Upul Chandana Biography
Umagiliya Durage Upul Chandana is a former Sri Lanka cricket, born on May 7, 1972 in Galle. He was more particularly a leg spin bowler and was considered one of the best in the world. He was a key individual from the 1996 Cricket World Cup winning team.
Upul took a start in his cricket career at Mahinda College, Galle. Chandana played in England County Cricket for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and represented Nondescripts in Sri Lanka.
He made his ODI debut on 14th April 1994 at the age of 21 against Australia and scored 18 runs in 37 balls, but still he has to wait or five years to be included in the Test team. And finally made his debut in Asian Test Championship Final on 12th March 1999 against Pakistan. In which, he bowled 47.5 overs in the first innings and finished with 6 for 179.
Rise to Glory
In an unofficial Test series against Kenya, Chadana topped both batting and bowling averages. This helped him work his way once again into the side in 2003 and after winning match against West Indies and hunting 313 for win, he was elevated up the order to 5 and crushed 89 off only 71 balls with 6 sixes, he was chosen for playing regularly in the one-day team for the next few years.
Chandana joined the Indian Cricket League, playing for the Kolkata Tigers and ICL World XI, with four others anyhow they were banned, but he decision was taken back in 2009.
At the point when Muttiah Muralitharan pulled back from the 2004 visit to Australia, Chandana came into the Test side as the main spin bowler. Regardless of being costly, he took a ten wicket pull in the second Test at Cazaly's Stadium in Cairns. At that time, he was the only Sri Lankan bowler to take ten wickets in a test match in Australia. Upul also took 5 wickets in an ODI against South Africa at SSC, Sri Lanka in 2004.
Chandana resigned from international cricket on October 15, 2007 after Bangladesh visit.