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Upul Tharanga      

Full name Warushavithana Upul Tharanga

Born February 2, 1985, Balapitiya

Current age 29 years 73 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Kandurata Maroons, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Ruhuna, Singha Sports Club, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka Board President's XI, Sri Lanka Board XI

Playing role Batsman

Batting style Left-hand bat

Fielding position Occasional wicketkeeper

Warushavithana Upul Tharanga
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 15 26 1 713 165 28.52 1440 49.51 1 3 99 5 11 0
ODIs 171 163 9 5228 174* 33.94 7078 73.86 13 28 603 28 33 0
T20Is 10 10 0 131 37 13.10 115 113.91 0 0 12 3 1 0
First-class 103 169 6 6344 265* 38.92 16 23 72 1
List A 278 267 12 8499 174* 33.32 11346 74.90 19 48 74 2
Twenty20 49 49 3 1192 83* 25.91 1002 118.96 0 8 134 34 15 1
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 15 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 171 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 10 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 103 18 4 0 - - - 1.33 - 0 0 0
List A 278 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Twenty20 49 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut India v Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad, Dec 18-22, 2005 scorecard
Last Test Sri Lanka v England at Galle, Dec 18-22, 2007 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v West Indies at Dambulla, Aug 2, 2005 scorecard
Last ODI Sri Lanka v South Africa at Pallekele, Jul 28, 2013 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut England v Sri Lanka at Southampton, Jun 15, 2006 scorecard
Last T20I Sri Lanka v India at Pallekele, Aug 7, 2012 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut 2000/01
Last First-class Sinhalese Sports Club v Nondescripts Cricket Club at Panagoda, Apr 3-6, 2014 scorecard
List A debut Nondescripts Cricket Club v Sebastianites Cricket and Athletic Club at Colombo (NCC), Sep 20, 2003 scorecard
Last List A Nondescripts Cricket Club v Sinhalese Sports Club at Colombo (RPS), Dec 28, 2013 scorecard
Twenty20 debut England v Sri Lanka at Southampton, Jun 15, 2006 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Sri Lanka A v Kenya at Colombo (CCC), Nov 2, 2013 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
168 Nondescripts v Sinhalese Panagoda 3 Apr 2014 FC
19 Nondescripts v Ragama Colombo (Moors) 20 Mar 2014 FC
23, 10 Nondescripts v SLPACC Colombo (Bloomfield) 13 Mar 2014 FC
34, 24 Nondescripts v Tamil Union Colombo (Bloomfield) 6 Mar 2014 FC
149 Sri Lanka A v Eng Lions Colombo (RPS) 26 Feb 2014 FC
0, 116 Sri Lanka A v Eng Lions Dambulla 19 Feb 2014 FC
30, 0 Sri Lanka A v Eng Lions Pallekele 12 Feb 2014 FC
36 Nondescripts v Badureliya Kaluthara 7 Feb 2014 FC
77, 7 Nondescripts v Colts Colombo (NCC) 31 Jan 2014 FC
24 Nondescripts v SL Air SC Colombo (NCC) 24 Jan 2014 FC
Profile

Upul Tharanga's call-up to the national one-day squad in July 2005 brightened a year marred by the Asian tsunami, which washed away his family home in Ambalangoda, a fishing town on the west coast. From an early age he was tipped for the big time, playing Premier League cricket for Singha CC at the age of 15 and passing seamlessly and successfully through the Sri Lanka under-15, under-17 and under-19 development squads. He first really caught the eye during the under-19 World Cup in 2004 when he cracked 117 against South Africa and then 61 in 42 balls against India in the next game. Then, after a successful tour with the under-19 team to Pakistan, during which he scored half-centuries in each of the two Tests and two one-day matches, the Sri Lankan board sent him to play league cricket in Essex, where he starred for Loughton Cricket Club. He soon graduated to the A team and after accomplished performances against West Indies A earlier he was selected for the national squad a week later. However, it was on the 2006 tour of England that he really began to develop, especially in the one-day game, with an outstanding century at Lord's in the first match of Sri Lanka's 5-0 whitewash. Back-to-back centuries followed in the Champions Trophy and he was formed a destructive partnership with Sanath Jayasuriya without having to compromise his natural flair. He is also a skillful wicketkeeper.
Charlie Austin February 2007

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Sep 18, 2013

Upul Tharanga pulls the ball, Kandurata Maroons v Otago Volts, Champions League Qualifiers, Mohali, September 18, 2013

Upul Tharanga pulls the ball

© BCCI

Jul 20, 2013

Upul Tharanga gets into position to play a shot, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st ODI, Colombo, July 20, 2013

Upul Tharanga gets into position to play a shot

© AFP

Jul 18, 2013

Upul Tharanga gets into position during a nets session, Colombo, July 18, 2013

Upul Tharanga gets into position during a nets session

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