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Akila Dananjaya

Allrounder

RUNS
154
AVERAGE
12.83

Akila Dananjaya

Allrounder

RUNS
29
AVERAGE
9.67

Allrounder

Bats Left Hand.
Bowls Right Arm Off-Spin

AGE
25
HEIGHT
CM
BORN

Panadura

COUNTRY

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka
LOCAL CLUB

Wayamba United

Bio

Akila Dananjaya is another member of the seemingly endless assembly line of unconventional Sri Lankan bowlers. 

The right-arm spinner can produce a range of deliveries that includes off-breaks, leg-spinners, googlies and the carrom ball. His vast array of options makes facing him a batsman’s worst nightmare.

Incredibly, Dananjaya was selected in the Sri Lankan squad for the 2012 World T20 despite never having played a first-class match in his life. 

His performances in the nets impressed Mahela Jayawardene so much so that the captain convinced selectors to go with the untried spinner. 

It was a move that didn’t sit well with certain sections of the Sri Lankan community, with more experienced players arguing that their hard work deserved recognition ahead of the previously unseen Dananjaya.

The controversial spinner took wickets in all three games throughout the tournament, including 2-26 against the highly-fancied England. 

His mixture of mystery and control was proving very difficult for players to read, with the selectors seemingly satisfied with their gutsy selection.

 
MATCHES
1
DEBUT
-
CAP NO
BEST BATTING
20
BEST BOWLING
5-24
Bowling
WICKETS
8
AVERAGE
5.5
ECONOMY
2.93
S/R
11.3
5W
1
10W/M
0
Batting
RUNS
20
INNINGS
2
NOT OUTS
0
AVERAGE
10
100s
0
50s
0
MATCHES
19
DEBUT
2012
CAP NO
154
BEST BATTING
50
BEST BOWLING
6-54
Bowling
WICKETS
21
AVERAGE
37
ECONOMY
4.98
S/R
44.6
5W
1
10W/M
0
Batting
RUNS
154
INNINGS
14
NOT OUTS
2
AVERAGE
12.83
100s
0
50s
1
MATCHES
15
DEBUT
2012
CAP NO
47
BEST BATTING
11
BEST BOWLING
2-9
Bowling
WICKETS
12
AVERAGE
34.2
ECONOMY
7.78
S/R
26.3
5W
0
10W/M
0
Batting
RUNS
29
INNINGS
6
NOT OUTS
3
AVERAGE
9.67
100s
0
50s
0

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