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Asela Gunaratne

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm medium fast
Played for:
Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Army Sports Club, Sri Lanka A, Mumbai, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Udarata Rulers, Kurunegala Warriors, Sri Lankan XI, Sri Lankans
Roles played:
Batsman
ICC Rank:
Batting:
91
Bowling:
0
Batting:
81
Bowling:
0
Home country:
Sri Lanka
Born:
January 08, 1986, Kandy

Profile

The all-rounder from Kandy made quite an impact in his first two years of international cricket. Gunaratne first rose to the limelight with some consistent performances for his domestic side, Sri Lanka Army Sports Club in the premier league tournaments. He averaged more than 50 in three of the four years of the tournament between 2012 and 2016. He is not just an aggressive batsman with a wide variety of strokes in his armoury but also a canny medium pacer.


Asela was called up to the national side in 2016 after an injury to Angelo Mathews and he made the most of it by leaving an impact in all three formats of the game. He made a fifty on his Test debut, followed it up with a ton in the next game. In the ODI series that followed, he hit a magnificent century against South Africa, becoming the first Sri Lankan player to hit a ton at number 6. His claim to fame was the T20I series against Australia Down Under, where he hit 84 in 46 balls to seal the series in Sri Lanka's favour. A good international year resulted in a contract with Mumbai for the 10th edition of the Indian T20 League, although he didn't get a single game to play.


Fast Facts

  • Served as a Bombardier in the Sri Lanka Army
  • First Sri Lankan player to hit an ODI ton at number 6


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 6 10 455 2 56.87 52.84 1 3 116
ODI 21 17 472 4 36.30 85.50 1 1 114*
T20 9 9 185 3 30.83 136.02 0 2 84*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 6 6 156 114 3 2/28 / 38.00 4.38 0 0 0 6
ODI 21 18 672 559 18 3/10 / 31.05 4.99 0 0 0 5
T20 9 9 143 183 5 1/11 / 36.60 7.67 0 0 0 3
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 6 0 0
ODI 8 0 0
T20 5 0 1

Career

Span:
Test:
2016-2017
 
ODI:
2016-2017
 
T20:
2016-2017
Test
Debut:
Sri Lanka Vs Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Harare - Oct 29, 2016
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs India at Galle International Stadium, Galle - Jul 26, 2017
ODI
Debut:
Sri Lanka Vs Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Harare - Nov 14, 2016
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs Zimbabwe at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota - Jul 10, 2017
T20
Debut:
Sri Lanka Vs India at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam - Feb 14, 2016
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo - Apr 06, 2017
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