Isuru Udana Tillakaratna is a professional cricketer from Sri Lanka who has represented Sri Lanka in limited over formats. He was born on 17 February 1988 in Balangoda, Sri Lanka. He is primarily a left-arm fast-medium bowler but has evolved as an all-rounder in late 2018.
Domestic and Franchise Career
Udana made his first-class and List A debut while playing or the Sri Lanka A team during their tour to South Africa in August and September 2008. He then went on to play for Tamil Union in both forms during the 2008-09 season.
He was selected by Wayamba to play in both the first-class and Twenty20 portions of the Sri Lankan Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament. He displayed a superb performance throughout the tournament including the final against Basnahira South, where he took 4 wickets for 31 runs. He was named as Man of the Match of the final along with being named the Player of the Tournament.
He showcased his all-round talent in the Sri Lankan Premier league held in August 2012 by taking regular wickets for his team Wayamba United and chipping in with the bat at times.
In 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. With this, he also became the first bowler to take a hattrick in Champions League T20 history.
On 3 June 2018, he was selected to play for the Montreal Ties in the player’s draft for the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada tournament. Later that year in August, he was named in Dambulla’s squad for the 2019 SLC T20 League. In 2018, he was the leading wicket-taker in the 2018-19 Afghanistan Premier League, with seventeen dismissals in eight matches. After the draft for the 2018-19 Bangladesh Premier League, he was selected for the Rajshahi Kings’ squad.
Udana was selected in the Sri Lankan squad for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20. His Twenty20 international debut came on 8 June 2009 against Australia. He played in 5 of Sri Lanka's 7 games in the tournaments, including their loss in the final to Pakistan.
He was dropped from the side after the home series against Pakistan in 2009. He was then selected for the ODIs against which followed the Pakistan series in 2012, but he failed to deliver. He was then selected to be a part of the Sri Lankan cricket team for the 2014 Asian Games where they won the gold medal.
After a long scarce in the international arena, Udana got a chance to play in Twenty20 International series against New Zealand in 2016. In 2018 he was awarded a national contract by Sri Lanka Cricket ahead of the 2018-19 season.
In March 2019, during the fourth ODI against South Africa, Udana and Kasun Rajitha made the highest partnership for the tenth wicket for Sri Lanka in an ODI match, with 58 runs. On March 22, he broke the world record for highest individual score (84) batting at number eight in a T20I match while playing against South Africa.