Santhush Gunathilake2022-04-06T18:16:41+01:00

Santhush Gunathilake

Date of Birth 14/09/1999
Age 22
NationalitySri Lankan
Player Status Unavailable
Playing Role Batting All-Rounder (Seam)
Bowling Style RA Medium Fast
Batting Style RH Top Order Bat
Entry Route International Sportsperson Visa
Major Teams Sri Lanka U19s, Sri Lankan Reds, Ragama Cricket Club

Santhush Gunathilake is one of the hottest prospects in Sri Lankan cricket right now. A prolific batter who bowls brisk medium pace, such is his promise he was fast-tracked to the national squad having only played 5 first-class matches.

He was selected in the 22-man Test squad for the South African series (Dec 2020) having impressed Sri Lankan coach Mickey Arthur who stated he was “very impressed by Santhush Gunathilaka. We are trying to develop a seam-bowling all-rounder for conditions outside Asia. It’s tough to find in Asia someone who bats in the top six and bowls seam and we are excited by the talent set of Santhush”.

The budding all-rounder made his first-class debut for Ragama, in a side that features the likes of Angelo Mathews. To date, he has played 9 matches, scoring two centuries and four fifties from 15 innings at an impressive average of 45.33, with a highest score of 130. Whilst he hasn’t enjoyed massive success with the ball in domestic cricket (only the 6 wickets at 43.16), the fact Arthur has targeted him as a potential seam bowling all-rounder option for the national side clearly suggests he has the all-round ability.

Prior to his national inclusion, Gunathilake had hit the headlines courtesy of his exploits for St Peter’s College in Colombo, where his run-scoring earned him Sri Lankan Under-19 honours. The former St Peter’s skipper racked up 2,434 runs at 51.79 with 8 centuries at the schoolboy U19 level (2-Day cricket), alongside 57 wickets at 14.25. It was his innings against Ananda College in January 2019 that really put Gunathilake on the map, breaking Angelo Perera’s schoolboy record (239) by hitting 252. A few months later, he produced more heroics, hitting 72 and 161* in the 85th Battle of the Saints against St. Joseph’s College.

Gunathilake seems destined for full national honours and as part of his development he is keen to play abroad in 2023.

There are no overseas stats available for this player.

Date of Birth 14/09/1999
Age 22
NationalitySri Lankan
Player StatusUnavailable
Playing RoleBatting All-Rounder (Seam)
Player Status Unavailable
Bowling Style RA Medium Fast
Batting Style RH Top Order Bat
Entry Route International Sportsperson Visa
Major Teams Sri Lanka U19s, Sri Lankan Reds, Ragama Cricket Club

Santhush Gunathilake is one of the hottest prospects in Sri Lankan cricket right now. A prolific batter who bowls brisk medium pace, such is his promise he was fast-tracked to the national squad having only played 5 first-class matches.

He was selected in the 22-man Test squad for the South African series (Dec 2020) having impressed Sri Lankan coach Mickey Arthur who stated he was “very impressed by Santhush Gunathilaka. We are trying to develop a seam-bowling all-rounder for conditions outside Asia. It’s tough to find in Asia someone who bats in the top six and bowls seam and we are excited by the talent set of Santhush”.

The budding all-rounder made his first-class debut for Ragama, in a side that features the likes of Angelo Mathews. To date, he has played 9 matches, scoring two centuries and four fifties from 15 innings at an impressive average of 45.33, with a highest score of 130. Whilst he hasn’t enjoyed massive success with the ball in domestic cricket (only the 6 wickets at 43.16), the fact Arthur has targeted him as a potential seam bowling all-rounder option for the national side clearly suggests he has the all-round ability.

Prior to his national inclusion, Gunathilake had hit the headlines courtesy of his exploits for St Peter’s College in Colombo, where his run-scoring earned him Sri Lankan Under-19 honours. The former St Peter’s skipper racked up 2,434 runs at 51.79 with 8 centuries at the schoolboy U19 level (2-Day cricket), alongside 57 wickets at 14.25. It was his innings against Ananda College in January 2019 that really put Gunathilake on the map, breaking Angelo Perera’s schoolboy record (239) by hitting 252. A few months later, he produced more heroics, hitting 72 and 161* in the 85th Battle of the Saints against St. Joseph’s College.

Gunathilake seems destined for full national honours and as part of his development he is keen to play abroad in 2023.

There are no overseas stats available for this player.

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