The photographer, who was born (to Sri Lankan parents) and raised in Australia, clicked Kohli during a T20 match between Australia and visiting India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in January last year.
The joint second winner gets a prize of £1,000 and his photograph will appear in the latest edition of Wisden 2017 and it will be displayed at the Lord’s, where visitors will view all year round.
Speaking exclusively to cricketbadger.com on Wednesday, Ratnayake said, “The fire was from a fire machine which was placed at the entrance of the players tunnels as they entered the ground. I did not meet Kohli, I have crossed paths with him quite a bit over the past few years but i have never wanted to get in his way, However I do know he has seen the image as he had posted it on his Instagram page the day after i took it.
“I have not met him personally but if the opportunity arrives to see him I probably would just let him know that I was the person that took that photo of him, I think he would appreciate that as it is a different photo of him.
“A lot of photos of him are quite serious and this one is not. I have a lot of respect for him as a player and the way he represents a ‘new India’ that doesn’t let anyone push them around. He is a very serious character however this image shows a bit more of a humorous side to him.”
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
His twitter bio reads: Eat cricket stories, drink cricket stories, sleep cricket stories.