Full Name

Dhananjaya Maduranga de Silva

Born

September 06, 1991, Colombo

Age

31y 85d

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 technically correct top-order batsman from the southern reaches of the island, Dhananjaya de Silva briefly caught the national selectors' eye in 2015, then went on to have a bumper domestic season that marked him out for more intensive national duty. De Silva had been picked on potential in Sri Lanka's mid-year T20s against Pakistan, in 2015, but didn't quite convince he was a T20 batsman, hitting 45 off 47 balls across two innings. What followed, though, was an emphatic blooming.

De Silva first topped 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 54.20, which featured a crucial fourth-innings 121 in the match that clinched his team the title. Incredibly, though usually employed as a part-time offspinner, de Silva was also his club's most successful bowler that season, claiming 32 wickets at 14.23.

Those numbers helped earn him his first call-up to Sri Lanka's Test squad - for the England tour in May and June 2016.
Andrew Fernando, May 2016

Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test45816281517337.53497256.6191033720530
ODI6258813419126.82172677.69081349310
T20I3332362666*21.58550113.81035210110
FC10919313689917338.321122761.452030797881230
List A11711212306913230.69371882.5451434027550
T2093869190981*24.791511126.3401118448380
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test456731711770333/255/5153.633.3496.0000
ODI625215741327343/323/3239.025.0546.2000
T20I3320247276122/222/2223.006.7020.5000
FC109142760541541377/5912/10930.323.2755.5351
List A1179428012291694/274/2733.204.9040.5100
T209357776905352/92/925.856.9922.1000
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Photos
Dhananjaya de Silva is congratulated by teammates after he had Rahmanullah Gurbaz caught at long-off
Dhananjaya de Silva, along with Sri Lanka's other spinners, made the chase tricky
Dhananjaya de Silva celebrates after dismissing Harry Brook
Dhananjaya de Silva kept Sri Lanka in front in the middle overs
Dhananjaya de Silva took charge after the Sri Lanka openers fell
Dhananjaya de Silva walks back after being bowled for a duck