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Nipun Karunanayake

Sri Lanka | All-Rounder (Spin)

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Nipun Karunanayake
Born11/01/1991
Country Sri Lanka
Player Status Placed - Himley CC (Birmingham & District Premier Cricket League)
Player Type All-Rounder (Spin)
Player RoleLH Top-Order Bat | RA Leg-Break
Player Level Professional
Entry Route Tier 5 Points Based System
Major TeamsSri Lanka U19s, Sri Lanka Schools, Bloomfield Cricket & Athletic Club

 

Nipun Karunanayake (25) is a high-class player currently skippering Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club in the top tier (A) of Sri Lanka’s Premier League Tournament. This summer (2016/17), his performances have pushed him into the national frame. He is the second leading first-class run-scorer with 824 runs at 54.93, including a personal batting milestone in 6 of his 8 first-class matches, namely 124 (v Nondescripts), 108 (v Badureliya), 77 (v Sinhalese), 62 (v Tamil Union), 183 (v Galle) and 98 (v Burgher). 

The explosive left-handed batsman, who also bowls regular leg-spin at domestic level, has now scored over 2,500 first-class runs with 5 centuries, alongside 20 wickets at 44.60 with best figures of 3-67.

Karunanayake has long been regarded as a player of national potential. He featured for both the Sri Lankan Schools (2007/08) and played 4 matches for the Sri Lankan Under-19s against Australia (2 Youth ODI’s in 2009) and England (2 Youth Tests in 2010). During the latter, after batting at 6 in the opening Test, he was moved to the top of the order in the second and struck 90 against an England attack featuring Jake Ball (Eng/Notts), Daniel Payne (Gloucs), Adam Ball (Kent), Lewis Gregory (Somerset) and Joe Root (Eng/Yorks).

Thereafter, Karunanayake made his first-class debut for Bloomfield in 2010/11, scoring 349 runs at 23.26 with a highest score of 91 in his maiden domestic summer. A lean 2011/12 preceded a 2012/13 season where he hit 258 runs at 21.50 with 2 half-centuries and his maiden ton (103).

It was this century that kick-started his first-class career. In 2013/14, he enjoyed a breakthrough season racking up 446 runs at 40.54, including his career-best 248. Karunanayake has since followed up with 338 runs at 30.72 (2014/15) and 304 runs at 38 (2015/16) before his current and most prolific summer to date.

The in-form batting all-rounder is now eager to transfer his success abroad with his maiden UK league cricket stint in 2017. A player that comes highly recommended and someone who’ll make a huge impact for whatever club he plays for next summer.

 

Last Updated

28/01/2017

Statistics

Match Type Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Balls Runs Wkts BB Ave
First-class 53 80 1 2670 248 33.79 1182 910 20 3-67 45.5
List A 14 10 1 192 34 21.33 78 80 1 1-11 80
Twenty20 17 16 3 134 32 10.3 57 68 1 1-2 68
U19 Test 2 4 0 123 90 30.75 - - - - -
U19 ODI 2 2 0 25 16 12.5 - - - - -

Statistical record last updated 26th March, 2017
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