Dushmantha Chameera

Dushmantha Chameera
Full name: Pathira Vasan Dushmantha Chameera
Born/Date of Birthday: 11 January 1992
Place of Birth: Ragama, Sri Lanka
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Batting: Right-handed
Bowling: Right-arm fast
Role: Bowler
International information
National side: Sri Lanka (2015–present)
Test debut (cap 129): 25 June 2015 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 162): 29 January 2015 v New Zealand
T20I debut (cap 59): 9 November 2015 v West Indies

Domestic team information
2012–present: Nondescripts Cricket Club
2020: Colombo Kings
2022: Lucknow Super Giants

Pathira Vasan Dushmantha Chameera (born 11 January 1992) is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer who plays for all three international formats for Sri Lanka, and plays domestically for Nondescripts Cricket Club. He made his international debut for Sri Lanka in January 2015.

Domestic and T20 franchise career
In March 2018, Chameera was named in Colombo's squad for the 2017–18 Super Four Provincial Tournament. The following month, he was also named in Colombo's squad for the 2018 Super Provincial One Day Tournament.

In August 2018, Chameera was named in Galle'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. In October 2020, he was drafted by the Colombo Kings for the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League. In January 2018, he was bought by the Rajasthan Royals in the 2018 IPL auction. However, he missed the first weeks of the tournament with a back injury.

In August 2021, Chameera was included in the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad for the second phase of the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE. In November 2021, he was selected to play for the Colombo Stars following the players' draft for the 2021 Lanka Premier League.

In February 2022, he was bought by the Lucknow Super Giants in the auction for the 2022 Indian Premier League tournament.

International career
A right-arm fast bowler, Chameera made his ODI debut for Sri Lanka against New Zealand on 29 January 2015. He took his first international wicket in his first over when he bowled Ross Taylor, and he also dismissed Grant Elliott, with Sri Lanka winning the match.

Chameera was selected to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, but did not take part in first few matches. He was picked for the squad against Sri Lanka's last pool A match against Scotland, where he took 3 wickets for 51 runs. Sri Lanka went on to win the match.

Chameera made his Test debut against Pakistan in June 2015. He received the 129th Test cap for Sri Lanka. He took his first Test wicket when he bowled Zulfiqar Babar for 5 runs. In the second innings of the same match, he guided Sri Lanka to the win by taking three wickets finishing with figures of 4/76 in 28.5 overs in both innings. He suffered a side-strain in the match and was ruled out of the third Test of the series. He made his Twenty20 International debut for Sri Lanka against the West Indies on 9 November 2015.

In May 2018, Chameera was one of 33 cricketers to be awarded a national contract by Sri Lanka Cricket ahead of the 2018–19 season. In May 2021, in the third match against Bangladesh, Chameera took his first five-wicket haul in an ODI match and he was also the man of the match in the same match. In the third ODI against South Africa on 7 September 2021, Chameera made an impressive match winning opening bowling performance. Finally, Sri Lanka won by 78 runs and Chameera adjudged man of the match as well. Later the same month, Chameera was named in Sri Lanka's squad for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup. His no-ball in a game against Australia in the T20 World Cup was described by the press as "a contender for one of the worst deliveries of all-time", "worst ball bowled", and "one of the filthiest balls you will ever witness".

Achievements
In the annual ICC Awards in January 2022, Chameera was included in ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year for the year 2021.


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