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Full name Ajith Kosala Kuruppuarachchi
Born November 1, 1964, Colombo
Current age 50 years 146 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Colombo Cricket Club, Nondescripts Cricket Club
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium
|Test debut||Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (CCC), Mar 14-18, 1986 scorecard|
|Last Test||Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Colombo (CCC), Apr 16-21, 1987 scorecard|
|First-class span||1985/86 - 1993/94|
|List A span||1987/88 - 1989/90|
Kosala Kuruppuarachchi proved a difficult proposition for both commentators and batsman alike on his debut. A left-arm medium-pace bowler Kuruppuarachchi had a dream introduction into the Test arena. In the first innings he produced a sterling display capturing 5 for 44 as the Pakistan batting lineup was routed. In the second innings he provided solid support for Ravi Ratnayeke taking a further two wickets. Sri Lanka achieved their first victory over Pakistan in Test cricket and Kuruppuarachchi took a major part in it. Injury forced him to miss the final Test in the series. Sadly his only other Test was during the abandoned Test series against New Zealand.
Johann P Jayasekera
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.