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Full name Kaushal Samaraweera Lokuarachchi
Born May 20, 1982, Colombo
Current age 32 years 219 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Dhaka Gladiators, Kandurata Maroons, Rajshahi Division, Sinhalese Sports Club, Sri Lanka A, Wayamba
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Education St. Peter's College
|Test debut||Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Colombo (PSS), Apr 25-29, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Test||Sri Lanka v Australia at Kandy, Mar 16-20, 2004 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Kenya v Sri Lanka at Sharjah, Apr 6, 2003 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (RPS), Oct 13, 2007 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Hambantota, Jun 1, 2012 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Hambantota, Jun 3, 2012 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Sinhalese Sports Club v Nondescripts Cricket Club at Panagoda, Apr 3-6, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||2001/02|
|Last List A||Nondescripts Cricket Club v Sinhalese Sports Club at Colombo (RPS), Dec 28, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club v Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club at Colombo (RPS), Sep 2, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Kandurata Maroons v Otago at Mohali, Sep 18, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|30, 1/53||Sinhalese||v Nondescripts||Panagoda||3 Apr 2014||FC|
|1/38, 25, 1/91||Sinhalese||v Moors||Colombo (NCC)||20 Mar 2014||FC|
|1/40, 38, 1/51, 0||Sinhalese||v Col CC||Colombo (PSS)||13 Mar 2014||FC|
|1/3, 5, 0/47||Sinhalese||v SL Army||Colombo (Moors)||6 Mar 2014||FC|
|8, 0/48, 16, 0/5||Sinhalese||v Tamil Union||Colombo (PSS)||21 Feb 2014||FC|
|55, 2/19, 53, 0/23||Sinhalese||v Panadura||Colombo (SSC)||14 Feb 2014||FC|
|40, 3/150||Sinhalese||v Bloomfield||Colombo (SSC)||7 Feb 2014||FC|
|1/6, 0, 0/19||Sinhalese||v SLPACC||Colombo (SSC)||31 Jan 2014||FC|
|2/89, 12, 0/34||Sinhalese||v Ragama||Colombo (SSC)||17 Jan 2014||FC|
|18, 2/49||Sinhalese||v Nondescripts||Colombo (RPS)||28 Dec 2013||LA|
Loukaracchchi is unfortunate that he belongs to an era where there are two other right-arm legspinners are also vying for a berth in the national team. The presence of Upul Chandana and Malinga Bandara meant that 'Loku', as he is referred to by team-mates, had no place in the national team which also has the inimitable offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan.
It seems Loku has somewhat decided that his best chance to play in the national team is in the shorter version of the game. He says he loves to play one-day cricket and his style of bowling and batting is most suited to it. "It is difficult to play one-day cricket than Test cricket because the intensity is great. I love the challenge," Loku said.
He believes as a legspinner he has a lot to learn, but admits gaining experience each time he plays for his country. He is also a useful batsman down the order with two first-class centuries and a batting average of 27.
He had an outstanding career at St. Peter's College where he won the best bowler's prize and was also voted Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year. Loku then joined Bloomfield in 1999 and represented them till last season when he changed clubs and went to SSC where he took 14 wickets in the Premier league semi-final against Colts and followed it up with a century which is the best performance of his career so far.
Has benefited from attending Sri Lanka Spin Academy headed by former Sri Lanka offspinner Ruwan Kalpage and from coaching received from Sri Lanka A-team coach Chandika Hathurusingha.
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