Marvan Atapattu

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Marvan Atapattu
Personal information
Full name Marvan Samson Atapattu
Born (1970-11-22) 22 November 1970 (age 44)
Kalutara, Sri Lanka
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm leg spin
Role Opening batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 46) 23 November 1990 v India
Last Test 16 November 2007 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 59) 1 December 1990 v India
Last ODI 17 February 2007 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
1990/91–2006/07 Sinhalese Sports Club
2007–2008 Delhi Giants
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC List A
Matches 90 268 228 329
Runs scored 5,502 8,529 14,591 10,802
Batting average 39.02 37.57 48.79 39.42
100s/50s 16/17 11/59 47/53 18/71
Top score 249 132* 253* 132*
Balls bowled 48 51 1,302 81
Wickets 1 0 19 1
Bowling average 24.00 36.42 64.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/9 0/4 3/19 1/12
Catches/stumpings 58/– 70/– 150/– 91/–
Source: CricketArchive, 27 September 2008

Marvan Samson Atapattu (born 22 November 1970 in Kalutara) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer and former Sri Lankan captain.[1] He has coached Canada and Singapore national cricket teams previously.[2] In April 2014, he was appointed Head Coach of Sri Lankan Cricket Team.[3]

Style and career[edit]

Marvan Atapattu is one of the most technically correct batsmen that Sri Lanka has ever produced. He started his cricket career as a teenager at Mahinda College, Galle, where Major G. W. S. de Silva was his first cricket coach.[4] Then he crossed over to Ananda College, Colombo, where he was subsequently coached by P. W. Perera.[4] Making his Test debut in November 1990 just after his 20th birthday, his first six innings yielded five ducks and a 1, but supporters insist that his debut-innings duck puts him in good company with batsmen such as Mike Atherton, Graham Gooch, Len Hutton, Saeed Anwar and Wasim Akram, who all made debut-innings ducks and went on to score at least 2500 Test runs.[citation needed] After this difficult start in his first three matches, he did not score above 29 in his next 11 innings, before hitting his first Test century in his 10th match, against India, seven years after his debut. He has 22 Test-match career ducks and 4 pairs (two ducks in a single match), both records for a top-order batsman. He made his one-Day International debut against India at Nagpur.He was appointed as captain of the one-day team on April 2003. He registered his highest Test score of 249 against Zimbabwe in 2004, sharing a 438-run partnership with Kumar Sangakkara for the second wicket.

Atapattu is a skilful fielder with an accurate throw. A report prepared by Cricinfo in late 2005 showed that since the 1999 Cricket World Cup, he had effected the second highest number of run-outs in ODI cricket of any fieldsman, with the seventh highest success rate.[5] He was controversially [6] left out of the squad for the 2007 Cricket World Cup, and as a result, asked for his removal from the list of Sri Lanka contracted players. Atapattu was to miss the 2007–08 tour of Australia, but was added to the squad after the intervention of Sri Lankan Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge. Atapattu played solidly in the First Test, but subsequently angrily labelled the selectors: "A set of Muppets, basically, headed by a joker," at a post-stumps press conference.

After Sri Lanka lost the series 2–0, Atapattu announced his international retirement after the second Test at Hobart.[7] He finished with 5,502 Test runs at an average of 39.02 in 90 Tests with a One-day International average of 37.57 after hitting 8,529 runs in 268 matches. Atapattu scored six double centuries and sixteen centuries in his Test cricket career.[8] He has scored centuries against all Test-playing nations.

Coaching Career[edit]

In 2009, he had a coaching stint with the Fingara Cricket Academy a coaching facility in Sri Lanka.

He had a short stint as Canada's batting coach in early 2009 subsequently helping them qualify for the 2011 World Cup.

In 2010, he was named as head coach of the Singaporean cricket team for one year. This was Atapattu's first full-time assignment of a coach of a national side. His first task was World Cricket League Division 5 in Nepal where they finish third in the group stage and remained in division 5 for 2012 World Cricket League.

In April 2011, after the 2011 World Cup, he was named as batting coach and joined interim coach Stuart Law, Champaka Ramanayake and Ruwan Kalpage for the tour of England.

Meanwhile he was considered a candidate for the Head Coach job of the Sri Lanka cricket team.

In 2013, he was in race to become the successor to national coach Graham Ford. Eventually, Paul Farbrace was selected. He was promoted to the post of assistant coach in 2013. After Farbrace's early unexpected exit Marvan was appointed as interim head coach of Sri Lankan team.

Player statistics[edit]

Career Performance[edit]

Marvan Atapattu's career performance graph.

Test Centuries[edit]

The following table illustrates a summary of the Test centuries scored by Marvan Atapattu.

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career
Test Centuries of Marvan Atapattu
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
1 108 10  India Mohali, India Punjab C.A. Stadium 1997
2 223 13  Zimbabwe Kandy, Sri Lanka Asgiriya Stadium 1998
3 216* 27  Zimbabwe Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club 1999
4 207* 35  Pakistan Kandy, Sri Lanka Asgiriya Stadium 2000
5 120 37  South Africa Kandy, Sri Lanka Asgiriya Stadium 2000
6 201* 42  England Galle, Sri Lanka Galle Stadium 2001
7 108 47  India Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2001
8 201 48  Bangladesh Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2001
9 100* 54  Zimbabwe Galle, Sri Lanka Galle Stadium 2002
10 185 56  England London, England Lord's 2002
11 118 64  West Indies Gros Islet, Saint Lucia Beausejour Stadium 2003
12 118 71  Australia Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2004
13 170 72  Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2004
14 249 73  Zimbabwe Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club 2004
15 133 75  Australia Cairns, Australia Bundaberg Rum Stadium 2004
16 127 80  New Zealand Napier, New Zealand McLean Park 2005

One Day International Centuries[edit]

The following table illustrates a summary of the ODI centuries scored by Marvan Atapattu.

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career
One Day International Centuries of Marvan Atapattu
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
1 118 27  India Colombo, Sri Lanka R.Premadasa Stadium 1997
2 132* 50  England London, UK Lord's 1998
3 119* 90  Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 2000
4 100 96  Pakistan Dhaka, Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium 2000
5 102* 107  India Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Sharjah C.A. Stadium 2000
6 101 164  Netherlands Colombo, Sri Lanka R.Premadasa Stadium 2002
7 123* 170  South Africa Benoni, South Africa Willowmoore Park 2002
8 101 176  Australia Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 2003
9 124 186  South Africa Durban, South Africa Kingsmead 2003
10 103* 189  Zimbabwe East London, South Africa Buffalo Park 2003
11 111 223  Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 2004

Personal life[edit]

Marvan Atapattu had his education at Mahinda College, Galle and Ananda College, Colombo. He is married to Neluni Atapattu, an accountant by profession. Marvan and Neluni have two daughters.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Marvan Atapattu". Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Atapattu to coach Singapore for 2010". Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Marvan Atapattu appointed head coach of Sri Lankan Cricket Team". IANS. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Obeysekere, Sriyan (27 April 2003). "Marvan's bag of new one-day strategies, a marvel !". Sunday Observer. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Basevi, Trevor (8 November 2005). "Statistics – Run outs in ODIs". Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 February 2007. 
  6. ^ "Marvan not ready to throw in the towel yet". 
  7. ^ Atapattu Announces International Retirement, Cricket World, Retrieved on 20 November 2007
  8. ^ "Most double hundreds in a career". Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Hashan Tillakaratne
Sri Lankan Test captain
Succeeded by
Mahela Jayawardene
Preceded by
Sanath Jayasuriya
Sri Lankan ODI cricket captain