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Sachitra shines for KKR

May 21, 2013

Siddarth Ravindran, in ESPNcricinfo

Sachitra celebrates a wicketSurprise package: At the time of the auction, Sachithra Senanayake was just another of the many spinners trying to establish themselves in the Sri Lankan side. It took virtually everyone by surprise when he was bought for a hefty $625,000 but he showed he was worth the money by emerging as Knight Riders’ second-best bowler, constantly tricking batsmen with his variations. He played only half the matches this season, as Narine had already cornered one overseas spot, and playing two specialist imported spinners would hamper a squad needing cover in several other departments.

senanayakeSenanayake Mudiyanselage Sachithra Madhushanka Senanayake

Born February 9, 1985, Colombo

Current age 28 years 101 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, Kolkata Knight Riders, Ruhuna, Sinhalese Sports Club, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka Board President’s XI

Playing role Allrounder

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Height 6 ft 0 in

Education Ananda College

 
 
Batting and fielding averages
  Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
ODIs 10 7 3 63 22* 15.75 70 90.00 0 0 6 1 2 0
T20Is 3 1 0 1 1 1.00 4 25.00 0 0 0 0 0 0
First-class 66 81 25 1186 89 21.17 2011 58.97 0 4 117 25 58 0
List A 89 52 17 632 51* 18.05 754 83.81 0 1 60 10 44 0
Twenty20 42 18 6 76 12* 6.33 92 82.60 0 0 4 1 12 0
Bowling averages
  Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
ODIs 10 9 474 388 10 2/26 2/26 38.80 4.91 47.4 0 0 0
T20Is 3 3 54 66 3 2/20 2/20 22.00 7.33 18.0 0 0 0
First-class 66 112 14492 6891 346 8/70 11/180 19.91 2.85 41.8 16 29 5
List A 89 86 4255 2763 141 5/23 5/23 19.59 3.89 30.1 5 3 0
Twenty20 42 42 924 950 56 4/26 4/26 16.96 6.16 16.5 1 0 0
Career statistics
ODI debut South Africa v Sri Lanka at Kimberley, Jan 20, 2012 scorecard
Last ODI Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Pallekele, Mar 28, 2013 scorecard
ODI statistics – Statsguru ODI analysis -Player analysis menu/filterODI match list———————————Batting career summaryBatting innings listHigh scoresBatting series averages———————————Bowling career summaryBowling innings listBest innings bowlingBowling series averages———————————Fielding career summaryFielding innings listMost catches in an inningsFielding series statistics
T20I debut Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Hambantota, Jun 1, 2012 scorecard
Last T20I Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Pallekele, Mar 31, 2013 scorecard
T20I statistics – Statsguru T20I analysis -Player analysis menu/filterT20I match list———————————Batting career summaryBatting innings listBatting series averages———————————Bowling career summaryBowling innings listBest innings bowlingBowling series averages———————————Fielding career summaryFielding innings listFielding series statistics
First-class debut Ragama Cricket Club v Sinhalese Sports Club at Katunayake, Dec 15-17, 2006 scorecard
Last First-class Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club v Sinhalese Sports Club at Kurunegala, Mar 15-17, 2013 scorecard
List A debut Sinhalese Sports Club v Colts Cricket Club at Colombo (SSC), Dec 20, 2006 scorecard
Last List A Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Pallekele, Mar 28, 2013 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Sinhalese Sports Club v Ragama Cricket Club at Colombo (CCC), Mar 1, 2007 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Kolkata Knight Riders v Pune Warriors at Ranchi, May 15, 2013 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
1/22, 2* KKR v Warriors Ranchi 15 May 2013 T20
1/18 KKR v RCB Ranchi 12 May 2013 T20
2/26 KKR v Royals Kolkata 3 May 2013 T20
0/29, 0* KKR v Kings XI Kolkata 26 Apr 2013 T20
1/50 KKR v Mum Indians Kolkata 24 Apr 2013 T20
7*, 1/18 KKR v Super Kings Kolkata 20 Apr 2013 T20
2/28, 1 KKR v Kings XI Mohali 16 Apr 2013 T20
1/18 KKR v Sunrisers Kolkata 14 Apr 2013 T20
1/29 Sri Lanka v Bangladesh Pallekele 31 Mar 2013 T20I # 312
0, 2/26 Sri Lanka v Bangladesh Pallekele 28 Mar 2013 ODI # 3352
Profile

Sachithra Senanayake is an offspinner who made his international debut for Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI in the series against South Africa in 2011-12. At the time of making his international debut, Senanayake had already taken 297 first-class wickets from 59 matches at a fantastic average of 20.50, and 107 List A wickets at an economy rate of 3.90. In the 2010-11 season, he was the fourth-highest wicket-taker in Tier A of the Premier League tournament, taking 45 wickets in eight matches at 15.17. He has also shown that he can handle the pressure of limited-over matches: in the 2011-12 Premier Limited-Over tournament, Sri Lanka’s main one-day competition, he was the highest wicket-taker with 16 in six games at 11.18.

Senanayake’s first foray into international cricket was short-lived though, and after several mediocre performances, he was released back into the domestic fold, where he continued to excel. He came back into international focus when he was bought for $650,000 by the Kolkata Knight Riders IPL franchise, largely owing to his reputation of possessing one of the best doosras in Sri Lanka.

A strong performance in the 2013 first class competition earned him a recall for the limited-overs leg of Bangladesh’s tour of Sri Lanka, and he did enough there to earn a Champions Trophy berth.
ESPNcricinfo staff

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