Player Profile

Bodiyabaduge Oshada Piyumal Fernando
Sri Lanka
Born April 15, 1992 ( 28 Yrs )
Birth Place Colombo
Known As
Player Role Batsman
Player Bat Style Right Handed Bat
Player Bowl Style Right-arm legbreak

Career Information - Teams

Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka XI, Galle, Dambulla, Sri Lanka Board Presidents XI

ICC Rankings

All Rounder


It's not often that an Asian batsman plays a matchwinning Test innings in his debut series, especially when it's outside the sub-continent. But Oshada Fernando did just that, as he produced a class-laden fifty to guide Sri Lanka to a series miraclous whitewash against South Africa in the latter's den. One of Oshada's highlights as a batsman is the extra second that he seems to have while facing fast bowling. He is barely fazed by pace and has an attractive repertoire of shots, particularly off the back foot.

For someone who made his domestic debut in 2011, Oshada had to wait a long time before he made his debut on the 2019 tour of South Africa. Having gathered truckload of experience in domestic cricket, Oshada finally seems ready to grasp international cricket. Buoyed by his performances on that Test tour, he did get picked in white-ball cricket but hasn't made mark as yet. Not surprising, given that he seems more of a potential Test batsman than a limited-overs product.

A stylish right-handed top-order batsman who has come up the hard grind of domestic cricket, Oshada Fernando received instant fame in the Sri Lankan Test cap when he struck a memorable unbeaten half-century in only his second match against a tough South African attack to help his country become the first Asian side in history to win a Test series in the rainbow nation in 2019. 

He made his First Class debut back in 2011 for Colts Cricket Club, aged 18, and then spent nearly seven years in and out of the side with middling performances. His major claim to success was the 2018-19 season, when he emerged as the leading run-scorer with 1181 runs in nine matches, a feat that included six centuries, in the Premier League Tournament. His form in that season transcended formats, as he came up with good performances even in the Super Four Provincial Tournament and in the SLC Twenty20 Tournament. 

A Test cap duly followed in March 2019, and he soon made it to the ODI and the T20I squad on the tour to Pakistan where most of the senior players pulled out citing security worries. He played a key role in blanking the Pakistanis (the then number one side in the world) 3-0, with a Man-of-the-Match winning knock of 78 - also the highest score by a Sri Lankan batsman on debut. 

With Sri Lankan cricket going through a churn at the moment and the top-order rather uncertain, Fernando, with his experience in domestic cricket behind him, could play a key role in bringing back some stability. 

Written byVineet Anantharaman and Hariprasad Sadanandan


TEST debut vs South Africa at Kingsmead, Feb 13, 2019
Last TEST vs Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Jan 27, 2020
ODI debut vs South Africa at The Wanderers Stadium, Mar 03, 2019
Last ODI vs Pakistan at National Stadium, Sep 30, 2019
T20 debut vs Pakistan at Gaddafi Stadium, Oct 09, 2019
Last T20 vs India at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Jan 10, 2020

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
ODI 6 6 0 128 49 21.33 203 63.05 0 0 0 15 2
T20 5 5 1 109 78 27.25 87 125.29 0 0 1 11 3
Test 6 11 2 393 102 43.67 786 50 1 0 1 46 3
IPL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
ODI 6 1 12 16 0 16/0 16/0 8 0 0 0 0
T20 5 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0
Test 6 3 18 19 0 3/0 3/0 6.33 0 0 0 0
IPL 0 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0