Chanaka Welegedara

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Chanaka Welegedara
චානක වෙලගෙදර
Personal information
Full name Uda Walawwe Mahim Bandaralage Chanaka Asanka Welegedara

(1981-03-20) 20 March 1981 (age 34)
Matale, Sri Lanka

education = St. Thomas' College, Matale
Nickname Wele
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Left arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 107) 18 December 2007 v England
Last Test 14-18 August 2014 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 138) 15 December 2009 v India
Last ODI 22 June 2010 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007/08–present Moors Sports Club
2012/–present Wayamba
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI FC List A
Matches 21 10 110 86
Runs scored 218 4 992 109
Batting average 9.08 4.00 11.14 5.45
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0
Top score 48 2* 76 18*
Balls bowled 3,799 457 15,489 3,706
Wickets 55 15 294 121
Bowling average 41.32 28.86 31.31 24.90
5 wickets in innings 2 1 8 3
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 5/52 5/66 5/34 5/16
Catches/stumpings 5/– 2/– 24/– 20/–
Source: Cricinfo, 13 February 2015

Uda Walawwe Mahim Bandaralage Chanaka Asanka Welegedara, more commonly referred to as Chanaka Welegedara,[1] චානක වෙලගෙදර (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 6 April 2015, Welagedera recorded the best economical spell of Twenty20 cricket history against Sinhalese Sports Club. after the spell, he finished with 4 overs, 2 maidens, four wickets for just two runs (4-2-2-4), breaking the 4-3-2-2 spell of South African Chris Morris.[2]

International career[edit]

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.[3]


  1. ^ His family name may also be spelt Welagedara.
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  3. ^ Frindall, Bill (2009). Ask Bearders. BBC Books. p. 203. ISBN 978-1-84607-880-4. 

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