Marvan Atapattu

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Marvan Atapattu
Personal information
Full name Marvan Samson Atapattu
Born (1970-11-22) 22 November 1970 (age 45)
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

Deshabandu 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] From April 2014 to September 2015, he was the Head Coach of Sri Lankan Cricket Team.[3][4]

Style and career[edit]

Marvan Atapattu started his cricket career as a teenager at Mahinda College, Galle, where Major G. W. S. de Silva was his first cricket coach.[5] Then he crossed over to Ananda College, Colombo, where he was subsequently coached by P. W. Perera.[5] 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.[6] He was controversially [7] 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.[8] 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.[9] He has scored centuries against all Test-playing nations.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2009, Atapattu 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 a one-year period, which was his first full-time assignment of a coach of a national side. His first task was World Cricket League Division 5 in Nepal where the team finished third in the group stage and remained in division 5 for 2012 World League.

In April 2011, after the World Cup, Atapattu was named as the batting coach of Sri Lankan national team and joined interim coach Stuart Law, Champaka Ramanayake and Ruwan Kalpage for the tour of England. Meanwhile, he was considered for the Head Coach job of the team, which eventually went to Paul Farbrace, in 2013. Atapattu was promoted to the post of an assistant coach. Following Farbrace's early unexpected exit in 2014, he was appointed as interim head coach of the team.[10] During this period, Sri Lanka won its first Test series in England in 16 years, with a 1–0 win in its 2014 tour.[11] He officially took over as Head Coach in September 2014, and was the team's first local coach in 15 years. A 5–2 ODI series win during England's 2014 tour of Sri Lanka was the only series win for Sri Lanka after he formally took over. After consecutive Test series defeats against Pakistan and India, he resigned in September 2015.[11]

Player statistics[edit]

Sinhalese Sports Club Ground hosting a Test match in 2001
Atapattu scored three centuries, including 201 not out against England, at the Sinhalese Sport Club Ground.
Key
Symbol Meaning
* Remained not out
dagger Atapattu was man of the match
Balls Balls faced
Pos. Position in the batting order
Inn. The innings of the match
Test The number of the Test match played in that series
S/R Strike rate during the innings
H/A/N Venue was at home (England), away or neutral
Date Date the match was held, or the starting date of match for Test matches
Lost The match was lost by Sri Lanka
Won The match was won by Sri Lanka
Drawn The match was drawn
Tied The match was tied

Test cricket centuries[edit]

Test cricket centuries of Marvan Atapattu
No. Score Against Pos. Inn. Test Venue H/A/N Date Result Ref
1 108  India 2 1 1/3 Punjab C.A. Stadium, Mohali, India Away 19 November 1997 Drawn [12]
2 223  Zimbabwe 2 1 1/2 Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka Home 1 July 1998 Won [13]
3 216* dagger  Zimbabwe 1 2 1/3 Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Away 18 November 1999 Drawn [14]
4 207*  Pakistan 1 1 3/3 Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka Home 28 June 2000 Drawn [15]
5 120  South Africa 1 2 2/3 Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka Home 30 July 2000 Lost [16]
6 201* dagger  England 1 1 1/3 Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri Lanka Home 22 February 2001 Won [17]
7 108  India 1 2 3/3 Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo, Sri Lanka Home 29 August 2001 Won [18]
8 201  Bangladesh 1 2 1/1 Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo, Sri Lanka Home 6 September 2001 Won [19]
9 100*  Zimbabwe 1 3 3/3 Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri Lanka Home 12 January 2002 Won [20]
10 185 dagger  England 1 1 1/3 Lord's, London, England Away 16 May 2002 Drawn [21]
11 118  West Indies 1 1 1/2 Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia Away 20 June 2003 Drawn [22]
12 118  Australia 1 2 3/3 Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo, Sri Lanka Home 24 March 2005 Lost [23]
13 170  Zimbabwe 1 2 1/2 Harare Sports Club, Harare, Zimbabwe Away 6 May 2004 Won [24]
14 249  Zimbabwe 2 1 2/2 Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Away 14 May 2004 Won [25]
15 133  Australia 2 1 2/2 Bundaberg Rum Stadium, Cairns, Australia Away 9 July 2004 Drawn [26]
16 127  New Zealand 2 1 1/2 McLean Park, Napier, New Zealand Away 4 April 2005 Drawn [27]

One Day International centuries[edit]

One Day International centuries of Marvan Atapattu
No. Score Balls Against Pos. Inn. S/R Venue Date Result Ref
1 118 153  India 2 1 77.12 R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka 17 August 1997 Won [28]
2 132* 151  England 3 2 87.41 Lord's, London 20 August 1998 Won [29]
3 119* dagger 135  Pakistan 3 1 88.14 National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan 13 February 2000 Won [30]
4 100 124  Pakistan 4 2 80.64 Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh 7 June 2000 Lost [31]
5 102* 111  India 3 1 91.89 Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates 27 October 2000 Won [32]
6 101 dagger 118  Netherlands 2 1 85.59 R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka 16 September 2002 Won [33]
7 123* dagger 121  South Africa 1 2 101.65 Willowmoore Park, Benoni, South Africa 1 December 2002 Won [34]
8 101 124  Australia 1 1 81.445 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia 9 January 2003 Won [35]
9 124 dagger 129  South Africa 1 1 96.12 Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa 3 March 2003 Tied [36]
10 103* dagger 127  Zimbabwe 1 1 81.10 Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa 15 March 2003 Won [37]
11 111 dagger 114  Pakistan 3 1 97.36 Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan 14 October 2004 Lost [38]

Personal life[edit]

Atapattu was educated 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]

References[edit]

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  38. ^ "Paktel Cup, 6th Match: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Lahore, Oct 14, 2004". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 

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Preceded by
Hashan Tillakaratne
Sri Lankan Test captain
2004–2006
Succeeded by
Mahela Jayawardene
Preceded by
Sanath Jayasuriya
Sri Lankan ODI cricket captain
2003–2006