|Full name||Umagiliya Durage Upul Chandana|
7 May 1972 |
Galle, Sri Lanka
|Test debut (cap 77)||12 March 1999 v Pakistan|
|Last Test||11 April 2005 v New Zealand|
|ODI debut (cap 78)||14 April 1994 v Australia|
|Last ODI||25 July 2007 v Bangladesh|
|Domestic team information|
|Nondescripts Cricket Club|
|Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club|
|ICL World XI|
|Source: , 11 July 2010|
Umagiliya Durage Upul Chandana (born May 7, 1972 in Galle) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer. He was more specifically a leg spin bowler and was also an outstanding fielder. He was a key member for Sri Lanka in 1996 Cricket World Cup winning team.
Chandana was considered to be the best leg spinner ever played for Sri Lanka. After him, there was no such effective leg spinner came to the side, only Malinga Bandara and Seekkuge Prasanna become successful in later stages. He was also a competent lower-order batsman, having scored a total of seven half-centuries at international level. He had two main variations in his bowling: a leg break and a googly.
Upul Chandana started his cricketing carrier as a teenager at Mahinda College, Galle. Despite making his ODI debut in 1994 aged 21, Chandana had to wait for five years to be included in the Test team. It came in the Asian Test Championship Final in March 1999 against Pakistan. Chandana bowled 47.5 overs in the first innings and finished with 6 for 179.
Over the next few years he made sporadic appearances for Sri Lanka and in 2002 he was named as captain of Sri Lanka A. They played an unofficial Test series against Kenya and Chandana topped both the batting and bowling averages. This helped him work his way back into the side in 2003 and after a match-winning innings against West Indies at Bridgetown, he became a regular player in the one day team. Chasing 313 for victory, he was promoted up the order to 5 and smashed 89 off just 71 deliveries with 6 sixes.
When Muttiah Muralitharan withdrew from the 2004 tour to Australia, Chandana came into the Test side as the main spin bowler. Despite being expensive, he took a ten wicket haul in the 2nd Test at Cazaly's Stadium in Cairns.
Chandana has played cricket in England for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and represented Nondescripts in Sri Lankan domestic cricket. Chandana retired from Test cricket on October 15, 2007 and then joined the Indian Cricket League, playing for the Kolkata Tigers and ICL World XI. He with four other Sri Lankan cricketers were banned due to the involvement for ICL in 2008, but the decision was lifted on 2009, where they were able to play for Sri Lanka again in international cricket. Chandana was selected for Bangladesh tour in Sri Lanka in 2009. He retired from all international cricket with this tournament.
Test 10 Wicket hauls
|1||10/210||12||Australia||Cazaly's Stadium, Australia||Australia||2004|
Test 5 Wicket hauls
|1||6/179||1||Pakistan||Bangabandhu National Stadium, Bangladesh||Bangladesh||1999|
|2||5/109||12||Australia||Cazaly's Stadium, Australia||Australia||2004|
|3||5/101||12||Australia||Cazaly's Stadium, Australia||Australia||2004|
ODI 5 Wicket hauls
|1||5/61||126||South Africa||SSC, Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||2004|
- "Final: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Mar 12-15, 1999". espncricinfo. Retrieved 2011-12-13.