Full name Downdegedara Asela Sampath Gunaratne
Born January 8, 1986, Kandy
Current age 31 years 76 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Sri Lanka Army Sports Club
Playing role Batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Height 5 ft 10 in
Education Rahula College
|Test debut||Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka at Harare, Oct 29-Nov 2, 2016 scorecard|
|Last Test||Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (PSS), Mar 15-19, 2017 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka at Harare, Nov 14, 2016 scorecard|
|Last ODI||South Africa v Sri Lanka at Centurion, Feb 10, 2017 scorecard|
|T20I debut||India v Sri Lanka at Visakhapatnam, Feb 14, 2016 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Australia v Sri Lanka at Adelaide, Feb 22, 2017 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Sri Lanka Army Sports Club v Moors Sports Club at Panagoda, Dec 12-14, 2008 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (PSS), Mar 15-19, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club v Sri Lanka Army Sports Club at Colombo (PSS), Dec 10, 2008 scorecard|
|Last List A||South Africa v Sri Lanka at Centurion, Feb 10, 2017 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Udarata Rulers v Southern Express at Colombo (SSC), Jun 27, 2014 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Australia v Sri Lanka at Adelaide, Feb 22, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|13, 0/38, 7, 0/4||Sri Lanka||v Bangladesh||Colombo (PSS)||15 Mar 2017||Test # 2254|
|85, 0, 1/16||Sri Lanka||v Bangladesh||Galle||7 Mar 2017||Test # 2252|
|0/12, 4||Sri Lanka||v Australia||Adelaide||22 Feb 2017||T20I # 598|
|1/26, 84*||Sri Lanka||v Australia||Geelong||19 Feb 2017||T20I # 597|
|1/11, 52||Sri Lanka||v Australia||Melbourne||17 Feb 2017||T20I # 596|
|0/31, 1||Sri Lanka||v PM's XI||Canberra||15 Feb 2017||T20|
|0/46, 114*||Sri Lanka||v South Africa||Centurion||10 Feb 2017||ODI # 3834|
|0/16, 38||Sri Lanka||v South Africa||Cape Town||7 Feb 2017||ODI # 3833|
|2||Sri Lanka||v South Africa||Johannesburg||4 Feb 2017||ODI # 3831|
|0/37, 18||Sri Lanka||v South Africa||Durban||1 Feb 2017||ODI # 3830|
A batting allrounder with powerful shots square of the wicket, Asela Gunaratne put together several impressive seasons for Sri Lanka Army Sports Club before eventually being considered for higher honours in 2016. Though not an immediately eye-catching player, it was his consistency that impressed: batting in the middle order, Gunaratne averaged more than 50 in three of the four Premier League Tournaments between 2012 and 2016. A wide range of strokes, including his favoured reverse sweep, had also helped his case.
He was a sporadic performer when chosen in the A side, yet was immediately effective in Tests, hitting a fifty and a hundred in his first three international innings, against Zimbabwe. With Angelo Mathews ruled out of that tour, Gunaratne also earned a place in the ODI squad, and made an impact with his dibbly-dobbly slow-medium bowling, claiming eight wickets at an average of 14.5 as Sri Lanka won the tri-nations trophy in Zimbabwe, in November 2016. He had an impact in the shortest format too, helping Sri Lanka claim a T20 series in Australia in February 2017 by knocking off 84 in 46 balls in Geelong - three consecutive sixes in the penultimate over included, in a chase of 174.
A graduate of Sri Rahula College Kandy, Gunaratne has also served as a Bombardier in the Sri Lanka Army.
Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?