Kumar Dharmasena

Kumar Dharmasena

Full NameHandunnettige Deepthi Priyantha Kumar Dharmasena

BornApril 24, 1971

Height5 ft 8 in (1.72 m)

NationalitySri Lanka

RoleAll-rounder, Umpire, Right-handed Batsman, Right-arm offbreak Bowler

Relation(s)Dushyanthi Gunewardena (Spouse)


Handunnettige Deepthi Priyantha Kumar Dharmasena is a former Sri Lankan international cricket umpire cricketer and a former international cricketer.

Dharmasena was born on 24 April 1971 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was a right arm off break bowler and a right hand batsman and was part of the 1996 Cricket World Cup winning Sri Lankan team.

Early Career

Dharmasena started his cricketing career playing as a youngster at the Nalanda College, Colombo.

He made his international debut for Sri Lanka against South Africa in September 1993 at the SSC, Colombo and went wicketless in the match.

He made his ODI debut in August 1994 against Pakistan at RPS Colombo and ended up with figures of 9-0-34-2. He was also a handy lower order batsman and made significant contributions on many occasions.

In test cricket, Dharmasena played 31 matches and scored 868 runs while taking 69 wickets. He also played 141 ODI matches scoring 1222 runs and taking 138 wickets in them.

He retired from international cricket in November 2006 and shortly afterwards announced his wish to become an umpire to remain close to the game.

Umpiring Career

Dharmasena officiated his first game in January 2009 which was an ODI match between Sri Lanka and India at Dambulla. He officiated in his first test match in November 2010 in a match between India and New Zealand at Ahmedabad.

He is the youngest ever Sri Lankan umpire to officiate in any international umpire. In 2011, he umpired at the World Cup and was also included in the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and received the Umpire of the Year award receiving the David Shepherd trophy at the ICC Awards in 2012.


Dharmasena has umpired in 53 test matches, 84 ODIs and 22 T20Is.


In the recent past, he has been criticised for his inefficient umpiring on multiple occasions. In the first test at Chittagong between England and Bangladesh in October 2016, Dharmasena adjudged Moeen Ali out on three occasions in the same innings.

Ali reviewed Dharmasena's decision on every occasion and survived marking the first time a batsman managed to overturn umpire's decision three times in a row in the same innings.

Dharmasena took 16 decisions in that test and half of them were wrong and overturned by DRS.

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