Full Name

Senanayake Mudiyanselage Sachithra Madhushanka Senanayake


February 09, 1985, Colombo


36y 229d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Playing Role





Ananda College


Sachithra Senanayake is an offspinner who made his international debut for Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI in the series against South Africa in 2011-12. At the time of making his international debut, Senanayake had already taken 297 first-class wickets from 59 matches at a fantastic average of 20.50, and 107 List A wickets at an economy rate of 3.90. In the 2010-11 season, he was the fourth-highest wicket-taker in Tier A of the Premier League tournament, taking 45 wickets in eight matches at 15.17. He has also shown that he can handle the pressure of limited-over matches: in the 2011-12 Premier Limited-Over tournament, Sri Lanka's main one-day competition, he was the highest wicket-taker with 16 in six games at 11.18.

Senanayake's first foray into international cricket was short-lived though, and after several mediocre performances, he was released back into the domestic fold, where he continued to excel. He came back into international focus when he was bought for $650,000 by the Kolkata Knight Riders IPL franchise in 2013, largely owing to his reputation of possessing one of the better carrom balls in Sri Lanka.

It turned out to be a good year for him, as he also put in a strong showing in the first-class competition, made a Test debut for Sri Lanka against Pakistan in December, and also had an extended run in the one-day team. He had mixed fortunes in the ODI series against England in June 2014 - remarkable figures of 4 for 13 that skittled England out for 99 were offset by news of his action being reported as suspect.

While the controversy didn't stop him from being at the centre of a tense series win for Sri Lanka - he was also involved in a Mankading incident against Jos Buttler in the decider - he was dealt a big blow when his action was found to be illegal in July. Senanayake remodeled his action and returned to international cricket in December 2014.

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Career Averages

List A175169837154742585/235/2321.213.9232.40930
Batting & Fielding
List A17511031183815023.26201091.441915659830
Senanayake Mudiyanselage Sachithra Madhushanka Senanayake
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Recent Matches - Player

Sinhalese vs Tamil Union81 & 6*3/6310-Aug-2020Colombo (NCC)FC
SL Legends vs IND Legends191/1910-Mar-2020MumbaiOTHERT20
SL Legends vs AUS Legends131/3408-Mar-2020MumbaiOTHERT20
Sinhalese vs SL Army27 & 05/56 & 4/3828-Feb-2020Colombo (Colts)FC
Sinhalese vs Colts39 & 335/52 & 5/5914-Feb-2020Colombo (Colts)FC


Sachithra Senanayake, Champaka Ramanayake and Angelo Mathews gather during a nets session
Sachithra Senanayake begins to walk back after being dismissed for a duck
Sachithra Senanayake celebrates the catch that won the match
Sachithra Senanayake finished with 4 for 46
Sachithra Senanayake picked up three wickets
Sachithra Senanayake in action for Worcestershire