|Full name||Uda Walawwe Mahim Bandaralage Chanaka Asanka Welegedara|
20 March 1981 |
Matale, Sri Lanka
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Bowling style||Left arm fast-medium|
|Test debut (cap 107)||18 December 2007 v England|
|Last Test||3 January 2012 v South Africa|
|ODI debut (cap 138)||15 December 2009 v India|
|Last ODI||22 June 2010 v India|
|Domestic team information|
|2007/08–present||Moors Sports Club|
|Source: Cricinfo, 1 April 2013|
Uda Walawwe Mahim Bandaralage Chanaka Asanka Welegedara, more commonly referred to as Chanaka Welegedara, (born March 20, 1981, Matale), is a Sri Lankan international cricketer. A left-arm fast bowler by trade, he has a healthy bowling average in both first-class and List A cricket, in the mid-to-low 20s. He has made appearances for Moors Sports Club and North Central Province's cricket club, and was called up for the Sri Lanka A squad for the match against Bangladesh during Sri Lanka's 2007 tour.
On 18 December 2007, he made his Test match debut in the third test against England at Galle. Welagedara was selected in Sri Lanka's test squad for their 2008 tour of the West Indies, but had to wait until November 2009 for his second Test appearance, which came against India, and he would go on to play all three Tests in the series. His first Test wicket was England's Paul Collingwood.
He was included in Sri Lanka's One Day International squad to play against India in December 2009, making his debut on 15 December in Rajkot, and in a match where 825 runs were scored in 100 overs, he returned figures of 2/63 from his ten overs, claiming the wickets of Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli. He also claimed a five wicket haul against India.
He was the first Test cricketer to boast six initials to his name.He is now a constant player in the Sri Lankan Playing XI after Lasith Malinga's resignation from the longer format.
- His family name may also be spelt Welagedara.
- Frindall, Bill (2009). Ask Bearders. BBC Books. p. 203. ISBN 978-1-84607-880-4.
- Player profile: Chanaka Welegedara from ESPNcricinfo
- Player profile: Chanaka Welegedara from CricketArchive