Kavindu does Kottawa Dharmapala proud
The captain of the Kingfisher Cricket Academy Homagama Kavindu Madushika Perera receiving the runner up trophy from the chief guest at the Nelson Mendis Challenge Trophy 14th International under 14 cricket tournament.
First eleven cricketer, champion athlete under 13 and 15 cricket captain left hand middle order bat, right arm medium Pace bowler and safe fielder with a good arm Singappuli Arachchige Kavindu Madushika Perera has brought honour to his school Dharmapala Vidyalaya, Kottawa with his deeds in the fields of athletic and cricket.
He was born on 22nd August 2003 and initially admitted to Wijewardene Maha Vidyalaya Kiriwaththuduwa in 2009 and in 2011 he shifted to Dharmapala Vidyalaya Kottawa. When he was in grade five he did athletics at Inter House level and he was not succeeful and in the following year participating at the Inter House Meet in the under eleven age group he won the 100 metres, long jump and high jump and swept the board and became the champion. At the Zonal Educational Meet he came first in long jump and third in high jump and in the following year at the school meet under 13 he came first in 100 metres and at the Zonal too he came first and at the All Island Schools Meet he came fourth but could not gain Colours.
In the meantime his Parents Lahiru Nishantha Perera and Nirosha Malkanthi noticing that his forte is cricket he was admitted to the School Cricket Academy and came under school head coach Duminda Gunasekara. Then in 2015 he was appointed as the under 13 division one captain and in the following year too he led the team and in 2017 he became the under 15 division one skipper and in the following year playing in the under 15 division one he scored 415 runs including a century against Basilica College and captured 15 scalps with a five wicket haul and at the same time he was selected for the Prima Cup Tournament and played for Colombo South Team.
As there was no under 17 cricket team at Dharmapala he joined Mahanama College Colombo in 2020 and as an under 17 second year player he was a unanimous choice to the first eleven team and he was able to play for only four matches and had to keep away due to Covid 19 and his coach is Kelum Gangodawila.
In addition he is a member of the King Fisher Cricket Academy coached by Duminda Gunasekera and at present he has commenced practices for the forth coming Daily News Division Three Tournament.