Dilshan Madushanka is a Sri Lankan cricketer, who plays as a bowler for the Sri Lankan National Cricket team. During the 2023 Cricket World Cup, Dilshan Madushanka claimed his maiden five-wicket haul for Sri Lanka in a match against India, becoming the fourth Sri Lankan cricketer to record a fifer in the tournament.
Dilshan Madushanka, also known as Lokumarakkalage Dilshan Madushanka, was born on Monday, 18 September 2000 (age 23 years; as of 2023) in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. His zodiac sign is Virgo.
He studied up to class 11 at Hungama Vijayaba Central College, Hungama. He developed an interest in cricket while he was studying in school. In an interview, while talking about it, Dilshan said,
My first encounter with cricket was when I saw a set of seniors playing cricket in the school grounds. Our school organized a big match about 4 or 5 years ago and it’s after watching that game that I wanted to play cricket.”
Soon, he joined his school’s cricket team. However, his school participated in only junior-level tournaments as cricket was an unaffordable luxury for the school kids. His school neither had a first-XI team nor it could afford a two-day cricket game. In an interview, while talking about it, Dilshan said,
Even to travel for matches, the kids had to pool in money. We didn’t get new balls for practices, we used the used match-balls. The entire school had about 3 pairs of pads and 3 or 4 bats, that’s what everyone used.”
Dilshan captained his school cricket team at the Under-15 level and later stopped playing for his school. He then started playing softball cricket and soon, caught the attention of the mainstream softball cricket teams in his area with his pace bowling. Meanwhile, he also played cricket for the district team. He attended various coaching camps organised by Mr Karunaratne which later helped him secure a place in the provincial team.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Dilshan Madushanka’s father, Sujith Krishantha, is a fisherman. His mother, K. G. Nilanthi, is a homemaker. He has two brothers. His elder brother, Sudesh Nirmal, is a cricketer who plays with the softball. His younger brother, Nipun, is a student.
He is unmarried.
He is rumoured to be in a relationship with a girl named Nimasha Nanayakkara.
He follows Buddhism.
Dilshan Madushanka made his first-class debut for Colts Cricket Club against Negombo on 13 March 2020 in the 2019–20 Premier League Tournament.
On 8 June 2022, Dilshan made his List A debut for Sri Lanka A against Australia A during Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka.
In October 2020, Dambulla Viiking signed Dilshan for the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League. On 9 December 2020, he made his T20 debut for Dambulla Viiking in the 2020 Lanka Premier League.
In August 2021, he was included in the SLC Blues team for the 2021 SLC Invitational T20 League tournament. In November 2021, Dilshan was signed by the Galle Gladiators team for the 2021 Lanka Premier League. In July 2022, Dilshan was bought by the Jaffna Kings for the third edition of the Lanka Premier League. Dilshan was picked up by Jaffna Kings for US $ 92,000 during the 2023 Lanka Premier League auctions, making him the most expensive player of the tournament. He has also played for Durban’s Super Giants.
Dilshan Madushanka was named in Sri Lanka’s squad for the 2020 Under-19 World Cup in January 2020. In the tournament, during Sri Lanka’s plate quarter-final match against Nigeria on 27 January 2020, Dilshan took a five-wicket haul.
Dilshan was named in Sri Lanka’s Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for the 2022 Asia Cup in August 2022. On 27 August 2022, he made his T20 International debut for Sri Lanka against Afghanistan. In September 2022, during Sri Lanka’s Asia Cup match against India, Dilshan claimed the wickets of Virat Kohli and Deepak Hooda and made a promising start to his international career.
One Day International
Dilshan Madushanka was included in the Sri Lankan One Day International squad in February 2021 for their series against West Indies. On 10 January 2023, he made his One Day International (ODI) debut for Sri Lanka against India at Guwahati. In the match, he took his maiden ODI wicket of Rohit Sharma.
In 2023, his contribution to the Sri Lankan team during the ICC World Cup Qualifiers helped the team to qualify for the 2023 ODI World Cup. He claimed 3 wickets each against Zimbabwe and Netherlands during the qualifier matches. On 2 November 2023, during a World Cup match between Sri Lanka and India, Dilshan claimed his maiden five-wicket haul for Sri Lanka in a match against India. He became the fourth Sri Lankan cricketer after Ashantha de Mel, Chaminda Vaas, and Lasith Malinga to record a fifer in the tournament.
Dilshan played his debut Test match for Sri Lanka against Pakistan at Colombo (SSC) on 24 July 2023. Before making his debut, he was included in the Sri Lankan Test squad five times- in December 2020 for Sri Lanka’s series against South Africa, in April 2021, for Sri Lanka’s series against Bangladesh, in April 2022, for Sri Lanka’s series against Bangladesh, in June 2022, for Sri Lanka’s home series against Australia, and in July 2022, for Sri Lanka’s home series against Pakistan.
- Dilshan’s batting style is right-hand-bat and bowling style is left-arm fast bowling.
- Dilshan’s jersey number for Sri Lanka is 98.
- As a child, Dilshan desired to join the Sri Lankan army.
- In an interview, Dilshan disclosed that initially, his father was against Dilshan’s decision to choose cricket as his career. He said,
My father didn’t like me playing cricket. He used to blame cricket for my bad academic results. He didn’t like the sport and didn’t even watch a game on the television. I used to sneak out for matches with the help of my mother. But now he watches a lot of cricket on television and comes to the ground to see me play if the games are at Sooriyawewa.”
- Apparently, when Dilshan was chosen to play cricket for the Under-19 Sri Lankan team, he didn’t own any cricket equipment. He didn’t even have a pair of good boots. Initially, he decided to drop out of the sport. However, his admirers lent him constant support, which helped him to establish his career as a cricketer.
- Initially, he played cricket by wearing a borrowed pair of shoes.
- His first cricket coach was Hashan P. Baduge.
- Interestingly, Dilshan claimed six wickets after giving 21 runs in his debut Under-17 school match for Hungama Vijayaba Central College against Sumangala College.