Upul Tharanga

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Upul Tharanga
උපුල් තරංග
Personal information
Full name Warushavithana Upul Tharanga
Born (1985-02-02) 2 February 1985 (age 31)
Balapitiya, Sri Lanka
Nickname Upula
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Batting style Left-handed
Role Opening batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 103) 18 December 2005 v India
Last Test 28 Aug -1 Sept 2015 v India
ODI debut (cap 125) 2 August 2005 v West Indies
Last ODI 4 September 2016 v Australia
T20I debut (cap 11) 15 June 2006 v England
Last T20I 7 August 2012 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
2000–01 Singha Sports Club
2003–present Nondescripts Cricket Club
2007–present Ruhuna
2014 Kandurata Maroons
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs T20I LA
Matches 21 188 10 311
Runs scored 1,117 5,526 131 9,562
Batting average 30.18 32.89 13.10 34.03
100s/50s 1/5 13/29 -/- 20/56
Top score 165 174* 37 174*
Balls bowled -
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling -
Catches/stumpings 17/– 33/– 1/- 84/2
Source: Cricinfo, 4 September 2016

Warushavithana Upul Tharanga (born 2 February 1985), commonly known as Upul Tharanga (Sinhalese: උපුල් තරංග), is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer, plays for all formats of the game. He is a left-handed opening batsman and occasional wicket-keeper.

Early life[edit]

Upul Tharanga had his education at Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda. He started his cricket career as a teenager at his school. Having played for Nondescripts since the age of 15, he played for Sri Lanka's under-15, under-17 and under-19 squads. He had a successful under-19 World Cup in 2004 with successful innings of 117 and 61 in successive games. He was sent by the Sri Lankan cricketing board to play league cricket for Loughton Cricket Club in Essex.

Tharanga's Sri Lankan call-up in July 2005 made for a mixed 2005, after his family home was washed away by the Asian tsunami. His equipment, which was also washed away, was replaced by Kumar Sangakkara. Tharanga graduated to the "A" team and in July he was selected for the full squad.

International career[edit]

On the 2006 tour of England he really began to develop, particularly in the one-day game, scoring over 300 runs in Sri Lanka's 5–0 whitewash of the hosts. In addition, Tharanga is also well known for taking part in a record-breaking first wicket partnership with Sanath Jayasuriya in the final match of this series. He finished off with 109 off 102 balls, and played a pivotal role in completing the whitewash against England.

Tharanga lost his form in the 2007 World Cup scoring only one half century (against New Zealand) he then continued his poor run of form in the home series against England in 2007 where he failed to contribute and often fell before the 10th over often resulting in a middle-order collapse. Subsequently he lost his ODI place to Malinda Warnapura and his test place to Michael Vandort but he remains within the squad.

However, in the 2011 World Cup, he is back to performing remarkably. In the quarter-final game against England, his partnership with Dilshan could not be pierced. Together they wrapped up the game, each acquiring centuries. His strong form has returned him to the opening position in the strong Sri-Lankan batting line up.

He has also come in for special praise from Jayasuriya, one of the greats of cricket, saying that he could be the next captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team.

Upul Tharanga is the second batsman in the world who was involved with 7 times 200+ partnerships in ODI cricket. The only other player to achieve this feat is Ricky Ponting.[1]

On 2 July 2013, Upul Tharanga scored the second highest ODI score of 174* by a Sri Lankan only behind Sanath Jayasuriya who scored 189 against India. With that innings he became the 9th Sri Lankan player to pass 5000 runs margin. Despite of his low match participation, he has earned 13 centuries and 11 man of the match titles for his name throughout his international career.

After 8 years of scarcity for Test cricket, Tharanga was called to the third Test match against Pakistan on 3 July 2015. He was used as the replacement for Kumar Sangakkara who did play for first two Tests, but not to third Test at Kandy, due to his retirement consideration during India tour.[2] He scored 46 runs in the first innings and 48 in the second innings. However, Sri Lanka lost the series by 2-1.

Tharanga, who had a long ODI scarcity, was included to the ODI squad against Pakistan. Due to the retirement of Kumar Sangakkara, the number three position had a vacant and Sri Lanka cricket selected Tharanga for the crucial number three position in ODIs.

Upul Tharanga
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  Sri Lanka
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2014 Incheon Team

Doping violation[edit]

A urine sample provided by Tharanga after the world cup semi-final against New Zealand on 29 March 2011 was found to have metabolites of two glucocorticosteroidsprednisone and prednisolone, which are banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.[3][4] Tharanga initially claimed he had taken some medication for asthma and had no idea it was a banned drug.[5]

An independent anti-doping tribunal was convened at which Tharanga pleaded guilty, claiming he had taken some herbal remedy to ease discomfort caused by a long-standing shoulder injury.[3] The tribunal accepted that Tharanga "had no intention to enhance his sporting performance or to mask the use of another performance enhancing substance, but that he had failed to satisfy the high levels of personal responsibility implicit upon him as an international cricketer subject to anti-doping rules".[3] The tribunal found Tharanga guilty of breaching the ICC Anti-Doping Code and banned him from all cricket and cricket-related activities for a three-month period (9 May 2011 to 8 August 2011).[3][6][7]

International centuries[edit]

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career

Test centuries[edit]

Test centuries of Upul Tharanga
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
[1] 165 3  Bangladesh Bangladesh Bogra, Bangladesh Shaheed Chandu Stadium 8 March 2006 Won

One Day International centuries[edit]

One Day International centuries of Upul Tharanga
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
[1] 105 5  Bangladesh Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka R Premadasa Stadium 2 September 2005 Won
[2] 103 12  New Zealand New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand AMI Stadium 3 January 2006 Lost
[3] 120 23  England United Kingdom London, England, United Kingdom Lord's Cricket Ground 17 June 2006 Won
[4] 109 27  England United Kingdom Leeds, England, United Kingdom Headingley Stadium 1 July 2006 Won
[5] 105 31  Bangladesh India Chandigarh, India PCA Stadium 7 October 2006 Won
[6] 121 32  Zimbabwe India Ahmedabad, India Sardar Patel Stadium 10 October 2006 Won
[7] 118 86  India India Kolkata, India Eden Gardens 24 December 2009 Lost
[8] 118* 90  Bangladesh Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla Stadium 8 January 2010 Won
[9] 101* 111  West Indies Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 3 February 2011 Won
[10] 133 117  Zimbabwe Sri Lanka Kandy, Sri Lanka Pallekele Cricket Stadium 10 March 2011 Won
[11] 102* 119  England Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka R Premadasa Stadium 26 March 2011 Won
[12] 111 139  Australia Sri Lanka Hambantota, Sri Lanka MRIC Stadium 16 August 2011 Won
[13] 174* 164  India Jamaica Kingston, Jamaica Sabina Park 2 July 2013 Won

International awards[edit]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match Awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Bangladesh R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 2 September 2005 105 (110 balls: 9x4)  Sri Lanka won by 75 runs[8]
2 New Zealand AMI Stadium, Christchurch 3 January 2006 103 (125 balls: 14x4)  New Zealand won by 5 wickets[9]
3 England Lord's, London 17 June 2006 120 (156 balls: 14x4)  Sri Lanka won by 20 runs[10]
4 Bangladesh PCA Stadium, Mohali 7 October 2006 105 (129 balls: 11x4, 1x6)  Sri Lanka won by 37 runs[11]
5 Zimbabwe Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad 10 October 2006 110 (130 balls: 13x4, 1x6)  Sri Lanka won by 144 runs[12]
6 Bangladesh Shere Bangla Stadium, Dhaka 8 January 2010 1 ct. ; 118* (126 balls: 18x4)  Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets[13]
7 New Zealand Rangiri Dambulla Stadium, Dambulla 13 August 2010 70 (109 balls: 9x4)  Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets[14]
8 Australia SCG, Sydney 5 November 2010 86* (112 balls: 6x4)  Sri Lanka won by 29 runs (D/L)[15]
9 West Indies SSC, Colombo 3 February 2011 101* (143 balls: 7x4)  Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (D/L)[16]
10 Australia MRIC Stadium, Hambantota 16 August 2011 111 (139 balls: 12x4)  Sri Lanka won by 78 runs[17]
11 India Sabina Park, Kingston 2 July 2013 174* (159 balls: 19x4, 3x6) ; 1 ct.  Sri Lanka won by 161 runs[18]


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  2. ^ "Tharanga called in as replacement for Sangakkara". Cricbuzz. 3 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Upul Tharanga found guilty of breaching ICC Anti-Doping Code". International Cricket Council. 24 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Pathirana, Saroj (8 June 2011). "Sri Lanka confirm Upul Tharanga dope test positive". BBC Sport. 
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