Full Name

Ranasinghe Arachchige Suranga Lakmal

Born

March 10, 1987, Matara

Age

35y 265d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Fast medium

Playing Role

Bowler

Right-arm quick Suranga Lakmal parlayed his height and ability to extract bounce and swing into one of the longest, most successful fast-bowling careers in Sri Lankan cricket, enough to place him below only Chaminda Vaas on the team's all-time Test wicket-takers' list.

Good performances with Sri Lanka A fetched him a call-up into the national side in 2010. In 2011 he took eight wickets across three Tests against Australia at home. More than most seamers from the subcontinent, Lakmal's numbers improved radically overseas - he has a 15-run difference between his averages home and away. Against Pakistan in the series in the UAE in 2014, he took 12 wickets in the three Tests and followed it up with six in his next one, against Bangladesh in Chattogram. Lakmal's first five-for came against South Africa in Port Elizabeth in December 2016; he took 12 wickets in two Tests on that tour, albeit in matches Sri Lanka lost.

The theme of overseas overachiever was a long-running one: Lakmal took seven in Kolkata in 2017, five in Bridgetown later that year, five each in back-to-back matches in Christchurch and Brisbane in 2018-19, and 11 in two Tests in North Sound in 2021.

Though he made his ODI debut in 2009, he missed the World Cup that followed and was not quite a regular in the one-day side till the middle of the next decade. After a small handful of years when he played ten or more ODIs apiece, he faded out of white-ball contention while still remaining a mainstay of the Test attack.

Career Averages
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test701221244362321715/477/8036.443.0072.7740
ODI8684388135341094/134/1332.425.4635.6300
T20I111120833082/262/2641.259.5126.0000
FC13523621466117003626/689/13432.323.2759.218100
List A170168760967122355/315/3128.565.2932.3430
T20666412751716695/345/3424.868.0718.4010
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test70109259344211.11193648.240011412220
ODI864822244269.3840460.3900183200
T20I116375*2.331163.63001030
FC13517337152258*11.19286353.160117132470
List A170924543638*9.2766765.3600375420
T20663116143339.53131109.1600125180
Ranasinghe Arachchige Suranga Lakmal
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Photos
Suranga Lakmal struck early on his Derbyshire debut
The retiring Suranga Lakmal savours the moment as he walks off the ground for the last time for his country
The retiring Suranga Lakmal is congratulated by Jasprit Bumrah before he walks off the ground for the last time
Suranga Lakmal warms up in what is his final Test before retiring
Suranga Lakmal knocked out Axar Patel's stumps for his first wicket
Suranga Lakmal, playing his final Test, looks on as the Sri Lankans huddle