Dinesh Chandimal

Sri Lanka
Age
November 18, 1989 (32 years)
Role
Wicket Keeper
Birth Place
Balapitiya
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
Sri Lanka
Bowling Style
Off break

Dinesh Chandimal is a 31-year-old right-handed batsman and a wicket-keeper. He is also an occasional right-arm off break bowler who has played for and captained Sri Lanka in international cricket.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
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Bowling
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Team played

Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Board XI, Sri Lanka Army Sports Club, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Ruhuna, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lankan Invitation XI, Sri Lanka Schools, Rajasthan Royals, Wayamba, Sri Lanka Under-19, Wayamba United, Rest of Sri Lanka, Rest of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Cricket Board President XI, Uthura Yellows, Yaal Blazers, Colombo, Galle Guardians, Sri Lankans, Colombo District, Team Srilankan Cricket, Montreal Tigers, Team Sri Lanka

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
150
136
21
3707
111
32.23
5016
73.9
4
23
251
41
T20I
63
56
6
968
66*
19.36
918
105.45
0
6
83
21
Test
62
113
9
4158
164
40.37
8595
48.38
11
20
444
24
IPL
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
150
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
T20I
63
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
62
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

Test Career

Chandimal has scored 3877 runs in 57 Tests at 40.81. He has also taken 77 catches and effected 10 stumpings. He played his first Test against South Africa in Durban in December 2011. In that game, Sri Lanka batted first. Batting at number 7, Chandimal scored 58 and shared a partnership of 111 with Thilan Samaraweera to help Sri Lanka to a score of 338. In reply, South Africa were bowled out for 168. In their second knock, Sri Lanka made 279, setting the hosts a target of 450. This time around, Chandimal scored 54. Sri Lanka bowled out South Africa for 241 to register a 208-run victory. In the second Test of a series held in Colombo on Bangladesh’s tour of Sri Lanka, the visitors batted first and made 240. Sri Lanka’s reply was propelled largely by Chandimal’s second Test ton. Batting at number six, Dinesh scored 102 and shared a partnership of 195 with Sangakkara to help Sri Lanka to a score of 346 with a handy first-innings lead of 106. In their second innings, Bangladesh were restricted by the Sri Lanka bowlers to 265. Chasing 160 to win, Sri Lanka accomplished it with 7 wickets in hand. In December 2017, Chandimal achieved his highest score in Test cricket in Delhi in the third match of a series on Sri Lanka’s tour of India. In that game, India batted first and piled up a score of 536/7 declared. In reply, Sri Lanka began disastrously, losing the wickets of Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva cheaply to leave the Sri Lankan scorecard reading 14/2. Batting at number 5, Chandimal took guard at the wicket when the scoreboard read 75 for three with the departure of Dilruwan Perera. Then came a mammoth stand of 181 with Angelo Mathews followed by a 61-run partnership with Sadeera Samarawickrama. Chandimal was the last man out with the team total reading 373. India got a smaller lead than they had expected and, as a result, they needed an early declaration if they were to win. But that was not meant to be. India tried to play safe and when they declared the innings closed at 246/5, they had a lead of 409 but did they have enough time to bowl out Sri Lanka? Chandimal made 36 in the second knock and enjoyed a partnership of 112 with DM De Silva and when the match drew to a close on the fifth day, Sri Lanka were 299/5, only 110 runs away from the target, with five wickets in hand! Chandimal last appeared in a Test match against Zimbabwe in Harare in January 2020.

ODI Career

Chandimal has played 146 ODIs in which he has scored 3599 at 32.42. He has also had a hand in 59 catches and 7 stumpings. He played his first ODI against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in June 2010. On 5 June 2010, Sri Lanka clashed with India in Harare during the Zimbabwe Triangular Series. Batting first, India scored 268/9. Batting at number 3, Chandimal scored 111 off 118 balls with 6 fours and 5 sixes and shared partnerships of 52 with Upul Tharanga and 114 with Kapugedera. When Chandimal was finally out in the 41st over, the scoreboard read 215/4 and the asking rate had reduced to 5 an over, enabling Mendis and Samaraweera to see Sri Lanka safely through to a 6-wicket win with 10 balls to spare. Another memorable ton came at Lord’s on 3 July 2011, in the third match of a series on Sri Lanka’s tour of England. England batted first and scored 246/7. Sri Lanka lost Dilshan’s wicket early. When Chandimal took guard, the scoreboard read 21/1. He shared a 112-run partnership for the 2nd wicket with Mahela Jayawardene followed by a 61-run stand for the third wicket with Kumar Sangakkara. In the event, he saw Sri Lanka safely home with 6 wickets and 10 balls to spare. On 14 February 2012 in Adelaide, Sri Lanka clashed with India in the Commonwealth Bank Series. Sri Lanka batted first. Taking guard at the fall of Dilshan’s wicket with the scoreboard reading 28 for 2, Chandimal scored 81 off 91 balls with 6 fours and a six. He added 51 for the 3rd wicket with Kumar Sangakkara followed by a 94-run stand with Mahela Jayawardene for the 4th. After Dinesh had been out with the Sri Lankan scorecard reading 178 for 5, the innings fell apart and Sri Lanka finished with 236/9, far fewer runs than had seemed possible with Chandimal at the crease. As events transpired, the Sri Lanka bowlers struck back and India finished at an identical score of 236/9 – a tie! 10 days later, Sri Lanka played against Australia in Hobart. The hosts batted first and scored 280/6. Batting at number 4, in Sri Lanka’s reply, Chandimal scored 80 off 100 balls with 7 fours and shared successive partnerships of 63 runs for the 3rd wicket with Mahela Jayawardena, 49 for the 4th wicket with Lahiru Thirimanne and 41 runs for the 5th wicket with Angelo Mathews to help Sri Lanka scale the target in 49.2 balls with 3 wickets to spare. Chandimal’s last appearance in an ODI was against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui in January 2019.

T20I Career

Dinesh has scored 800 runs in 54 T20I games at 18.60. He played his first T20I match against New Zealand in Providence on 30 April 2010. Chandimal scored 29 in the match that New Zealand eventually won by 2 wickets. On 9 November 2015, in the first game of a series held in Pallekele on the West Indies tour of Sri Lanka, the hosts batted first and scored 215/3. Batting at number 4, Chandimal scored an unbeaten 40 off 19 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes. After coming to the crease with the Sri Lankan scorecard reading 101/2, Dinesh shared a third-wicket stand of 54 with Shehan Jayasuriya and an unbroken 60-run stand with AD Mathews to help propel Sri Lanka to a formidable score of 215/3. When the West Indies batted, they were bowled out for 185 in 19.5 overs to give Sri Lanka a 30-run victory. In the second match of the Asia Cup on 25 February 2016, Sri Lanka batted first. Chandimal opened the innings with Dilshan, and the pair began with a 1st-wicket stand of 68 when Dilshan was out. Chandimal continued to flay the UAE bowling and when he was third out with the scoreboard reading 89 for 3 in the 14th over, Dinesh had made 50 runs off 39 balls with 7 fours and a six. Building on the platform Chandimal had set up, the remaining batsmen took the score to 129/8 before the UAE were restricted by Sri Lanka to 115/9, handing Sri Lanka a 14-run victory. In the penultimate T20I played by him, Chandimal stood tall as wickets were falling around him. Batting first in the only T20 on their tour of Sri Lanka that year on 14 August 2018, South Africa were bowled out for 98 on a bowler-friendly wicket. Replying, the hosts lost two quick wickets and it was left to Chandimal to repair the damage with a 3rd-wicket stand of 53 in the company of Dhananjaya de Silva. After De Silva had departed to make it 59 for 3, runs became hard to get. Chandimal remained not out and helped Sri Lanka past the line with a fighting innings of 36 runs off 33 balls with 3 fours and a six. Chandimal last appeared in a T20I against England in Colombo in October 2018.

Captaincy

Chandimal was appointed captain of the Sri Lanka ODI team in July 2013 which made him the youngest man to skipper the side. The same year, Chandimal became captain of the Sri Lanka T20I squad. Chandimal gave up captaincy during the World T20 in 2014. After that, he was handed the captaincy off and on in the absence of the permanent captain. In July 2017, Mathews stepped down and the Sri Lanka selectors once again turned to Chandimal to ask him to become the permanent captain of the Sri Lanka Test team. He was handed the captaincy of the limited overs cricket teams as well after Mathews had been sacked following the team’s poor performance in the 2018 Asia Cup. However, because of a slump in form during the tours of New Zealand and Australia that year, Chandimal fell out of favour and was dropped from the squad and effectively stripped of captaincy.

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