Congenige Randhi Dilhara Fernando is a Sri Lankan cricketer, who was born in Colombo on 19th of July, 1979. One of the most technical pacers in the cricketing world, he generated great speeds bowling right arm pace. The Sri Lankan spear-head shifted his focus from basketball to pursue fast bowling in cricket.
Starting his career as a basketball player from the school age, Dilhara was made to shift into cricket by his school coach. He later on went to represent Sri Lanka Under-19 team in the year 1998.
He was constantly on the selectors radar as he was bowling quick. In the same year, he started this first-class career with Sinhalese Sports Club and later got picked into the national team.
Fernando made his test debut in his home ground (Colombo) against Pakistan in the year 2000 picking up only 2 wickets. The following year (2001) he was called up into the ODI’s against South Africa at the Boland Park, where he picked up only a single victim, whilst going for plenty of runs.
His T20 debut came against England at the Rose Bowl in 2006. He was picked for his sheer pace and bounce.
Rise to Glory
Very soon, he became a bowling sensation in the dressing room by sharing the experience of Chaminda Vaas and other pacers. He ticked a speed of 150 km/h quite a good number of times.
He soon became a good death bowler, winning matches for his country and picking up his best figures 6/27 against the English in 2007 at the R.Premadasa stadium. Bowling those tough overs, he kept his economy still under 6 picking up important scalps.
He even developed the slower ball to entice and fox the batsmen. His best figures came in his home ground 6-27 thrashing England.
For a quickie who bowls hard and fast, injuries aren't far away. He missed put the home series against the Aussies in 2004 due to 2 fractures. Being in and out of the side because of Injuries his line and length got baffled. Spraying the ball all over the pitch without much consistency, his international career took a hit in turmoil.
He was picked by the Mumbai Indians (08-11) for the Indian Premier League and took 17 wickets in 10 appearances. He represented Worcestershire in 2008 in the English county.
He took 100 and 187 victims in 40 and 147 tests and ODI’s respectively. With an economy of below 6 and a five wicket haul he redefined Lankan fast bowling.