Matches (12)
ENG v NZ (1)
IRE v IND (1)
WI v BDESH (1)
Ranji Trophy (1)
IND in ENG (1)
County DIV1 (4)
County DIV2 (3)

Full Name

Mahamarakkala Kurukulasooriya Patabendige Akila Dananjaya Perera

Born

October 04, 1993, Panadura

Age

28y 265d

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
FC55772711489222.96223851.29051338200
List A109591549850*11.3168472.8001426280
T20994018178288.0920387.6800133270
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test6121385819336/1158/4424.813.5441.9040
ODI393719351661566/296/2929.665.1534.5220
T20I3131665909283/363/3632.468.2023.7000
FC5593875652221857/1398/4428.223.5747.3780
List A109102494039581466/296/2927.104.8033.8740
T209994202424691184/174/1720.927.3117.1300
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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