Full Name

Mahamarakkala Kurukulasooriya Patabendige Akila Dananjaya Perera

Born

October 04, 1993, Panadura

Age

28y 17d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak, Legbreak

Playing Role

Allrounder

Education

Mahanama Vidyalaya, Panadura

TEAMS

Another installment from Sri Lanka's production line of unorthodox spinners, Akila Dananjaya sparked controversy when he was picked in the preliminary squad for the 2012 World Twenty20, despite never having played a professional match in his life. Able to deliver a legbreak, googly, carrom ball, doosra and a stock offspinner with astounding control, he had impressed Mahela Jayawardene so much as a net bowler at a Sri Lanka practice session, that Jayawardene requested he be fast-tracked to the national squad.

Dananjaya plays for Jayawardene's Wayamba United franchise in the Sri Lanka Premier League, and earned a call-up to the final 15 for the World Twenty20 after four fine performances in the tournament. He made significant contributions to that World T20 campaign, even playing in the final, but went out of favour with the selectors once Jayawardene stepped down from the captaincy. In the years since, Dananjaya has been sporadically picked in the Sri Lanka A team, but has not quite lived up to the promise of his early months in the spotlight.

He was picked again in a Sri Lanka squad for ODIs against Zimbabwe, in June 2017.


Andrew Fidel Fernando, June 2017

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test610213543*16.8725453.140014010
ODI3930629150*12.1241769.7801253140
T20I311576111*7.627185.91006070
FC52732611249223.91219451.23051318200
List A98511440750*11.0056871.6501355250
T20893616161288.0518587.0200113230
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test6121385819336/1158/4424.813.5441.90040
ODI393719351661566/296/2929.665.1534.50220
T20I3131665909283/363/3632.468.2023.70000
FC5287803047841717/1398/4427.973.5746.90770
List A9892441835591266/296/2928.244.8335.00630
T20898518242268984/174/1723.147.4618.60200
Mahamarakkala Kurukulasooriya Patabendige Akila Dananjaya Perera
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Akila Dananjaya struck a couple of crucial blows
Akila Dananjaya found purchase with his offbreaks and legbreaks
Akila Dananjaya bowls at training
Akila Dananjaya took a hat-trick to shake West Indies
Akila Dananjaya is thrilled after taking a wicket
Akila Dananjaya struck struck twice in his second over