Dinesh Chandimal

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Dinesh Chandimal
දිනේශ් චන්දිමාල්
Personal information
Full name Lokuge Dinesh Chandimal
Born (1989-11-18) 18 November 1989 (age 25)
Balapitiya, Sri Lanka
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Batsman, Wicketkeeper, Sri Lanka former T20 captain
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 122) 26 December 2011 v South Africa
Last Test 16 December 2014 v England
ODI debut (cap 144) 1 June 2010 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 25 December 2013 v Pakistan
ODI shirt no. 17
Domestic team information
Years Team
2009–present Nondescripts Cricket Club
2010–present Ruhuna (squad no. 17)
2012 Rajasthan Royals
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 12 84 56 138
Runs scored 875 1,942 4,367 3,313
Batting average 51.47 30.34 54.58 29.31
100s/50s 3/5 2/11 13/23 2/22
Top score 116* 111 244 111
Balls bowled 0 36 6
Wickets 0 1 1
Bowling average 18.00 1.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/13 1/1
Catches/stumpings 15/4 28/1 93/18 68/3
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 20 June 2014

Lokuge Dinesh Chandimal, දිනේශ් චන්දිමාල් (born 18 November 1989 in Balapitiya) is a Sri Lankan international cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper.[1]

School Cricket[edit]

Chandimal started his cricketing career as a teenager at Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda. Later he moved to Ananda College, Colombo captaining its under-17 team. In 2008, he was appointed captain of the school's first eleven, which he led in 13 outright wins in a season, rewriting the history of Sri Lankan school cricket. He was the first schoolboy cricketer to exceed 1,000 runs, with an aggregate 1,580 runs, and won the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Award in 2009. On leaving school, he joined the Nondescripts Cricket Club.

First Class Cricket[edit]

He scored 64, four and 109 in his first three innings for the Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI.[2][3] He is an aggressive batsman who scored two centuries for his country's U-19s, which he vice-captained,[4] and plays for the Sri Lanka Cricket XI and Schools Invitation XI for one day and Twenty20 cricket.[1]

International Cricket[edit]

He made his international debut during the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies, playing in Sri Lanka's group games against New Zealand and Zimbabwe in the initial group stage and then playing against Australia in the "Super Eight" final series.

After also playing against New Zealand in a Twenty20 match in Florida, Chandimal was selected for an ODI tri-series in Zimbabwe, where the two sides also played India. He made his debut against Zimbabwe, scoring an unbeaten 10 as his side cruised to a nine-wicket win and then registered his maiden international century by scoring 111 runs off 118 balls against India, an innings that helped his side both win the match (by six wickets) and knock India out of the tournament. He also became the youngest Sri Lankan to score an ODI century.

Chandimal made his Test debut for Sri Lanka in December 2011, in the second Test of the series against South Africa in Durban. On debut he made half-centuries (58 and 54) in each of Sri Lanka's innings. This incidentally led Sri Lanka to their first Test win in South Africa.[5]

In 2013 he was appointed captain of the Sri Lanka T20 side and also vice-captain of the country's one day international team. During the 2012 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, he was bought for $50,000 by the Rajasthan Royals,[6] but did play in any of their matches in 2012.

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

No. Score Against Pos. Inn. Test Venue H/A/N Date Result Ref
1 116*  Bangladesh 6 1 1/2 Galle International Stadium, Galle Home 9 March 2013 Drawn [7]
2 102  Bangladesh 6 2 2/2 R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo Home 17 March 2013 Won [8]
3 100*  Bangladesh 5 3 2/2 Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong Away 4 February 2014 Drawn [9]

ODI centuries[edit]

Dinesh Chandimal's One Day International centuries
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 111 2  India Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2010
[2] 105* 6  England London, England Lord's Cricket Ground 2011


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