Birth date 26 May 1977 (42 years)
Nationality Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Position Batsman

Dihan Avishka Gunawardene is a cricketer from Sri Lanka who is a left handed batsman. His explosive batting came to notice during the 1998 Commonwealth Games when he scored a century and had the highest score in a match where South Africa was defeated.

Gunawardene is considered to be a batsman of the type of Sanath Jayasuriya. A few months later after the 1998 Commonwealth Games he scored 145 runs off 20 overs along with Kaluwitharna in a brave try to reach 311 against Australia at Melbourne. In the ICC knockout in 2000 he scored a career-best of 132 against the West Indies. In spite of such good innings his inconsistency and reckless dismissals did not allow him to secure a permanent berth.

In 2004 there was a new selection committee which recalled Gunawardene. For the Asia Cup Atapattu was rested and Gunawardene was given an opportunity which he utilized properly by scoring a half-century. In November 2005 he was included in the Test squad against India but could not impress the selectors. In 2006 he was selected for the one-day squad to New Zealand and played in one game but failed in it. Gunawardene joined the unofficial Indian Cricket League in September 2007. A ban was imposed on him including other four Sri Lankan players which was later removed in September 2008 giving them their share of opportunity to play at domestic level in Sri Lanka. Avishka Gunawardene has played for Sri Lankan Domestic teams like Basnahira North, Nondescripts Cricket club, Sinhalese Sports Club and also for the Sri Lankan national side. He can be a dangerous player in the Twenty20 format due to his ability of producing big strokes regularly. Definitely he will be aiming a spot in any of the Indian Premiere League Teams who pay heavily to foreign players and like attacking players.

Career highlights

Gunawardene has played 61 one-day internationals in which he scored 1708 runs that comprised of 1 century and 12 half-centuries at an average of 28.46.