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Marvan Atapattu

01 January, 1970

He is a technically correct batsman, although he can occasionally show an initial tendency to chop an inswinging delivery back onto his stumps.

Full name : Marvan Samson Atapattu
Born : November 22, 1970, Kalutara
Current Age : 35 years 333 days
Major teams : Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Sinhalese Sports Club
Batting style : Right-hand bat
Bowling style : Legbreak

Statsguru Test player, ODI player


 Batting and fielding averages
class  mat  inns  no  runs  hs  ave  bf  sr  100  50  4s  6s  ct  st
Tests   88   152   15   5330   249   38.90         16   15   667   3   57   0
ODIs   258   250   30   8352   132*   37.96   12308   67.85   11   59   712   15   70   0
First-class   224   340   49   14246   253*   48.95         47   50         148   0
List A   315   306   43   10450   132*   39.73         17   71         89   0
Twenty20   1   0   0   0   0   -   0   -   0   0   0   0   1   0

 Bowling averages
class  mat  balls  runs  wkts  bbi  bbm  ave  econ  sr  4  5  10
Tests   88   48   24   1   1/9   1/9   24.00   3.00   48.00   0   0   0
ODIs   258   51   41   0   -   -   -   4.82   -   0   0   0
First-class   224   1302   692   19   3/19      36.42   3.18   68.52      0   0
List A   315   81   64   1   1/12   1/12   64.00   4.74   81.00   0   0   0
Twenty20   1   0   0   0   -   -   -   -   -   0   0   0

 Career statistics
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Test debut  India v Sri Lanka at Chandigarh - Nov 23-27, 1990 scorecard
Last Test  India v Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad - Dec 18-22, 2005 scorecard
ODI debut  India v Sri Lanka at Nagpur - Dec 1, 1990 scorecard
Last ODI  New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Mumbai (BS) - Oct 20, 2006 scorecard
First-class span  1988/89 - 2005/06
List A span  1990 - 2006/07
Twenty20 span  2005/06


A vulnerable starter, Atapattu can show immense strength of character once he gets his eye in. On a lifeless pitch, he is a master of the percentage game, his caution a useful counterpoint to the risks taken by Sanath Jayasuriya, his opening partner almost throughout his Test career. All his big Test innings - he has scored six double-hundreds in his career, a feat bettered only by Don Bradman (12), Wally Hammond and Brian Lara (seven each) - have been slow affairs but the most tortuous episode of his international career was its start: it took him nearly seven years to get established. However, since the 1990s his average has climbed upwards. An elegant player to watch, Atapattu's signature shot is his high-elbow cover-drive.

For three years he stood as Jayasuriya's understudy before being appointed to lead the one-day side in April 2003. He had been expected to take charge of the Test team as well, but the selection committee appointed Hashan Tillakaratne for that job. Atapattu's career took another bizarre twist later in the year when embroiled in the cash-in-the-bedroom affair in which a match-fixing investigation was initiated after a large sum of cash was discovered in the safe of the hotel room he had occupied during England's tour in 2003. The ICC later cleared Atapattu of any wrongdoing and the likeliest explanation for the mystery remains a crude attempt to blacken his reputation.

But by early 2004 the team was drifting downwards under Tillakaratne and the selectors were finally compelled to appoint Atapattu as the Test captain. Within weeks he had halted the team's slide and established himself as a strong leader. On the surface a quiet and reserved character, his captaincy pedigree was not entirely obvious to the outsider, but within the dressing-room he was a straight-talking and positive captain, firm and fair in his dealings with the players and aggressive in his approach to the game. By mid-2004 the fortunes of the team had changed as Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup and whitewashed South Africa. The team fared poorly in the ICC Champions Trophy but perked up against Pakistan in October 2004.

But Atapattu's capacity for attracting the unexpected continued when, out of the blue, Ashantha de Mel, the new government-appointed chairman of selectors, launched a scathing attack on the team management on the eve of the Paktel Cup in 2004-05, accusing them of blocking his attempts to blood new players. Atapattu wisely steered clear of a public confrontation. While there is no question of Atapattu being axed - he has the overwhelming support of the team - his relationship with the selectors remains prickly. His career was put on hold by a back injury early in 2006 which led to Mahela Jayawardene taking on the captaincy.

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