The Annual Sri Lanka Cricket awards held on Tuesday (December 03) saw T20I skipper Chamari Atapattu taking the prime award – Women Cricketer of the Year.
The opener had a phenomenal run with the bat as she scored 289 runs in the series down under which included an ODI and a T20I hundred. She also scalped four wickets and ended an otherwise dismal tour for Sri Lanka on a good note. The hard-hitting left-hander was also named the best batter of the year in ODIs as well as T20Is.
Shashikala Siriwardena, the ODI skipper, was awarded best T20I allrounder and T20I bowler of the year. She has averaged 21.91 with the ball in the format since the start of 2018. She had 23 wickets to show in that time, with a best of four wickets for nine runs. She also has four scores of over 30 in the period with the bat – twice against India and once each against South Africa and Bangladesh.
Seamer Oshadi Ranasinghe was adjudged best ODI bowler of the year, having picked nine wickets in eight matches since the start of 2018, including a best of three for 40 – her career best. These are half the number of wickets she has in all ODIs.
Meanwhile, Yasoda Mendis, Inoka Ranaweera and Chamari Polgampola were awarded the best batter, best bowler and best allrounder respectively in the women’s limited overs division 1 category. Kumar Dharmasena was adjudged the best international umpire while Lydon Hannibal was awarded the domestic umpire of the year.