Dilshan Madushanka’s World Cup ends today but he is on top of the wicket-taking charts with 21, the latest highlight in a career which began in borrowed shoes.
The son of a fisherman, Madushanka goes into the game leading celebrated fellow fast bowlers Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.
Madushanka’s journey has been nothing short of a fairytale as he had to drop out of serious cricket early on as he and his school could not afford the luxuries of the game including pads and balls.
He then turned to the less expensive soft-ball cricket where he was spotted by a district coach who helped him get selected as a net bowler and he bowled with borrowed shoes that hurt him but still impressed enough to receive a call from former Sri Lanka left – arm quick Chaminda Vaas who is now part of the squad’s coaching setup.
“He can go far and emerge as one of the greatest fast bowlers ever produced in Sri Lanka,” Vaas confidently predicted then.
The 23-year-old from Hambantota is well on his way.