Niroshan Dickwella

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Niroshan Dickwella
නිරෝෂන් දික්වැල්ල
Personal information
Full name Dickwella Patabendige Dilantha Niroshan Dickwella
Born (1993-06-23) 23 June 1993 (age 25)
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Nickname Niro
Batting Left handed
Role Wicket-keeper-batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 127) 24 July 2014 v South Africa
Last Test 20 July 2018 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 161) 16 November 2014 v India
Last ODI 20 October 2018 v England
T20I debut (cap 61) 9 February 2016 v India
Last T20I 15 February 2018 v Bangladesh
T20I shirt no. 48
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2010–present Nondescripts Cricket Club
2012 Southern Express
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I
Matches 22 43 13
Runs scored 1,205 1,241 249
Batting average 30.89 31.82 20.75
100s/50s 0/9 2/6 0/1
Top score 83 116 68
Catches/stumpings 54/16 30/6 8/0
Source: Cricinfo, 20 October 2018

Dickwella Patabendige Dilantha Niroshan Dickwella, popularly as Niroshan Dickwella (Sinhalese: නිරෝෂන් දික්වැල්ල) (born 23 June 1993) is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer, who plays all formats of the game for Sri Lanka. A left arm batsman, he also plays as a wicket-keeper of the team. Poor performances lead him out from the international team, but he gained a call for the Zimbabwe Tri-Series in late 2016. Dickwella is known for hitting left hand dilscoops in many occasions at any length of his comeback as an opener.[1] In November 2017, he was named the emerging cricketer of the year for the 2016–17 season at Sri Lanka Cricket's annual awards.[2]

Domestic career[edit]

In March 2018, he was named as the vice-captain of Kandy's squad for the 2017–18 Super Four Provincial Tournament.[3][4] He was the leading run-scorer for Kandy during the tournament, with 315 runs in three matches.[5] The following month, he was also named as the vice-captain of Kandy's squad for the 2018 Super Provincial One Day Tournament.[6]

In August 2018, he was named in Galle's squad the 2018 SLC T20 League.[7]

International career[edit]

He made his Test cricket debut for Sri Lanka against South Africa in July 2014.[8] He made his One Day International debut for Sri Lanka against India on 16 November 2014.[9] He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut for Sri Lanka against India on 9 February 2016.[10]

Dickwella was originally included into 2016 ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka squad, but due to poor performances in India tour and 2016 Asia Cup, he was dropped from the world cup squad.[11]

Dickwella was called up for the South African limited over tour after fine performances in domestic tournaments. He was included in the T20I side as the opening batsman and scored quick innings in all three matches. He scored his maiden T20I fifty as a match-winning knock in the third match, which ensured the first series win against South Africa on their home soil in any format.[12] Dickwella was adjudged both man of the match and player of the series for his match-winning batting performances.[13][14]

After the ban, he looked forward to coming back to the squad for second ODI against Bangladesh in late March 2017. However, he was ruled out of the series due to hairline fracture in his left hand.[15]

He scored his first ODI century on 6 July 2017 against Zimbabwe at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium. Along with Danushka Gunathilaka, they made a 229-run partnership for the first wicket, where Gunathilaka also scored his first ODI century. Sri Lanka chased 310 to win the match, which was the first 300-plus chase by Sri Lanka on home soil.[16][17] In the fourth ODI against Zimbabwe, he and Danushka Gunathilaka set the record for becoming the first pair of batsmen to score two successive 200-plus partnerships in ODIs.[18]

In May 2018, he was one of 33 cricketers to be awarded a national contract by Sri Lanka Cricket ahead of the 2018–19 season.[19][20]

Ban[edit]

During the fourth ODI against South Africa, Dickwella had a verbal encounter with Kagiso Rabada and was fined, along with gaining three demerit points. However, Dickwella was later suspended for two limited over matches, after a Code of Conduct breach during the second T20I against Australia at Kardinia Park. He was fined with 30% of his match fees and was given two more demerit points.[21]

Accolades[edit]

  • Dialog SLC Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2016-17.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "When Dickwella played the 'Dilscoop'". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Gunaratne wins big at SLC's annual awards". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Cricket: Mixed opinions on Provincial tournament". Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 26 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  4. ^ "All you need to know about the SL Super Provincial Tournament". Daily Sports. 26 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Sri Lanka Super Four Provincial Tournament, 2017/18, Kandy: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  6. ^ "SLC Super Provincial 50 over tournament squads and fixtures". The Papare. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  7. ^ "SLC T20 League 2018 squads finalized". The Papare. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  8. ^ "South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2nd Test: Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (SSC), Jul 24-28 2014". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Sri Lanka tour of India, 5th ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Ranchi, Nov 16, 2014". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  10. ^ "Sri Lanka tour of India and Bangladesh, 1st T20I: India v Sri Lanka at Pune, Feb 9, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Malinga steps down as captain, Mathews to lead in World T20". Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Prasanna hauls Sri Lanka to series victory". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Prasanna and Dickwella haul Sri Lanka to series victory". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Dickwella, Prasanna take Sri Lanka to series win". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  15. ^ "Dickwella out of series with hairline fracture". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  16. ^ "Gunathilaka, Dickwella thrash Zimbabwe". ESPNcricinfo. ESPNcricinfo. 6 July 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Sri Lanka rack up series lead in their highest ODI chase at home". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  18. ^ "Calm Ervine helps Zimbabwe draw level". Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Sri Lanka assign 33 national contracts with pay hike". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  20. ^ "Sri Lankan players to receive pay hike". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Dickwella suspended over showing dissent". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  22. ^ "Herath and Gunaratne triumph Dialog Cricket Awards 2017". cricinfo. 1 November 2017.

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