Romesh Shantha Kaluwitharana (Sinhalese: රොමේෂ් ශාන්ත කලුවිතාරණ; born November 24, 1969) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer who played in 49 Test and 189 ODIs from 1990 to 2004. He was appointed as the interim cricket coach of Malaysia on the 17 May 2008. He was a key member and wicket-keeper for 1996 Cricket World Cup winning team and renowned for his aggressive batting style.
|Romesh Kaluwitharana |
|Full name||Romesh Shantha Kaluwitharana|
|Born||24 November 1969|
Colombo, Dominion of Ceylon
|Nickname||Little Kalu, Little Dynamite|
|Role||Batsman, Wicketkeeper, Coach|
|Test debut (cap 52)||17 August 1992 v Australia|
|Last Test||28 October 2004 v Pakistan|
|ODI debut (cap 61)||8 December 1990 v India|
|Last ODI||22 February 2004 v Australia|
|Domestic team information|
|–||Sebastianites Cricket and Athletic Club|
|–||Colts Cricket Club|
Source: Cricinfo, 9 February 2016
His early career made him look like a good Sri Lankan prospect, and the undoubted highlight of his career was the entertaining innings of 132 not out (including 26 boundaries) that he made on Test debut against a powerful Australian side in 1992. However, he failed to deliver on his promise in a declining Sri Lankan team (prior to the revival of Sri Lankan cricket at the 1996 World Cup).
Once in the national side, he sometimes threw his wicket away due to poor shot-selection and was suspect to the swinging delivery. However, he relished pace and would often be quick to put away any delivery off line or length. His greatest contribution to ODIs came after he was promoted to the top of the batting order to partner opener Sanath Jayasuriya during the 1995–96 tour of Australia, helping to give birth to an aggressive batting approach in the first fifteen overs of fielding restrictions. This new strategy of attacking from the outset heavily contributed to Sri Lanka to win all their matches and secure the 1996 Cricket World Cup as all other teams were not prepared for such an attack. Kaluwitharana was the wicket keeper and opener with Jayasuriya in that world cup series that was captained by Arjuna Ranatunga.
|Test centuries of Romesh Kaluwitharana|
|||132*||1||Australia||Colombo, Sri Lanka||Sinhalese Sports Club Ground||17 August 1992||Lost|
|||103||9||New Zealand||Dunedin, New Zealand||Carisbrook||7 March 1997||Lost|
|||100||26||Pakistan||Lahore, Pakistan||Gaddafi Stadium||4 March 1999||Drawn|
|One Day International centuries of Romesh Kaluwitharana|
|||100*||56||Kenya||Nairobi, Kenya||Gymkhana Club Ground||28 September 1996||Won|
|||102*||156||England||Colombo, Sri Lanka||Sinhalese Sports Club Ground||27 March 2001||Won|
|S No||Series||Season||Match Performance||Result|
|1||3rd Test – New Zealand in Sri Lanka Test Series||1998||1st Innings – 28 (78 balls, 4x4) ; WK 1 st.
2nd Innings – 88 (146 balls, 8x4); WK 1 ct. 1 st.
|Sri Lanka won by 164 runs.|
|1||Australia||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||9 January 1996||WK 2 Ct. ; 77 (75 balls: 12x4)||Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets.|
|2||West Indies||WACA Ground, Perth||14 January 1996||50 (54 balls: 5x4, 1x6) ; WK 1 Ct. 1 St.||Sri Lanka won by 16 runs.|
|3||Australia||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne||16 January 1996||WK 2 Ct. ; 74 (68 balls: 8x4)||Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets.|
|4||New Zealand||Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium, Hyderabad||20 May 1997||44 (36 balls: 5x4) ; WK 2 ct. 2 st.||Sri Lanka won by 52 runs.|
|5||Australia||R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo||31 August 1999||WK 2 St. ; 95* (117 balls: 12x4)||Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets.|
|6||England||Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo||27 March 2001||WK ; 102* (117 balls: 20x4)||Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets.|
|7||New Zealand||Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla||13 May 2003||48 (119 balls: 4x4)||Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets.|
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