Full name Dihan Avishka Gunawardene
Born May 26, 1977, Colombo
Current age 40 years 63 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Basnahira North, Delhi Giants, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Sinhalese Sports Club
Batting style Left-hand bat
|Test debut||Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Lahore, Mar 4-8, 1999 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v Sri Lanka at Delhi, Dec 10-14, 2005 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Colombo (SSC), Jan 26, 1998 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Christchurch, Jan 3, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club v Sinhalese Sports Club at Colombo (PSS), Nov 13-15, 2009 scorecard|
|List A debut||1996/97|
|Last List A||Sinhalese Sports Club v Badureliya Sports Club at Colombo (SSC), Nov 11, 2009 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Burgher Recreation Club v Sinhalese Sports Club at Colombo (NCC), Aug 17, 2004 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Sinhalese Sports Club v Ragama Cricket Club at Colombo (CCC), Mar 1, 2007 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|-||Sinhalese||v Tamil Union||Colombo (PSS)||13 Nov 2009||FC|
|7||Sinhalese||v Badureliya||Colombo (SSC)||11 Nov 2009||LA|
|20*||Sinhalese||v Nondescripts||Colombo (NCC)||6 Nov 2009||FC|
|64||Delhi Giants||v Chandigarh||Panchkula||5 Nov 2008||Other T20|
|17||Delhi Giants||v ICL Hyd||Panchkula||1 Nov 2008||Other T20|
|22||Delhi Giants||v Dhaka||Ahmedabad||20 Oct 2008||Other T20|
|25||Delhi Giants||v Bengal||Hyderabad (Deccan)||16 Oct 2008||Other T20|
|22||Delhi Giants||v Ahmedabad||Hyderabad (Deccan)||12 Oct 2008||Other T20|
|35||Delhi Giants||v Bengal||Gurgaon||30 Mar 2008||Other T20|
|28||Delhi Giants||v ICL Hyd||Gurgaon||24 Mar 2008||Other T20|
An explosive left-hand opener in the mould of Sanath Jayasuriya, Gunawardene lives on the wild side. He first made headlines at the Commonwealth Games in 1998, scoring a century and top-scoring in the semi-final defeat to South Africa. A few months later, deputising for Jayasuriya, he smashed 145 off 20 overs with Kaluwitharana in an audacious attempt to reach 311 against Australia at Melbourne. He scored a career-best 132 against West Indies in the ICC Knockout in 2000. But impetuous dismissals and inconsistency prevented him from securing a regular berth. However, the appointment of a new selection committee in 2004 paved the way for his recall and he leapfrogged ahead of other fringe players. An opportunity finally came when Atapattu was rested in the Asia Cup and he grabbed his chance with an important half-century. Gunawardene was called up for Sri Lanka's Test squad to India in November 2005 but did nothing of note in the two matches he had handed. He also travelled with the one-day squad to New Zealand in the new year but failed in the one game he played. In September 2007 Gunawardene joined the unofficial Indian Cricket League, effectively ending his international career. A ban on he and four other Sri Lankans was lifted in September 2008, meaning Gunawardene was free to play domestic cricket back home.
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