Avishka Fernando, Sri Lanka batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Back-up opener can provide explosive starts if given a chance

Fernando will be the back-up opener in the World Cup. However, if given a chance, he will have the license to go after the bowling making most of the field restrictions during the PowerPlays.

Rex Clementine, May 09, 2019 13:48:46 IST

Like Romesh Kaluwitharana, hard-hitting opening batsman Avishka Fernando is a product of St Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa. Like Kalu, young Avishka has a reputation of putting the best of fast bowlers to the sword as he goes after the new ball.

File picture of Avishka Fernando. AFP

File picture of Avishka Fernando. AFP

One of the brightest young prospects in the country, Fernando made his international debut at 18 against Australia while still a schoolboy.

He was called up to the senior side after unprecedented success in England where Sri Lanka Under-19 whitewashed England Under-19. Fernando was the standout performer topping the run charts. His attitude and temperament impressed the team management.

Fernando went onto make his Sri Lanka debut even before he had chosen a club to play First Class cricket. Mitchell Starc dismissed him for a second ball duck on debut and he didn’t get a look in for the next three years. But he continued scoring big runs at lower levels.

He was picked for the tour of South Africa early this year, Sri Lanka’s last assignment before the World Cup and he replaced the experienced Upul Tharanga in the playing XI in the second ODI at Centurion. He played all seven remaining games and despite a top score of 29 has been picked for the World Cup as Sri Lanka’s selectors axed Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella.

Fernando will be the back-up opener in the World Cup. However, if given a chance, he will have the license to go after the bowling making most of the field restrictions during the Powerplays.

His selection is based on promise rather than performance after he scored loads of runs for Under-19 side. He is a handy medium pace bowler as well and conditions in England will be to his liking to support the captain with a few overs.

Updated Date: May 09, 2019 13:48:46 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254