Full name Dhananjaya Maduranga de Silva
Born September 6, 1991, Colombo
Current age 25 years 325 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Badureliya Sports Club, Kandurata Maroons, Ragama Cricket Club, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka Board President's XI, Sri Lanka Under-19s
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Height 5 ft 8 in
Education Debarawewa Central Hambantota, Mahanama College Colombo, Richmond College, Galle
|Test debut||Sri Lanka v Australia at Pallekele, Jul 26-30, 2016 scorecard|
|Last Test||Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (PSS), Mar 15-19, 2017 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Ireland v Sri Lanka at Dublin (Malahide), Jun 16, 2016 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Cardiff, Jun 12, 2017 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS), Jul 30, 2015 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v Sri Lanka at Cape Town, Jan 25, 2017 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Badureliya Sports Club v Nondescripts Cricket Club at Colombo (NCC), May 6-8, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (PSS), Mar 15-19, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Lankan Cricket Club v Badureliya Sports Club at Colombo, Dec 11, 2011 scorecard|
|Last List A||Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Cardiff, Jun 12, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Badureliya Sports Club v Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club at Colombo (SSC), Mar 27, 2012 scorecard|
|Last T20s||South Africa v Sri Lanka at Cape Town, Jan 25, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0, 0/4||SL Pres. XI||v Indians||Colombo (CCC)||21 Jul 2017||Other|
|1, 0/3||Sri Lanka||v Pakistan||Cardiff||12 Jun 2017||ODI # 3888|
|1/17, 3||Jaffna||v Kandy||Colombo (CCC)||29 Mar 2017||LA|
|52||SL Pres. XI||v Bangladesh||Colombo (CCC)||22 Mar 2017||Other OD|
|34, 0/5, 0, 0/7||Sri Lanka||v Bangladesh||Colombo (PSS)||15 Mar 2017||Test # 2254|
|1/44, 74, 2/47, 23||Sri Lanka A||v Eng Lions||Dambulla||24 Feb 2017||FC|
|3, 0/5, 20||Sri Lanka A||v Eng Lions||Pallekele||17 Feb 2017||FC|
|0/24, 11||Sri Lanka||v South Africa||Centurion||10 Feb 2017||ODI # 3834|
|0/18, 5||Sri Lanka||v South Africa||Cape Town||7 Feb 2017||ODI # 3833|
|16, 0/8||Sri Lanka||v South Africa||Johannesburg||4 Feb 2017||ODI # 3831|
A technically correct top-order batsman from the southern reaches of the island, Dhananjaya de Silva briefly caught the national selectors' eye in 2015, then went on to have a bumper domestic season that marked him out for more intensive national duty. De Silva had been picked on potential in Sri Lanka's mid-year T20s against Pakistan, in 2015, but didn't quite convince he was a T20 batsman, hitting 45 off 47 balls across two innings. What followed, though, was an emphatic blooming.
De Silva first topped the batting charts in the Super T20 Provincial Tournament in early 2016, hitting 234 runs at a strike rate of 133, in six innings. Months later, he was the star of Tamil Union's first victorious first-class campaign in 55 years, hitting 868 runs at 54.20, which featured a crucial fourth-innings 121 in the match that clinched his team the title. Incredibly, though usually employed as a part-time offspinner, de Silva was also his club's most successful bowler that season, claiming 32 wickets at 14.23.
Those numbers helped earn him his first call-up to Sri Lanka's Test squad - for the England tour in May and June 2016.
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