Will Sri Lanka find a Sam Curran in Hemananda? | Sunday Observer

Will Sri Lanka find a Sam Curran in Hemananda?

14 August, 2022
Danal Hemananda celebrates a feat in Sri Lanka youth attire
Danal Hemananda celebrates a feat in Sri Lanka youth attire

Sri Lanka Under-19 cricketer Danal Hemananda dreams of becoming a professional cricketer and his role model is England player Sam Curran that he admires the most.

Last week, Hemananda stood up when it was most needed for his St. Peter’s College school team as he made a score of 81 and put on a partnership of 174 for the seventh wicket with Wanuja Kumara (102 not out) in their 48th annual one-day match against traditional foe St. Joseph’s College.

Hemananda in the process helped the Peterites extricate from a losing 61 for 6 to a match-winning total of 245 for 9 in 50 overs.

Excerpts of an interview with the Sunday Observer:

Q: Describe yourself in one word
Focused and hardworking

Q: What is your most marked characteristic?
Working hard for success

Q: If you could edit your past, what would you change?

Q: What is the most important thing in your life?
Cricket and family

Q: Who has influenced you the most?
My family

Q: Are you fashionable?

Q: If you had access to a time machine what would you change?
I would change nothing

Q: What motivates you in your life?

Q: If you could choose any career right now, what would it be?
Professional cricketer

Q: What forms of music do you listen to?
2000s music

Q: What’s the best thing you would like to hear from someone?
That I’m a down-to-earth and friendly person

Q. What made you to choose sports?
My father used to watch cricket and he loved the sport and so from my childhood days I was involved in the game

Q. Thus far what was your most unforgettable sporting incident?
Being able to represent Sri Lanka under-19

Q. What would you say has been your best school sporting achievement?
Being a Peterite coloursman and awarded in every big match for the past three years

Q: What is your idea of happiness?
Spending time with my loved ones

Q: What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Seeing that people who require help do not receive any

Q: Which person do you most admire and why?
Sam Curran and I admire him because we both have the same style and same role

Q: What has been your biggest disappointment?

Q: Most important lesson life has taught you?
Wait for the right time.

Q: What becomes of the broken hearted?
Not experienced it before

Q: What is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?
My family