Thilina Kandamby

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Thilina Kandambi
තිලිණ කන්ඩම්බි
Personal information
Full nameSahan Hewa Thilina Kandambi
Born (1982-06-04) 4 June 1982 (age 36)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
BowlingRight arm leg break
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 122)27 April 2004 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI24 June 2010 v India
ODI shirt no.25
T20I debut (cap 20)10 October 2008 v Zimbabwe
Last T20I25 June 2011 v England
Domestic team information
2008–presentBasnahira North
2007–presentSinhalese Sports Club
2010–presentDhaka Division
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 33 5 163 157
Runs scored 814 13 8,758 3,681
Batting average 32.56 3.25 40.73 31.73
100s/50s 0/5 0/0 19/41 2/24
Top score 93* 10 340* 128*
Balls bowled 168 - 2,868 981
Wickets 2 - 55 27
Bowling average 82.00 - 38.65 31.92
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a 0 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/37 - 4/36 4/68
Catches/stumpings 5/– 4/– 85/– 41/–
Source: Cricinfo, 3 March 2017

Sahan Hewa Thilina Kandambi (born 4 June 1982), or Thilina Kandambi, is a former Sri Lankan cricketer and a former T20 international captain for Sri Lanka. A specialist middle-order batsman, Kandambi was marked out as a talent early, playing for the Sri Lanka Under 19s from 1998 to 2001, and he has also played ten first class games for Sri Lanka A cricket team.

International career[edit]

Kandambi made his One Day International debut batting at six against Zimbabwe in 2004, but lasted four balls before he was caught behind off Mluleki Nkala for a duck. His next three performances brought him a total of 23 runs, and though he was in the team that won the 2004 Asia Cup, his performances was not enough for him to be selected to the 2004 Champions Trophy immediately following the Asia Cup, as he was replaced by Dilhara Fernando.

In 2008 he returned to Zimbabwe tour and scored a crucial 40 in a low-scoring game to set up the victory. After That series he has joined the Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka and he scored wonderful 59 runs against Pakistan in 2nd ODI match which caused to crucial win for Sri Lanka in that series.


Kandambi was named as stand-in captain for one-off Twenty20 International against England in 2011. The match was recorded as the farewell match of Sri Lanka legend Sanath Jayasuriya from international cricket. Sri Lanka comfortable won the match, with a winning farewell to Jayasuriya.[1]

Domestic career[edit]

Kandambi has since plied his trade for Central Province and Bloomfield in the Sri Lankan domestic leagues, in addition to playing for Sri Lanka A against touring sides. The 2005–06 season has seen him play two first class games against New Zealand A in 2005–06, scoring 103 runs in four innings, while as of 1 February 2006 he has not made a half-century in this year's Premier Championship.

In 2004, Kandambi scored 52 for the Sri Lankans against Zimbabwe A. His score was made up of 10 fours and two sixes; this was the first time in first-class cricket that a completed innings of 50 or more had consisted entirely of boundaries. [2]

In 2008-09 against South Africa A side both Kandamby and Rangana Herath who were playing for Sri Lanka A side put on an unbeaten 203 for the 7th wicket, which is also the highest for the 7th wicket for any pair in List A cricket history.[3][4]

One Day International Half Centuries[edit]

ODI Half Centuries of Thilina Kandamby
Runs Match Against Venue Year
[1] 59 6 Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan 2009
[2] 93* 9 India R. Premadasa Stadium, Sri Lanka 2009


Kandambi is currently the Head Coach of Royal College, Colombo.


  1. ^ "Jayasuriya poised for farewell match". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  2. ^ "The Sri Lankans in Zimbabwe, 2003–04" in Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2005. Alton: John Wisden & Co. Ltd, p1221.
  3. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Archived from the original on 19 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Records | List A matches | Partnership records | Highest partnerships by wicket | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 March 2017.