Full name Demuni Nuwan Tharanga Zoysa
Born May 13, 1978, Colombo
Current age 42 years 296 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Basnahira South, Deccan Chargers, Khulna Division, Sinhalese Sports Club
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium
|Test debut ||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Dunedin, Mar 7-10, 1997 scorecard |
|Last Test ||Australia v Sri Lanka at Cairns, Jul 9-13, 2004 scorecard |
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|ODI debut ||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Christchurch, Mar 25, 1997 scorecard |
|Last ODI ||India v Sri Lanka at Kolkata, Feb 8, 2007 scorecard |
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|First-class debut ||1996/97 |
|Last First-class ||Badureliya Sports Club v Sinhalese Sports Club at Colombo (SSC), Dec 18-20, 2009 scorecard |
|List A debut ||1996/97 |
|Last List A ||Nondescripts Cricket Club v Sinhalese Sports Club at Colombo (RPS), Jan 6, 2011 scorecard |
|T20s debut ||Burgher Recreation Club v Sinhalese Sports Club at Colombo (NCC), Aug 17, 2004 scorecard |
|Last T20s ||Khulna Division v Sylhet Division at Dhaka, Apr 19, 2010 scorecard |
A left-arm seam bowler with a loping, rhythmical run-up and action, Zoysa has shown plenty of promise, but his career has so far been plagued by injuries. He was discarded after a disappointing tour to England in 2002, but he trained hard and regained pace, nip and bounce off the pitch. Most importantly, though, he returned with the delivery that moves back into the right-hander, a weapon that makes him a far more potent force.
A natural striker of the ball, he's also emerged as a useful lower-order strokeplayer. During the A tour to Kenya in 2003, he was even employed as a pinch-hitter to good effect, and, making his comeback to international cricket in the one-day series against Australia in 2003-04, Zoysa further underscored his batting potential with a matchwinning unbeaten 47 in the final match.
His bowling continued on its upward curve, culminating in a damaging five-wicket haul against South Africa in the one-day series in 2004-05. First spotted by Arjuna Ranatunga, who encouraged him to join the SSC in Colombo, he made his debut during the 1996-97 tour of New Zealand. In only his eighth Test, Zoysa achieved the rare feat of claiming a hat-trick off his first over of the match, against Zimbabwe at Harare in 1999-2000. His victims were accomplished top-order batsmen too - Trevor Gripper, Murray Goodwin and Neil Johnson.
Charlie Austin (September 2004)