Full Name

Downdegedara Asela Sampath Gunaratne

Born

January 08, 1986, Kandy

Age

35y 324d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium fast

Playing Role

Batter

Height

5ft 10in

Education

Rahula College

TEAMS

A batting allrounder with powerful shots square of the wicket, Asela Gunaratne put together several impressive seasons for Sri Lanka Army Sports Club before eventually being considered for higher honours in 2016. Though not an immediately eye-catching player, it was his consistency that impressed: batting in the middle order, Gunaratne averaged more than 50 in three of the four Premier League Tournaments between 2012 and 2016. A wide range of strokes, including his favoured reverse sweep, had also helped his case.

He was a sporadic performer when chosen in the A side, yet was immediately effective in Tests, hitting a fifty and a hundred in his first three international innings, against Zimbabwe. With Angelo Mathews ruled out of that tour, Gunaratne also earned a place in the ODI squad, and made an impact with his dibbly-dobbly slow-medium bowling, claiming eight wickets at an average of 14.5 as Sri Lanka won the tri-nations trophy in Zimbabwe, in November 2016. He had an impact in the shortest format too, helping Sri Lanka claim a T20 series in Australia in February 2017 by knocking off 84 in 46 balls in Geelong - three consecutive sixes in the penultimate over included, in a chase of 174.

A graduate of Sri Rahula College Kandy, Gunaratne has also served as a Bombardier in the Sri Lanka Army.

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test610245511656.8786152.841350160
ODI31254575114*27.3872479.4111506100
T20I1212322584*25.00178126.400219650
FC90154185993200*44.061037857.74133166650990
List A11699162446114*29.46316577.2811123423500
T20757117139887*25.881184118.070911039320
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test6615611432/282/2838.004.3852.0000
ODI3125834723223/103/1032.865.2037.9000
T20I121014920451/111/1140.808.2129.8000
FC909337212040635/636/9332.383.2859.0010
List A1168727672070825/125/1225.244.4833.7210
T20756610261284505/105/1025.687.5020.5110
Downdegedara Asela Sampath Gunaratne
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Asela Gunaratne sweeps during his half-century
Irfan Pathan starred with the bat
Tim Seifert catches Asela Gunaratne short of his crease
Asela Gunaratne nails a swat
Asela Gunaratne hits down the ground
Asela Gunaratne injured his wrist while attempting a catch at second slip