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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
  • 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 216 205 16 6530 34.55 174* 8629 75.68 15 35 751 43 40 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 341 326 22 10591 34.84 174* 13827 76.6 22 62 1212 94 92 2
    T20s 85 84 5 2151 27.23 83* 1725 124.7 0 15 245 60 28 5
    Bowling
    Format Mat Inns Balls Mdns Runs Wkts Avge Eco SR BBI 4w 5w 10
    Tests 31 0 0 - 0 0 0
    ODIs 216 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 341 0 0 - 0 0 0
    T20s 85 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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