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Popular/Famous Cricketers from Sri lanka: Upal Tharanga

by on February 26, 2011
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Popular/Famous Cricketers from Sri lanka: Upal Tharanga

Upal Tharanga is a left handed batsman from Sri lankan cricket team who acts as a substitute wicket keeper as well. Upal Tharanga has opened batting with Sanath Jayasuriya for a long time since his debut against West Indies, in 2005. Upal Tharanga is an asset for the Sri lankan team. He has scored 13 centuries in 176 ODI career so far. He has scored 28 fifties in his ODI career so far while representing Sri lanka. Upal Tharanga’s batting average remained above 40 for the first 31 matches of his career in ODI but afterwards, being out of form, his batting average slid down to 30. He has a stable average of 34.19 per innings. He has scored 5339 runs in his ODI batting career so far. His highest ODI score is 174 which shows his tendency to deliver a good sustainable batting performance. In test cricket, Tharanga has played 19 matches and scored 1019 runs that include 5 fifties and one century. His highest test score is 165 runs. One of the highlighting features of his career is a record breaking partnership with Sanath Jayasuriya in 2006 series against England in England. He made 109 runs off 102 balls. Sri Lankan did a complete white wash of the host country in this series. 

Upul Tharanga is a brilliant batsman. Since Jayasuriya has lost his form, Tharanga has replaced him in the top order. He still need to get his ferocious form back, and for that he needs to be a little more consistent. He has a natural batting talent.

Given the situation, Tharanga could be a very dangerous player for opponents. He has been in a pretty good form after the 2011 ICC World Cup. If he continued this form, he will definitely make it to the Sri Lankan team squad of 2015 Cricket World Cup. Sri Lanka will definitely have more confidence for 2015 ICC Championship since they are also the winners of 2014 T20 International

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