Isuru Udana

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Isuru Udana
ඉසුරු උදාන
Personal information
Full name Isuru Udana Tillakaratna
Born (1988-02-17) 17 February 1988 (age 30)
Balangoda, Sri Lanka
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Left-arm fast-medium
Role Pace bowler
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 152) 24 July 2012 v India
Last ODI 28 July 2012 v India
ODI shirt no. 17
T20I debut (cap 29) 8 June 2009 v Australia
Last T20I 16 March 2018 v Bangladesh
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008 Tamil Union
2009 Wayamba
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC
Matches 2 16 76
Runs scored - 34 2,110
Batting average - 8.50 25.42
100s/50s -/- 0/0 2/10
Top score - 19* 109*
Balls bowled 72 326 8,471
Wickets 0 14 175
Bowling average - 33.14 29.43
5 wickets in innings 0 0 3
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0
Best bowling 0 3/13 7/58
Catches/stumpings -/– 2/– 45/–
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 18 February 2018

Isuru Udana Tillakaratna (born 17 February 1988), or Isuru Udana, is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer represented Sri Lanka in limited over formats. He currently plays domestic cricket for Tamil Union and Wayamba.

Domestic and franchise career

Udana made his first-class and List A whilst playing for the Sri Lanka A team during their tour to South Africa in August and September 2008. He subsequently went on to play for Tamil Union in both forms during the 2008–09 season. He was then selected by Wayamba to play in both the first-class and Twenty20 portions of the Sri Lankan Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament. In the Twenty20 final against Basnahira South he was named Man of the Match after taking 4–31, including 4 of the top 5 batsman.[1] He was also named player of the tournament.[2]

In the Sri Lanka Premier League which was held in August 2012, he managed to showcase his all-round talent by taking regular wickets for his team Wayamba United, and chipping in with the bat at times. His key performance came against Uva Next in the tournament semi final when he scored 42 which almost helped Wayamba to pull off an impossible chase from 27/7 to 151-8.[3]In that same semi final clash he along with Azhar Mahmood set the highest ever 8th wicket partnership in any forms of T20s(120)[4][5]

On 22 September 2010 while playing for Wayamba in the 2010 Champions League T20, Udana completed a rare feat by taking a hat-trick of two (legal) deliveries. Mathew Sinclair, the second wicket of the hat-trick was out stumped off a wide-ball.[6][7]Isuru Udana also became the first bowler to take a hattrick in Champions League T20 history.

In April 2018, he was named in Kandy's squad for the 2018 Super Provincial One Day Tournament.[8] He was the leading wicket-taker for Kandy in the tournament, with ten dismissals in six matches.[9]

On 3 June 2018, he was selected to play for the Montreal Tigers in the players' draft for the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada tournament.[10][11]

International career

Udana was selected in the Sri Lanka squad for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20.[12] He made his Twenty20 international debut on 8 June 2009 against Australia. He played in 5 of Sri Lanka's 7 games in the tournament, including their loss in the final to Pakistan.[13]

Udana failed to continue his domestic success at the international level, and subsequently was dropped from the side after the home series against Pakistan in 2009. He made a comeback into the Sri Lankan squad in 2012 when the selection panel headed by Ashantha de Mel named him for the T20s against Pakistan at home. He was then selected for the ODIs against India which followed the Pakistan series, but again failed to deliver. His only significant contribution in that series was a direct hit to run out Gautam Gambhir at a key moment in one of the games.

After a long scarce in international arena, Udana got a chance to play in Tenty20 International series against New Zealand in 2016. The comeback was very good at first few balls in the second T20I, where easy catch of Martin Guptill was dropped by Thisara Perera on Udana's bowling. Since then, Udana was brutally hit by New Zealanders and Udana gave 34 runs in his 3 overs, where New Zealand won the match by 9 wickets only in the 10th over.

In May 2018, he was one of 33 cricketers to be awarded a national contract by Sri Lanka Cricket ahead of the 2018–19 season.[14][15]

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

References

  1. ^ Basnahira South v Wayamba, CricInfo
  2. ^ Udana stars in Wayamba's title win, CricInfo
  3. ^ "Oram stars as Uva upset Wayamba". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  4. ^ "1st Semi Final: Wayamba United v Uva Next at Colombo (RPS), Aug 28, 2012 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  5. ^ "Records | Twenty20 matches | Partnership records | Highest partnerships by wicket | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  6. ^ Champions League 19th Match, 2010, Cricinfo
  7. ^ "Wayamba thrash Central Districts for consolation win". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  8. ^ "SLC Super Provincial 50 over tournament squads and fixtures". The Papare. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  9. ^ "2018 Super Provincial One Day Tournament: Kandy Batting and Bowling Averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 May 2018. 
  10. ^ "Global T20 Canada: Complete Squads". SportsKeeda. Retrieved 4 June 2018. 
  11. ^ "Global T20 Canada League – Full Squads announced". CricTracker. Retrieved 4 June 2018. 
  12. ^ Isuru Udana in Sri Lanka's World Twenty20 squad, CricInfo
  13. ^ Pakistan v Sri Lanka, CricInfo
  14. ^ "Sri Lanka assign 33 national contracts with pay hike". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 22 May 2018. 
  15. ^ "Sri Lankan players to receive pay hike". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 May 2018. 

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