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Romesh Kaluwitharana

Romesh Kaluwitharana
Personal information
Full name Romesh Shantha Kaluwitharana
Born (1969-11-24) 24 November 1969
Colombo, Dominion of Ceylon
Nickname Little Kalu, Little Dynamite
Batting style Right-hand
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role Batsman, Wicketkeeper
International information
Test debut (cap 52) 17 August 1992 v Australia
Last Test 28 October 2004 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 61) 8 December 1990 v India
Last ODI 22 February 2004 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
Sebastianites Cricket and Athletic Club
Colts Cricket Club
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI
Matches 49 189
Runs scored 1,933 3,711
Batting average 26.12 22.22
100s/50s 3/9 2/23
Top score 132* 102*
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 93/26 132/75
Source: [1], 9 February 2006

Romesh Shantha Kaluwitharana (born November 24, 1969) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer who played in 49 Test and 189 ODIs from 1990 to 2004. He was appointed as the interim cricket coach of Malaysia on the 17th of May 2008. He was a key member and wicket-keeper for 1996 Cricket World Cup winning team.

Early career

His early career made him look like a good Sri Lankan prospect, and the undoubted highlight of his career was the entertaining innings of 132 not out (including 26 boundaries) that he made on Test debut against a powerful Australian side in 1992. However, he failed to deliver on his promise in a declining Sri Lankan team (prior to the revival of Sri Lankan cricket at the 1996 World Cup).

Aggressive Dual

Once in the national side, he sometimes threw his wicket away due to poor shot-selection and was suspect to the swinging delivery. However, he relished pace and would often be quick to put away any delivery off line or length. His greatest contribution to ODIs came after he was promoted to the top of the batting order to partner opener Sanath Jayasuriya during the 1995–96 tour of Australia, helping to give birth to an aggressive batting approach in the first fifteen overs of fielding restrictions. This new strategy of attacking from the outset heavily contributed to Sri Lanka to win all their matches and secure the 1996 Cricket World Cup as all other teams were not prepared for such an attack. Kaluwitharana was the wicket keeper and opener with Jayasuriya in that world cup series that was captained by Arjuna Ranatunga.

The two of them revolutionized the one day game and their tactics are now commonly used by limited overs openers. The two were commonly known as Little Dynamite and Master Blaster by commentators due to the fast attacking batting display where the fielding team has been devastated.

Kaluwitharana has spent a number of years contributing to charity work in the impoverished Northern part of Sri-Lanka along with his long-time cricket companion Muttiah Muralitharan.

Kalu was also admired by the critics due to unorthodox wicket-keeping display which given him lot of stumpings at that time.

Career Centuries

Test Centuries

The following table illustrates a summary of the Test centuries scored by Romesh Kaluwitharana

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career
Test Centuries of Romesh Kaluwitharana
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 132* 1  Australia Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 1992
[2] 103 9  New Zealand Dunedin, New Zealand Carisbrook 1997
[3] 100 26 Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 1999

One Day International Centuries

ODI Centuries of Romesh Kaluwitharana
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 100* 56 Nairobi, Kenya Gymkhana Club Ground 1996
[2] 102* 156 Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2001
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