Tharanga Paranavitana is a Sri Lankan opening batsman. He is a left-hand batman and an occasional right arm off break bowler.
Paranavitana was born on 15 April 1952 at Kegalle, Sri Lanka. He made his domestic debut in 2001-02. Paranavitana showed glimpses of his talent in the Emerging Players’ Tournament in 2003.
His debut came in a Test match against Pakistan at Karachi in 2009. It was a dismal outing for him, where he registered scores of 0 and 9 i the first and the second innings respectively. It was just few days before the terror attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus.
He has not played in the shorter formats of the game for Sri Lanka.
Rise to Glory
Paranavitana was in majestic touch in the 2007-08 domestic season. He made three hundred during SSC's successful campaign and was the leading run-getter for the season with 893 runs.
He followed it up with fine performances in the unofficial Tests that Sri Lanka A played in South Africa. Selectors were impressed and soon he made his debut.
However, he endured a rough few months after his debut owing to the injury in terror attack. His innings of 72 runs against West Indies at Galle allowed him to get over the horrific incident and break the shackles.
He further asserted his importance in the series against India where he smashed two centuries. His 111 at Galle gave Sri Lanka the impetus to win the match.
Paranavitana was badly wounded in the bus attack in Karachi. It was a tough phase for the Sri Lankan cricket, especially for affected players like Paranavitana, who just had two international matches to his name that time.
He was dropped from the Sri Lankan team due to poor form in 2012 and has not been able to reclaim his place in the side despite doing well domestically.
Paranavitana has played 32 Tests and has scored 1792 runs at an average of 32.56. He also has over 11,000 runs in first class cricket. His highest score is a match winning 236, which he scored for SSC against Colombo.