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Upul Chandana

Upul Chandana

india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 18:07 IST

 Date of Birth: 7 May 1972, Galle
 Test Debut: Against Pakistan at Dhaka in 1999
 ODI Debut: Against Australia at Sharjah in 1994
 Bats: Right Hand Bat
 Bowls: Right arm leg-break

Sri Lanka view Upul Chandana as a hard-hitting lower order batsman who can be asked to bowl a full spell of 10 overs. Chandana's career started to blossom only in 2002 when he was asked to captain Sri Lanka A against Kenya.

Unfortunately, he's been in and out of the national squad and his strongest bid for a permanent place in the team can be because of his fielding - he is arguably the best in the side.

Also, in the one-dayers, his explosive ability in the middle order can prove a real asset. The absence of Muralitharan from the Lankan side touring Australia before the Asia Cup worked in his favour.His abilities were tested and he fared well. So much so that by the end of the Asia Cup earlier this year he had become an important wicket-takerfor Sri Lanka.

First Published: Nov 21, 2003 19:59 IST