Match winner Dilhara Fernando

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sCongenige Randhi Dilhara Fernando (born 19 July 1979) is a cricketer who plays for Sri Lanka. He is a right-handed pace bowler. Dilhara studied at De Mazenod College Kandana. He started off his school career as a basketball player but was spotted by the college cricket coach because of his build and height. Read more.

When Fernando burst onto the international scene, young and raw, he soon inspired hope that he would be the long-term replacement for Chaminda Vaas as the cutting edge of the pace attack. He has natural pace - six months after his debut he was timed at 91.9 mph in Durban - hits the pitch hard and moves the ball off the seam.

During the early years he paid for his inconsistent line and length, but then worked hard with Rumesh Ratnayake in the Fast Bowling Unit and became more reliable. He also learnt the art of reverse swing and developed a well-disguised slower ball. His career, though, has been plagued with injury. He suffered his second stress fracture of the back in 12 months in January 2004 and missed the entire home series against Australia. Read more.
Charlie Austin

Dilhara Fernando has the best Avarage and Strike Rate in Test wins among the fast bowlers in Sri Lanka

Dilhara Fernando v right- and left-hand batsmen


Theekshana Somaratna's picture
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14 April 2012
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respectfully disagree SDF if you are suggesting that he should be given another chance : too old for a pacie now, bad injury history, inconsistent.

plus also note that in the matches won data Dilhara only averages a 3.5 wkts a match. indicating he was not a match winner but a support bowler. actually by that data everyone else was swimming in muralis river.

in the post murali era we cannot look at support bowlers alone. we need spearheads.

sdf's picture
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21 October 2012
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yeah agree with you ,he's an injury prone player now, shame :(

UppercuT's picture
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the guy cud've been in same calibre as Akthar(notice i didn't say Brett Lee's or Waqar's calibre) if he used his brain bit more and had bit more luck. Such a waste of talent, but yes too late now.

Sanjeev Bernard Fernando's picture
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25 January 2013
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Dilhara had his chances and never really made any meaningful progress. He was always a one step forward and two steps back type of bowler. We need to invest in the younger generation now..

Sakala Bujang's picture
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He has been useful in the past, but theres no chance of him making a comeback now, he's too old. We should focus of developing the new talent like Eranga Pradeep and so on.

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