Full name Mashtayage Danushka Gunathilaka
Born March 17, 1991, Panadura
Current age 26 years 154 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Colombo Cricket Club, Schools Invitation XI, Southern Express, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka Board President's XI, Sri Lanka Cricket Combined XI, Sri Lanka Under-19s, Sri Lanka Under-23s, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Height 6 ft 1 in
Education Mahanama College, Colombo
|Only Test||Sri Lanka v India at Galle, Jul 26-29, 2017 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Sri Lanka v West Indies at Colombo (RPS), Nov 1, 2015 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Hambantota, Jul 10, 2017 scorecard|
|T20I debut||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Mount Maunganui, Jan 7, 2016 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v Sri Lanka at Southampton, Jul 5, 2016 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Colombo Cricket Club v Ragama Cricket Club at Colombo (CCC), Feb 25-27, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Sri Lanka v India at Galle, Jul 26-29, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Sinhalese Sports Club v Colombo Cricket Club at Colombo (SSC), Sep 2, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Hambantota, Jul 10, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Basnahira North v Schools Invitation XI at Colombo (Burgher), Apr 21, 2008 scorecard|
|Last T20s||England v Sri Lanka at Southampton, Jul 5, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/41, 16, 1/16, 2||Sri Lanka||v India||Galle||26 Jul 2017||Test # 2265|
|74||SL Pres. XI||v Indians||Colombo (CCC)||21 Jul 2017||Other|
|52, 0/2||Sri Lanka||v Zimbabwe||Hambantota||10 Jul 2017||ODI # 3904|
|87, 0/16||Sri Lanka||v Zimbabwe||Hambantota||8 Jul 2017||ODI # 3903|
|0/5, 116||Sri Lanka||v Zimbabwe||Hambantota||6 Jul 2017||ODI # 3901|
|1/9, 8||Sri Lanka||v Zimbabwe||Galle||2 Jul 2017||ODI # 3899|
|60, 0/13||Sri Lanka||v Zimbabwe||Galle||30 Jun 2017||ODI # 3897|
|13, 0/2||Sri Lanka||v Pakistan||Cardiff||12 Jun 2017||ODI # 3888|
|0/41, 76||Sri Lanka||v India||The Oval||8 Jun 2017||ODI # 3882|
|34||Sri Lanka||v Bangladesh||Colombo (SSC)||1 Apr 2017||ODI # 3858|
A poised, attacking left-handed opener groomed in part at Sinhalese Sports Club, Danushka Gunathilaka was plucked from the domestic system largely on potential, and drafted into Sri Lanka's A team for the tour of New Zealand in mid-2015. He impressed on that trip, hitting two smart fifties from four innings, to finish as the team's second-highest run-scorer.
Those performances earned him a national call-up for the home series against West Indies in November. Gunathilaka then earned a second trip to New Zealand - with the senior team this time - and despite modest returns from his first three ODIs, he struck a rapid 65 in Nelson to win a Man-of-the-Match award.
Gunathilaka was not originally part of Sri Lanka's squad for the 2017 Champions Trophy in England, but came into it ahead of their second match thanks to an injury to Chamara Kapugedara. He made a stunning entrance, scoring 76 off 72 balls to help haul down a target of 322.
That innings was followed by a run of three fifties and a maiden hundred in the ODI series against Zimbabwe, cue a call-up to the Test side. The Test debut was a disappointment, Gunathilaka scoring 16 and 2 before falling to loose strokes in both innings.
Strong square of the wicket, particularly on the off side, Gunathilaka, who admires Kumar Sangakkara, is also a part-time offspinner. He had played in Sri Lanka's Under-19 team in the 2009 Youth World Cup.
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