Melbourne, Mar 2: Dinesh Chandimal, Sri Lanka's future prospect has been an asset to the team as he completed 1000 ODI runs today at Melbourne during his knock of 75 against Australia in the final league match of the tri-series, as he is emerging to be the back-bone of Lankan middle-order.
Chandimal playing his 13th match, has already scored 594 runs in the calendar year, with an average of 59.40 which includes 6 half centuries with a highest score of 92*.
The talented youngster has already scored 383 runs off 8 innings in the CommonWealth Bank series with an average of 63.83 and a strike rate of 82.36 which also inlcudes 4 half centuries with a higest score of 81 in the series.
While his team mate, Tillakaratne Dilshan also features second in the list of top run scorers, as he has scored 533 runs in the calendar year with a highest score of 160* at an average of 44.41 which includes 2 half centuries and a ton.
The 22 year old wicket-keeper batsman admires Sri Lanka's Romesh Kaluwitharana for his aggressive style and wicket-keeping skills. The talented youngster, has shown a lot of maturity as a player, since his initial days which got him a chance to prove his skills at the international level as he made his debut with the ICC World Twenty20 in 2010.
A successful start in the ODIs demanded a Test berth which eventually happened as he debuted against South Africa in Durban on Dec 26, 2011.
With plenty of runs to his credit in the calendar year, Dinesh Chandimal has made his way to the Sri Lankan team in style while the impact is quite strong, as he is considered to be the backbone of the middle order, shouldering the responsibility of handling the pressure and guiding Lanka to victories. He is indeed the man Lanka can bank on, groom for the future!