Picture of Upul Tharanga

Upul Tharanga

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Played for:
Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Sri Lanka Emerging Players, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Ruhuna, Singha Sports Club, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lankan Invitation XI, Sri Lanka Schools, Western Province (SL), Sri Lanka Under-19, Uva Next, Rest of Sri Lanka, Kandurata Maroons, Mohammedan Sporting Club, Udarata Rulers, Galle, Kurunegala Warriors, Rajshahi Kings, Sri Lankans
Roles played:
Skipper-ODI,T20 | Batsman
ICC Rank:
Home country:
Sri Lanka
February 02, 1985, Balapitiya


Left-handed batsman, Upul Tharanga is an absolute delight to watch once he gets going. However, he has been finding it difficult to cement his place in the Sri Lankan squad even after playing over 100 ODIs.

Tharanga debuted for his club side Nondescripts and was part of Sri Lanka's Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 teams. After a successful Under-19 World Cup and a good Under-19 series in Pakistan, he was selected to make his ODI debut against West Indies in 2005. In only his fifth match, he slammed his maiden century against Bangladesh. Tharanga made his Test debut against India the same year falling just short of a half century in the 2nd innings. However, he could not continue on his good start and after being granted numerous opportunities, he was dropped from the Test team. But the selectors persisted with him in ODIs and he repaid their faith with an excellent series in England where he scored over 300 runs in five games. Tharanga was selected ahead of the struggling ex-captain Marvan Atapattu for the 2007 World Cup but failed miserably notching a solitary fifty in his five games and a poor home series against England led to his being dropped from the ODI squad. His lean patch continued even after his comeback in 2008 but he was Sri Lanka's most consistent batsman on their away tour to India in 2009. Post the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, Tharanga was banned for 3 months after he was found guilty of breaching ICC's Code of Conduct. In 2012, he was signed by Uva Next for Sri Lanka's inaugural Premier League and was also named in the Champions League T20 squad.

When in form, Tharanga is one of the game's most flowing batsmen. His cover drive and down-the-wicket shots are on par with the best in the world. He is also capable of clearing the field at ease. But his footwork is suspect and he also has a tendency to throw away his wicket when well set.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 31 58 1754 3 31.89 54.60 3 8 165
ODI 215 204 6481 16 34.47 75.50 15 35 174*
T20 17 17 221 0 13.00 115.10 0 0 37
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 24 0 1
ODI 41 0 11
T20 2 0 1
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
ODI 22 4 16 0 2 18.18
T20 6 3 3 0 0 50


Sri Lanka Vs India at Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera - Ahmedabad - Dec 18, 2005
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs India at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy - Aug 12, 2017
Sri Lanka Vs West Indies at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Rangiri - Aug 02, 2005
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs Pakistan at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah - Oct 23, 2017
Sri Lanka Vs England at The Rose Bowl, Southampton - Jun 15, 2006
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs India at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo - Sep 06, 2017