Rangana Herath was named Sri Lanka’s Cricketer of the Year at Sri Lanka Cricket’s annual awards. This was the first time the left-arm spinner had earned the honour, and it came on the back of a rich haul in the season. In the period under consideration, Herath took 46 wickets in seven Tests at an average of 22.13 and a strike-rate of 49.98.
Kumar Sangakkara, the former Sri Lanka captain, was the other big winner on the night. Sangakkara, who won the Cricketer of the Year last year, was named the Best Test Batsman, while Herath was the Best Test Bowler. Sangakkara also won the People’s Player of the Year, the fourth straight year he has done so.
Herath became the third Sri Lankan bowler to take 200 Test wickets after Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas, achieving the landmark during Sri Lanka’s series-clinching win against Bangladesh in March with a match haul of 12 for 157, his career-best.
Sangakkara played only two Tests in 2013, both against Bangladesh, and hit three centuries in four innings for a series return of 441 runs. His lowest score in the four innings was 55.
The One-Day International awards were split between Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews. Dilshan was the Best ODI Batsman, while Malinga was the Best ODI Bowler. Mathews, Sri Lanka’s Test and ODI captain, was the Best ODI Allrounder.
Dinesh Chandimal was awarded the Emerging Cricketer of the Year for the second year in a row.
Shashikala Siriwardene, the Sri Lanka Women’s captain, won the Women’s Cricketer of the Year. Siriwardene was also the best ODI Allrounder, while Deepika Rasangika was the Best Women’s Batsman in ODIs and Chamani Seneviratna was the Best Women’s Bowler in ODIs.