Picture of Marvan Atapattu

Marvan Atapattu

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Leg break
Played for:
Sri Lanka, Delhi Giants, ICL World, Southern Districts, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lankan Invitation XI, Southern Province, Sinhalese Sports Club, Western Prov City, Western Prov South, Youth XI, Young Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Under-19
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI | Batsman
Home country:
Sri Lanka
November 22, 1970, Kalutara


One of the most technically gifted batsmen Sri Lanka has ever produced, Marvan Atapattu started off his career as a teenager at Mahindra College before moving to Ananda College, Colombo. He began his international career when the glorious era of the nineties was about to begin.

Atapattu was considered as an understudy for three years before being appointed captain of the ODI side in April 2003. In early 2004 with the Sri Lankan side facing a rough patch he was appointed captain of the Test side as well and he created an immediate impact as he prevented the Lankans from slipping any further. He had the backing of the dressing room and was an on-the-face captain. By mid 2004 he brought the Lankans back on track leading them to an Asia Cup win and a series whitewash over South Africa. His career was hampered due to a back injury that forced him out of the squad. He slowly forced his way back into the side but his issues with the selectors forced him to retire from all forms of the game.

In a career spanning almost two decades, Atapattu averaged 38.90 with 16 centuries, including six doubles in his Test Career and 37.57 in ODI's with 11 centuries. Following his retirement, the veteran was appointed batting coach of Sri Lanka in 2011, and in 2012 he was named coach of the Singapore national side. A year later, Atapattu was promoted to the post of assistant coach of Sri Lanka.

Fast Facts

  • Marvan Atapattu scored six double hundreds in his career joining the likes of Don Bradman, Wally Hammond and Brian Lara.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 90 156 5502 15 39.02 44.42 16 17 249
ODI 268 259 8529 32 37.57 67.72 11 59 132*
T20 2 1 5 0 5.00 62.50 0 0 5
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 90 5 48 24 1 1/9 / 24.00 3.00 0 0 0 2
ODI 268 2 51 41 0 0/4 / - 4.82 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 58 0 7
ODI 70 0 31
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 18 8 6 0 4 44.44
ODI 63 35 27 0 1 55.56


Sri Lanka Vs India at Sector 16 Stadium, Chandigarh - Nov 23, 1990
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs Australia at Bellerive Oval, Hobart - Tasmania - Nov 16, 2007
Sri Lanka Vs India at Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur - Dec 01, 1990
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs India at ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam - Feb 17, 2007
Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand at WestpacTrust Stadium,Wellington - Dec 22, 2006
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland - Dec 26, 2006