He is a good drummer and he spends most of his time off cricket with his drum set, when he does not play a game of cricket with his friends in the paddy field.
Presently playing for the IPL, he is from Kondadeniya in Katugastota, where he was educated at Rahula Vidyalaya, which he captained in cricket.
The 31-year-old’s father is D.G. Keerth Gunaratne, a driver by profession, and the mother is M.G. Kamalawathi.
The mother says Asela likes simple dishes, but mostly likes rice, boiled vegetables, Samaposha and Aggala.
His father does not remember much about his past cricketing heroics, before he joined the national team around eight months ago.
Asela is married and has a son.