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Dasun Shanaka (Cricketer) Height, Age, Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 32 Years
Hometown: Negombo, Sri Lanka
Height: 6'

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Bio/Wiki
Real name/Full nameMadagamagamage Dasun Shanaka
Nickname(s)Shanaka
ProfessionCricketer (Batsman and Bowler)
Known forBeing the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 183 cm
in meters- 1.83 m
in feet & inches- 6’
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 80 kg
in pounds- 176 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)- Chest: 38 Inches
- Waist: 12 Inches
- Biceps: 32 Inches
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Cricket
International DebutODI- 16 June 2016 as Captain (Sri Lanka versus Ireland)
Test- 19 May 2016 as Captain (Sri Lanka versus England)
T20- 1 August 2015 as Captain (Sri Lanka versus Pakistan)
Jersey Number# 7 (Sri Lanka)
Domestic/State TeamSri Lanka (2015–present)
Coach/MentorChris Silverwood
Dasun Shanaka with Chris Silverwood
Batting StyleRight-handed
Bowling StyleRight-arm Medium
Favourite Shot16 sixes in an innings worth 123 from 46 balls in an AIA Premier T20 match against Saracens Sports Club
Records (main ones)• ODI: Outstanding bowling analyses in an innings (1/0) during Sri Lanka versus Scotland in Bulawayo on 27 June 2023
• ODI: Highest partnership for the ninth wicket (100*) during Sri Lanka versus India in Guwahati on 10 January 2023
• T20I: Most runs in an innings (by batting position) (74*) during Sri Lanka versus India in Dharamsala on 27 February 2022
• T20I: Most consecutive matches as captain of a team Sri Lanka (45*) on 25 July 2021
Domestic/State Team(s)2011–present: Sinhalese Sports Club
2016: Rangpur Riders
2017: Sylhet Sixers
2018: St Lucia Stars
2018–present: Chittagong Vikings
2019–2020: Cumilla Warriors
2020–present: Dambulla Aura
2023: Peshawar Zalmi
2023: Gujarat Titans
2023: Galle Titans
Career StatisticsTest Matches (till 2023)
He played 6 matches and scored 140 runs with batting average of 14.00. He scored one half-century. His top score was 66. He bowled 762 balls and took 13 wickets. His bowling average is 33.156. His best bowling score was 5/112 with 4 catches and zero stumpings.

One Day International (ODI) (till 2023)
He played 48 matches and scored 1,067 runs with batting average of 26.67. He scored three half-centuries and two centuries. His top score was 108. He bowled 570 balls and took 23 wickets. His bowling average is 38.20. His best bowling score was 5/43 with 9 catches and zero stumpings.

Twenty20 International (T20I) (till 2023)
He played 85 matches and scored 1,328 runs with batting average of 21.41. He scored five half-centuries. His top score was 74. He bowled 379 balls and took 23 wickets. His bowling average is 22.08. His best bowling score was 3/16 with 29 catches and zero stumpings.

First-class cricket (FC) (till 2023)
He played 65 matches and scored 3337 runs with batting average of 39.72. He scored nine half-centuries and 18 centuries. His top score was 130. He bowled 3,585 balls and took 64 wickets. His bowling average is 34.57. His best bowling score was 6/69 with 45 catches and zero stumpings.
Personal Life
Date of Birth9 September 1991 (Monday)
Age (as of 2023)32 Years
BirthplaceNegombo, Sri Lanka
Zodiac signVirgo
AutographAn autograph by Dasun Shanaka
NationalitySri Lankan
HometownNegombo, Sri Lanka
SchoolSt. Peter’s College, Catholic school in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Dasun Shanaka at St. Peter's College, Negombo
College/UniversityMaris Stella College, Negombo, Sri Lanka
Dasun Shanaka at Maris Stella College inter batch sports competition
Educational Qualification [1]ESPNGraduation at Maris Stella College, Negombo, Sri Lanka
HobbiesPlaying other sports and Listening to music
ControversyPenalised for Breaching the ICC Code of Conduct
Shanaka was found guilty of altering the ball's condition during the second Test match against India in 2017. The third umpire and the on-field umpires both saw the event on camera and reported it to match referee David Boon. Later, Shanaka was found guilty and sentenced to a 75% match fee fine and three demerit points. [2]Hindustan Times
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsChewanthi Perera
Marriage Date5 September 2020
Dasun Shanaka on his wedding day
Marriage PlaceAvanra Garden Hotel in Negombo
Family
Wife/SpouseChewanthi Perera (Fashion Designer)
Dasun Shanaka with his wife
ChildrenHe has no children.
ParentsNames Not Known
Dasun Shanaka with his parents and wife
SiblingsDasun Shanaka with his parents and brother
Favourites
CricketersBatsman- AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, and Chris Gayle
Bowler- Wasim Akram and Dale Steyn
Cricket GroundRangiri Dambulla International Stadium
Travel DestinationsColombo, Sigiriya, London, and Dubai
SingersAjith Kumara Siri, Priya Ragus, and Rolex Rasathy
Style Quotient
Cars CollectionHe owns a BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz
Dasun Shanaka posing in his car

Dasun Shanaka posing with his car

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Some Lesser Known Facts About Dasun Shanaka

  • Dasun Shanaka is a Sri Lankan cricketer. He is the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast bowler, who mainly plays as an all-rounder. He led the Twenty20 International (T20I) team in 2019 against Pakistan, leading Sri Lanka to a 3-0 series victory against Pakistan. Prior to his trip to the West Indies in February 2021, Lasith Malinga was officially replaced by Dasun Shanaka as Sri Lanka’s T20I captain.
  • Dasun Shanaka was selected to play for Sri Lanka in a series of Twenty20 international (T20I) matches against Pakistan in July 2015. He received his 58th T20I captaincy for Sri Lanka on 1 August 2015 when he made his T20I debut. On 19 May 2016, while on the same tour, he played his first Test match for Sri Lanka against England.

    Dasun Shanaka (batting) while playing a cricket match in 2015

    Dasun Shanaka (batting) while playing a cricket match in 2015

  • In a first-class match on the tour of England in May 2016, Dasun Shanaka struck a century against Leicestershire County Cricket Club. On 16 June 2016, he played in his first One Day International (ODI) match against Ireland. During this match, Shanaka scored 42 runs in 19 balls.

    Dasun Shanaka during a Cricket Test Match in 2016

    Dasun Shanaka during a Cricket Test Match in 2016

  • In September 2017, he was invited to participate in a single Sri Lanka T20 match against India. Shanaka was given out in the game without scoring any runs. He did not bowl during the match. India defeated its opponent by 8 wickets. He was appointed as the vice-captain of the Galle team for the 2017 – 18 Super Four Provincial Tournament in March 2018. He was also selected as Galle’s vice-captain for the 2018 Super Provincial One Day Tournament in the following month.
  • Dasun Shanaka was included in Kandy’s team for the 2018 SLC T20 League in August 2018. With 312 runs in six matches, including a century in Kandy’s championship match, he was the best run scorer for Kandy during the tournament.
  • He was one of 33 cricketers who received a national contract from Sri Lanka Cricket in May 2018 before the 2018 – 19 season.

    Dasun Shanaka while playing at R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in 2018

    Dasun Shanaka while playing at R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in 2018

  • Dasun Shanaka was included in Dambulla’s team for the 2019 Super Provincial One Day Tournament in March 2019. He was chosen in November 2019 to represent the Cumilla Warriors in the Bangladesh Premier League for the 2019 – 20 season.
  • He was chosen to lead the SLC Greys team in the 2021 SLC Invitational T20 League competition in August 2021. He was signed by the Dambulla Giants in July 2022 to play in the Third Lanka Premier League.
  • He is a fitness enthusiast. Dasun Shanaka works out regularly at the gym and often shares pictures of his workout sessions on social media.

    Dasun Shanaka posing at a gym

    Dasun Shanaka posing at a gym

  • Shanaka was selected to lead Sri Lanka’s T20I team for the series against Pakistan Cricket Team in Pakistan in September 2019. Sri Lanka won the first T20I under his captaincy by 64 runs. For the first time in six years, Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan in a 20-over match.
  • Dasun Shanaka was again selected as Sri Lanka’s T20I captain in February 2021 and played a series against the West Indies Cricket Team.
  • Shanaka was reappointed as captain for the T20I series against India after Kusal Perera was dismissed after Sri Lanka lost the series against England in June 2021.
  • Shanaka was chosen to lead Sri Lanka’s team at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2021.
  • Shanaka was selected as the ODI (one-day international) captain for Sri Lanka’s series against India in July 2021. Sri Lanka won six titles under Shanaka’s leadership, including the 2022 Asia Cup.
  • In his leisure time, Dasun Shanaka likes travelling to distant places. He loves listening to music.

    Dasun Shanaka on his holiday

    Dasun Shanaka on his holiday

  • Shanaka made 102 runs in the second ODI against Zimbabwe in January 2022 to reach his first century. Although he scored a century, Sri Lanka still lost the game by 22 runs. Shanaka played a game-winning inning against Australia on 11 June 2022. Shanaka led Sri Lanka in the UAE-hosted 2022 Asia Cup Twenty20 series in September 2022. Sri Lanka was defeated by Afghanistan in the opening game by a score of 8 wickets in the same month. However, in the following game against Bangladesh, Dasun Shanaka scored a 45-run match-winning inning, and Sri Lanka went on to win by one wicket and qualified for the Super 4 round.

    Dasun Shanaka while celebrating a victory

    Dasun Shanaka while celebrating a victory

  • Following two victories in a row, Sri Lanka defeated India by six wickets in a match-winning chase in September 2022. Thereafter, in a Super 4 game against Pakistan, Shanaka took the team’s initiative and helped it to a stunning victory with a fourth consecutive chase. In the same month, Dasun Shanaka chose to bat first in the championship after losing the toss. Sri Lanka scored 170 runs in total, which was credited to a winning partnership between Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Wanindu Hasaranga. Pakistan’s chase fell apart as they finished 23 runs short. Shanaka served as captain of the Sri Lanka Cricket Team and won the Asia Cup for the sixth time.

    Dasun Shanaka while posing with the trophies in September 2022 during the Cricket Championship League

    Dasun Shanaka while posing with the trophies in September 2022 during the Cricket Championship League

  • In September 2022, in a media interview, Shanaka talked about his temperament on the field. He said,

    As a captain, the best thing I can do is give a player the confidence to perform their skills. I also don’t get upset if they make a mistake. A lot of cricket is about emotions; if you can control your emotions, as a team you can go very far.”

    In the same conversation, he added that as a captain, he never put pressure on his teammates. He believed in the theory of being relaxed while playing. He added,

    I don’t like to put limits and pressure on players. If you put a limit on a player, you can’t get the best out of them on the field. It’s just as important to get them feeling good on the ground as well as off it. As a side, we’ve started to understand that. So the players were quite relaxed and the results followed from that.”

    The Sri Lankan Cricket Team with the Asia Cup in 2022

    The Sri Lankan Cricket Team with the Asia Cup in 2022

  • In a T20I match against India on 5 January 2023, Dasun achieved his fifth half-century. He smashed two boundaries and six sixes while scoring an unbeaten 56 runs in 22 balls. He added 206 runs to the total. Dasun Shanaka bowled the final over and took two wickets, giving Sri Lanka a 16-run victory. Dasun was named player of the match for his all-around performance.
  • Dasun Shanaka scored his second ODI century on 10 January 2023 against India in the first ODI match, which his team lost. He hit 12 boundaries and three sixes in his undefeated 108-run innings from 88 deliveries.

    Dasun Shanaka during the T20I against India in 2023

    Dasun Shanaka during the T20I against India in 2023

  • In an International League T20 matchup against the Mumbai Indians on 5 February 2023, Dasun Shanaka hit his 15th career half-century. He scored 58 runs off 36 balls. Additionally, he and Sikander Raza partnered for 122 runs, which helped Dubai Capitals win by 7 wickets. After the match, Dasun was awarded the player of the match.
  • Dasun Shanaka joined Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League in February 2023. He was acquired by Gujarat Titans in April 2023 to serve as Kane Williamson’s replacement in the 2023 Indian Premier League.

    Dasun Shanaka at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Mirpur in February 2023

    Dasun Shanaka at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Mirpur in February 2023

  • Dasun Shanaka’s wife is the founder of ChewLee designer wear, which is a clothing brand. They often shoot together to promote the brand on social media.

    Dasun Shanaka and his wife during a shoot for their clothing brand

    Dasun Shanaka and his wife during a shoot for their clothing brand

  • Dasun enjoys alcoholic beverages occasionally.

    Dasun Shanaka's while enjoying alcohol with his friends

    Dasun Shanaka’s while enjoying alcohol with his friends

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