Dinuka Hettiarachchi

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Dinuka Hettiarachchi
Personal information
Full name Dinuk Sulaksana Hettiarachchi
Born July 15, 1976 (1976-07-15) (age 40)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Role bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 86) 15 March 2001 v England
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 1 222
Runs scored 1,636
Batting average 9.51
100s/50s –/– –/–
Top score 48
Balls bowled 162 42,841
Wickets 2 929
Bowling average 20.50 23.36
5 wickets in innings 64
10 wickets in match 16
Best bowling 2/36 8/26
Catches/stumpings 0/– 54/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 31 March 2017

Dinuka Hettiarachchi (born July 15, 1976 in Colombo) is a former Sri Lankan Test cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a slow left-arm bowler. Though he not played in international cricket since 2001, he is an active member in Sri Lanka domestic seasons. In 222 First-class matches, Hettiarachchi has taken 929 wickets, which ranks him one of the best domestic players of the world.

Domestic career[edit]

Hettiarachchi began playing cricket in 1995 for Tamil Union. He represented clubs at every level from under-13s to under-19s and beyond to senior level. His left-arm spinners and inventive batting action led him to perform extremely well for the Colombo Colts, but despite this the selectors favoured Rangana Herath and Niroshan Bandaratilleke.

International call[edit]

Hettiarachchi was given his chance in the 1997 tour of Sri Lanka, the 1998 tour of South Africa, and the tri-series in 1999 against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. Having played against Zimbabwe, he was called to play against South Africa and Pakistan, but was not called to represent either.

He played his only Test against England in 2001 at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground.

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