Dasun Shanaka can be main the Sri Lanka cricket group within the upcoming 2022 Asia Cup, UAE. They have been positioned in Group B, which additionally embrace Bangladesh and Afghanistan. He has spent the final 5 years taking part in an essential function within the Sri Lankan arrange. Thus, the all-rounder’s efficiency can be essential to the island nation’s possibilities of making it to the semifinals or successful the competitors.
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Who is Dasun Shanaka?
Professional cricketer Dasun Shanaka represents Sri Lanka on the worldwide stage and at the moment serves because the captain of its ODI and T20 setup. He sometimes performs as an all-rounder and is a right-handed batter and right-arm medium fast bowler.
Shanaka was born on September 9, 1991 in Negombo, Sri Lanka. He was first chosen to play for Sri Lanka in a sequence of Twenty20 worldwide (T20I) matches in opposition to Pakistan in July 2015. On May 19, 2016, whereas on the identical tour, he performed his first Test match for Sri Lanka in opposition to England. He was Sri Lanka’s 134th Test participant.
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On June 16, 2016, he performed in his first One Day International (ODI) match in opposition to Ireland. In 19 balls, Shanaka scored 42 runs. He additionally bowled and picked up 5 wickets for 42 runs. He turned the twelfth participant and third Sri Lankan to start out an ODI with 5 wickets. In addition, he acquired the Man of the Series award for his first ODI sequence. He was one among 33 cricketers who acquired a nationwide contract from Sri Lanka Cricket in May 2018 in preparation for the 2018–19 season.
Shanaka was chosen to guide Sri Lanka’s T20I group for the sequence in opposition to Pakistan in Pakistan in September 2019. Sri Lanka gained the primary T20I he captained by 64 runs. For the primary time in six years, Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan in a 20-over match. Shanaka helped Sri Lanka defeat Pakistan in all three Twenty20 internationals; it was Pakistan’s first whitewash loss and Sri Lanka’s first T20I sequence sweep. Along with MS Dhoni and Michael Clarke, he was the third captain in historical past to guide his group to a 3-0 T20I victory over Pakistan.
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Shanaka was reappointed as captain for the restricted overs sequence in opposition to India after Kusal Perera was fired after Sri Lanka misplaced the sequence in opposition to England in June 2021. The ODI sequence below his captaincy was misplaced 2-1. However, Sri Lanka defeated India 2-1 within the T20I sequence to win the primary bilateral T20I sequence.
Shanaka was once more the captain of the ODI facet previous to Sri Lanka’s restricted overs sequence in opposition to South Africa in September. Sri Lanka went on to win the ODI sequence 2-1, marking their first sequence victory over South Africa in eight years. Shanaka made 102 runs within the second ODI in opposition to Zimbabwe in January 2022 to register his first century within the format.
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Prior to their journey to the West Indies in February 2021, Lasith Malinga was formally changed by Shanaka as Sri Lanka’s T20I captain. Shanaka was additionally chosen because the ODI captain for Sri Lanka’s sequence in opposition to India in July 2021.