Kithuruwan Vithanage

Kasun Disi Kithuruwan Vithanage (Sinhala: කිතුරුවන් විතානගේ) (born February 1991 in Colombo), or commonly Kithuruwan Vithanage, is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer who plays for all forms of the game in international level.[1] He is a Left-hand batsman and legbreak bowler.[2]

Kithuruwan Vithanage
කිතුරුවන් විතානගේ
Personal information
Full nameKasun Disi Kithuruwan Vithanage
Born (1991-02-23) 23 February 1991 (age 29)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
BattingLeft-handed
BowlingLegbreak
RoleBatsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 124)8 March 2013 v Bangladesh
Last Test10 December 2015 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 158)25 December 2013 v Pakistan
Last ODI27 December 2013 v Pakistan
T20I debut (cap 51)20 May 2014 v England
Last T20I10 January 2016 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2010–2011Colombo Cricket Club
2013–presentBasnahira
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 9 6 54 46
Runs scored 361 75 3,704 730
Batting average 30.08 15.00 45.72 17.80
100s/50s 1/1 0/0 11/15 0/3
Top score 103* 27 351 56
Balls bowled 174 12 546 12
Wickets 1 0 4 0
Bowling average 133.00 106.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 2/24
Catches/stumpings 8/– 2/– 37/– 19/–
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 10 January 2016

International careerEdit

He made his test debut for Sri Lanka on 8 March 2013 Galle against Bangladesh and One day International debut 25 December 2013 at Abu Dhabi against Pakistan. He scored 59 runs on his test debut and 27 runs on ODI debut. He could not continue a good form in ODIS but scored his first test ton against Bangladesh scoring 103 not out. With that test ton, he was only the second Sri Lankan to score a test century when batting at number 8 position in tests and jointly holds the record for the highest test score with Thilan Samaraweera when batting at number 8 position for Sri Lanka.[3] He made his T20I debut against England on May 20, 2014 and scored 38 runs.

After New Zealand tour in Sri Lanka A team, Vithanage showed his talents that he can come in to the Test side back. He was called up for the first Test against New Zealand on 10 December 2015.

Kithuruwan Vithanage
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing   Sri Lanka
Asian Games
  2014 Incheon Team

ControversiesEdit

Kithruwan Vithanage has been involved in several incidents regarding discipline. In one such instance in 2014, following the end of the third day of the first test match against Pakistan in Galle, he left the team hotel without permission and returned at 6.30 am next morning. According to Sri Lanka team manager Michael de Zoysa, this was not the first time he has breached team discipline. In previous occasions Vithanage had left the hotel without permission during tours of Bangladesh and England. As a result of his actions he was placed on probation for one year. [4][5][6][7]

In July 2016 Sri Lanka Cricket suspended Vithanage from all forms of cricket for one year for his part in a public brawl.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kithuruwan Vithanage | Sri Lanka Cricket | Cricket Players and Officials | ESPN Cricinfo
  2. ^ The Home of CricketArchive
  3. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  4. ^ "Kithuruwan Vithanage subject of disciplinary enquiry". GiveMeSport. 2014-09-02. Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  5. ^ "Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014: Kithuruwan Vithanage faces discliplinary inquiry over alleged sex-scandal". Cricket Country. Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  6. ^ "Vithanage placed on probation for a year". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  7. ^ "Kithruwan Vithanage Under Fire Due To Alleged Sex Scandal". www.asianmirror.lk. Retrieved 2016-06-09.
  8. ^ "Vithanage handed one-year suspension". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 July 2016.

External linksEdit

Kithuruwan Vithanage at ESPNcricinfo