‘What is in a name?’ William Shakespeare, the famous poet once quoted. If you are Niroshan Dickwella, the Sri Lanka cricketer who is their wicketkeeper batsman, then this quote might hurt him. The reason is a bizzare one. In a Twitter screenshot shared by cricket writer Jarrod Kimber, a popular cricket video game has censored Niroshan Dickwella’s name. Cricket 19, which is one of the popular video games related to cricket, has censored Niroshan Dickwella’s name in a hilarious but flummoxing manner. When one looks at the game, Niroshan Dickwella’s name appears as N D-censored. This might not go down well with many Sri Lankan gamers who might object to the cricketer’s name being censored for no fault of his. Niroshan Dickwella’s full name is Dickwella Patabendige Dilantha Niroshan Dickwella.
Cricket 19 is a 2019 cricket video game developed by Big Ant Studios in collaboration with Maximum Games. It is the official video game of the 2019 Ashes series of cricket matches, and the (first) sequel to the 2017 game Ashes Cricket. Cricket 19 was released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on 28 May 2019 and similarly, some weeks later, 31 July for Microsoft Windows via the Steam client. It was announced that Cricket 19 will be added to the Xbox Game Pass on October 22, 2020. Cricket 19 is the second Big Ant Studios cricket game released for the Nintendo Switch, the first having been Big Bash Boom.
Cricket 19 have censored Niroshan Dickwella’s name pic.twitter.com/xElRZCGyEh
— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) December 6, 2020
Dickwella’s inconsistent career
Niroshan Dickwella made his Test debut in 2014 against South Africa in Colombo while his ODI debut came in the same year in Ranchi against India. His Twenty20 International career also started against India in 2016 when Sri Lanka defeated them in Pune. In 37 Tests as wicketkeeper batsman, Niroshan Dickwella has smashed 1921 runs at an average of 30.98with 15 fifties and no centuries.
In 52 ODIs, he has hit 1571 runs at an average of 32 and a strike-rate of 93 with one century which came against Zimbabwe in Hambantota in 2017. Currently, he is playing for the Dambulla Viiking in the Lanka Premier League 2020 and he recently hit 60 against Galle Gladiators as well as a vital, unbeaten 28 against the Jaffna Stallions.