Getting to know Sripali Weerakkody

By Sujan Rao and Dulara Senadeera | Oct 15, 2014

Meet 28-year-old Sripali Weerakkody from the Sri Lanka women's cricket team

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Sripali Weerakkody won best all-rounder at the SLC Awards this year. © ICC

When did you develop an interest in cricket and how supportive was your family?

I started playing professionally when I was 15 and I began following the game when I was eight years old. My family has always supported me 100 per cent and they still do.

What challenges are women faced with when making the decision to play professional cricket in Sri Lanka and what changes and developments to the women's game would you like to see?

There are some who used to question why women play cricket, but the 2013 World Cup win against India helped change people's minds. Recently, women's cricket has been promoted in schools all across Sri Lanka, and I would like to see that developed further by appointing good coaches to work with these students at an early age. I'm in this position today because of our team of national coaches, and I would like to thank all my coaches.

How do you assess your career thus far and what's in store for the future?

I'm happy to be a part of this wonderful side and playing for my country as an all-rounder. Playing for Sri Lanka Women is very satisfying. In the inter-provincial tournament recently, I was picked as the best bowler and I won an award for best all-rounder at the SLC Awards this year too. My goal is to be the best all-rounder in Sri Lanka women's cricket and to bring home the T20 World Cup and the 50-over World Cup.

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She enjoys watching movies in her spare time and loves Sri Lankan curry. © ICC

Who are your favourite cricketers?

Kumar Sangakkara and Virat Kohli.

What do you like doing most in your spare time?

I love watching movies.

What is your favourite food?

Sri Lankan-style rice and curry.

Your favourite singer or band?

I like One Direction and Beyonce.

Favourite sports other than cricket?

Rugby and table tennis.

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Anonymous's picture

shes is the only pretty girl the national team

UppercuT's picture
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2 years 5 weeks

Anyone seen her bowling action?? She bowls with exact same bowling action as Kohli!! :P

Anonymous's picture

@Anonymous Shashikala Siriwardana's not bad...?

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