Seekkuge Prasanna Biography
Seekkuge Prasanna is a professional cricket player from Sri Lanka who also serves Sri Lankan Army as a warrant officer.
Prasanna was born on 27 June 1985 in Balapitiya, Sri Lanka and started playing cricket for his national team in 2011. His role in the team is as a bowling all-rounder who bats right-handed and bowls right-arm leg-break.
He is considered the best-found leg-spinner for Sri Lanka after Upul Chandana and known for his brutal batting in the late overs of the match.
Prasanna started playing cricket with Sri Lanka Army Cricket team in 2006 and he was magnificent with the ball on the turning pitch of Panagoda.
He played his debut ODI in domestic cricket against Lankan Cricket Club and impressed everyone with his 3 scalps for 23 runs after finishing his 10 over quota. His kept delineating like this and constructed a splendid record of 73 wickets at 18.38 in just 45 List-A games.
His hard work did not go in vain and he was selected for Sri Lanka A team. On the tour of England, playing against England Lions, he amazed everyone by taking 6 wickets for just 23 runs whereas England Lions consisted players like, Alex Hales, Joe Root and Ben Stokes.
His electrifying performance in England caught the eyes of selectors and he was called to play against Australia. On 20 August 2011, he played his first ODI match and took 3 wickets for 32 runs. Though, his decent performance could not safeguard Sri Lanka from the debacle but it earned a place for him in Test squad during the same tour.
On 8 September 2011, Prasanna made his Test debut, but could not leave the impact as he could not get any wicket and could score only 5 runs. Consequently, it became his only Test.
After his debut, things did not go well for him. Consistent failures in batting and expensive bowling spells showed him the way out of the team. However, he played his first T20I against Pakistan in 2013, and also was in the team of 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Rise to Glory
Prasanna rejoined Sri Lanka in 2016 for playing a series against Ireland and on 18 June 2016, he fired from his bat and scored 95 runs just off 45 balls. As a result, Sri Lanka won the match by 136 runs.
His kept his brutal bat going in an ODI against England and hit 59 runs in just 25 balls. With these two-devastating innings, he became the third Sri Lanka player after Sanath Jayasuriya and Thisara Perera to make 2 fifty-odd scores at a strike rate of more than 200 in ODIs.
In 2017, he scored 16-ball 37 runs in a decider T20 match against South Africa and won the series for the team.
Prasanna's devastation in last overs caught eyes of team owners in various T20 Leagues around the world but he played his first league match for Uva Next in Sri Lanka Premier League.
In 2015, he was signed by Barisal Bulls for Bangladesh Premier League and in 2016, he had featured for Shakib-Al-Hasan led Dhaka Dynamites. Currently, he is a member of Khulna Titans in BPL.
Prasanna also plays in English County Cricket and represents Northamptonshire.