Sachithra Senanayake

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Sachithra Senanayake
සචිත්‍ර සේනානායක
Personal information
Full name Senanayake Mudiyanselage Sachithra Madhushanka Senanayake
Born (1985-02-09) 9 February 1985 (age 32)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nickname Sachiya, Chenu, Channa
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm Off Spin
Role Bowling All-rounder
Relations Iresha Senanayake (wife)
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 125) 31 December 2013 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 150) 20 January 2012 v South Africa
Last ODI 28 December 2015 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no. 52
T20I debut (cap 43) 1 June 2012 v Pakistan
Last T20I 9 September 2016 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006– Sinhalese Sports Club
2012- Basnahira cricket team
2013-2014 Sydney Sixers
2013-2014 Kolkata Knight Riders
2015- Worcestershire
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 1 49 24 76
Runs scored 5 290 56 1,344
Batting average 5.00 13.18 9.33 19.20
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/4
Top score 5 42 17 89
Balls bowled 138 2,358 486 15,434
Wickets - 53 25 385
Bowling average - 34.35 21.96 20.22
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 32
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 0 6
Best bowling - 4/13 4/46 8/70
Catches/stumpings 1/– 19/– 3/– 69/–
Source: Cricinfo, 9 September 2016

Senanayake Mudiyanselage Sachithra Madhushanka Senanayake, commonly called Sachithra Senanayake, (born 9 February 1985) is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer, who currently plays limited over cricket. An bowling all-rounder, he bats right-handed and bowls off spin. He has played first class cricket for the Sinhalese Sports Club since 2006.[1]

He is the 150th ODI cap for Sri Lanka. Senanayake was a key member of 2014 ICC World Twenty20 winning team as well.

Domestic career[edit]

His call-up followed a domestic season in which he had taken the most wickets in the Sri Lankan Premier League limited overs tournament.[1] During the 2013 Indian Premier League auction he was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for US$15,000. On 2015, he contracted for 2014 NatWest t20 Blast in England for the team Worcestershire.

International career[edit]

Senanayake made his international debut for Sri Lanka in the fourth One Day International (ODI) of the tour of South Africa in January 2012. From then, he was a regular part of Sri Lanka's spin attack in limited over cricket with Ajantha Mendis and occasionally with Seekkuge Prasanna. After a suspect bowling action, he showed poor bowling in later bilateral tournaments. However, he was included to the 15-men 2015 ICC World Cup tournament as the main spinner of the team.

Bowling action[edit]

He was reported for bowling with a suspected illegal bowling action against England in June 2014 and subsequently banned from bowling in international cricket in July 2014. He was cleared to bowl in December 2014 and played in the fifth ODI against England.[2]

In 2014, he Mankaded the English batsman Jos Buttler in a One Day International.[3]

Remodel action[edit]

Senanayake was cleared from the illegal bowling action with future notices and played in the 7-match ODI series against England at home. He was again called up for the 2015 Cricket World Cup and looked poor performances in the pool match against Australia. He re-appeared in the fifth ODI against Pakistan in July 2015, where he took three crucial wickets.

The re-modeling action somewhat gave weaker performances in international arena to Senenayake.

Beyond cricket[edit]

Senananyake is a student of musician Sanath Nandasiri since school times. Due to cricketing career he missed music industry as he said. He is known to be a good singer and sang his first solo song Watina obage which was released on May 2016.[4][5][6] He also contributed for the cricket song Kirula Genemu by Centigradz, which was released prior to 2015 Cricket World Cup.[7]

International Awards[edit]

Twenty20 International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match Awards[edit]

# Series Date Opponent Match Performance Result
1 West Indies in Sri Lanka 9 November 2015 West Indies DNB ; 4-0-46-4  Sri Lanka won by 30 runs.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Sachithra Senanayake: Sri Lanka". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sachithra Senanayake & Kane Williamson cleared to bowl again". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Joshi, Pranav (5 June 2014). "Sri Lanka v/s England and the controversial history of 'Mankading' in world cricket". DNA. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Sachithra Senanayake in 'Watina Obage' music video". You Tube. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Sachithra Senanayake entertaining friends and team-mates". Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "Yashan releases latest music video". Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Kirula Genemu (Cricket World Cup Song 2015) by Centigradz ft Sachithra Senanayake". top Sinhala mp3. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "West Indies in Sri Lanka T20I Series - 1st T20I Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 10 November 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 

External links[edit]

Sachithra Senanayake at ESPNcricinfo