Dinesh Chandimal

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Dinesh Chandimal
දිනේෂ් චන්දිමාල්
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Personal information
Full name Lokuge Dinesh Chandimal
Born (1989-11-18) 18 November 1989 (age 27)
Balapitiya, Sri Lanka
Nickname Chandi
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Batsman, wicketkeeper
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 122) 26 December 2011 v South Africa
Last Test 15 March 2017 v Bangladesh
ODI debut (cap 144) 1 June 2010 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 25 March 2017 v Bangladesh
T20I debut (cap 33) 30 April 2010 v New Zealand
Last T20I 25 January 2017 v South Africa
T20I shirt no. 36
Domestic team information
Years Team
2009–present Nondescripts Cricket Club
2010–present Ruhuna (squad no. 17)
2012 Rajasthan Royals
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 36 123 48 76
Runs scored 2,540 3,154 720 5,698
Batting average 42.33 34.28 18.00 50.42
100s/50s 8/11 4/21 0/4 16/29
Top score 162* 111 58 244
Balls bowled 36
Wickets 1
Bowling average 18.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/13
Catches/stumpings 69/10 54/6 28/4 129/23
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 25 March 2017

Lokuge Dinesh Chandimal (Sinhalese: දිනේෂ් චන්දිමාල්; born 18 November 1989) is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer and a former limited overs captain for Sri Lanka. A handy and agile right-handed batsman who currently is the wicket-keeper in all formats. He is currently the vice captain in all formats.

Chandimal was a key member of 2012 ICC World Twenty20 runner-up team and 2014 ICC World Twenty20 winning team. He led Sri Lanka in first group stage of the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, until was suspended for slow over rate[1] and subsequently lost the place in the team for the remainder of the tournament. Chandimal is often appointed as the T20I captain when the regular captain is not available.

School cricket[edit]

Chandimal started his cricketing career as a teenager at his first school Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda. Later he moved to Ananda College, Colombo captaining the 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, re-writing history in Sri Lankan school cricket. He was the first schoolboy cricketer to exceed 1,000 runs with an aggregate of 1,580, and won the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Award in 2009. After leaving school, he joined the [[Nondescripts Cricket Club|Nondescripts Crictmkoc

Youth career[edit]

Dinesh Chandimal has the record for the most number of dismissals as wicketkeeper for Sri Lanka in Youth ODI history(51) and also he's the only Sri Lankan wicketkeeper to involve in 50+ dismissals in Youth ODI history.[2]

First class cricket[edit]

He scored 64, 04, and 109 in his first three innings for Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI.[3][4] He is an aggressive batsman who scored two centuries for his country's U-19s, which he vice-captained,[5] and played for the Sri Lanka Cricket XI and Schools Invitation XI for List A and Twenty20 cricket.[6]

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. He made half-centuries (58 and 54) in each of Sri Lanka's innings becoming the first Sri Lankan batsman to score half centuries in both innings on Test debut. This incidentally led Sri Lanka to their first Test win in South Africa.[7]

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,[8] but didn't play in any of their matches in 2012. During the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, he stepped down from the captaincy after injury and bad performance and later Lasith Malinga appointed as the captain. Malinga was able to lead the team for their first ever Twenty20 champion title and this strengthen Malinga as the permanent captain of the Twenty20 team.

Dinesh Chandimal holds the joint record for taking the most number of catches in a single T20I as a fielder(4) along with Darren Sammy,Ajinkya Rahane,Peter Borren,Corey Anderson and Babar Hayat.He too has taken the most number of catches for Sri Lanka in a single T20I.[9]

During 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, against Australia in Sydney, Chandimal scored 50 off 22 balls, was the fastest fifty before Angelo Mathews scored 20-ball fifty, by Sri Lankan batsman in Cricket world cup history, where Sri Lanka had a massive 377 target to chase. During the innings, he was retired hurt, and eventually Sri Lanka lost the match by 64 runs.[10]

Dinesh Chandimal
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  Sri Lanka
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2014 Incheon Team

Chandimal was included to the test series with India as the permanent wicket-keeper and showed an excellent talent in the test level as well. In the first innings, he scored 59 runs but eventually Sri Lanka were all out for 183. In the second innings after India's huge 375 runs, Sri Lanka were all out for 367 runs courtesy of Chandimal's brilliant knock of unbeaten 162 runs. He was the star for the Sri Lankan innings with 16 fours and 4 sixes. Sri Lanka had a 175 lead and India were just ended with 112 runs and Sri Lanka won the match by 63 runs. Due to Chandimal's batting performance in the right time, he was adjudged as man of the match.[11]

His third ODI century came after five years of delay, against Ireland on 16 June 2016.[12]

Chandimal had an impressive run scoring throughout the England series in 2016 and then in Australia series at home. He scored five consecutive ODI half centuries, which equals most consecutive ODI fifties by a Sri Lankan with Jayasuriya, Sangakkara and Dilshan. He missed the Sri Lankan record, when he lbw by Adam Zampa on 48, just short of 2 runs for Chandimal's sixth consecutive fifty. Chandimal finished the England series with scores of 52, 62, 63 and 53 and in first ODI against Australia, he scored his fifth consecutive fifty with unbeaten 80.[13]

Dinesh Chandimal holds the record for the most number of dismissals as a wicketkeeper in a single T20I for Sri Lanka(4) and also the only Sri Lankan wicketkeeper to effect in 4 dismissals as wicketkeeper in a T20I for Sri Lanka.He's also having the record for most number of catches for Sri Lanka in an innings of a T20I(3) and also the only Sri Lankan wicketkeeper to effect in 3 catches as wicketkeeper in a T20I innings.[14]

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

Test centuries of Dinesh Chandimal
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
[1] 116 6  Bangladesh Sri Lanka Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 9 March 2013 Drawn
[2] 102 7  Bangladesh Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka R. Premadasa Stadium 16 March 2013 Won
[3] 100 12  Bangladesh Bangladesh Chittagong, Bangladesh ZAC Stadium 4 February 2014 Won
[4] 162* 19  India Sri Lanka Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 14 August 2015 Won
[5] 151 22  West Indies Sri Lanka Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 15 October 2015 Won
[6] 126 27  England England Chester-Le-Street, England Riverside Ground 27 May 2016 Lost
[7] 132 31  Australia Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 14 August 2016 Won
[8] 138 36  Bangladesh Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka P Sara Oval 15 March 2017 Tbd

One Day International centuries[edit]

One Day International centuries of Dinesh Chandimal
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
[1] 111 2  India Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 5 June 2010 Won
[2] 105* 6  England England London, England Lord's Cricket Ground 3 July 2011 Won
[3] 100* 108  Ireland Republic of Ireland Malahide, Ireland The Village 16 June 2016 Won
[4] 102 117  Australia Sri Lanka Dambulla, Sri Lanka Rangiri Dambulla Stadium 28 August 2016 Lost


  • Dialog SLC Test Batsman of the Year 2015[15]

Test Cricket – Man of the match awards[edit]

  • In this table Ct., refers to the Catches and St. refers to the Stumping
# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 1st Test – India in Sri Lanka Test Series 2015 1st Innings – 59 (77 balls, 9x4) ; WK 1 Ct.
2nd Innings - 162* (169 balls, 19x4, 4x6) ; WK 1 St.
 Sri Lanka Won by 63 runs[16]

One Day Internationals - Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 India Harare Sports Club, Harare 5 June 2010 111 (118 balls: 6x4, 5x6)  Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets.[17]
2 England Lord's, London 3 July 2011 105* (126 balls: 11x4, 2x6)  Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets.[18]
3 Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 2 March 2012 75 (84 balls: 3x4, 2x6)  Sri Lanka won by 9 runs.[19]
4 South Africa R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 23 July 2013 43 (51 balls: 4x4, 0x6)  Sri Lanka won by 17 runs.[20]
5 Pakistan Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi 27 December 2013 64* (70 balls: 1x4, 1x6)  Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets.[21]

Personal life[edit]

On 26 December 2004, Dinesh was just a 14-year-old boy when his family home was destroyed by the Indian Ocean Tsunami tragedy.He still frequents Galle, to memorize the tragic incident which devastated his family.[22][23]

Chandimal married his longtime partner Ishika Jayasekara on 1 May 2015 in Colombo[24][25][26]


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  2. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | Sri Lanka Under-19s | Under-19s Youth One-Day Internationals | Most dismissals | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  3. ^ "Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI v New Zealanders". CricInfo. 9 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  4. ^ "Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI v New Zealanders". CricInro. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
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  7. ^ "Sri Lanka tour of South Africa, 2nd Test: South Africa v Sri Lanka at Durban, Dec 26–30, 2011". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
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  11. ^ http://www.howstat.com.au/cricket/Statistics/Matches/MatchScorecard.asp?MatchCode=2195
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  14. ^ "Cricket Records | Sri Lanka | Records | Twenty20 Internationals | Most dismissals in an innings | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-02-23. 
  15. ^ "Dialog Cricket Awards 2016: List of award winners". Cricket Machan. 1 December 2016. 
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  17. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/452150.html
  18. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/474469.html
  19. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/518967.html
  20. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/635654.html
  21. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/657645.html
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  23. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/new-zealand-v-sri-lanka-2014-15/content/story/813239.html
  24. ^ http://gossip.hirufm.lk/4451/2015/04/dinesh-chandimal-wedding-day-held-on-may-1st.html
  25. ^ http://www.photo.gossiplankanews.com/2015/05/dinesh-chandimal-wedding.html
  26. ^ http://gallery.egossip.lk/2015/05/dinesh-chandimals-wedding-day.html

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