Fifteen year old, Danupa Kodikara, a Grade Ten student of Vidyartha College, Kandy, started to learn the basics of the game of Cricket from Grade One in the year 2012 at the School Cricket Academy.
Danupa is a left hand batsman and a right arm off spinner which is a rare combination and in 2017 he proved his talent as a batsman to score 54 Runs at the Inter Academy Cricket match. In 2018 at the under 13 All Island Cricket tournament under the coaching of Julian Arnolda he captured Five wickets for 17 runs as a right arm off spinner against Sri Sumangala Maha Vidyalaya,Kandy and he went on to claim 4 wickets for 30 runs against Kingswood college, Kandy. Danupa Kodikara was appointed as the Captain of the District Under 15 Cricket team of the Inter Zonal Cricket tournament now in progress and he is coming from a family of outstanding Cricketers produced by Vidyartha College, Kandy. His father Chaminda Kodikara, the present Provincial Cricket Coach played for Vidyartha college as well as at Provincial & National level.
His father’s brothers, Chamara & Thushara played for the School, Provincial & National level Cricket and Thushara scored a double century against Stt.Sylvesters’ College at the 1986 ‘Big Match’ amd he played for the Sri lanka ‘A’ team as well.
In the year 2019 Danupa showed his consistency in Bowling by capturing 4 for 30 against Kingswood College, 3 for 20 against Dharmaraja and 3 for 25 against Dheerananda Vidyalaya and scored 61 runs against Sri Sumangala Vidyalaya as a batsman. As the Captain of the team Danupa Scored 42 runs against Zone 2 cricket team at the Inter Zonal Under 15 Cricket Tournament representing the Zone 3.