|Full name||Hettige Don Rumesh Lahiru Thirimanne|
9 August 1989 |
Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium-fast|
|Relations||Thulanidu Thirimanne (brother)|
|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|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 30 May 2016
|Representing Sri Lanka|
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.
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.
He made his One Day International (ODI) debut in early 2010. He made his Test debut against England at the Rose Bowl in June 2011, coming into the side for the injured Tillakaratne Dilshan. In his first Test innings, he was dismissed for 10 runs caught behind off the bowling of James Anderson.
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.
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. 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*) He was unbeaten 139 in the match.
Thirimanne is married to his long time partner Rukshani Wasanthika Harischandra.
|Lahiru Thirimanne's Test centuries|
|1||155*||9||Bangladesh||Galle International Stadium||8 March||2013||Drawn|
One Day International centuries
|Lahiru Thirimanne's One Day International centuries|
|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
Player of the series awards
|1||2014 Asia Cup in Bangladesh||2014||(5 Matches) 279 runs.||Won by|
Man of the Match awards
|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.|
|2||England||Edgebaston, Birmingham||3 June 2014||60* (101 balls: 2x4, 1x6)||Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets.|
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