Suranga Lakmal is one of the 15 players who have been named in the Sri Lanka squad to play the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Suranga Lakmal, who made his one-day international debut on 18-Dec-09, had played 81 ODI matches until the 2019 World Cup. In the 44 innings he batted in, he had scored a total of 205 runs, having faced 367 balls, at an average of 8.2 and a strike rate of 55.86. He was unbeaten in 19 of those innings. His highest score in an innings was 26. He had 0 centuries and 0 half-centuries to his name. In the bowling department, Suranga Lakmal had bowled 3686 balls and taken 105 wickets while conceding a total of 3321 runs. He had an average of 31.63 and an economy rate of 5.41 His best ODI bowling performance was 4/13.
Suranga Lakmal is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer who has been a aptain of the side in Test cricket. The right-arm fast bowler was first included in the national squad for the tour of Pakistan in 2008-2009 and was reported to have been injured in the attack on the Sri Lankan team by terrorists.
He currently plays for the Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club. He was an important member of 2014 ICC World Twenty20 winning team.
In August 2018, he was named as the captain of Galle's squad the 2018 SLC T20 League. In March 2019, he was named in Colombo's squad for the 2019 Super Provincial One Day Tournament.
Lakmal was called up as a replacement for Dilhara Fernando in India in December 2009 and he made his ODI debut in the second match in Nagpur. He made his Test debut on November 23, 2010 against the West Indies, becoming the 114th Sri Lankan Test player.
During first Test against South Africa, Lakmal bagged his maiden five-wicket haul, Though Sri Lanka lost the series, he was the highest wicket-taker for the side with 12 wickets at an average of 30.83.
On 10 December 2017, in the first ODI against India, Lakmal used swinging and seaming bowling performance to rip through Indian batting line-up to restrict them to 112, which is India's third-lowest in ODIs at home and their lowest at home when batting first. At one stage, India were seven down for just 29 runs, but MS Dhoni scored his fifty to take the total over hundred.
Lakmal finished his bowling spell with four wickets for 13 runs, which is best bowling figures in ODIs up to date. Sri Lanka easily won the match by 7 wickets. This win gave Lankans their first win after 12 consecutive ODI losses in 2017 and Lakmal won man of the match award.
In 2018, Lakmal delivered a match winning bowling performance to dismantle Bangladesh to 82 runs, which is their second lowest against Sri Lanka in all ODIs. Sri Lanka won the match by 10 wickets and Lakmal was awarded man of the match.
On 8 February 2018 during second Test against Bangladesh, Lakmal took his 100th Test wicket by dismissing Tamim Iqbal. He became the fourth Sri Lankan fast bowler to achieve the feat after Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga and Dilhara Fernando. Lakmal is currently the fourth highest Test wicket taker for Sri Lanka.
In June 2018, he was named the captain of Sri Lanka's Test side, for the third and final match against the West Indies, after Dinesh Chandimal was handed a one-match ban for ball tampering. He became the 16th player to captain Sri Lanka in a Test match. Sri Lanka won the match and became the first Asian team to win a Test match at Kensington Oval.
On 8 August 2018, Lakmal defended seven runs off the final over to cap off Sri Lanka to end an 11-match losing streak against South Africa.
In April 2019, he was named in Sri Lanka's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup