Akila Dananjaya Biography and Career
A professional cricketer from Sri Lanka named Akila Dananjaya competes for the squad in all formats of the game. In a match against the West Indies in March 2021, Kieron Pollard hit him for a maximum of six sixes in an over, becoming him the first bowler to record both feats. In this article we are going to talk about the biography, career, notable works, game and family of Akila Dananjaya so read the article till the end.
When Akila Dananjaya was chosen for the preliminary 2012 T20 World Cup roster despite never having participated in a professional match, it caused criticism.
He had impressed Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene during a practice session with his impressive control of the legbreak, googly, carrom ball, doosra, and stock offspinner. Jayawardene then asked that he be fast-tracked to the national selection.
Akila Dananjaya is an international cricketer and he played so many games for country, state and clubs this biography article is incomplete without talking about his career. So here you will gain info about his achievements and life story.
Dananjaya participated in three World Cup games, including the championship match, but after Jayawardene resigned as captain, Dananjaya lost favor with the selection committee.
After making a comeback in 2017, he scored six runs against India in an ODI, and another six against South Africa the following year. He successfully transitioned into Test cricket in the interim, amassing four five-wicket hauls in his first six Tests.
Dananjaya received a 12-month suspension from bowling in international cricket in September 2019 due to an illegal bowling action. In a T20I in Antigua in March 2021, he took a hat-trick in one over before being carried for six sixes by Kieron Pollard. His return was sensational.
Short biography of Akila Dananjaya
Dananjaya, a student at the Moratuwa Maha Vidyalaya Panadura Mahanama Navodya Vidyalaya in Panadura.
On August 22, 2017, just two days before being recalled to the ODI team for the second ODI against India, he married his longtime partner Nethalie Tekshini. Two spinners, Rangana Herath and Ajantha Mendis, signed as witnesses at the marriage ceremony, which took place at the Ramadia Ran Mal Holiday Resort in Moratuwa.
Dananjaya was purchased by the Mumbai Indians at the 2018 IPL auction in January after being sold to the Chennai Super Kings for his basic price of $20,000 in the 2013 IPL auctions.
Ban and Comeback
Due to his actions being ruled illegal, he was barred from bowling in international competitions in December 2018. Even though Sri Lanka Cricket permitted him to bowl in domestic cricket matches with cameras positioned all around to record his performance.
In 2019, he went to Chennai to reassess his bowling action. The reassessment took place at the Center for Sports Science of the Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research in Chennai. He was cleared by the ICC to play international cricket. He was included in the South African ODI series after clearance.
Teams Akila Dananjaya played for:
Chennai Super Kings
Sri Lanka Under-23s
St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
Random biography facts about Akila Dananjaya
His Instagram handle is akila04dananjaya and has over 60k followers.
He is the son of a Moratuwa carpenter.
His bowling style is Right-arm Offbreak, and Legbreak, and is an all-rounder.
He is a left hand bater.
During the West Indies tour of Sri Lanka in 2021, he becomes the only Sri Lankan cricketer to concede 36 runs in an over of an international match after Pollard hit six sixes in his over.
The interesting fact is that it was the next over after he took Hat-trick in the last over in the same match.
We hope this biography article of Akila Dananjaya will be helpful for you to understand his journey and works.
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