The popular Srilankan player, Dhananjaya tops the rankings with both bat and bowl. Technically sound top-order batsman caught the selector’s eye in 2015. In 2015, his outstanding domestic season led to intensive calls for national duty. The 30-year-old batsman has been topping the charts for Sri Lanka.
Similar to other talents from Sri Lanka, Dhananjaya started his career with the national U-19 team. Since his debut in international cricket, he has been performing well and scored many crucial runs for his team. He has good techniques and is an aggressive batsman. He has been into the low phase of his career, if he persists he can make a stronger comeback with his talent.
He is a Right-hand batsman and has a right-arm off-break bowling style. Dhananjaya made his Test debut against Australia in 2016, ODI debut against Ireland in 2016, and T20 Debut against Pakistan in 2015. During his debut series versus the Aussies, he impressed everyone. He became the top scorer of the series in the end.
However, the standout was his maiden test 100 in 2017. He became the joint record holder of 1000 test runs in 23 innings which made him Sri Lankan player of the year. He first topped the rankings with 234 runs with a 133 strike rate in 6 innings in T20. Though he plays in franchise cricket, he is not a part of the IPL. He has yet to gain the attention of IPL giants to become part of a franchise.
Born in Hambantota, Colombo, he completed his schooling and college in Colombo. He got married to Sanduni Nisansala. Born in a Christian family, he started playing at an early age. Dhananjaya is popularly known as De Silva. He has an estimated net worth of $ 1.5 Million including national team player salary, franchise salary, and endorsement income.