|Full name||Congenige Randhi Dilhara Fernando|
19 July 1979 |
Colombo, Sri Lanka
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Bowling style||Right arm fast-medium|
|Test debut (cap 82)||14 June 2000 v Pakistan|
|Last Test||8 July 2012 v Pakistan|
|ODI debut (cap 106)||9 January 2001 v South Africa|
|Last ODI||11 January 2012 v South Africa|
|Domestic team information|
|1997/98–present||Sinhalese Sports Club|
|Source: Cricinfo, 30 December 2012|
Congenige Randhi Dilhara Fernando (born 19 July 1979) is a cricketer who plays for Sri Lanka. He is a right-handed pace bowler. Dilhara studied at De Mazenod College Kandana. He started off his school career as a basketball player but was spotted by the college cricket coach because of his build and height.
Fernando is best known for his rare technique when bowling the slower ball by splitting the fingers on the ball as it is released from the hand.
Fernando debuted for Sri Lanka in a Test Match against Pakistan at Colombo in June 2000. Six months later in a game at Durban he clocked 91.9 mph. He bowled at 93.40 mph vs Bangladesh at India. His international career however has been limited due to injury. In the period of a year he suffered two stress fracture of the back and as a result missed the their home series against Australia in 2004.
On 13 October 2007, in the 5th game of an ODI series with England, at Colombo, Fernando took career-best bowling figures of 6 for 27, as Sri Lanka thrashed England by 107 runs. This was the first time Fernando had taken more than 4 wickets in an ODI innings, and his feat placed him 5th in the list of best ODI bowling by a Sri Lankan.
Fernando completed the series with 158 career ODI wickets. As of 17 June 2011, only Chaminda Vaas, Sanath Jayasuriya and Muttiah Muralitharan have taken more ODI wickets for Sri Lanka (and all three have taken over 300 ODI wickets).
However,Fernando did not live up to his full potential. His lack of consistancy and control over deliveries made him less reliable bowler at international level. Undoubtedly,Fernando could have been a lethal weapon for Lankan attack like his mate Lasith Malinga had he stuck to the basics of control and consistency.
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- Best bowling figures in an innings – Sri Lanka from Cricinfo, retrieved 13 October 2007
- Most ODI wickets – Sri Lanka from Cricinfo, retrieved 17 June 2011
- Player profile: Dilhara Fernando from ESPNcricinfo
- Player profile: Dilhara Fernando from CricketArchive