Gamini Goonesena      

Full name Gamini Goonesena

Born February 16, 1931, Colombo

Died August 1, 2011, Canberra, Australia (aged 80 years 166 days)

Major teams Ceylon, Cambridge University, New South Wales, Nottinghamshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak googly

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 194 304 37 5751 211 21.53 3 24 108 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 5w 10
First-class 194 35172 16431 674 8/39 24.37 2.80 52.1 41 8
Career statistics
First-class span 1947/48 - 1968

Gamini Goonesena played for Sri Lanka [then Ceylon] in the country's pre-Test era and captained them at the unofficial Test against India at the P Sara Oval in 1956. He is best remembered for his contribution as an allrounder for Cambridge University, a team he represented between 1954 and 1957. He became the first Asian to captain them, and, in 1957, played a significant role in beating arch-rivals Oxford by scoring 211 and taking 4 for 40 in the second innings with his leg-spin. He represented Nottinghamshire for 11 years and also played for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield when he was employed with the Ceylon Tea Board in Australia. Following his retirement from competitive cricket, he was appointed Sri Lanka's representative at the ICC and subsequently managed the Test side on a tour of India in 1982. He also worked as a Test match commentator before retiring in 2004 and settling down in Australia. He died at the age of 80 in Canberra.

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