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Dushan Hemantha

Dushan Hemantha
Personal information
Full name
Munasinghe Arachchige Dushan Ishara Hemantha
Born (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 29)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
NicknameDushan Kishan
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm legbreak
RoleAll-rounder
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 208)2 June 2023 v Afghanistan
Last ODI2 November 2023 v India
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2013–2014Colts Cricket Club
2014–2016Saracens Sports Club
2016–2022Badureliya Sports Club
2017–2019Sri Lanka Navy Sports Club
2020–2022Burgher Recreation Club
2022–presentDambulla Aura
2024Sylhet Strikers
Source: Cricinfo, 14 March 2018

Dushan Hemantha (born 24 May 1994) is a Sri Lankan cricketer. He is an all-rounder who is a right-handed batter and a right-arm legbreak bowler.[1] He currently plays for Dambulla Aura in domestic cricket.[2]

Early life

Hemantha first learnt how to play cricket from his father, Sujith Hemantha, who is also a cricket coach.[3] His passion and enthusiasm regarding cricket was identified by his father when Hemantha was just seven years old. Hemantha initially showed signs of being an offspinner but his father convinced him to bowl leg-spin with the thought process that he could have better guile and it could give him better chance of bowling accurately to pick up wickets.[4]

He was convinced by Sajith Jayalal who then served as the national athletic coach to join the junior national athletic squad. However, Hemantha initially refused the offer but after some negotiations and deliberations he agreed to join the junior national athletic squad. He eventually took part at the South Asian Junior Athletics Championships in the same year and claimed a bronze medal in the men's 1500m race category.[5] He continued to participate in athletic zonal events and sports meets while also progressing with his cricketing ambitions.[4]

He completed his secondary schooling at St. Peter’s College. He captained his school under-19 team in the 2012–13 season, and won the best captain’s award at the all island schools cricket awards.[6][7] He rose to prominence during his schooling years under the watchful eyes of his school coaches L. H. Sunil and Keerthi Gunaratne.

He represented St. Peter's College in four successive years in the annual Battle of the Saints big match encounter. He made his maiden Big Match appearance in 2010 and St. Peter's College eventually secured victory to register their first victory in the Battle of the Saints big match encounter after a long gap of 32 years.[4] He was appointed as the vice-captain of St. Peter's College in the 2012 Battle of the Saints encounter and played a pivotal role in helping his school win the 78th Battle of the Blues encounter by picking up seven wickets for the match to defeat rivals St. Joseph's College.[4]

He had a stellar 2012/13 school cricket season where he showed his all-round prowess taking 60 wickets and scoring 840 runs and for his performance in the 2012/13 school cricket season, he was adjudged the Runner-up in the 2013 Sunday Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year.[8]

Domestic career

He made his first-class debut for Colts Cricket Club in the 2013–14 Premier Trophy on 21 February 2014.[9] He made his Twenty20 debut for Colts Cricket Club on 25 February 2014, against Hong Kong.[10] He made his List A debut for Saracens Sports Club on 13 December 2014, against Colombo Cricket Club in the 2014–15 Premier Limited Overs Tournament.[11]

Hemantha played for Sri Lanka Navy Sports Club in the 2017–18 Premier League Tournament Tier B.[12] On 2 February 2017, he picked up his maiden first-class five-wicket haul, with figures of 7 for 62, against Lankan Cricket Club.[13] On 29 December 2017, he also claimed his maiden century in first-class cricket, scoring 193 runs against Panadura Sports Club.[14]

He scored his maiden List A half-century on 4 March 2019, against Moors Sports Club in the 2018–19 Premier Limited Overs Tournament.[15] He played for Burgher Recreation Club in the 2020–21 Major Clubs Limited Over Tournament. On 3 April 2021, he made his maiden century in List A cricket against Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club.[16]

Hemanth took his maiden five-wicket haul in List A cricket on 21 November 2021, against Kandy Customs Sports Club in the 2021–22 Major Clubs Limited Over Tournament.[17]

In July 2022, he was signed by the Dambulla Giants for the third edition of the Lanka Premier League.[18] He received his maiden call-up for the Sri Lanka A team for the series against England Lions, following his breakthrough performance in 2022/23 season representing Burgher Recreation Club showing his all-round prowess with the bat and ball scoring in excess of 500 runs and picking up a tally of 40 wickets.[19]

He also played an instrumental role in helping Dambulla to clinch the 2023 National Super League Limited Overs Tournament by being the pick of the bowlers bagging 13 wickets at an healthy average of 13.61.[4]

International career

In January 2023, he was named in Sri Lanka A's squad for their first-class and List A series against the England Lions. On 18 February 2023, he bagged a five-wicket haul,[20] helping his team to defeat the England Lions in the second unofficial ODI.[21][22] He took eleven wickets in the List A series at an health average of 11.45 and was named the player of the series for his bowling performance.[23] In April 2023, Hemantha earned his maiden call-up to the Sri Lanka cricket team for their Test series against Ireland,[24] following his impressive performances against the England Lions.[25] He was supposed to play in the second and final test match of the series against Ireland, but Sri Lankan team management decided to stick with the winning combination after the first test.[26][27]

In May 2023, he was named in Sri Lanka's One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against Afghanistan.[28][29] He made his ODI debut in the first ODI of the series, on 2 June 2023.[30]

References

  1. ^ "Dushan Hemantha". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Teams which Dushan Hemantha played for". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 April 2023.
  3. ^ "I did my best for the team, says Dushan Hemantha". Daily News. Retrieved 17 April 2023.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Dushan Hemantha – on the doorstep to bliss". Print Edition - The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 21 May 2023.
  5. ^ "Dushan Hemantha: How did his unique exploits go un-noticed?". Sunday Observer. 21 April 2023. Retrieved 21 May 2023.
  6. ^ "Athlete swaps the track for cricket that pays". Sunday Observer. 8 February 2020. Retrieved 17 April 2023.
  7. ^ "Peterites field a well balanced side". archives.dailynews.lk. Retrieved 21 May 2023.
  8. ^ "Athlete swaps the track for cricket that pays". Sunday Observer. 8 February 2020. Retrieved 21 May 2023.
  9. ^ "Group B, Premier League Tournament at Katunayake, Feb 21-22 2014". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Hong Kong vs Colts Scorecard 2013/14 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 17 April 2023.
  11. ^ "Saracens vs Col CC Scorecard 2014/15 | Cricket Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 17 April 2023.
  12. ^ "Batting Averages / Sri Lanka Navy Sports Club / 2017–18 Premier League Tournament Tier B". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 April 2023.
  13. ^ "Sri Lanka Navy Sports Club v Lankan Cricket Club, Premier League Tournament Tier B 2017/18". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 April 2023.
  14. ^ "Sri Lanka Navy v Panadura, 2017–18 Premier League Tournament Tier B". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 April 2023.
  15. ^ "Sri Lanka Navy v Moors Sports Club, 2018/19 Premier Limited Overs Tournament". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 April 2023.
  16. ^ "Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club v Burgher Recreation Club, Sri Lanka Cricket Limited Overs Tournament 2020/21". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 April 2023.
  17. ^ "Burgher Recreation Club v Kandy Customs Sports Club, Sri Lanka Cricket Limited Overs Tournament 2021/22". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 April 2023.
  18. ^ "LPL 2022 draft: Kandy Falcons sign Hasaranga; Rajapaksa to turn out for Dambulla Giants". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 July 2022.
  19. ^ Sanjeewa, Kanishka (3 September 2022). "Dushan Hemantha's all-round brilliance puts BRC on the verge of a win". ThePapare.com. Retrieved 21 May 2023.
  20. ^ "Hemantha makes a mark for himself | Daily FT". Daily FT. Retrieved 17 April 2023.
  21. ^ "Hemantha bags five, as Sri Lanka 'A' level series". Print Edition - The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 17 April 2023.
  22. ^ "Dushan Hemantha too much for England Lions". Sunday Observer. 18 February 2023. Retrieved 21 May 2023.
  23. ^ "Best Bowler Dushan Hemantha Says: 'Flipper and leg breaks undid England Lions'". Sri Lanka Cricket. Retrieved 17 April 2023.
  24. ^ "Sri Lanka drop Dickwella, recall Embuldeniya for Ireland Tests". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 13 April 2023.
  25. ^ "Test cap for Dushan Hemantha against Ireland?". Print Edition - The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka. Retrieved 17 April 2023.
  26. ^ "Test minnows Ireland faces another trial by spin | Daily FT". www.ft.lk. Retrieved 21 May 2023.
  27. ^ "Leg-spinner Dushan Hemantha likely to make his debut in Second Test". Daily News. Retrieved 21 May 2023.
  28. ^ "Sri Lanka recall Dimuth Karunaratne for Afghanistan ODIs". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 30 May 2023.
  29. ^ "Rising pacer in line for ODI debut as Sri Lanka announce squad for Afghanistan series". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 30 May 2023.
  30. ^ "1st ODI, Hambantota, June 02, 2023, Afghanistan tour of Sri Lanka". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 June 2023.
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