Full name Don Sardha Brendon Priyantha Kuruppu
Born January 5, 1962, Colombo
Current age 55 years 77 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Burgher Recreation Club
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Test debut||Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Colombo (CCC), Apr 16-21, 1987 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Aug 22-27, 1991 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (SSC), Apr 30, 1983 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v Sri Lanka at Sharjah, May 2, 1990 scorecard|
|First-class span||1982/83 - 1991|
|List A span||1982/83 - 1991/92|
Greatness was firmly thrust upon Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-opener Brendon Kuruppu, but only for a day or two, as he became only the third person to score a double-century on his Test debut, against New Zealand - Richard Hadlee and all - in Colombo. Kuruppu did it the hard way too: his 777-minute innings is the slowest double-hundred in first-class history, all very out of character for a man who later made his reputation as a one-day slogger. It was his first first-class century, and his last Test century: Kuruppu only played four Tests, two of them in England, in 1988 and 1991.
Stats highlights from the fourth day in Ranchi, where Cheteshwar Pujara batted for ages and the Australians toiled like they haven't had to in many years
For the third time this home season, the team took the lead after its opposition put up 400 batting first but the Ranchi effort was special
On a pitch most suited for him on this tour, David Warner, the T20-specialist-turned-Test star, got his eye in and then played a wasteful shot. The grown-up knock came from another T20 specialist, instead: Glenn Maxwell
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Three days ahead of the fourth Test, the surface at the HPCA Stadium wore a smattering of grass. Will that, or Mohammed Shami's availability, subject to fitness, change India's combination?
South Africa are set to play 14 Tests in nine months soon, so both fast bowlers, despite being sent home from New Zealand, should not lose hope
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?
Under duress again, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim forged a match-winning partnership and contributed in the second innings to help Bangladesh create history