Chandika Hathurusingha had a great start to his career but he could not sustain it. After retiring, he earned a good name in coaching.
Chandika Hathurusingha has also been the coach of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh teams.
Today is the birthday of former Sri Lankan opener Chandika Hathurusingha. Born on 13 September 1968 in Colombo, Hathurusingha has been an opener for Sri Lanka. He has forged many wonderful partnerships with Roshan Mahanama. He was counted as a batsman who had many types of shots. Apart from this, he used to do wonders with the ball as well. With his medium fast bowling, he has given the team wickets at crucial times. He made his Test debut on 22 February 1991 against New Zealand. The right-handed batsman scored three half-centuries in his first three Test matches. In his first Test match, he opened the innings with Charith Senanayake and scored 81 runs in the second innings. He also scored 74 runs in the second innings of the second match. After this, he also scored 66 runs in the first innings of the third match played against England at Lord’s.
But in 1993, he was dropped from the team due to struggle in front of fast bowlers in South Africa. In 1995, he returned to the team for the tour of Pakistan. He showed a strong game on the Pakistan tour. He played three Test matches against Pakistan and scored half-centuries in the second innings of all three matches.
Journey from opener to middle order
Meanwhile, a great player in Sri Lankan cricket had set his feet, whose loss was to Hathurusingha. With the arrival of Sanath Jayasuriya, Hathurusingha had to play in the middle order. He was selected in the Sri Lankan team for the 1999 World Cup but did not play a single match. He decided to leave first-class cricket in 2005. In his career, he played 26 matches for Sri Lanka and scored 1274 runs at an average of 29.62. He scored eight half-centuries in Tests. For Sri Lanka, this player played 35 matches and scored 669 runs at an average of 20.90. Four half-centuries came from his bat in ODIs. He took 17 wickets in Tests and 14 wickets in ODIs.
amazing in coaching
After retiring, he made a career in coaching. He also coached the Bangladesh national team and under his coach, Bangladesh strengthened its position at the international level. Bangladesh made it to the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup under his coach. In the same year, he defeated India, South Africa and Pakistan at his home. Seeing the success he had brought to Bangladesh, the Sri Lanka Cricket Board called him to work with their national team in 2017. In 2017, he became the head coach of the Sri Lanka team, but could not give the team the success that was expected and then the board removed him.
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