Roshan Punyajith Wijesinghe Guneratne
January 26, 1962, Colombo
July 21, 2005, California, (aged 43y 176d)
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Roshan Guneratne made his first class debut against the touring Australians playing for the President's Board XI in the lead-up to the one-off Test at Kandy in 1982-83. Guneratne captured the wickets of Kepler Wessels and Greg Chappell finishing with 2 for 66. The selectors were sufficiently impressed to include him in the starting XI for the Test despite the fact that they already had an established legspinner in DS de Silva. It proved to be an unhappy time as the Australians rattled up 514 for 4 before declaring, Guneratne bowling 17 expensive overs, taking 0 for 84. Sri Lanka suffered a crushing victory and it proved to be Guneratne's sole test appearance. He went on to represent NCC, Moors SC and Nomads in Division One domestic cricket before leaving for the USA to join his mother and sister. He died in California at the age of 43, only the third Sri Lankan Test player to die.
Johann P Jayasekera
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack obituary
GUNERATNE, ROSHAN PUNYAJITH WIJESINGHE, died of a heart attack in California on July 21, 2005, aged 43. Guneratne was a leg-spinner for the Nomads club, who played one Test for Sri Lanka; he had just left Colombo's Nalanda College and was playing only his second first-class match. After dismissing Kepler Wessels and Greg Chappell on his first-class debut, for the Board President's XI in April 1983, he was picked for the only Test of the tour, but failed to take a wicket or score a run in an innings defeat. After just 17 wickets in a 13-match first-class career, he left to join his family in the US. He was only the third Sri Lankan Test cricketer to die, after Sridharan Jeganathan and Anura Ranasinghe, and the current team wore black armbands in his memory on the first day of the Kandy Test against West Indies.
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