Bhanuka Rajapaksa Biography, Wiki, Age, Career, Wife, Net Worth & More

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Who is Bhanuka Rajapaksa?

Pramod Bhanuka Rajapaksa, popularly known as Bhanuka Rajapaksa (born 24 October 1991), is a former professional Sri Lankan cricketer, who played limited over internationals for the national team. He was a left-handed batsman who bowls right-arm medium. 

He was born in Colombo. Despite a prolific domestic career, Rajapaksa only made his international debut when he was called up for the T20I series against Pakistan in 2019, ten years after his first-class debut.

Sri Lankan batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa quits international cricket

Sri Lankan batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa quits international cricket
Sri Lankan batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa quits international cricket

Sri Lanka batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa on Wednesday announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect, citing family obligations.

Rajapaksa’s ODI career lasted less than six months as the 30-year-old left-hander had made his debut in July 2021. He tendered his letter of resignation to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), which posted the development on its website.

“I have very carefully considered my position as a player, husband and am taking this decision looking forward to fatherhood and associated familial obligations,” Rajapaksa wrote in his resignation letter.

Rajapaksa represented Sri Lanka in five ODIs and 18 T20Is, scoring a total of runs 409 across formats which included three fifties. He was part of Sri Lanka’s T20 World Cup 2021 squad and finished as the third-highest run-scorer for his team with 155 runs from eight matches.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa Biography, Wiki

Bhanuka Rajapaksa is a Colombo-born left-handed batsman and also the relative of the former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Having sporting interests in squash and swimming, the southpaw chose to play cricket over any other sport.

Bhanuka started playing cricket in his college days representing the Royal College Colombo. After becoming a key member of his college team, Bhanuka made his T20 and List A debut during his teenage in 2009 representing the Schools Invitation XI and Sinhalese Sports Club respectively and further advanced into Sri Lanka’s U-19 team.


Bhanuka was also part of the 2010 Youth World Cup where he successfully showcased his skills by amassing 253 runs in the tournament. Before the 2010 U-19 World Cup, he had an exceptional tour in Australia where he smashed 154 off 111 deliveries for Sri Lanka U-19 and also ended up as the leading run-scorer of the series.

Such extraordinary performances at the Youth level earned him the “Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year” award in 2011 and he was also felicitated with the Young Emerging Player of Under 19 Category.


Rajapaksa made his first-class debut for the Sinhalese Sports Club in 2011 and since then has been a regular face in the domestic circuit. Even though Bhanuka has been playing domestic cricket for years, he failed to grab the attention of the national selectors until 2019.

Keeping in mind his three-dimensional abilities, the selectors named him in Sri Lanka’s T20 squad for the Pakistan tour in September 2019 after most of the prime players opted out of the series due to security reasons.


Bhanuka didn’t waste much time in impressing everyone with his batting ability. In the second T20I, he stroked a fluent 77 and was involved in a record third-wicket partnership for Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa finished as the leading run-scorer of the 3-match T20I series and proved his mettle with the bat.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa Biography Wikipedia
Bhanuka Rajapaksa
Full namePramod Bhanuka Bandara Rajapaksa
Born24 October 1991 (age 30)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
BattingLeft-handed
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleBatsman

Bhanuka Rajapaksa Career

In domestic cricket, Rajapaksa initially represented the Sinhalese Sports Club in Sri Lankan domestic cricket and has also played for Barisal Blazers in Bangladesh’s NCL T20 Bangladesh.

In April 2018, he was named in Galle’s squad for the 2018 Super Provincial One Day Tournament. In August 2018, he was named in Kandy’s squad the 2018 SLC T20 League. In March 2019, he was named in Dambulla’s squad for the 2019 Super Provincial One Day Tournament.

During 2019 Premier season, Rajapaksa scored a career high 268 in 173 balls vs Ports Authorities for BRC at Moors Grounds, hitting 19 sixes and 22 fours in the innings. During Sri Lanka A’s tour of India in 2019, in the 2nd unofficial test vs India A, Rajapaksa scored 110 runs in 112 balls with 17 fours and 3 sixes at KSCA grounds, Hubli.

In October 2020, he was drafted by the Galle Gladiators for the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League. In August 2021, he was named in the SLC Greys team for the 2021 SLC Invitational T20 League tournament. 

In November 2021, he was selected to play for the Galle Gladiators following the players’ draft for the 2021 Lanka Premier League.

In September 2019, he was named in Sri Lanka’s Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for the series against Pakistan in Pakistan. 

He made his T20I debut for Sri Lanka against Pakistan on 5 October 2019, scoring 32 runs off 22 balls in a 64 run victory. In the second match, Rajapaksa scored 77 runs off 48 balls as Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 35 runs. He was adjudged the player of the match for his batting performance.

In July 2021, he was named in Sri Lanka’s squad for their series against India. He made his One Day International (ODI) debut on 18 July 2021, for Sri Lanka against India. In September 2021, Rajapaksa was named in Sri Lanka’s squad for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

He handed over his retirement letter to SLC on 5 January 2022 and quit international cricket.

Later it was reveled that he was resigned due to “Fatherhood and associated familial obligations”. Sri Lankan Cricketing Legend, Malinga requested him to overturn the decision.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa Controversy

When Bhanuka got dropped out of the England 2021 tour for fitness issues, he expressed his disappointment with the selectors in a YouTube interview.

To his reply head coach, Mickey Arthur justified the decision that Bhanuka did not meet the fitness standards for international cricket. This lead to a ban imposed on Bhanuka for a year from all forms of cricket by Sri Lanka Cricket.

Some Interesting Facts About Bhanuka Rajapaksa

  • Bhanuka has a keen interest in Squash and Swimming.
  • He started his cricketing career when he was in Royal college Colombo.
  • He considers his batting to be similar to Adam Gilchrist.
  • He got the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year award twice and he is the fourth person to receive it.
  • He has also received the Young Emerging Player U-19 at CEAT Sri Lanka Cricket awards 2011.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa FAQ’s

Who is Bhanuka Rajapaksa?

Pramod Bhanuka Rajapaksa, popularly known as Bhanuka Rajapaksa (born 24 October 1991), is a former professional Sri Lankan cricketer, who played limited over internationals for the national team. He was a left-handed batsman who bowls right-arm medium. 

How old is Bhanuka Rajapaksa?

Bhanuka Rajapaksa is currently 30 years old.

What happened to Bhanuka Rajapaksa?

Sri Lanka batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa on Wednesday announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect, citing family obligations.

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