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Upul Tharanga
Upul Tharanga
QUICK FACTS
  • Nick Name: NULL
    Batting Style: Left Handed
  • DOB: 2nd Feb 1985
    Bowling Style:
  • TEAM:
  • Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Board XI, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Uva Next, Kandurata, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Sri Lankans, Sri Lanka Board President's XI, Kurunegala Warriors, Galle District
CAREER STATS
BATTING & FIELDING
Mat Inns NO Runs Avge HS BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 28 52 3 1666 34 165 3058 54.48 3 7 225 9 22 0
ODIs 207 196 15 6212 34.32 174* 8243 75.36 14 34 707 43 38 0
T20is 16 16 0 217 13.56 37 188 115.43 0 0 25 4 2 0
First Class 135 227 11 8759 40.55 265* 13289 65.91 22 34 1101 77 104 1
List A 332 317 21 10273 34.71 174* 13441 76.43 21 61 1168 94 90 2
T20s 78 77 4 1939 26.56 83* 1556 124.61 0 12 225 55 28 5
BOWLING
Mat Inns Balls Mdns Runs Wkts Avge Eco SR BBI 4w 5w 10
Tests 28 0 0 - 0 0 0
ODIs 207 0 0 - 0 0 0
T20is 16 0 0 - 0 0 0
First Class 135 1 18 1 4 0 1.33 0/4 0 0 0
List A 332 0 0 - 0 0 0
T20s 78 0 0 - 0 0 0
PROFILE

When Upul Tharanga made his one-day international debut in August 2005 and his Test debut four months later, it appeared as if he was in for the long haul. He had the shots and the temperament to excel in both forms of the game, as he proved in the first phase of his career. But after scoring a career best 165 and 71 not out against Bangladesh, his form in the longer version fell away to the extent that he managed to cross the 50-mark only twice in his next 12 Tests. He also lost his ODI form, which led to him being dropped from both formats in 2007. Following irregular appearances in a bid to consolidate his place, he finally sealed his spot in 2009. Since then, he has been considered a one-day batsman capable of batting through the innings. His best series was in England in 2006, when he and Sanath Jayasuriya subjected England to a merciless pounding to fashion a 5-0 whitewash in the ODIs. The pair was involved in a world record first-wicket stand of 286 in the final match in Leeds. In recent times, Tharanga has forsaken his opener’s position to strengthen a brittle middle-order. Tharanga tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in his asthma medication during the 2011 World Cup semifinal against New Zealand, and was subsequently banned from all cricket for three months.

  • Last Updated: 1st Apr 2016
  • Author: Sa'adi Thawfeeq
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