Pathum Nissanka Quick Info
Height5 ft 10 in
Weight74 kg
Date of BirthMay 18, 1998
Zodiac SignTaurus
Eye ColorDark Brown

Pathum Nissanka is a Sri Lankan professional cricketer who has represented his country in all 3 formats of the sport (Tests, ODIs, and T20Is), as a top-order batsman. In the Sri Lankan domestic circuit, he has played for Badureliya Sports Club (2017–2018) and Nondescripts Cricket Club (2019–Present) across all 3 formats. In the LPL (Lankan Premier League), he has turned out for the Colombo Stars (2021).

Born Name

Pathum Nissanka Silva

Nick Name

Pathum

Pathum Nissanka as seen in an Instagram Post in January 2021Pathum Nissanka as seen in an Instagram Post in January 2021
Pathum Nissanka as seen in an Instagram Post in January 2021 (Pathum Nissanka / Instagram)

Sun Sign

Taurus

Born Place

Galle, Southern Province, Sri Lanka

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Residence

Sri Lanka

Nationality

Sri Lankan

Sri Lankan

 

Education

Pathum had attended the Kalutara Vidyalaya National School in Kalutara, Western Province, Sri Lanka. He had also studied at the Isipathana College, a national school for boys located in the capital city of Colombo.

Occupation

Professional Cricketer

Pathum Nissanka as seen in an Instagram Post in November 2021Pathum Nissanka as seen in an Instagram Post in November 2021
Pathum Nissanka as seen in an Instagram Post in November 2021 (Pathum Nissanka / Instagram)

Family

  • Father – Sunil Silva (Cricket Groundsman)
  • Mother – His mother used to sell flowers near a Buddhist temple.
  • Siblings – He has an older sister.

Batting

Right-Handed

Role

Top-Order Batsman

Jersey Number

18 – Test Match, One Day International (ODI), T20 International (T20I), Nondescripts Cricket Club (Sri Lankan Domestic Cricket), Colombo Stars (LPL)

Build

Athletic

Height

5 ft 10 in or 178 cm

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Weight

74 kg or 163 lbs

Pathum Nissanka as seen in an Instagram Post in October 2020Pathum Nissanka as seen in an Instagram Post in October 2020
Pathum Nissanka as seen in an Instagram Post in October 2020 (Pathum Nissanka / Instagram)

Race / Ethnicity

Asian

He is of Sri Lankan descent.

Hair Color

Black

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • Toned physique
  • Side-cropped, quiff hairstyle
  • Affable smile
  • Sports a trimmed beard
  • Has multiple tattoos on his right hand
Pathum Nissanka as seen in an Instagram Post in April 2021Pathum Nissanka as seen in an Instagram Post in April 2021
Pathum Nissanka as seen in an Instagram Post in April 2021 (Pathum Nissanka / Instagram)

Pathum Nissanka Facts

  1. Pathum had first come into the spotlight when he had recorded an undefeated knock of 205 runs in just 190 balls during a game of the national school cricket championship.
  2. In January 2019, representing Sri Lanka A in a first-class series against Ireland A, he was the team’s leading run-scorer. He had scored 258 runs in just 2 matches.
  3. The following month, he had finished the 2018–19 season of the Premier League Tournament (the 31st season of the Premier Trophy, the main domestic first-class cricket competition in Sri Lanka) as the leading run-scorer for Nondescripts Cricket Club. He had finished the tournament with 1,088 runs in just 7 matches.
  4. In November 2019, he was selected for Sri Lanka’s squad for the men’s cricket tournament at the 2019 South Asian Games. Sri Lanka had clinched the ‘Silver’ medal at the event, losing to Bangladesh by 7 wickets in the final.
  5. A rare occurrence, he made his international debut for Sri Lanka in all 3 formats of the sport (Tests, ODIs, and T20Is) in the same month (March 2021) and against the same opposition (the West Indies).
  6. In the second innings of his debut test match, he had scored 103 runs. This had made him just the 4th Sri Lankan batsman in history to have scored a century on his test match debut. This was also the first century to have been scored by a Sri Lankan batsman on test debut in an away match.
  7. In his first appearance at a major ICC (International Cricket Council) event, the 2021 ICC World T20, he was one of the few bright spots in Sri Lanka’s dismal campaign where the team crashed out in the group stage of the tournament. He had scored 221 runs in 8 matches, the 7th-highest run tally in the tournament.
  8. In January 2022, he won the ‘Player of the Series’ award for scoring 146 runs (including two half-centuries) in 3 matches in a bilateral home ODI series against Zimbabwe.
  9. In June 2022, in the 3rd match of a bilateral home ODI series against Australia, he produced his first century in the ODI format. His imperious knock of 137 runs (147 balls) had helped Sri Lanka chase down a steep target of 292 runs. He was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for his performance.
  10. The win had given Sri Lanka a vital 2-1 lead in the series which they would go on to convert into a 3–2 series win. This was a rare win for Sri Lanka over Australia – their first bilateral series victory at home over this opposition in nearly 30 years. More importantly, the win soothed some pain for the cricket-crazy Sri Lankan people as they were facing their worst economic crisis since independence which had resulted in the country declaring bankruptcy, prices of fuel and daily necessities shooting through the roof, and a severe shortage of medicines and other essentials.
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Featured Image by Pathum Nissanka / Instagram

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