The Dialog Cricket Awards – 2017 uncovered something remarkable as national cricketers took the stage to showcase their hidden talent in singing. Kapil Dev, in the audience, awed when famous Bollywood song Pehla Nasha was sung by Milinda Siriwardena, Niroshan Dickwella, Sachithra Senanayake, Dushmantha Chameera and Nuwan Kulasekara.
Even in the past, few national cricketers were officially featured in music videos, some even changed their career from sport to music.
We have identified five national cricketers who are close or equally good with the mic.
He is a former Sri Lankan ODI cricketer, and currently a TV presenter, dancer, actor and a singer by profession. Ganegama made his ODI debut for Sri Lanka on the 8th of April 2001. During his 5 year career, he only played 2 one day internationals, 1 T20 and 1 List A Game. Ganegama represented NCC.
He won “Sirasa Dancing Stars – season 2” competition in 2008 and sang “Harima Hadai” with feat Iraj and Clews.
He is the 150th ODI cap for Sri Lanka. Sachithra has played first-class cricket for the Sinhalese Sports Club since 2006. The 33-year-old was a key member of 2014 ICC World Twenty20 winning team.
Since his ODI debut in Jan 2012, he has represented the national side in 49 ODIs, 24 T20s and 1 Test. Senanayake has close to 80 international scalps until now.
Senanayake, a student of Sanath Nandasiri is a good singer. He sang his first solo song Watina obage which was released in May 2016. He also sang Marathondi Dathe featuring Samitha Mudunkotuwa.
He needs no introduction but most people know him for his cricket and not his ability to sing. Dilshan lately announced his retirement after playing years and years of cricket for Sri Lanka. Millions of fans around the world admired his fearless batting technique.
He became even famous when he introduced to dil scoop or the fancy scoop shot.
Like Sachithra and Ganengama, Dilshan doesn’t pursue a career in music but never opposes when he’s given an opportunity to take the stage.
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