After also playing against New Zealand in a Twenty20 match in Florida, Chandimal was selected for an ODI tri-series in Zimbabwe, where the two sides also played India. He made his debut against Zimbabwe, scoring an unbeaten 10 as his side cruised to a nine-wicket win and then registered his maiden international century by scoring 111 runs off 118 balls against India, an innings that helped his side both win the match (by six wickets) and knock India out of the tournament. He also became the youngest Sri Lankan to score an ODI century
Chandimal played his first one-day international against Zimbabwe, scoring 10* on debut and followed up with 111 in his second match, before another century in his sixth outing. He has not added to his tally of tons since, but has scored 12 fifties and averages over 30 in ODIs.
Having missed out on a place in Sri Lanka’s 2011 Cricket World Cup squad, Chandimal will be eager to have an impact this time around. He heads into the tournament in decent form, having scored 35 and 55* in his last two innings of 2014, against England.
Players like Dinesh Chandimal represent the future of Sri Lankan cricket once legends Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene retire. After breaking records in Sri Lanka’s secondary school competitions, Chandimal rose to prominence with a flurry of fine hundreds for the Sri Lankan under-19 side.
Handy with the gloves, Chandimal also showed promise as a wicketkeeper. He made the Sri Lankan Development side in 2009, scoring a century against New Zealand, and was rewarded with his international debut in 2010.