Suranga Lakmal

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Suranga Lakmal
සුරංග ලක්මාල්
Personal information
Full name Ranasinghe Arachchige Suranga Lakmal
Born (1987-03-10) 10 March 1987 (age 30)
Matara, Sri Lanka
Nickname Suraa
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
Role Allrounder
Relations Dilani Chalanika (wife)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 114) 23 November 2010 v West Indies
Last Test 15 March 2017 v Bangladesh
ODI debut (cap 140) 18 December 2009 v India
Last ODI 1 April 2017 v Bangladesh
ODI shirt no. 82
T20I debut (cap 37) 25 June 2011 v England
Last T20I 20 January 2017 v South Africa
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007–present Tamil Union
2007–present Bashnahira South
Matara Sports Club
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI T20I FC
Matches 36 61 9 83
Runs scored 397 84 2 657
Batting average 10.44 5.60 1.00 9.25
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 -/- 0/1
Top score 42 20* 1* 58*
Balls bowled 6,793 2,708 172 12,205
Wickets 82 84 7 217
Bowling average 45.29 29.52 39.00 33.99
5 wickets in innings 1 0 0 4
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 5/63 4/30 2/26 6/68
Catches/stumpings 8/– 13/– 3/- 31/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 1 April 2017

Ranasinghe Arachchige Suranga Lakmal (born 10 March 1987 in Matara), commonly Suranga Lakmal (Sinhalese: සුරංග ලක්මාල්) is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer, who plays for all forms of the game. He is a right-arm medium-fast bowler and right-handed batsman. He was first included in the national squad for the tour of Pakistan in 2008-2009[1] and was reported to have been injured in the attack on the Sri Lankan team by terrorists.

He currently plays for the Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club.[1][2] He was an important member of 2014 ICC World Twenty20 winning team.

School times[edit]

Lakmal studied at Debarawewa Madya Maha Vidyalaya in Hambantota District, before moving to Richmond College, Galle.

International career[edit]

Lakmal was called up as a replacement for Dilhara Fernando in India in December 2009 and he made his ODI debut in the second match in Nagpur, where he bowled eight wicketless overs for 58 runs before Sri Lanka won by three wickets.[3] He made his Test debut on November 23, 2010 against the West Indies in the second Test match played at the R. Premadasa Stadium, becoming the 114th Sri Lankan Test player.[4]

By dismissing Chris Gayle of West Indies, Lakmal became the third bowler to take a wicket with the first ball bowled in a test match at a new venue, joining Kapil Dev of India and Imran Khan of Pakistan, which was held at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.[5]

Lakmal is also the first cricketer from Hambantota District to represent the national cricket team of Sri Lanka.[6]

During first Test against South Africa, Lakmal bagged his maiden five-wicket haul, becoming the second Sri Lankan pacer Chanaka Welagedara to take a fifer against South Africa in South Africa.[7] However, Sri Lanka lost the match by 206 runs. Though Sri Lanka lost all three Test matches, Lakmal showed best bowling figures throughout the series. He is the highest wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in the series with 12 wickets at an average of 30.83.[8]



Wicket No. Batsman How Out Ground Year
1  Chris Gayle (WIN) Caught (A Mathews) R Premadasa Stadium 2010
50  Ahmed Shehzad (PAK) bowled Pallekele Cricket Stadium 2015


Wicket No. Batsman How Out Ground Year
1  Virender Sehwag (IND) Caught (T Dilshan) Eden Gardens 2009
50  Mushfiqur Rahim (BAN) bowled Melbourne Cricket Ground 2015

International record[edit]

Test 5 Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/63 32  South Africa St George's Park Port Elizabeth South Africa 2016


  1. ^ a b "Sri Lanka name two newcomers for Pakistan Tests". Cricinfo. 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  2. ^ "Suranga Lakmal". Cricinfo. 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  3. ^ "India v Sri Lanka in 2009/10". CricketArchive. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Suranga Lakmal makes his Test debut". Island Cricket. Retrieved 1 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bravo's 50 lifts WI to 134–2". 1 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 
  6. ^ "Suranga Lakmal 1st national cricketer from Hambantota". The Nation. 2009-02-15. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  7. ^ "Lakmal, a day in the life". The Nation. 2016-12-27. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  8. ^ "Records / Sri Lanka in South Africa Test Series, 2016/17 / Most wickets". ESPNcricinfo. 2017-01-12. Retrieved 2017-01-16. 

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