Shashikala Siriwardene

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Shashikala Siriwardene
Personal information
Full name Hettimulla Appuhamilage Shashikala Dedunu Siriwardene
Born (1985-02-14) 14 February 1985 (age 31)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm off spin
Role Captain ; All-rounder
International information
National side
ODI debut 13 March 2003 v West Indies Women
Last ODI 7 November 2015 v New Zealand Women
T20I debut 21 April 2010 v West Indies
Last T20I 26 May 2015 v West Indies Women
Domestic team information
Years Team
2003– Slimline Sport Club Women
2010– Marians Ladies
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I
Matches 90 45
Runs scored 1,574 663
Batting average 19.19 18.94
100s/50s 0/7 0/1
Top score 68 52
Balls bowled 4,065 942
Wickets 103 44
Bowling average 24.77 19.29
5 wickets in innings 0 -
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 4/11 4/21
Catches/stumpings 35/- 11/-
Source: [1], 23 January 2016

Hettimulla Appuhamilage Shashikala Dedunu Siriwardene (born 14 February 1985) in Colombo, known as Shashikala Siriwardene, is the Sri Lankan cricketer and current captain of the Sri Lankan women's cricket team. Many critics agreed that, Siriwardene is the best ever woman cricketer played for Sri Lanka in their Women cricket history. She is the only woman cricketer to take 100 ODI wickets for Sri Lanka.

International career[edit]

Siriwardene made her ODI debut against West Indies at Kingstown, St. Vincent in March 2003. She took 2-20 and also scored a brisk 29 in that match, which was ultimately won by the Sri Lankans.

Her best bowling figures of 4-11 was recorded against Pakistan in the 2005-06 Women's Asia Cup in Karachi. Other notable performances include her 4-34 also against Pakistan in the 2006-07 Women's Asia Cup. She was ranked World's top women all-rounder in 2014.

Siriwardene has captained Sri Lanka Women in 49 WODI matches with 18 wins, 29 losses and 2 no results, and she is the Sri Lankan Women cricketer to captained internationally in most number of times.[1] Instead of her 38.29% winning percentage as captain, she is regarded as the best Women cricketer to play the game for Sri Lanka.

Currently, Shashikala is the highest WODI run scorer for Sri Lanka with 1,554 runs in 87 matches. This includes 7 WODI fifties as well, but yet to get a century.[2] She is the highest WODI wicket taker for Sri Lanka as well, with 101 wickets including 6 four-wicket hauls. With this feat, Siriwardene is the first and only Sri Lankan women cricketer to get 100 wickets in WODI history.[3]

In Women T20 Internationals, Siriwardene is second only to former captain Chamari Atapattu in most runs for Sri Lanka Women. She has scored 663 runs in 45 matches with highest score of unbeaten 52 runs. In bowling department, there is no one to match her, where she is top ranked with 44 WT20I wickets with an average of 19.29.[4] Siriwardene has captained T20I side as well with record of 31 matches. Sri Lanka have won 9 of them and lost 20 however with winning percentage of 31.03%.[5]

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