Matches (17)
WPL (2)
PSL 2024 (2)
NZ v AUS (1)
Ranji Trophy (2)
WCL 2 (1)
Nepal Tri-Nation (1)
Sheffield Shield (3)
CWC Play-off (4)
BAN v SL (1)

Full Name

Dhananjaya Maduranga de Silva

Born

September 06, 1991, Colombo

Age

32y 179d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Playing Role

Allrounder

Height

5ft 8in

Education

Debarawewa Central Hambantota, Mahanama College Colombo, Richmond College, Galle

A stylish middle-order batter who also props up Sri Lanka's mediocre batting line-up with fighting knocks, de Silva is a treat to watch.

An eye-catching domestic season in 2016 got him a Test call-up, and he showed his potential with a hundred and a half-century against Australia in his third Test. He also scored match-winning hundreds in Harare, and at home against West Indies and Pakistan, the latter two scores coming in the second innings, but more often than not, de Silva was playing with his back to the wall, in the midst of a collapse, like the hundred to save the Delhi Test in 2017 and 46 and 47 not out to help Sri Lanka survive longer in Christchurch in 2023. In the next Test in Wellington, he made 98 in the follow-on. What makes him even more valuable is his ability to chip in with part-time offspin and his reliable fielding in the slips. De Silva plays a similar role with the bat and ball in limited-overs as well - in the 2023 ODI World Cup Qualifier, his 93 helped Sri Lanka survive a scare against a determined Netherlands side.

In January 2024, he replaced Dimuth Karunaratne as Sri Lanka's Test captain.

De Silva first came to notice after topping 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 54.25, which featured a crucial fourth-innings 124 in the match that clinched his team the title. Incredibly, de Silva was also his club's most successful bowler that season, claiming 34 wickets at 14.23 with his part-time offbreaks.

Dhananjaya de Silva Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Tests52928330117339.29576757.23101339928660
ODIs90821018659325.90237378.5901018617410
T20Is4241478466*21.18667117.54036617200
FC12321617801817340.291299661.6922389221011500
List A15014114368113228.98446782.4051640237670
T20s11710813231781*24.381827126.8101221965570

Bowling

FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Tests527835971977343/255/5158.143.29105.7000
ODIs907522501907443/323/3243.345.0851.1000
T20Is4223269314142/222/2222.427.0019.2000
FC123162854045511487/5912/10930.753.1957.7351
List A15012236092963824/274/2736.134.9244.0100
T20s1177310261225484/64/625.527.1621.3100
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Dhananjaya de Silva and Hashmatullah Shahidi at the toss
Dhananjaya de Silva and Hashmatullah Shahidi pose with the trophy they will compete for
Pathum Nissanka and Dhananjaya de Silva celebrate the win
Dhananjaya de Silva caught Sean Williams off his own bowling
Dhananjaya de Silva is stumped by Mushfiqur Rahim
Charith Asalanka celebrates his fifty with Dhananjaya de Silva watching along