Lahiru Thirimanne

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Lahiru Thirimanne
ළහිරු තිරිමාන්න
Personal information
Full name Hettige Don Rumesh Lahiru Thirimanne
Born (1989-08-09) 9 August 1989 (age 27)
Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Nickname Thiri
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Role Batsman
Relations Thulanidu Thirimanne (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 116) 16 June 2011 v England
Last Test 9-13 June 2016 v England
ODI debut (cap 143) 5 January 2010 v India
Last ODI 5 January 2016 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no. 66
T20I debut (cap 44) 1 June 2012 v Pakistan
Last T20I 17 March 2016 v Afghanistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008–present Ragama
2008–09 Basnahira South
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I LA
Matches 26 107 26 159
Runs scored 1,056 2,586 291 3,945
Batting average 24.00 34.48 16.16 33.43
100s/50s 1/4 4/16 0/0 4/29
Top score 155* 139* 44 139*
Balls bowled 84 104 120
Wickets 0 3 4
Bowling average 31.33 29.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 2/36 2/36
Catches/stumpings 11/– 34/– 8/– 51/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 30 May 2016
Lahiru Thirimanne
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  Sri Lanka
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2014 Incheon Team

Hettige Don Rumesh Lahiru Thirimanne, known as Lahiru Thirimanne (Sinhalese: ළහිරු තිරිමාන්න; born 9 August 1989) is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer, and a former ODI captain. He is a left-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler, and also acted as the vice-captain of the Sri Lanka One Day International team, when he was dropped from the team after poor performances.[1]

School career[edit]

Thirimanne began his cricketing career at S.Thomas' College, Bandarawela and played Under 11 cricket and his first coach was Sujeewa Gunarathne. He studied at S.Thomas' College Bandarawela initially as his father, who was employed at the Survey Department was transferred. After passing the grade 5 scholarship exam Lahiru joined Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa and played in the Under 13,15,17 and 19 team.

International career[edit]

He made his One Day International (ODI) debut in early 2010.[2] He made his Test debut against England at the Rose Bowl in June 2011,[3] coming into the side for the injured Tillakaratne Dilshan.[4] In his first Test innings, he was dismissed for 10 runs caught behind off the bowling of James Anderson.[5]

Thirimanne Scored his first ODI century against Australia at Adelaide Oval during second ODI of 2012–13 Commonwealth Bank Series.[6]

During the 2014 Asia Cup in Bangladesh, he opened the batting with Kusal Perera, due to injury of Tillakaratne Dilshan, who was not included to the series. He scored two magnificent hundreds against Pakistan, where he finally ended up being the highest run scorer in the tournament with 2 centuries with the average of 55.80. Eventually, Sri Lanka became champions for the fifth time in Asia Cup history.

Thirimanne captainced the cricket team for 2014 Asian Games at Incheon, where Sri Lanka won the gold medl by defeating Afghanistan in the final.

On 23 January 2015, during the fifth ODI between New Zealand, he captained the Sri Lanka, due to slight injury of captain Angelo Mathews. However, his first match as a captain did not underway well, as they lost the match by 108 runs. He also took 2 wickets at that match, and scored 45 runs as an opener.[7] He also captained the 6th and 7th ODIs of the series, where 6th ODI ended with a huge defeat, and 7th ODI was comfortably won under his captaincy. However, Sri Lanka lost the series to 4-2 finally.

During the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, Thirimanne started to open the batting with Tillakaratne Dilshan. Before the tournament, Sri Lankan opening pair was struggeled to pick up, but finally it was sealed between Thirimanne and Dilshan. On 1 March 2015, he scored his 4th ODI century against England, where Sri Lanka chasing 309 runs. He added 212* runs for the second wicket partnership with Kumar Sangakkara to win the match.This remains the highest 2nd wicket partnership for Sri Lanka in ODI cricket(212*)[8] He was unbeaten 139 in the match.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Thirimanne is married to his long time partner Rukshani Wasanthika Harischandra.

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

Lahiru Thirimanne's Test centuries
# Runs Match Against Venue Date Year Result
1 155* 9  Bangladesh Galle International Stadium 8 March 2013 Drawn

One Day International centuries[edit]

Lahiru Thirimanne's One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Against Venue Date Year Result
1 102* 33  Australia Adelaide Oval 13 January 2013 Won
2 102 58  Pakistan Fatullah Osmani Stadium 25 February 2014 Won
3 101 62  Pakistan Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium 8 March 2014 Won
4 139* 91  England Wellington Regional Stadium 1 March 2015 Won


One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Player of the series awards[edit]

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 2014 Asia Cup in Bangladesh 2014 (5 Matches) 279 runs. Won by Sri Lanka

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Australia Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 13 January 2013 102* (134 balls: 12x4, 0x6)  Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets.[10]
2 England Edgebaston, Birmingham 3 June 2014 60* (101 balls: 2x4, 1x6)  Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets.[11]


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