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Dilshan Munaweera

Eldenia Medagedara Dilshan yasika Munaweera, commonly known as Dilshan Munaweera (Sinhala: ඩිල්ශාන් මුණවීර; born 24 April 1989 in Colombo), is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer, who plays limited over formats for the national side. He is a member of 2012 ICC World Twenty20 for Sri Lanka,[1]He is a right-handed batsman, who can hit very hard and a handy [off break]] bowler.[2]

Early and domestic career

Coming from a cricketing background Munaweera is the son of former first class cricketer Sudath Munaweera and Manjula Munaweera also played women's cricket. Munaweera got married in 2016 to Sanjeewani Palihakkara who is a fashion designer.[3]

He was educated at Nalanda College Colombo and played cricket for the college first XI team from 2006 to 2008.[4]

In April 2018, he was named in Colombo's squad for the 2018 Super Provincial One Day Tournament.[5]

International career

Munaweera has played first-class cricket for Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club. He has also played four Twenty20 Internationals for Sri Lanka.[6][7]

He represented Sri Lanka at the 2008 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup and at the 2010 Asian Games.

Munaweera was picked up for the 3-T20Is against Australia in 2017 as a senior batsman, where many senior players were ruled out due to injuries. In his comeback match on 17 February 2017, Munaweera scored 29-ball 44 runs to provide a fast start to the chase. Sri Lanka finally won the match by 5 wickets.[8] In August 2017, he was added to Sri Lanka's One Day International (ODI) squad ahead of the fourth match against India.[9] He made his ODI debut on 31 August 2017 against India. He only scored 11 runs and Sri Lanka lost the match by 168 runs.[10]

In May 2018, he was one of 33 cricketers to be awarded a national contract by Sri Lanka Cricket ahead of the 2018–19 season.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Munaweera and Danajaya in World T-20 squad New selection formula introduced!". The Island. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Saracens fall to first defeat". Mirror Sports. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Dilshan Munaweera gets married". Island Cricket. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  4. ^ "79th Battle of the Maroons". School Cricket Ananda-Nalanda Battle. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  5. ^ "SLC Super Provincial 50 over tournament squads and fixtures". The Papare. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Dilshan Munaweera has lot to prove". The Island. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Brief interview with Dilshan Munaweera about T20 WC selection". Cric Turf. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Sri Lanka tour of Australia, 1st T20I: Australia v Sri Lanka at Melbourne, Feb 17, 2017". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Series lost, Sri Lanka chase assured World-Cup spot". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  10. ^ "4th ODI (D/N), India tour of Sri Lanka at Colombo, Aug 31 2017". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Sri Lanka assign 33 national contracts with pay hike". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Sri Lankan players to receive pay hike". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 May 2018.

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28 September 2019