Dimuth Karunaratne, Sri Lanka batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Karunaratne's leadership and batting crucial to Sri Lanka's chances

Rex Clementine, May 08, 2019 19:04:41 IST

Dimuth Karunaratne made his ODI debut 18 months prior to his Test debut. Yet it was in Test cricket that he was prolific. His ODI appearances have been sporadic having last played in white ball cricket more than four years ago. It is his leadership skills that warranted him a place for the World Cup more than his batting.

File image of Dimuth Karunaratne. AFP

File image of Dimuth Karunaratne. AFP

Calm and assured, Karunaratne has a knack of getting the best out of his charges. Successful captains have trusted their instincts and this has stood the Sri Lankan skipper in good stead in his short stint so far. Forced to take over the Test team following the unceremonious sacking of Dinesh Chandimal after a series defeat in Australia, Karunaratne went onto achieve what no other Asian captain had ever achieved - win a Test series in South Africa.

He has been Sri Lanka’s most successful Test batsman since Kumar Sangakkara retired in 2015. His career-best 196 in the day-night Test against Pakistan in Dubai helped Sri Lanka win the series, ending Pakistan’s unbeaten run in the UAE that had stretched for seven years. But he missed out on a personal milestone by four runs, it has been his dream to score a Test double hundred.

A technically sound top-order batsman who drives well, Karunaratne’s talent was first spotted by Harsha De Silva, who has gone onto coach half a dozen current Sri Lankan cricketers at the school level. From the unfashionable Asoka Vidyalaya, Karunaratne earned a scholarship to the posh S. Joseph’s College in the heart of Colombo. He has not looked back since having gone onto represent Sri Lanka Under-19 where Angelo Mathews was his skipper.

Karunaratne broke into the senior side during Sri Lanka’s tour of England in 2011. He has set himself high standards and wants to score 30 Test hundreds before he retires.

Sri Lanka have been guilty of not utilizing their 50 overs in recent times. Karunaratne is expected to bat through the innings.

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Updated Date: May 08, 2019 19:26:57 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