|Pathum Nissanka Quick Info
|5 ft 10 in
|Date of Birth
|May 18, 1998
Pathum Nissanka is a Sri Lankan professional cricketer who has represented his country in all 3 formats of the sport (Tests, ODIs, and T20Is), as a top-order batsman. In the Sri Lankan domestic circuit, he has played for Badureliya Sports Club (2017–2018) and Nondescripts Cricket Club (2019–Present) across all 3 formats. In the LPL (Lankan Premier League), he has turned out for the Colombo Stars (2021).
Pathum Nissanka Silva
Galle, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
Pathum had attended the Kalutara Vidyalaya National School in Kalutara, Western Province, Sri Lanka. He had also studied at the Isipathana College, a national school for boys located in the capital city of Colombo.
- Father – Sunil Silva (Cricket Groundsman)
- Mother – His mother used to sell flowers near a Buddhist temple.
- Siblings – He has an older sister.
18 – Test Match, One Day International (ODI), T20 International (T20I), Nondescripts Cricket Club (Sri Lankan Domestic Cricket), Colombo Stars (LPL)
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
74 kg or 163 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Sri Lankan descent.
- Toned physique
- Side-cropped, quiff hairstyle
- Affable smile
- Sports a trimmed beard
- Has multiple tattoos on his right hand
Pathum Nissanka Facts
- Pathum had first come into the spotlight when he had recorded an undefeated knock of 205 runs in just 190 balls during a game of the national school cricket championship.
- In January 2019, representing Sri Lanka A in a first-class series against Ireland A, he was the team’s leading run-scorer. He had scored 258 runs in just 2 matches.
- The following month, he had finished the 2018–19 season of the Premier League Tournament (the 31st season of the Premier Trophy, the main domestic first-class cricket competition in Sri Lanka) as the leading run-scorer for Nondescripts Cricket Club. He had finished the tournament with 1,088 runs in just 7 matches.
- In November 2019, he was selected for Sri Lanka’s squad for the men’s cricket tournament at the 2019 South Asian Games. Sri Lanka had clinched the ‘Silver’ medal at the event, losing to Bangladesh by 7 wickets in the final.
- A rare occurrence, he made his international debut for Sri Lanka in all 3 formats of the sport (Tests, ODIs, and T20Is) in the same month (March 2021) and against the same opposition (the West Indies).
- In the second innings of his debut test match, he had scored 103 runs. This had made him just the 4th Sri Lankan batsman in history to have scored a century on his test match debut. This was also the first century to have been scored by a Sri Lankan batsman on test debut in an away match.
- In his first appearance at a major ICC (International Cricket Council) event, the 2021 ICC World T20, he was one of the few bright spots in Sri Lanka’s dismal campaign where the team crashed out in the group stage of the tournament. He had scored 221 runs in 8 matches, the 7th-highest run tally in the tournament.
- In January 2022, he won the ‘Player of the Series’ award for scoring 146 runs (including two half-centuries) in 3 matches in a bilateral home ODI series against Zimbabwe.
- In June 2022, in the 3rd match of a bilateral home ODI series against Australia, he produced his first century in the ODI format. His imperious knock of 137 runs (147 balls) had helped Sri Lanka chase down a steep target of 292 runs. He was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for his performance.
- The win had given Sri Lanka a vital 2-1 lead in the series which they would go on to convert into a 3–2 series win. This was a rare win for Sri Lanka over Australia – their first bilateral series victory at home over this opposition in nearly 30 years. More importantly, the win soothed some pain for the cricket-crazy Sri Lankan people as they were facing their worst economic crisis since independence which had resulted in the country declaring bankruptcy, prices of fuel and daily necessities shooting through the roof, and a severe shortage of medicines and other essentials.
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