Dasun Shanaka is a Sri Lankan professional cricketer and captain of the national ODI and T20I teams. He was born on 9 September 1991 in Negombo, Sri Lanka. The batting all-rounder made his T20I debut on 1 August 2015 versus Pakistan. He made his Test debut in May 2016 against England. One month later, he played a memorable maiden ODI against Ireland. He took 5 wickets and made a quickfire 42 runs. A product of the Sinhalese Sports Club, he has also played cricket in Canada, the Caribbean, and Bangladesh. His favorite cricketers are Sachin Tendulkar and Lasith Malinga.
He was first made captain in September 2019 in a T20I series against Pakistan. He created a bit of history as his side whitewashed the then World no.1 side in their own backyard. Since the retirement of Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lanka has not found a set skipper. It will be interesting to see how Shanka leads the side against Shikhar Dhawan-led India.
Shanaka is an explosive middle-order batsman. He usually comes in to bat at no.6 or no.7. Due to this fact and his role in the side, he has been a little inconsistent. He has therefore been in and out of the side over the years. The 6-foot-tall player is also good with the ball in hand. He bowls right-arm medium-fast.
Shanka wears #7 for Sri Lanka as well as his domestic teams.
Shanka his girlfriend Chevanthi in September 2020. They were together for three years.
21 April 2021 was a black day for Sri Lankan natives as a local militant group targeted and bombed several cities. Shanaka’s family came under fire too, and he dropped the following tweet:
Shanaka has 58k followers on the social media platform.