Full name Charith Panduka Senanayake
Born December 19, 1962, Colombo
Current age 52 years 128 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Colombo Cricket Club
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Wellington, Jan 31-Feb 4, 1991 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Auckland, Mar 1-5, 1991 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Sharjah, Dec 21, 1990 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Dunedin, Feb 6, 1991 scorecard|
|First-class span||1982/83 - 1993/94|
|List A span||1984/85 - 1991/92|
Charith Senanayake was given an opportunity to establish his position as an opener on the 1990-91 tour of New Zealand. A left-hand batsman, he was a capable strokeplayer but was probably better suited down the order on the New Zealand wickets where his defence was questionable against the new ball. In the second Test at Hamilton he made his highest test score of 64, adding 95 for the first wicket with Chandika Hathurusinghe. With Roshan Mahanama and Hathurusinghe forming a solid opening pair Senanayake was not given another opportunity following the tour. In seven one-day internationals he failed to impress somewhat surprisingly, as the free scoring nature of the game seemed to suit his mentality.
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