Hettige Don Rumesh Lahiru Thirimanne, known as Lahiru Thirimanne (Sinhala: ළහිරු තිරිමාන්න; born 9 August 1989) is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer, and a former ODI captain. He is a left-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler, and also acted as the vice-captain of the Sri Lanka One Day International team, when he was dropped from the team after poor performances. He was recalled in 2018 for the national team.
|Full name||Hettige Don Rumesh Lahiru Thirimanne|
|Born||9 August 1989|
Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Relations||Thulanidu Thirimanne (brother)|
|Test debut (cap 116)||16 June 2011 v Pakistan|
|Last Test||21 February 2019 v South Africa|
|ODI debut (cap 143)||5 January 2010 v India|
|Last ODI||6 July 2019 v India|
|ODI shirt no.||66|
|T20I debut (cap 44)||1 June 2012 v Pakistan|
|Last T20I||28 March 2016 v South Africa|
|Domestic team information|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 6 July 2019
|Representing Sri Lanka|
Thirimanne began his cricketing career at S.Thomas' College, Bandarawela and played Under 11 cricket and his first coach was Sujeewa Gunarathne. He studied at S.Thomas' College Bandarawela initially as his father, who was employed at the Survey Department was transferred. After passing the grade 5 scholarship exam Lahiru joined Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa and played in the Under 13,15,17 and 19 team.
In March 2018, he was named in Colombo's squad for the 2017–18 Super Four Provincial Tournament. He was the leading run-scorer for Colombo during the tournament, with 198 runs in three matches.
The following month, he was also named in Colombo's squad for the 2018 Super Provincial One Day Tournament. In August 2018, he was named in Kandy's squad the 2018 SLC T20 League. In March 2019, he was named in Galle's squad for the 2019 Super Provincial One Day Tournament.
He made his One Day International (ODI) debut in early 2010. He made his Test debut against England at the Rose Bowl in June 2011, coming into the side for the injured Tillakaratne Dilshan. In his first Test innings, he was dismissed for 10 runs caught behind off the bowling of James Anderson.
During the 2014 Asia Cup in Bangladesh, he opened the batting with Kusal Perera, due to injury of Tillakaratne Dilshan, who was not included to the series. He scored two magnificent hundreds against Pakistan, where he finally ended up being the highest run scorer in the tournament with 2 centuries with the average of 55.80. Eventually, Sri Lanka became champions for the fifth time in Asia Cup history. Thirimanne was adjudged man of the match of final and also player of the series.
On 23 January 2015, during the fifth ODI against New Zealand, he captained the Sri Lanka, due to slight injury of captain Angelo Mathews. However, his first match as a captain did not underway well, as they lost the match by 108 runs. He also took 2 wickets at that match, and scored 45 runs as an opener. He also captained the 6th and 7th ODIs of the series, where 6th ODI ended with a huge defeat, and 7th ODI was comfortably won under his captaincy. However, Sri Lanka lost the series to 4–2 finally.
During the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, Thirimanne started to open the batting with Tillakaratne Dilshan. Before the tournament, Sri Lankan opening pair was struggeled to pick up, but finally it was sealed between Thirimanne and Dilshan. On 1 March 2015, he scored his 4th ODI century against England, where Sri Lanka chasing 309 runs. He added 212* runs for the second wicket partnership with Kumar Sangakkara to win the match.This remains the highest 2nd wicket partnership for Sri Lanka in ODI cricket(212*) He was unbeaten 139 in the match.
Thirimanne did not included in any of the international squad since January 2016 due to very poor performances in both domestic and international arena. In July 2017, he was included to the practice match against India and scored 56 runs. However, the score did not effect for the inclusion to test series. With many injury concerns within the named squad for Sri Lanka, Thirimanne was recalled into the second Test at SSC, although he did not feature in the first XI.
Thirimanne was also not initially selected for the limited over series against India, but after the injury to Danushka Gunathilaka, and suspension to Upul Tharanga, Thirimanne along with Dinesh Chandimal were brought into the ODI side. He played in the third ODI and scored 80 runs, which was the highest scored for Sri Lanka in the match. However, Sri Lanka lost the match and also lost the eighth consecutive ODI series to India.
In April 2019, he was named in Sri Lanka's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. On 4 June 2019, in Sri Lanka's match against Afghanistan, Thirimanne scored his 3,000th run in ODI cricket.
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