Mahes Goonatilleke

Hettiarachige Mahes Goonatilleke (born 16 August 1952, Kegalle) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer, who played five Test matches and six ODIs as wicket-keeper during 1981 and 1982 – being Sri Lanka's first wicketkeeper in Test cricket.

Mahes Goonatilleke
මහේෂ් ගුණතිලක
Personal information
Full nameHettiarachige Mahes Goonatilleke
Born16 August 1952 (1952-08-16) (age 67)
Kegalle, Sri Lanka
BattingRight-handed batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 5)17 February 1982 v England
Last Test17 September 1982 v India
ODI debut (cap 23)14 June 1975 v Pakistan
Last ODI26 September 1982 v India
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI
Matches 5 6
Runs scored 177 31
Batting average 22.12 31.00
100s/50s 0/1 0/0
Top score 56 14*
Balls bowled 0 0
Wickets 0 0
Bowling average 0 0
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling n/a n/a
Catches/stumpings 10/3 0/4
Source: Cricinfo, 16 August 2005

International careerEdit

He is regarded by many as the finest wicket-keeper produced by the island nation and even made 56 against Pakistan as an opener in Faisalabad. Goonatilleke had a chance to become a regular wicket-keeper for Sri Lanka, but he chose to tour South Africa in the 1982/83 season, and that disqualified him from playing international cricket.