Top 5 Sri Lankan "mystery" wrist-spinners that faded away after a great start
#4 Upul Chandana
Many from the 90s generation will remember this lanky leg-spinner. Upul Chandana had several tricks up his sleeve during his playing days and was an outstanding fielder. This member of the 1996 World Cup winning team, certainly did not fulfil his potential with only 37 test wickets and 32 ODI wickets to his name at the end of his career. Chandana was also a competent lower-order batsman and scored 12 international half centuries.
This Galle born leg-spinner made his ODI debut at a young age of 21 in 1994. However, he had to wait for 5 long years to be included in the test squad, which happened against Pakistan in March 1999. It was the final of the Asian Test championship and Chandana rose to the occasion with outstanding figures of 6 for 179, bowling 47.5 overs in the innings.
With Muttiah Muralitharan being the main spinner of the side in his days, Upul’s appearances for Sri Lanka became sporadic before fading away completely. In 2004, when Murali withdrew from the tour of Australia, Chandana came into the side as the main spinner and bowled exceedingly well in the 2nd match picking up 10 wickets. The leggie retired from international cricketer in 2007 and later was part of the Indian Cricket League, playing for the Kolkata Tigers.