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Upul Tharanga      

Full name Warushavithana Upul Tharanga

Born February 2, 1985, Balapitiya

Current age 31 years 4 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 21 38 1 1117 165 30.18 2110 52.93 1 5 157 6 17 0
ODIs 180 172 9 5407 174* 33.17 7342 73.64 13 28 624 28 33 0
T20Is 10 10 0 131 37 13.10 115 113.91 0 0 12 3 1 0
First-class 123 204 9 7488 265* 38.40 17 28 95 1
List A 297 285 13 9072 174* 33.35 12018 75.48 20 51 81 2
Twenty20 71 70 3 1806 83* 26.95 1450 124.55 0 12 211 53 27 5
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 21 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 180 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 10 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 123 18 4 0 - - - 1.33 - 0 0 0
List A 297 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Twenty20 71 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut India v Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad, Dec 18-22, 2005 scorecard
Last Test Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (SSC), Aug 28-Sep 1, 2015 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v West Indies at Dambulla, Aug 2, 2005 scorecard
Last ODI Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS), Jul 19, 2015 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 Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club v Nondescripts Cricket Club at Colombo (Bloomfield), Jan 8-10, 2016 scorecard
List A debut Nondescripts Cricket Club v Sebastianites Cricket and Athletic Club at Colombo (NCC), Sep 20, 2003 scorecard
Last List A Colts Cricket Club v Nondescripts Cricket Club at Colombo (RPS), Dec 30, 2015 scorecard
Twenty20 debut England v Sri Lanka at Southampton, Jun 15, 2006 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Galle Guardians v Kurunegala Warriors at Colombo (RPS), Feb 3, 2016 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
8 Kurunegala W v Guardians Colombo (RPS) 3 Feb 2016 T20
25 Kurunegala W v Crusaders Colombo (RPS) 1 Feb 2016 T20
28 Kurunegala W v Commandos Colombo (RPS) 30 Jan 2016 T20
11 Kurunegala W v Troopers Colombo (RPS) 29 Jan 2016 T20
11 Kurunegala W v Guardians Colombo (RPS) 27 Jan 2016 T20
33 Nondescripts v Tamil Union Colombo (RPS) 23 Jan 2016 T20
11 Nondescripts v Ragama Colombo (Colts) 21 Jan 2016 T20
40 Nondescripts v Sinhalese Colombo (PSS) 20 Jan 2016 T20
62 Nondescripts v Bloomfield Colombo (PSS) 19 Jan 2016 T20
34 Nondescripts v Galle CC Colombo (PSS) 12 Jan 2016 T20
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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Aug 31, 2015

Ishant Sharma and and Virat Kohli celebrate Upul Tharanga's wicket,  Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, SSC, Colombo, 4th day, August 31, 2015

Ishant Sharma and and Virat Kohli celebrate Upul Tharanga's wicket

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Jul 15, 2015

Upul Tharanga loses his off stump, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pallekele, July 15, 2015

Upul Tharanga loses his off stump

© AFP

Jul 3, 2015

Upul Tharanga clips one to the leg side, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd Test, Pallekele, 1st day, July 3, 2015

Upul Tharanga clips one to the leg side

© AFP

Tour Results
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS) - Aug 12, 2009
Pakistan won by 52 runs
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS) - Aug 9, 2009
Pakistan won by 132 runs
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS) - Aug 7, 2009
Pakistan won by 146 runs
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Dambulla - Aug 3, 2009
Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets (with 21 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Dambulla - Aug 1, 2009
Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets (with 38 balls remaining)
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