Upul Tharanga

Full name Upul Tharanga

Born February 2, 1985, Balapitiya

Current age 25 years 352 days

Playing role Batsman

Batting style Left-hand bat

Fielding position Occasional wicketkeeper

Upul Tharanga Picture

Major teams Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Ruhuna, Singha Sports Club, Sri Lanka Board President’s XI, Sri Lanka Board XI

Upul Tharanga Profile

Upul Tharanga’s call-up to the national one-day squad in July 2005 brightened a year marred by the Asian tsunami, which washed away his family home in Ambalangoda, a fishing town on the west coast. From an early age he was tipped for the big time, playing Premier League cricket for Singha CC at the age of 15 and passing seamlessly and successfully through the Sri Lanka under-15, under-17 and under-19 development squads. He first really caught the eye during the under-19 World Cup in 2004 when he cracked 117 against South Africa and then 61 in 42 balls against India in the next game. Then, after a successful tour with the under-19 team to Pakistan, during which he scored half-centuries in each of the two Tests and two one-day matches, the Sri Lankan board sent him to play league cricket in Essex, where he starred for Loughton Cricket Club. He soon graduated to the A team and after accomplished performances against West Indies A earlier he was selected for the national squad a week later. However, it was on the 2006 tour of England that he really began to develop, especially in the one-day game, with an outstanding century at Lord’s in the first match of Sri Lanka’s 5-0 whitewash. Back-to-back centuries followed in the Champions Trophy and he was formed a destructive partnership with Sanath Jayasuriya without having to compromise his natural flair. He is also a skillful wicketkeeper.

Upul Tharanga Batting, Fielding and Bowling
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The above stats are as per date of this post.

Upul Tharanga Career

Test:
2005-2007

ODI:
2005-2010

T20:
2006-2007

Upul Tharanga Test Matches

Debut:
Sri Lanka Vs India at Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera – Ahmedabad – Dec 18, 2005
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs England at Galle International Stadium, Galle – Dec 18, 2007

Upul Tharanga ODI Matches

Debut:
Sri Lanka Vs West Indies at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Rangiri – Aug 02, 2005
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs Australia at Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane – Queensland – Nov 07, 2010

Upul Tharanga T20 Matches

Debut:
Sri Lanka Vs England at The Rose Bowl, Southampton – Jun 15, 2006
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs Australia at Newlands, Cape Town – Sep 20, 2007

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