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Romesh Kaluwitharana      

Full name Romesh Shantha Kaluwitharana

Born November 24, 1969, Colombo

Current age 44 years 296 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, Colts Cricket Club, Galle Cricket Club, Sebastianites Cricket and Athletic Club

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Other Coach

Romesh Shantha Kaluwitharana
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 49 78 4 1933 132* 26.12 3203 60.34 3 9 284 6 93 26
ODIs 189 181 14 3711 102* 22.22 4776 77.70 2 23 411 17 132 75
First-class 145 219 15 8050 192 39.46 16 49 302 58
List A 251 243 21 5876 140* 26.46 5 36 183 87
Twenty20 5 5 0 158 80 31.60 112 141.07 0 1 15 5 4 2
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 49 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 189 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 145 - - - - - - - - - - - -
List A 251 12 16 2 2/16 2/16 8.00 8.00 6.0 0 0 0
Twenty20 5 1 12 24 2 2/24 2/24 12.00 12.00 6.0 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (SSC), Aug 17-22, 1992 scorecard
Last Test Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Karachi, Oct 28-Nov 1, 2004 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut India v Sri Lanka at Margao, Dec 8, 1990 scorecard
Last ODI Sri Lanka v Australia at Dambulla, Feb 22, 2004 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class debut 1988/89
Last First-class Burgher Recreation Club v Colts Cricket Club at Colombo (SSC), Dec 10-12, 2004 scorecard
List A debut 1990/91
Last List A Colts Cricket Club v Sebastianites Cricket and Athletic Club at Colombo (Colts), Sep 19, 2004 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Colts Cricket Club v Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club at Colombo (Moors), Aug 17, 2004 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Colts Cricket Club v Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club at Colombo (NCC), Oct 8, 2005 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
1, 0c/0s SL Masters v WI Masters Bridgetown 9 Nov 2010 Other T20
2, 0c/0s SL Masters v WI Masters Bridgetown 7 Nov 2010 Other T20
59, 1c/0s SL Masters v Eng Masters Bridgetown 6 Nov 2010 Other T20
15, 0c/0s SL Masters v Ind Masters Bridgetown 5 Nov 2010 Other T20
1, 0c/1s SL Masters v Eng Masters Bridgetown 3 Dec 2009 Other T20
75, 0c/0s SL Masters v SA Masters Bridgetown 28 Nov 2009 Other T20
1c/0s, 21 SL Masters v WI Masters Bridgetown 27 Nov 2009 Other T20
32 Colts v Kurunegala Y Colombo (NCC) 8 Oct 2005 T20
Profile

The diminutive "Kalu" burst onto the international scene with an unbeaten 132 on debut against Australia in 1992-93. However, after such a wonderful start, he failed to secure his place in the senior side because of occasional lapses behind the stumps. He was recalled for the crucial 1995-96 tour of Australia, the turning point of his career as he combined with Sanath Jayasuriya to form a devastating pinch-hitting opening partnership. The pair's scoring rate revolutionalised one-day batting, and he was an integral figure in Sri Lanka's astonishing World Cup victory that winter. From then on, his batting style tempered somewhat and he set himself to play longer innings. The emergence of Kumar Sangakkara led to his marginalisation after 2000, although he made sporadic returns for both the one-day and Test team. The selectors' decision to ask Sangakkara to concentrate on his batting in Tests paved the way for a Test return in 2004 but his performances with the bat were patchy and, despite scoring 54 in his last Test innings, the selectors indicated a desire to look to the future when he was omitted for a 20-man training pool for New Zealand later in the year. He announced his retirement the day after, insisting that the time had come to focus on life after cricket. He coached Colts CC while conducting a career as an insurance executive. He was appointed by Sri Lanka Cricket to be a member of the 2006 ACC Committee to Evaluate China, and in 2008 took temporary charge of Malaysia.
Charlie Austin

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Feb 5, 2009

Romesh Kaluwitharana in his role as an executive for Sri Lanka tourism, Colombo, February 5, 2009

Romesh Kaluwitharana in his role as an executive for Sri Lanka tourism

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Dec 12, 2004

Romesh Kaulwitharana after his  final innings, for Colts Cricket Club against Burgher Recreation Club in the Premier League Tournament final of 2004-05, at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, December 12 2004

Romesh Kaulwitharana after his final innings

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Nov 9, 2004

Romesh Kaluwitharana opens his shoulders, Sri Lanka v West Indies

Romesh Kaluwitharana opens his shoulders

© AFP

Tournament Results
India v New Zealand at Nairobi (Gym) - Oct 15, 2000
New Zealand won by 4 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
India v South Africa at Nairobi (Gym) - Oct 13, 2000
India won by 95 runs
New Zealand v Pakistan at Nairobi (Gym) - Oct 11, 2000
New Zealand won by 4 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
England v South Africa at Nairobi (Gym) - Oct 10, 2000
South Africa won by 8 wickets (with 65 balls remaining)
New Zealand v Zimbabwe at Nairobi (Gym) - Oct 9, 2000
New Zealand won by 64 runs
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