Dinesh Chandimal (Lokuge Dinesh Chandimal) is the wicket keeper cum batsman of the Sri Lanka team. He was made the captain of the Sri Lankan ODI team in July 2013. He was the youngest ODI captain of the team. In 2013, he became the captain of T20 International team until 2014 ICC World Cup in the format. He was made the permanent captain of Sri Lankan Test team in July 2017. He bats as an upper middle order batsman. It was born in November 1989.
In his early days, Chandimal played with the Under-19 team of the country. In 2007, August, he scored a century against India followed by another against England as an Under-19 player. In 2008, he was in the U-19 Sri Lanka team in Malaysia. His maiden first-class century came up against New Zealand in 2009. He was only 19 years old. In Interprovincial T20 tournament of Sri Lanka, he emerged as the leading scorer. This was his stepping stone to ICC T20 World Cup 2010.
In T20 format, he has the joint record of taking highest number of catches as a fielder along with other players. He became the key player for Sri Lanka in his next version of 2012 and 2014.
Chandimal debuted international match at the age of 21. His ODI record in the early stretch was impressive. His century in the format came up in the second ODI, when he hammered 111 against India. It was at the 2010 triangular series in Zimbabwe. His second century came up in 2012 against England at Lord’s. A sheer consistency in the format raised the player to Number 4 of the ICC ODI batsmen chart. The 2012 knocks against South Africa and Australia comprised of 630 runs aggregated with six fifties. In 2015 World Cup Chandimal knocked a 22 ball 50, becoming the fastest Sri Lankan to reach the feat in an World Cup tournament.
In his Test but in December 2011 against Africa, he gained a rare accolade. He became the first Sri Lankan player to score half centuries in both innings of a debut match. Chandimal scored 58 in the first inning and 54 in the second at the Durban match. The match was also the first victory of the team in South Africa in the format.