Upul Chandana

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Upul Chandana
උපුල් චන්දන
Personal information
Full name Umagiliya Durage Upul Chandana
Born (1972-05-07) 7 May 1972 (age 46)
Galle, Sri Lanka
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Legbreak
Role All rounder
International information
National side
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
Years Team
Nondescripts Cricket Club
Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club
Kolkata Tigers
ICL World XI
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI
Matches 16 147
Runs scored 616 1627
Batting average 26.78 17.30
100s/50s -/2 -/5
Top score 92 89
Balls bowled 2685 6142
Wickets 37 151
Bowling average 41.48 31.90
5 wickets in innings 3 1
10 wickets in match 1 n/a
Best bowling 6/179 5/61
Catches/stumpings 7/- 77/-
Source: Cricinfo, 11 July 2010

Umagiliya Durage Upul Chandana (born May 7, 1972 in Galle), or Upul Chandana, 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 of the 1996 Cricket World Cup winning team.

Chandana is considered to be one of the best leg spinners ever played for Sri Lanka. He was also a competent lower-order batsman, having scored a total of seven half-centuries at international level.

Personal life

On 6 August 2009, Chandana launched a new sports store called 'CHANDANA SPORTS' – in Colombo. situated in Wijerama, Nugegoda [1]

School times

Upul Chandana started his cricketing career as a teenager at Mahinda College, Galle.

Domestic career

Chandana has played county cricket in England for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and represented Nondescripts in Sri Lankan.

Chandana joined the Indian Cricket League, playing for the Kolkata Tigers and ICL World XI, and with four other Sri Lankan cricketers was banned, but the decision was lifted on 2009.

International career

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.[2]

Over the next few years he made sporadic appearances for Sri Lanka and in 2002 he was named as captain of Sri Lanka A, when 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, Chasing 313 for victory, he was promoted up the order to 5 and smashed 89 off just 71 deliveries with 6 sixes. Since then he was a regular player in the one day team for the next few years.

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. Till date (August 2016) he is the only Sri Lankan bowler to take ten wickets in a test match in Australia.

Upul Chandana has the record for the highest test score when batting at number 9 position for Sri Lanka(92).[3]

Chandana retired from international cricket on October 15, 2007 after Bangladesh tour.

International Record

Test 10 Wicket hauls

# Figures Match Opponent Venue Country Year
1 10/210 12  Australia Cazaly's Stadium, Australia Australia 2004

Test 5 Wicket hauls

# Figures Match Opponent Venue Country Year
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

# Figures Match Opponent Venue Country Year
1 5/61 126  South Africa SSC, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 2004



Wicket No. Batsman How Out Ground Year
1  Ijaz Ahmed (PAK) Stumped (H Tillakaratne) Bangabandhu Stadium 1999


Wicket No. Batsman How Out Ground Year
1  Roger Harper (WIN) Caught (R Kaluwitharana) Queen's Park Oval 1996
50  Ajay Jadeja (IND) Caught (M Jayawardene) R Premadasa Stadium 1999
100  Chris Read (ENG) Caught (M Jayawardene) Rangiri Dambulla Stadium 2003
150  Virender Sehwag (IND) Caught (T.M Dilshan) MSC Stadium 2005

International awards

One-Day International Cricket

Man of the Match awards

No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club, Harare 15 December 1999 26 (28 balls: 1x4); 7-1-21-3  Sri Lanka won by 98 runs.[4]
2 West Indies Kensington Oval, Bridgetown 8 June 2003 4-0-40-0 ; 89 (71 balls: 6x4, 4x6)  Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets.[5]
3 Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club, Harare 27 April 2004 51 (55 balls: 5x4); 7-0-23-2  Sri Lanka won by 72 runs.[6]
4 South Africa Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 31 August 2004 12 (6 balls: 2x4); 9.1-0-61-5, 1 ct.  Sri Lanka won by 49 runs.[7]


  1. ^ http://www.islandcricket.lk/blogs/sanath189/upul-chanda-opens-his-chandana-sports-shop-in-colombo-today
  2. ^ "Final: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Mar 12–15, 1999". espncricinfo. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
  3. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  4. ^ "1999-2000 Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka - 3rd Match - Harare".
  5. ^ "2002-2003 West Indies v Sri Lanka - 2nd Match - Bridgetown, Barbados".
  6. ^ "2003-2004 Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka - 4th Match - Harare".
  7. ^ "2004-2005 Sri Lanka v South Africa - 5th Match - Colombo".

External links

  • Upul Chandana at ESPNcricinfo
  • Upul Chandana at CricketArchive (subscription required)
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