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Upul Tharanga
Upul Tharanga

Full Name: Upul NULL Tharanga

DOB: 2nd Feb 1985

Batting Style: Left Handed

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
  • Sylhet Sixers
  • Galle
  • Career Stats
    Batting & Fielding
    Format 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 223 212 17 6780 34.77 174* 8947 75.78 15 37 777 49 47 0
    T20is 26 26 1 408 16.32 47 330 123.64 0 0 42 12 2 0
    First Class 139 235 11 8876 39.63 265* 13495 65.77 22 35 1121 77 106 1
    List A 352 337 23 10973 34.95 174* 14307 76.7 22 66 1256 102 101 2
    T20s 97 96 6 2402 26.69 83* 1912 125.63 0 15 264 74 29 5
    Bowling
    Format Mat Inns Balls Mdns Runs Wkts Avge Eco SR BBI 4w 5w 10
    Tests 31 0 0 - 0 0 0
    ODIs 223 0 0 - 0 0 0
    T20is 26 0 0 - 0 0 0
    First Class 139 1 18 1 4 0 1.33 0/4 0 0 0
    List A 352 0 0 - 0 0 0
    T20s 97 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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