|Full name||Marvan Samson Atapattu|
22 November 1970 |
Kalutara, Sri Lanka
|Bowling style||Right arm leg spin|
|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|
|1990/91–2006/07||Sinhalese Sports Club|
|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. He has coached Canada and Singapore national cricket teams previously. In April 2014, he was appointed Head Coach of Sri Lankan Cricket Team.
Style and career
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. Then he crossed over to Ananda College, Colombo, where he was subsequently coached by P. W. Perera. 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. 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. He was controversially  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. 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. He has scored centuries against all Test-playing nations.
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.
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.
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- "Atapattu to coach Singapore for 2010". Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- "Marvan Atapattu appointed head coach of Sri Lankan Cricket Team". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
- Obeysekere, Sriyan (27 April 2003). "Marvan's bag of new one-day strategies, a marvel !". Sunday Observer. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
- Basevi, Trevor (8 November 2005). "Statistics – Run outs in ODIs". Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 February 2007.
- "Marvan not ready to throw in the towel yet".
- Atapattu Announces International Retirement, Cricket World, Retrieved on 20 November 2007
- "Most double hundreds in a career". Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- Player profile: Marvan Atapattu from ESPNcricinfo
- Player profile: Marvan Atapattu from CricketArchive
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|Sri Lankan ODI cricket captain
|Marvan Atapattu at the Cricket World Cup|