When I was schooling I was not bowling so fast, around 21 years I started bowling fast. – Dushmantha Chameera

Interviewed by : @UmairWolid

Speedster Chammera eyes 50-wicket mark
Bowling at 140 kmph with consistency and accuracy, Dushmantha Chameera has risen quickly up the fast bowling ranks, becoming one of the more exciting prospects in Sri Lanka cricket. The 24-year-old, currently recovering from a stress fracture, has been particularly impressive in his Test outings, partnering Dhammika Prasad, with his testing bounce and speed.
Chameera spoke briefly with Wisden Sri Lanka about his young career, and who he is closest to in the national team.

How did you get in to cricket?

Since childhood I liked playing cricket. I started playing school cricket from grade six, and after I left school I played club cricket. From there I was selected for the ‘A’ team, and because of my performances there I was selected for the national team.

Who are some international fast bowlers you admire?

I like how Brett Lee and Dale Steyn bowl.

What’s the status on your injury?

It’s a lower back stress fracture injury which is common among fast bowlers. They (doctors) say it would take approximately three to four months to heal. One month has already passed so I hope I can be back within the next two months.
Currently I’m doing rehabilitation exercises.

Any unforgettable moments in your career so far?

Picking up my first wicket (Ross Taylor) in my first Test match was a very special moment for me.

What was your best bowling performance?

My best bowling performance was in that match against New Zealand, I picked up five wickets in the first innings and four in the second innings. We lost the match, but personally I was happy with my performance.

How does it feel to be able to bowl at 140KMPH?

I’m happy. When I was schooling I was not bowling so fast, around 21 years I started bowling fast. Currently I bowl around 145KMPH so I’m happy about that

Tell us about your family

I have my parents, a brother and as sister. My brother is following a Software engineer course. My sister is still schooling.

What are your future plans as a cricketer?

I have not cemented my place in the national team, so I want to continue to play long enough to cement my place. I have a few milestones in mind like picking up 50 test wickets. I hope to achieve those in the future.

Who are you closest to in the team?

There is no single person I can point out, there are many. Generally fast bowlers stay together – players like Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep. I schooled and played cricket with Dasun Shanaka. He’s personally my best friend. After joining the national team I got close to players like Lakmal, Pradeep, Chandimal.