Full name Sajeewa Weerakoon
Born February 17, 1978, Galle
Current age 39 years 34 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Burgher Recreation Club, Colts Cricket Club, Galle Cricket Club, Ruhuna, Sri Lanka A, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club, Victoria Sporting Club
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Height 6 ft 0 in
Education St. Aloysius' College, Galle
|ODI debut||Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS), Jun 13, 2012 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS), Jun 16, 2012 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Burgher Recreation Club v Galle Cricket Club at Colombo (Bloomfield), Jan 27-29, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||1997/98|
|Last List A||Galle Cricket Club v Moors Sports Club at Galle, Dec 16, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Burgher Recreation Club v Sinhalese Sports Club at Colombo (NCC), Aug 17, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Galle Cricket Club v Saracens Sports Club at Colombo (PSS), Jan 21, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|4, 2/97||Galle CC||v Burgher||Colombo (Bloomfield)||27 Jan 2017||FC|
|4*, 4/121, 1/43||Galle CC||v Saracens||Colombo (Bloomfield)||20 Jan 2017||FC|
|1*, 5/96, 27, 2/61||Galle CC||v Badureliya||Kaluthara||6 Jan 2017||FC|
|3/85, 3*, 2/91||Galle CC||v Bloomfield||Colombo (Bloomfield)||2 Jan 2017||FC|
|1/112, 0*, 0/72||Galle CC||v Nondescripts||Colombo (NCC)||28 Dec 2016||FC|
|3/161, 0, 10||Galle CC||v Chilaw||Katunayake||21 Dec 2016||FC|
|27, 4/96||Galle CC||v Tamil Union||Galle||8 Dec 2016||FC|
|1/15||Galle CC||v Saracens||Colombo (PSS)||21 Jan 2016||T20|
|2/40||Galle CC||v Bloomfield||Colombo (Colts)||20 Jan 2016||T20|
|1/38||Galle CC||v Moors||Galle||16 Dec 2015||LA|
The consistency with which Sajeewa Weerakoon, the left-arm spinner from Burgher RC, performed during the 2005 season for Sri Lanka A forced the hands of the selectors to finally include him in the national team to India for the three Tests ahead of established spinner Rangana Herath. Weerakoon has been knocking on the door for bigger honours for quite some time and the way he bowled this year against strong sides like South Africa A and New Zealand A confirmed the quality of his bowling. 2005 has been an outstanding year for him when he picked up 60 wickets for Sri Lanka A in seven first-class matches. His performance was one bright spark for the selectors who had been frustrated by the poor standards set by the batsmen. The consistency with which he has performed is not only consigned to the A team, but in the past three seasons he has won the best bowler award twice by topping 50 wickets in the Premier league for his club.
The former Sri Lanka captain and present A team manager, Anura Tennekoon, drew a close resemblance of Weerakoon's bowling action to another former Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Ajith de Silva. "Being quite tall Sajeewa is able to make use of his height to get that extra bit of bounce. He bowls a nagging line and length and uses the extra bounce."
Weerakoon picks the majority of his wickets by taking the ball away from the batsman towards the slips. He also bowls the arm ball for variation. So far he has proved his worth on pitches that have given him some kind of assistance. His real test comes when he bowls on flatter surfaces.
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