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Avishka Fernando

Weerahandige Inol Avishka Fernando (born 5 April 1998), or Avishka Fernando, is a professional Sri Lankan ODI cricketer from Wadduwa, Sri Lanka. He is a past student of St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa.

Youth Career

Avishka Fernando has the record for scoring the most number of runs in Youth ODI history for Sri Lanka(1379 runs) He too has the record for scoring the most number of centuries for Sri Lanka in Youth ODI history(4).

He was also the part of the Sri Lankan team which won the ACC Emerging teams asia cup 2017 by defeating Pakistan by 5 wickets.

Rising in ranks

He hit 95 from 96 balls in Sri Lanka’s victory over England in the quarter-final of the 2016 Under-19 World Cup, and later in the year would hit two consecutive hundreds against the same opposition, this time in a bilateral series in England.  Sri Lanka U-19s whitewashed England U-19s for the first time in England as well.

International career

As an 18-year-old, he has been picked in Sri Lankan ODI squad for their home series against Australia.[5] He earned his first call-up to the national ODI team without having played any T20 or List A or first-class cricket. He made his One Day International debut for Sri Lanka against Australia on 31 August 2016 at Dambulla. He was dismissed for a duck after facing two balls from Mitchell Starc.

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