Don Anurasiri

Sangarange Don Anurasiri (born 25 February 1966, Panadura) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer who played in 18 Tests and 45 ODIs from 1986 to 1998. He was a left-arm orthodox spinner who spent his career in and out of the national side. Post-retirement, he spent many years as a member of Sri Lanka's national cricket selection committee.[1]

Don Anurasiri
දොන් අනුරසිරි
Personal information
Full nameSangarange Don Anurasiri
BornFebruary 25, 1966 (1966-02-25) (age 55)
BattingRight-hand bat
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 34)14 March 1986 v Pakistan
Last Test14 January 1998 v Zimbabwe
ODI debut (cap 43)2 March 1986 v West Indies
Last ODI15 February 1994 v India
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI
Matches 18 45
Runs scored 91 62
Batting average 5.35 10.33
100s/50s -/- -/-
Top score 24 11
Balls bowled 3973 2100
Wickets 41 32
Bowling average 37.75 45.75
5 wickets in innings - -
10 wickets in match - n/a
Best bowling 4/71 3/40
Catches/stumpings 4/- 10/-
Source: [1], 9 February 2006

International careerEdit

He made his Test debut aged just 20 in a match against Pakistan at Colombo on 14 March 1986. He only bowled four overs in the Test as Sri Lanka caused an upset with an eight-wicket victory. He never took a five wicket haul in his 18 Tests but was often successful for Sri Lanka in containing batsman especially on unresponsive wickets. His best series came against the touring Australians in 1992-93 when he took 10 wickets.

After some conflict with the Sri Lankan Cricket Board in 1994 it seemed that his international career was over but he made a comeback in 1997-98 against Zimbabwe. He partnered Muttiah Muralitharan and took 3 for 65 and 1 for 41 in a winning cause. Three first class games later he ended his cricket career.


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