Shaminda Eranga Biography
Shaminda Eranga is a fast bowler who plays for the Sri Lankan national cricket team. Eranga was born on June 23, 1986, in Sri Lanka.
Eranga’s talent was discovered at an all island pace bowling competition in 2006, by former Sri Lankan medium pacer Champaka Ramananyake.
He was then picked for the Chilaw Marians in Sri Lanka Cricket’s Division One Premier League tournament, after which he was placed in the Sri Lanka development squad.
He made his first ODI debut against Australia in 2011, and in just two balls he picked up the wicket of Brad Haddin.
He made his Test debut against Australia the same year.
Rise to glory
His good performance in Sri Lanka A on a tour of England in 2010 led him to a greater height and led to his inclusion in Sri Lanka national team.
Soon after his arrival in international cricket, Eranga suffered a nerve related back injury but after nine months he recovered and was back playing for the national team.
Eranga’s bowling action was found to be illegal in June 2015 by ICC after second test in England. As a result of this he was suspended from bowling in international cricket and on the same day he was hospitalized for experiencing an elevated heartbeat.
Later in May 2016 his bowling action was cleared and he thereby resumed bowling in international cricket.
He played for Sri Lanka A in 2010, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club in 2010.
In his test debut against Australia in 2011, he became the only Sri Lankan bowler to strike with his very first delivery, when he dismissed Shane Watson.