2019 ICC WORLD CUP
The 31-year old left arm fast bowler Isuru Udana has emerged as a gifted left-arm fast-bowling utility player. Hailing from Balangoda, the Chilaw Marians CC player has creditably forged his career to a point of catching the national selectors’ eye in booking a place in Sri Lanka’s 2019 ICC World Cup squad. While Udana’s deceptive bowling for variety and change of pace has made him a potential wicket taker he has progressively developed into an useful batsman at the tail with the ability to contributing useful runs. This was a factor that he brought to the stage in recent ODI outings as well as the recently concluded domestic Super Provincial Limited Overs Tournament and could be viewed as a plus factor that earned Udana a place in the 15-member England bound squad. has been an added incentive whose variety and changes of pace have seen him appear sporadically for Sri Lanka’s T20 side. Capable of moving the ball off the seam, Udana is possessed of a number of slower balls, including one out of the back of his hand that has brought him some success at the top level.
Isuru Udana broke into big stage cricket when he was called up to the Sri Lanka squad for the 2009 World T20 in England where his contribution helped Sri Lanka make it to the final. Since then he was sidelined for three years and was recalled for national duty in 2012. With just 5 ODI appearances having debuted for Sri Lanka in 2012 in the home series against India, Isuru Udana has impacted in the shorter version of T20 cricket having collected 17 wickets from 21 appearances with best figures of 3 for 13.
As a batsman, he has made an ODI highest of 78 in just the 5 matches in three innings while he has an unbeaten 84 in the T20 format which lends to his capacity as quite a dependable tail-ender.
The former D.S Senanayake College and NCC product, who first made his mark representing the Sri Lanka Under-23 Schools XI, went on to make it to the Sri Lanka A Team in 2008. He proved to be the champion bowler in the Inter-Provincial T20 tournament in 2008-09 in Wayamba winning the League title.
By Srian Obeyesekere
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