Mushfiqur Rahim Profile | Career Info, Records Biography
Dickwella Patabendige Dilantha Niroshan Dickwella, popularly known as Niroshan Dickwella (Sinhala: නිරෝෂන් දික්වැල්ල) (born 23 June 1993) is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer, who plays all formats of the game for Sri Lanka. A left-hand batsman, he also plays as a wicket-keeper of the team. Dickwella is known for hitting left hand Dilscoops. In November 2017, he was named the emerging cricketer of the year for the 2016–17 season at Sri Lanka Cricket's annual awards. He is a past student of Trinity College, Kandy.
Domestic and T20 franchise career
In March 2018, he was named as the vice-captain of Kandy's squad for the 2017–18 Super Four Provincial Tournament. He was the leading run-scorer for Kandy during the tournament, with 315 runs in three matches. The following month, he was also named as the vice-captain of Kandy's squad for the 2018 Super Provincial One Day Tournament.
He made his Test cricket debut for Sri Lanka against South Africa in July 2014. He made his One Day International debut for Sri Lanka against India on 16 November 2014. He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut for Sri Lanka against India on 9 February 2016.
Dickwella was called up for the South African limited over tour after fine performances in domestic tournaments. He was included in the T20I side as the opening batsman and scored quick innings in all three matches. He scored his maiden T20I fifty as a match-winning knock in the third match, which ensured the first series win against South Africa on their home soil in any format. Dickwella was adjudged both man of the match and player of the series for his match-winning batting performances.
After the ban, he looked forward to coming back to the squad for second ODI against Bangladesh in late March 2017. However, he was ruled out of the series due to hairline fracture in his left hand.
He scored his first ODI century on 6 July 2017 against Zimbabwe at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium. Along with Danushka Gunathilaka, they made a 229-run partnership for the first wicket, where Gunathilaka also scored his first ODI century. Sri Lanka chased 310 to win the match, which was the first 300-plus chase by Sri Lanka on home soil. In the fourth ODI against Zimbabwe, he and Danushka Gunathilaka set the record for becoming the first pair of batsmen to score two successive 200-plus partnerships in ODIs.
During the fourth ODI against South Africa, Dickwella had a verbal encounter with Kagiso Rabada and was fined, along with gaining three demerit points. However, Dickwella was later suspended for two limited over matches, after a Code of Conduct breach during the second T20I against Australia at Kardinia Park. He was fined with 30% of his match fees and was given two more demerit points.
- Dialog SLC Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2016-17.
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- "SLC T20 League 2018 squads finalized". The Papare. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
- "Squads, Fixtures announced for SLC Provincial 50 Overs Tournament". The Papare. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- "Global T20 draft streamed live". Canada Cricket Online. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
- "South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2nd Test: Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (SSC), Jul 24-28 2014". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
- "Sri Lanka tour of India, 5th ODI: India v Sri Lanka at Ranchi, Nov 16, 2014". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
- "Sri Lanka tour of India and Bangladesh, 1st T20I: India v Sri Lanka at Pune, Feb 9, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
- "Malinga steps down as captain, Mathews to lead in World T20". Retrieved 8 March 2016.
- "Prasanna hauls Sri Lanka to series victory". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
- "Prasanna and Dickwella haul Sri Lanka to series victory". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
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- "Dickwella out of series with hairline fracture". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
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- "Calm Ervine helps Zimbabwe draw level". Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
- "Sri Lanka assign 33 national contracts with pay hike". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
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- "Dickwella suspended over showing dissent". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
- "Herath and Gunaratne triumph Dialog Cricket Awards 2017". The Papare. 1 November 2017.