Full Name

Romesh Shantha Kaluwitharana

Born

November 24, 1969, Colombo

Age

52y 10d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

Other

Coach

TEAMS

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.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test497841933132*26.12320360.343928469326
ODI189181143711102*22.22477677.702234111713275
FC14521915805019239.46164930258
List A251243215876140*26.4653618387
T205501588031.60112141.070115542
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test49------------
ODI189------------
FC145000-----000
List A251121622/162/168.008.006.0000
T2051122422/242/2412.0012.006.0000
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Romesh Kaluwitharana in his role as an executive for Sri Lanka tourism
Romesh Kaulwitharana after his final innings
Romesh Kaluwitharana opens his shoulders
Romesh Kaluwitharana hits out
Romesh Kaluwitharana
Romesh Kaluwitharana celebrates as Yousuf Youhana is caught behind