Seekkuge Prasanna

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Seekkuge Prasanna
සීකුගේ ප්‍රසන්න
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Personal information
Full name Seekkuge Prasanna
Born (1985-06-27) 27 June 1985 (age 31)
Balapitiya, Sri Lanka
Nickname Commando Zeeku
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm leg break
Role Bowling all-rounder
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 117) 8 September 2011 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 148) 20 August 2011 v Australia
Last ODI 3 June 2017 v South Africa
ODI shirt no. 41
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006–present Sri Lanka Army
2008–2010 Kandurata
2012–2013 Basnahira
2012 Uva Next
2014 Southern Express
2015 Barisal Bulls
2016 Hambantota Troopers
2016–present Northamptonshire
2016–present Dhaka Dynamites
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 1 36 98 134
Runs scored 5 384 3,216 1,592
Batting average 5.00 12.80 21.72 15.60
100s/50s 0/0 0/2 0/18 0/7
Top score 5 95 81 95
Balls bowled 138 1,771 18,791 6,098
Wickets 0 31 488 184
Bowling average 51.87 21.51 24.57
5 wickets in innings 0 37 4
10 wickets in match n/a 8 0
Best bowling 3/32 8/59 6/23
Catches/stumpings 0/– 6/– 70/– 43/–
Source: Cricinfo, 6 June 2017
Seekkuge Prasanna
Born (1985-06-27) 27 June 1985 (age 31)
Balapitiya, Sri Lanka
Allegiance Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Service/branch Sri Lanka Army
Rank Warrant Officer I
Unit Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps

Seekkuge Prasanna (Sinhalese: සීකුගේ ප්‍රසන්න ; born 27 June 1985) is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer, who plays for limited over cricket. He is a warrant officer in the Sri Lankan Army.[1] Prasanna is known for aggressive batting at the late overs in ODIs, and a useful leg-spinner, probably the best found after former Sri Lanka leg-spinner Upul Chandana.

International career[edit]

Prasanna made his Test cricket debut for Sri Lanka on 8 September 2011 at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium against Australia.[2] The ODI debut came against Australia at the same series in 2011. His Twenty20 International debut came against Pakistan at UAE in 2013.

Prasanna was not in the original squad in 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, but he was called into the World Cup squad as a replacement for injured Dimuth Karunaratne. He played his first World Cup game against Scotland on 11 March 2015.[3]

Power hitting[edit]

After dropped from the squad due to poor performances, Prasanna rejoined to the limited over Sri Lanka squad for game against Ireland in 2016. On 18 June 2016, in the second match against Ireland, Prasanna scored a devastating inning which earned him his highest ODI score. He got out for 95 runs just off 45 balls, just fell short for the fastest century for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka scored 377 runs in the match and finally won.the match by 136 runs.[4]

His devastating form in Ireland continued in England. During the first ODI against England , Prasanna scored 25 ball 59 runs, including four huge sixes. However the match ended with a tie.[5] Prasanna scored 95 at strike rate 206.52 against Ireland in last ODI and 59 at 210.71 in this match. With that Prasanna became the third Sri Lanka player after Sanath Jayasuriya and Thisara Perera to make 2 fifty-plus scores at a strike rate of 200-plus in ODIs.[6]

During the third T20I against South Africa in the decider, Prasanna helped Sri Lanka to win the match and seal the series 2-1 by hitting match-winning 16-ball 37 runs in the last overs with three sixes and three fours. This win gave Sri Lankans their first ever series win in any format against South Africa in South Africa as well. This is also Sri Lanka's highest chase in all T20Is.[7]

Military career[edit]

He is currently serving in the Sri Lanka Army as a Warrant Officer I attached to the 2nd Regiment, Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps, promoted on 1 March 2017.[8]

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