Bhanuka Rajapaksa: News

Unlike his relative Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan President, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, chose his bat instead of his mouth to answer questions. Born Pramod Bhanuka Bandara Rajapaksa in Colombo, he began his cricketing career with Royal College Colombo. His first tryst with international cricket was when he was picked for the 2010 U19 World Cup in New Zealand. Finishing the tournament as the highest run-getter for Sri Lanka, he showcased his batting style. Modeling his batting technique around the legendary Australian player Adam Gilchrist, Rajapaksa has a style suitable for limited-overs cricket. Rajapaksa was the first Sri Lankan player to score 150 runs in a U19 ODI match. Touted as one of the best young talents in the country, Bhanuka had to wait 10 years after his first-class debut to make his senior international debut. In 2019, he played his first T20I match against Pakistan. Against India, he made his ODI debut in 2021. Rajapaksa had been fined and banned for a year by the Sri Lankan Cricket association for breach of player contracts in July 2021.

05 Aug 2023

Asia Cup

Decoding Team Sri Lanka's stats in Asia Cup

Sri Lanka will fight for their seventh Asia Cup title in the 2023 edition of the continental tournament, which will get underway on August 30.

01 Apr 2023

Shikhar Dhawan

IPL 2023: Rajapaksa powers PBKS to 191/5 vs KKR 

Punjab Kings (PBKS) posted a mammoth 191/5 while batting first in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 opener versus Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

01 Apr 2023

Punjab Kings (PBKS)

IPL 2023: PBKS's Bhanuka Rajapaksa blasts fiery half-century vs KKR 

Bhanuka Rajapaksa smothered his maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) half-century in Punjab Kings's (PBKS) 2023 season opener versus Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

11 Sep 2022

Asia Cup

Asia Cup (final), Sri Lanka cream Pakistan: Key takeaways

Sri Lanka bested Pakistan by 23 runs to be crowned winner of the Asia Cup 2022.

11 Sep 2022

Asia Cup

Sri Lanka win the 2022 Asia Cup: Key stats

Sri Lanka have won the 2022 Asia Cup trophy after defeating Pakistan in the final on Sunday in Dubai.

21 Aug 2022

Asia Cup

2022 Asia Cup: Breaking down Sri Lanka's squad

Sri Lanka have named a competent-looking 18-man squad for the 2022 Asia Cup.

Sri Lanka name ODI squad for Australia series; Rajapaksa returns

A 21-man squad has been announced by Sri Lanka for the upcoming five-match ODI series against Australia, starting June 14.

22 Nov 2020

Cricket News

LPL 2020: Galle Gladiators appoint Shahid Afridi as captain

Galle Gladiators have appointed former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi as their captain for the upcoming inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL).