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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 31 58 3 1754 31.89 165 3212 54.61 3 8 239 9 24 0
ODIs 210 199 15 6282 34.14 174* 8307 75.62 14 34 718 43 39 0
T20is 17 17 0 222 13.06 37 192 115.63 0 0 26 4 2 0
First Class 138 233 11 8847 39.85 265* 13443 65.81 22 35 1115 77 106 1
List A 335 320 21 10343 34.59 174* 13505 76.59 21 61 1179 94 91 2
T20s 79 78 4 1944 26.27 83* 1560 124.62 0 12 226 55 28 5
BOWLING
Mat Inns Balls Mdns Runs Wkts Avge Eco SR BBI 4w 5w 10
Tests 31 0 0 - 0 0 0
ODIs 210 0 0 - 0 0 0
T20is 17 0 0 - 0 0 0
First Class 138 1 18 1 4 0 1.33 0/4 0 0 0
List A 335 0 0 - 0 0 0
T20s 79 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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