7 Dasun Shanaka

Dasun Shanaka cricket player

A hard-hitting all-rounder, Dasun Shanaka is another product of the Sinhalese Sports Club, who can swing the ball and provide lower-order impetus. Dasun Shanaka is now the white ball captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team.

Dasun Shanaka’s Bio

Full Name Madagamagamage Dasun Shanak
Nick Name Dasun Shanaka
Place of Birth Negombo Sri-Lanka
Date of Birth 9-Sep-91
Age 31 Years 
Zodiac Sign Libra
Hometown Negombo Sri-Lanka
Religion Buddhism

Net worth

Salary $ 35k
Net Worth $1-$5 million

Physical Measurements

Height 1.83 m
Weight 76 Kg
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Chest Not Known
Biceps 13 Inches
Waist Not Known


In September 2020, Shanaka and Chevanthi, who have been together for almost three years, got married. The wedding took place at the Avanra Garden Hotel in Negombo.

Father Name Not Known
Mother Name Not Known
Marital Status Married
Wife Chianti Shanaka
Girlfriend None
Son None
Daughter None

Cricket Information

Batting Style Right-handed
Bowling Style Right arm medium
Role All-rounder
Shirt Number 7
Test Cap Number 134
ODI Cap 171
T20 Cap 58
Teams Rangpur Riders, Sri Lanka, Montreal Tigers, Dambulla Vikings, Sylhet Sixers, Delhi Bulls, etc.

Favorite Things

Color Red, Black, and White
Food Cold Coffee, Fruit Juice, Ice Cream & Simple Food
Actors Hemal Sachindra Ranasinghe, Sanjit De Silva, and Roshan Ranawana
Singers Ajith Kumara Siri, Priya Ragus, and Rolex Rasathy
Actress Jacqueline Fernandez, Pooja Umashankar
Destinations Colombo, Sigiriya, London & Dubai
Hobbies Movies and Shopping
Cricketers AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, & Chris Gayle
Bowler Wasim Akram and Dale Steyn
Cricket Ground Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
Commentators Sanjy Mangraker and Rameez Raja
Shot Flick Shot and Cover Drive


He has studied at the college level at St. Peters College-Negombo Maristella College.

Luxury House


Domestic Cricket

Dasun Shanaka is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer and the current captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team for the limited-overs format. In addition to being known as a pinch hitter, Shanaka generally plays as a batting all-rounder with some handy medium-fast bowling ability from his right arm.

During the tour of England in May 2016, Shanaka scored a century against Leicestershire County Cricket Club. As of March 2018, he was chosen to serve as the vice-captain of Galle’s squad for the 2017-18 Super Four Provincial Tournament.

The following month, he was appointed vice-captain of Galle’s squad for the 2018 Super Provincial One Day Tournament.

In June 2018, he was selected to play for the Montreal Tigers in the players’ draft for the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada tournament.

In August 2018, he was named to Kandy’s squad for the 2018 SLC T20 League. He scored 312 runs in six matches, including a century in Kandy’s final game.

Following the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League draft, he was named to the Chittagong Vikings team. In March 2019, he was named to Dambulla’s squad for the 2019 Super Provincial One Day Tournament.

The Cumilla Warriors selected him for the 2019–20 Bangladesh Premier League in November 2019.

The Dambulla Vikings drafted him for the inaugural Lanka Premier League in October 2020. He was named the SLC Greys team captain for the 2021 SLC Invitational T20 League. In the tournament, Shanaka scored the most runs, and he was named the player of the series.

A player’s draft for the 2021 Lanka Premier League selected him to play for the Dambulla Giants. As part of the Lanka Premier League’s third edition, he was signed by the Dambulla Giants in July 2022.


Dasun made his T20I debut against Pakistan in 2015 at R. Premadasa Stadium. He played for most of his career as lower order hard-hitting batsman. In the 64 innings of the 68 matches, he compiled 1015 runs at an average of 20.17 and a strike rate of 116.67. His highest score is 74.

He also has 18 wickets to his name in T20I cricket. He is the current captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team.


He debuted his ODI on Sri Lanka’s visit to Ireland in 2016. Until now, he has played 42 matches for his country, and in the 39 innings of those matches, he has scored 887 runs at an average of 24.64 with a reasonable strike rate of 94.56.

He has also managed to bag 14 wickets in ODI matches. He is the current captain of Sri Lanka’s ODI team.


His test debut came against England in 2016 at the Headingly. His test carrier is relatively short as he was given a chance to represent his nation on just six occasions, and on those occasions, he managed to score 140 runs at an average of 14.

He also has 13 wickets to his name in test match cricket. He is currently not part of the Sri Lankan test team.

Captaincy Career

In 2019 he was the first time named captain of the Sri Lankan T20I cricket team. As captain of Sri Lanka’s T20I squad in Pakistan, Shanaka led the team to a 64-run victory in the first T20I.

Shanaka led Sri Lanka to win all three T20I matches against Pakistan, Sri Lanka’s first T20I series whitewash, and Pakistan’s first whitewash loss. As a result, he became only the third captain to win the first three T20Is against Pakistan, along with MS Dhoni and Michael Clarke.

Shanaka was again named Sri Lanka’s T20I captain in February 2021 for their series against the West Indies. Due to visa issues, he did not make it to the T20I matches.

In June 2021, after Sri Lanka lost the series against England, Kusal Perera was removed as captain, and Shanaka was reappointed for the limited-overs series against India.

Under his captaincy, the ODI series was lost; However, Sri Lanka won the T20I series 2–1, recording its first bilateral T20I series victory against India. In his first ODI series as captain, Shanaka faced South Africa.

In the ODI series, Sri Lanka won 2–1, the first series win over South Africa in 8 years. In the same month, Shanaka was named Sri Lanka’s captain for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2021.

Shanaka scored his first century in an ODI match against Zimbabwe in January 2022. Despite his century, Sri Lanka lost the game by 22 runs. On 11 June 2022, Shanaka made a match-winning batting performance against Australia.

Sri Lanka needed 59 runs from the final three overs. Having scored six runs in 12 balls, Shanaka scored 48 off 13 deliveries, as Sri Lanka reached their target with one ball to spare. Despite this, Australia won the series 2–1.

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