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Bhanuka Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan top-order batsman announced himself in style during the T20I series against Pakistan. The left-handed batsman showed glimpses of his talent during the first two games of the series. The bloke scored 32 and 77 runs respectively in the two matches. The left-handed batsman made Pakistan pay for their mistakes with his organized batting.

Rajapaksa was prolific during the 2010 under-19 Cricket World Cup, ending the tournament as his team’s leading run scorer as they fell agonizingly short of a place in the final, losing to an Australia team captained by Mitchell Marsh by two wickets in the semifinal. Only three batsmen scored more runs than his 253 in the tournament: Player of the Tournament Dominic Hendricks, Babar Azam and Kraigg Brathwaite.

Despite his impressive start to his career, it took Rajpaksa almost 7 years to settle himself in the domestic cricket. His T20 record has always been consistent without ever being spectacular. During a particularly lean spell in his early twenties, Rajapaksa spent time playing Bangladeshi domestic cricket with mixed results.

Over the past 18 months, Rajapaksa has enjoyed a career renaissance that has seen him notch consistently impressive scores across all three formats, with the highlight coming earlier this year when he hit 268 off just 173 balls in a first-class match in Sri Lanka – the innings contained a staggering 19 sixes. Only two batsmen in the history of the game have hit more sixes in a first-class innings.