Upul Tharanga      

Full name Warushavithana Upul Tharanga

Born February 2, 1985, Balapitiya

Current age 29 years 177 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 17 30 1 851 165 29.34 1664 51.14 1 4 121 6 13 0
ODIs 172 164 9 5252 174* 33.88 7130 73.66 13 28 606 28 33 0
T20Is 10 10 0 131 37 13.10 115 113.91 0 0 12 3 1 0
First-class 105 173 6 6482 265* 38.81 16 24 74 1
List A 279 268 12 8523 174* 33.29 11398 74.77 19 48 74 2
Twenty20 52 52 3 1349 83* 27.53 1103 122.30 0 10 156 38 15 5
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 17 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 172 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 10 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 105 18 4 0 - - - 1.33 - 0 0 0
List A 279 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Twenty20 52 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut India v Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad, Dec 18-22, 2005 scorecard
Last Test Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (SSC), Jul 24-28, 2014 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v West Indies at Dambulla, Aug 2, 2005 scorecard
Last ODI Ireland v Sri Lanka at Dublin, May 6, 2014 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 Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (SSC), Jul 24-28, 2014 scorecard
List A debut Nondescripts Cricket Club v Sebastianites Cricket and Athletic Club at Colombo (NCC), Sep 20, 2003 scorecard
Last List A Ireland v Sri Lanka at Dublin, May 6, 2014 scorecard
Twenty20 debut England v Sri Lanka at Southampton, Jun 15, 2006 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Udarata Rulers v Southern Express at Colombo (SSC), Jul 2, 2014 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
11, 30 Sri Lanka v South Africa Colombo (SSC) 24 Jul 2014 Test # 2131
83, 14 Sri Lanka v South Africa Galle 16 Jul 2014 Test # 2129
4 SL Pres. XI v Sth Africans Moratuwa 3 Jul 2014 Other OD
62 Rulers v Express Colombo (SSC) 2 Jul 2014 T20
36, 0c/2s Rulers v Troopers Colombo (SSC) 28 Jun 2014 T20
0c/2s, 59 Rulers v Express Colombo (SSC) 27 Jun 2014 T20
24 Sri Lanka v Ireland Dublin 6 May 2014 ODI # 3490
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
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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Jul 23, 2014

Ajantha Mendis and Upul Tharanga take a breather during training, Colombo, July 23, 2014

Ajantha Mendis and Upul Tharanga take a breather during training

© AFP

Jul 19, 2014

Dale Steyn is congratulated after picking up the wicket of Upul Tharanga, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day, July 19, 2014

Dale Steyn is congratulated after picking up the wicket of Upul Tharanga

© AFP

Jul 19, 2014

Upul Tharanga celebrates after catching Hashim Amla at midwicket, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day, July 19, 2014

Upul Tharanga celebrates after catching Hashim Amla at midwicket

© AFP

Results
Moors v Sinhalese at Colombo (SSC) - Apr 5-8, 2013
Sinhalese won by 6 wickets
Badureliya v Chilaw at Kaluthara - Mar 30-Apr 1, 2013
Match drawn
Bloomfield v Colts at Colombo (Bloomfield) - Mar 30-Apr 1, 2013
Bloomfield won by an innings and 163 runs
Col CC v SLPACC at Colombo (CCC) - Mar 30-Apr 1, 2013
Match drawn
Kurunegala Y v SL Navy at Kurunegala - Mar 30-Apr 1, 2013
SL Navy won by 6 wickets
Lankan CC v Ragama at Katunayake - Mar 30-Apr 1, 2013
Ragama won by 201 runs
Moors v Panadura at Colombo (Moors) - Mar 30-Apr 1, 2013
Moors won by 7 runs
Saracens v SL Army at Panagoda - Mar 30-Apr 1, 2013
SL Army won by an innings and 2 runs
SL Air SC v Burgher at Colombo (Riffle) - Mar 30-Apr 1, 2013
Match drawn
Tamil Union v Sinhalese at Colombo (SSC) - Mar 30-Apr 1, 2013
Match drawn
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