Monton CC are delighted to announce the re-signing of star all-rounder Dushan Vimukthi for their 2023 season.
Dushan Vimukthi is a quality off-spin bowling all-rounder who boasts an impressive record in Sri Lankan domestic cricket.
This summer (2022/23), Vimukthi is playing for the star-studded Saracens Sports Club following successful stints with Panadura (2012/13), Sri Lanka Air Force (2013/14), Badureliya (2014/15), and Sri Lanka Army (2015/16-21).
Following his first-class debut in January 2014, Vimukthi has scored 2950 runs at 27.83 and taken 200 wickets at 27.02 in 64 Major League matches. He has 4 hundreds, and 3 ten-wicket match hauls amongst these impressive run and wicket tallies.
However, it’s his exploits over the past few years that have pushed his case toward national selection.
In 2016/17, the all-rounder finished towards the top of his prior club, Sri Lanka Army run charts (519 runs at 32.43) and topped the wicket tally with 35 poles at 22.51. In 2017/18, whilst he didn’t set the first-class circuit alight with the bat (322 runs at 18.94), he starred with the ball taking 43 wickets at 20.44, including 2 ten-wicket match hauls.
In 2018/19, he avenged his batting numbers, finishing as the 8th leading run-scorer in first-class cricket (Tier A) hitting 3 centuries amongst 889 runs at 52.29 alongside 39 wickets at 34.02. The following season, he dipped again with the bat (244 runs at 24.40), but excelled with the ball, taking 27 wickets at 17.22.
In 2019/20, whilst the trend didn’t continue with the bat, only scoring 285 runs at 17.81, he impressed again with the ball, this time with 42 wickets at 21.33 to finish 7th on the first-class wicket charts.
In 2020/21, in the absence of first-class cricket, Vimukthi impressed in the One Day format, finishing amongst the leading wicket-takers with 15 poles at 13.33, all with an economy rate of 3.56. He was instrumental in Army’s semi-final run, also averaging 38.33 with the bat.
Vimukthi is, without a doubt, one of Sri Lankan domestic crickets leading all-rounders, often opening the bowling with his economical off-spin. His performances, whether that be with bat or ball have thrust his name forward for higher honours.
The talented all-rounder has also excelled abroad. Last summer (2022) he headed to Lancashire and, unsurprisingly, impressed helping Monton to the Greater Manchester Cricket League (Championship division) title. He scored 999 runs and took 76 wickets in league and cup cricket for the club – 895 runs at 47.11 and 71 wickets at 10.13 in the GMCL itself.
Courtesy of his exploits, Monton has re-signed their Sri Lankan star for their GMCL Premiership campaign next summer.