In the few years he has represented Colombo's Ananda College and the Nondescripts Cricket Club, Dinesh Chandimal has shown plenty of talent and admirable leadership skills. His coach at NCC, Hemantha Devapriya, terms him a level-headed player able to adjust to all situations.
Chandimal is a wicketkeeper-batsman who admires Romesh Kaluwitharana for his aggressive style and 'keeping skills. Consistent performances with the gloves and bat, including an attacking century against India Under-19s in August 2007 and an unbeaten 112 in the tri-nation series against England U-19s the following year earned him a call-up to the squad for the U-19 World Cup in Malaysia in 2008.
Shortly after completing a prolific school season for Ananda, scoring over 1500 runs, Chandimal was invited to join NCC by Kumar Sangakkara. Chandimal was only 19 when scored his maiden first-class century against New Zealand in 2009, representing a Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI in two three-day practice matches against the likes of Chris Martin, Darryl Tuffey, Ian O'Brien, Jacob Oram and Daniel Vettori. He was among the leading run-getters in Sri Lanka's Interprovincial Twenty20 competition, and won a call-up to the national side for the ICC World Twenty20 in 2010.