Romesh Kaluwitharana

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Romesh Kaluwitharana
රොමේෂ් කලුවිතාරණ
Personal information
Full name Romesh Shantha Kaluwitharana
Born (1969-11-24) 24 November 1969 (age 48)
Colombo, Dominion of Ceylon
Nickname Little Kalu, Little Dynamite
Batting Right-hand
Bowling Right-arm medium
Role Batsman, Wicketkeeper, Coach
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 52) 17 August 1992 v Australia
Last Test 28 October 2004 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 61) 8 December 1990 v India
Last ODI 22 February 2004 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
Sebastianites Cricket and Athletic Club
Colts Cricket Club
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI
Matches 49 189
Runs scored 1,933 3,711
Batting average 26.12 22.22
100s/50s 3/9 2/23
Top score 132* 102*
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 93/26 132/75
Source: Cricinfo, 9 February 2016

Romesh Shantha Kaluwitharana (Sinhalese: රොමේෂ් ශාන්ත කලුවිතාරණ; born November 24, 1969) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer who played in 49 Test and 189 ODIs from 1990 to 2004. He was appointed as the interim cricket coach of Malaysia on the 17 May 2008. He was a key member and wicket-keeper for 1996 Cricket World Cup winning team and renowned for his aggressive batting style. His nephew is Nikith Kaluwitharana.

Early career[edit]

His early career made him look like a good Sri Lankan prospect, and the undoubted highlight of his career was the entertaining innings of 132 not out (including 26 boundaries) that he made on Test debut against a powerful Australian side in 1992. However, he failed to deliver on his promise in a declining Sri Lankan team (prior to the revival of Sri Lankan cricket at the 1996 World Cup).

Aggressive Dual[edit]

Once in the national side, he sometimes threw his wicket away due to poor shot-selection and was suspect to the swinging delivery. However, he relished pace and would often be quick to put away any delivery off line or length. His greatest contribution to ODIs came after he was promoted to the top of the batting order to partner opener Sanath Jayasuriya during the 1995–96 tour of Australia, helping to give birth to an aggressive batting approach in the first fifteen overs of fielding restrictions. This new strategy of attacking from the outset heavily contributed to Sri Lanka to win all their matches and secure the 1996 Cricket World Cup as all other teams were not prepared for such an attack. Kaluwitharana was the wicket keeper and opener with Jayasuriya in that world cup series that was captained by Arjuna Ranatunga.[citation needed]

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

Test centuries of Romesh Kaluwitharana
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start date Result
[1] 132* 1  Australia Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 17 August 1992 Lost
[2] 103 9  New Zealand New Zealand Dunedin, New Zealand Carisbrook 7 March 1997 Lost
[3] 100 26  Pakistan Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 4 March 1999 Drawn

ODI centuries[edit]

One Day International centuries of Romesh Kaluwitharana
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
[1] 100* 56  Kenya Kenya Nairobi, Kenya Gymkhana Club Ground 28 September 1996 Won
[2] 102* 156  England Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 27 March 2001 Won

International Awards[edit]

Test Awards[edit]

Man of the Match Awards[edit]

S No Series Season Match Performance Result
1 3rd Test – New Zealand in Sri Lanka Test Series 1998 1st Innings – 28 (78 balls, 4x4) ; WK 1 st.
2nd Innings – 88 (146 balls, 8x4); WK 1 ct. 1 st.
 Sri Lanka won by 164 runs.[1]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 9 January 1996 WK 2 Ct. ; 77 (75 balls: 12x4)  Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets.[2]
2 West Indies WACA Ground, Perth 14 January 1996 50 (54 balls: 5x4, 1x6) ; WK 1 Ct. 1 St.  Sri Lanka won by 16 runs.[3]
3 Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 16 January 1996 WK 2 Ct. ; 74 (68 balls: 8x4)  Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets.[4]
4 New Zealand Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad 20 May 1997 44 (36 balls: 5x4) ; WK 2 ct. 2 st.  Sri Lanka won by 52 runs.[5]
5 Australia R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 31 August 1999 WK 2 St. ; 95* (117 balls: 12x4)  Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets.[6]
6 England Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 27 March 2001 WK ; 102* (117 balls: 20x4)  Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets.[7]
7 New Zealand Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla 13 May 2003 48 (119 balls: 4x4)  Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets.[8]