the next few years a number of candidates were tried without much success while Wickremasinghe continued to perform reliably at domestic level. Given the chance he could have made the position his own.
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