Dhananjaya de Silva, Sri Lanka batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Dhananjaya's multiple skills make him a vital cog for Sri Lanka

When in full flow, Dhananjaya de Silva looks the right-handed version of David Gower.

Rex Clementine, May 08, 2019 20:39:28 IST

When in full flow, Dhananjaya de Silva looks the right-handed version of David Gower.

Known for his mischief as a kid, Dhananjaya’s parents had to shift him to four different schools as he was constantly in trouble with peers and school authorities. His father was a politician and was brutally assassinated on the eve of Sri Lanka’s tour to West Indies in 2018 forcing Dhananjaya to miss the first half of the tour.

File picture of Dhananjaya de Silva. Reuters

File picture of Dhananjaya de Silva. Reuters

Initially supposed to be Kumar Sangakkara’s successor at number three, Dhananjaya has batted everywhere from opening the innings to number seven. He is vulnerable earlier on in the innings but if he gets through the initial stages, he bats serenely. The selectors have now settled with him at number six.

Hailed as one of the brightest young prospects at Under-19 level, Dhananjaya debuted for Sri Lanka aged 24. After producing a hundred in his debut series against Australia in 2016, Dhananjaya went through a slump in form and was axed from the side.

His comeback was in Delhi where he batted superbly to earn Sri Lanka a famous draw. On a fifth day wicket, he overcame both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to cement his place in the side.

His numbers in Tests at the moment are better than his white ball statistics but his attacking instincts are ideally suited for shorter formats of the game.

Although a part-time spinner, his exploits in South Africa earlier this year, made the selectors announce him as the team’s leading spinner for the World Cup ahead of many other established spin bowlers. However, he has problems with overstepping and has been denied several international wickets for the front foot no ball. He is also an excellent fielder in the cover region.

Dhananjaya will be Sri Lanka's lead spinner during the World Cup.

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Updated Date: May 08, 2019 20:39:28 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