Lahiru Thirimanne

An unflappable young talent with a killer cover drive, Lahiru Thirimanne came to the international landscape highly regarded by Sri Lanka's cricket elite, with Aravinda de Silva most notably among his champions. Hettige Don Rumesh Lahiru Thirimanne (known as Lahiru Thirimanne – ළහිරු තිරිමාන්න) (born 9 August 1989) is a Sri Lankan international cricketer. A left-handed batsman and right-arm medium-fast bowler, he made his One Day International(ODI) debut in early 2010. He made his Test debut against England at the Rose Bowl in June 2011,[2] coming into the side for the injured Tillakaratne Dilshan. In his first Test innings, he was dismissed for 10 runs caught behind off the bowling ofJames Anderson.

Thirimanne Scored his first ODI century against Australia at Adelaide Oval during second ODI of 2012–13 Commonwealth Bank Series.

Lahiru is an old boy of Prince of Wales' College, Moratuwa and S._Thomas'_College,_Bandarawela

Rumesh Lahiru Thirimanne began his cricketing career at S.Thomas' College Bandarawela and played Under 11 cricket and his first coach was Sujeewa Gunarathne. He studied at S.Thomas' College Bandarawela initially as his father, who was employed at the Survey Department was transferred. After passing the grade 5 scholarship exam Lahiru joined Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa and played in the Under 13,15,17 and 19 team.

A measured batsman, if at times a limited one, Thirimanne has been a contrasting ally for Sri Lanka's middle-order dashers in ODI cricket, striking particularly memorable partnerships with Angelo Mathews to lift Sri Lanka out of trouble.

His forte has always been the longest form however, as evidenced by a first-class average of almost 60 in his first full season for Ragama CC. Thirimanne could not recreate that form in his first few Tests as an opener, but conjured his finest innings to date at no. 4, when he stepped off a plane 36 hours before the 2013 New Year Test to strike a sparkling 91 on the first day in Sydney. Ten days later he hit a maiden international hundred in an ODI to take Sri Lanka to victory in Adelaide.

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