Picture of Dhananjaya de Silva

Dhananjaya de Silva

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
Sri Lanka, Ragama Cricket Club, Sri Lanka A, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club, Sri Lanka Ports Authority Cricket Club, Ruhuna Royals, Kandurata Maroons, Udarata Rulers, Galle, Colombo Commandos, Sri Lankans, Jaffna District
Roles played:
ICC Rank:
Home country:
Sri Lanka
September 06, 1991, Colombo


A childhood scarred with hardships and perseverance, Dhananjaya de Silva saw much at an early age in his life. Like thousands of others in his country, de Silva’s village was one of the many which were affected by the horrific Tsunami wave in 2005. That in itself is a tragedy massive enough to rock your whole world apart, but this young strong-headed boy at the time continued with his schooling and simultaneously, focused on his cricket as well.

Following the pattern of a majority of cricketers in recent times, he broke through the ranks with some good performances in age-group cricket. A call-up in the U-19 squad followed along with a T20I debut in 2015. He impressed for a brief period, then went on to have a good domestic season which made it impossible to not take notice of him. ODI and Test debuts came the following year and he kicked his international career off in some fashion.

In his first ever Test series, which was against Australia at home, he was the highest run-getter. A stark highlight in it was his 211-run partnership with Dinesh Chandimal in the third Test, which bailed his team out of a tough spot and eventually, Sri Lanka went on to win the match. He made a decent start in the 50-over format as well, having scored a couple of strong fifties in his first few games, but then experienced a dip in form. He’s been in and out of the side a lot, largely down to inconsistency, and found it difficult to impress whenever given a chance.

Dhananjaya is an aggressive batsman with flair and good technique. He has been experiencing a low phase in his career, but he still has time on his side and the Lankans would be wise to persist with him as he has the talent and can be a vital part going forward in this rebuilding phase of theirs.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 10 20 726 1 38.21 55.12 2 2 129
ODI 17 16 335 2 23.92 74.27 0 3 78*
T20 7 7 167 0 23.85 108.44 0 1 62
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 10 16 510 328 5 2/91 / 65.60 3.85 0 0 0 0
ODI 17 12 240 212 4 2/35 / 53.00 5.30 0 0 0 0
T20 7 3 24 23 1 1/3 / 23.00 5.75 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 7 0 1
ODI 8 0 0
T20 2 0 1


Sri Lanka Vs Australia at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy - Jul 26, 2016
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs India at Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo - Aug 03, 2017
Sri Lanka Vs Ireland at The Village, Malahide, Dublin - Jun 16, 2016
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs Pakistan at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff - Jun 12, 2017
Sri Lanka Vs Pakistan at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo - Jul 30, 2015
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town - Jan 25, 2017