Romesh Kaluwitharana

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
රොමේෂ් කලුවිතාරණ
Personal information
Full nameRomesh Shantha Kaluwitharana
Born24 November 1969 (age 49)
Colombo, Dominion of Ceylon
NicknameLittle Kalu, Little Dynamite
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleBatsman, Wicketkeeper, Coach
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 52)17 August 1992 v Australia
Last Test28 October 2004 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 61)8 December 1990 v India
Last ODI22 February 2004 v Australia
Domestic team information
Sebastianites Cricket and Athletic Club
Colts Cricket Club
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI
Matches 49 189
Runs scored 1,933 3,711
Batting average 26.12 22.22
100s/50s 3/9 2/23
Top score 132* 102*
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 93/26 132/75
Source: Cricinfo, 9 February 2016

Early career

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).

Aggressive Dual

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.

International centuries

Test centuries

Test centuries of Romesh Kaluwitharana
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start date Result
[1] 132* 1  Australia Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 17 August 1992 Lost
[2] 103 9  New Zealand New Zealand Dunedin, New Zealand Carisbrook 7 March 1997 Lost
[3] 100 26  Pakistan Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 4 March 1999 Drawn

ODI centuries

One Day International centuries of Romesh Kaluwitharana
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
[1] 100* 56  Kenya Kenya Nairobi, Kenya Gymkhana Club Ground 28 September 1996 Won
[2] 102* 156  England Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 27 March 2001 Won

International Awards

Test Awards

Man of the Match Awards

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]

One-Day International Cricket

Man of the Match awards

No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 9 January 1996 WK 2 Ct. ; 77 (75 balls: 12x4)  Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets.[2]
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]
3 Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 16 January 1996 WK 2 Ct. ; 74 (68 balls: 8x4)  Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets.[4]
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]
5 Australia R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 31 August 1999 WK 2 St. ; 95* (117 balls: 12x4)  Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets.[6]
6 England Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 27 March 2001 WK ; 102* (117 balls: 20x4)  Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets.[7]
7 New Zealand Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla 13 May 2003 48 (119 balls: 4x4)  Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets.[8]


  1. ^ "New Zealand in Sri Lanka Test Series, 1998 – 3rd Test". Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  2. ^ "1995–1996 Benson & Hedges World Series – 9th Match – Australia v Sri Lanka – Melbourne". Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  3. ^ "1995–1996 Benson & Hedges World Series – 11th Match – Sri Lanka v West Indies – Perth". Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  4. ^ "1995–1996 Benson & Hedges World Series – 12th Match – Australia v Sri Lanka – Melbourne". Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  5. ^ "1996–1997 Pepsi Independence Cup – 5th Match – New Zealand v Sri Lanka – Hyderabad (Deccan)". Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  6. ^ "1999-2000 Aiwa Cup - Final - Sri Lanka v Australia - Colombo". Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  7. ^ "2000-2001 Sri Lanka v England - 3rd Match - Colombo". Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  8. ^ "2002-2003 Bank Alfalah Cup - 3rd Match - Sri Lanka v New Zealand - Dambulla". Retrieved 3 October 2017.
1997 Pepsi Independence Cup

The 1997 Pepsi Independence Cup was a quadrangular ODI cricket tournament held in May, 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the independence of India. It featured the national cricket teams of New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the hosts India. The tournament was won by Sri Lanka, which defeated Pakistan in the best-of-three finals.

1998–99 Asian Test Championship

The first Asian Test Championship, organized by the Asian Cricket Council was held between 16 February and 16 March 1999. India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka competed in the tournament; Bangladesh could not compete because the ICC had not granted them Test status. This tournament was considered to be the predecessor to the Test Cricket World Cup that the ICC was planning for the nine member nations. The tournament was almost canceled in January 1999 due to tour conflicts, television rights and security concerns.Three round-robin tournament matches were played with each team meeting each other once and the top two sides playing a final. A win was worth 12 points, a tie 6 points and no points were awarded for a draw or loss. In addition to this, bonus points were awarded to teams for bowling and batting performances (see Scoring system). The venues of the round robin matches were rotated between the three countries: India (Calcutta), Sri Lanka (Colombo) and Pakistan (Lahore), while the final was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh as a neutral venue.

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 175 in the final to become the first Asian Test Champions and received US$250,000 in prize money. Sri Lanka, the losing finalists, were awarded US$145,000, and India, the losers of the first round, US$100,000. 'Man of the Series', Wasim Akram, won US$20,000, while 'Man of the Match' winners received US$5,000 in prize money.

2004 SLC Twenty20 Tournament

The 2004 SLC Twenty20 Tournament is the 1st season of the official Twenty20 domestic cricket competition in Sri Lanka. 15 teams in total, five representing four provinces of Sri Lanka and a Sri Lanka Schools XI team participating in the competition. The competition began on 17 August 2004, when Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club played the Police Sports Club at Colts Cricket Club Ground, Colombo.

This season comprised eight regular matches, four quarter finals, two semi finals and a final.

Australian cricket team in Sri Lanka in 1992

The Australian cricket team toured Sri Lanka from 10 August to 13 September 1992 to play three Test matches, three One Day Internationals (ODIs)


Deshabandu (Sinhalese: දේශබන්දු; Tamil: தேசபந்து, translit. Tēcapantu) is the third highest national honour awarded in Sri Lanka. It is awarded "for meritorious service". The title is held by no more than 150 living holders at any time. It is conferred with a citation and a silver medal with a symbol of a peacock. It is conventionally used as a title or prefix to the awardee's name. Deshabandu ranks lower than Deshamanya.

English cricket team in Sri Lanka in 2000–01

The England cricket team toured Sri Lanka in February and March 2001, playing three Test matches and three One Day Internationals. England won the Test series 2–1, while Sri Lanka took the ODI series 3–0.

Galle Cricket Club

Galle Cricket Club is a first-class cricket team based in Galle, Sri Lanka. They play their home games at Galle International Stadium, which was reconstructed after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. In the 2016–17 season, they took part in the Premier Trophy, Sri Lankan cricket's first-class competition.

Lanka de Silva

Sanjeewa Kumara Lanka De Silva (born July 29, 1975, Kurunegala), or Lanka De Silva, is a former Sri Lankan cricketer who played in 3 Tests and 11 ODIs in 1997.

List of Sri Lanka ODI cricket centurions

A century in cricket occurs when a batsman scores 100 runs or more in an innings, 26 Sri Lanka players have scored centuries in One Day Internationals.

List of Sri Lanka ODI wicket-keepers

This is a chronological list of Sri Lanka ODIs wicket-keepers who have kept wicket in a match for Sri Lanka. Figures do not include catches made when the player was a non wicket-keeper.

List of international cricket centuries by Sanath Jayasuriya

Sanath Jayasuriya is a Sri Lankan cricketer and former captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team. He is an all-rounder and opening batsman, and is known for his aggressive batting style that has earned him the name "Master Blaster". His batting style introduced a new strategy to the game during the 1996 World Cup, where he and fellow opener Romesh Kaluwitharana batted highly aggressively in the early overs using fielding restrictions to their advantage. This later became a standard opening batting strategy and, according to Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath, Jayasuriya "changed everyone's thinking about how to start innings". As a result of his performances, Jayasuriya was selected as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1997, despite not having played in the previous English cricketing season. He has scored a number of centuries in both Test and One Day International (ODI) games, but has not been able to score a century in a Twenty20 International match, where his highest score is 88.Although Jayasuriya made his Test debut in 1991, it was not until 1996 that he scored his first century, when he had become a regular player in the Sri Lankan side. His career high of 340 against India in August 1997 was the highest score by a Sri Lankan cricketer until 2006 and is also part of the highest team total (952/6) made in Test cricket. He has also scored two double centuries; 213 against England and 253 against Pakistan. His 157 against Zimbabwe in 2004 is the second fastest century by a Sri Lankan player. Jayasuriya, having scored centuries against every Test playing nation except New Zealand and the West Indies, retired from Test cricket in 2007 with 14 to his name.Jayasuriya made his ODI debut in 1989 and started playing as an opening batsman in 1993. He went on to score his first century in 1994 against New Zealand. From then on, Jayasuriya has scored the highest number of ODI centuries for Sri Lanka with 28 to his name. As of December 2009, he currently holds third place for the most ODI centuries in a career, behind Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (with 49 ODI centuries) and Ricky Ponting (30 centuries). His second century, 134 against Pakistan in 1996, was scored at a strike rate of 206.15 and was the fastest century in ODI cricket at the time. This record was later broken by Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi. The 189 he made against India in 2000 is the sixth highest ODI score in a single innings. Making his second highest ODI score of 157 against the Netherlands in 2006, Jayasuriya paved the way for Sri Lanka to set the world record for the highest ODI team total of 443/9. With his 107 against India on 28 January 2009, Jayasuriya—39 years and 212 days old at the time—became the oldest player to score a century and also became the second player to score more than 13,000 runs in a career.


Romesh may refer to:

Romesh Batra, Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia

Romesh Bhandari (1928–2013), Indian Foreign Secretary, former Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, former governor of Tripura, Goa and Uttar Pradesh

Romesh Chandra (1919–2016), Indian leader of the Communist Party of India (CPI)

Romesh Chander Dogra, Indian politician from the state of Punjab

Romesh Chunder Dutt CIE (1848–1909), Indian civil servant, economic historian, writer, and translator of Ramayana and Mahabharata

Romesh Eranga (born 1985), Sri Lankan-born Canadian cricketer

Romesh Fernando (born 1977), Sri Lankan former cricketer

Romesh Gunesekera FRSL (born 1954), Sri Lankan-born British author, who was a finalist in the Man Booker Prize for his novel Reef in 1994

Romesh Jayasinghe (born 1981), Sri Lankan cricketer

Romesh Kaluwitharana (born 1969), former Sri Lankan cricketer

Romesh Krishantha, Sri Lankan cricketer

Romesh Chandra Mitra or Romesh Chunder Mitter (1840–1899), Indian judge and the first Indian officiating Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court

Romesh Ranganathan (born 1978), British stand-up comedian and actor

Romesh Ratnesar (born 1975), Asian-American journalist and author

Romesh Sharma (born 1947), Indian film producer, actor and director

Romesh Thapar (1922–1987), left-wing Indian journalist and political commentator

Romesh Wadhwani (born 1947), Indian-born American billionaire businessman; founder, chairman and CEO of Symphony Technology Group

Romesh Weerawardane (born 1979), Sri Lankan chess player

Sanath Jayasuriya

Deshabandu Sanath Teran Jayasuriya (Sinhalese: සනත් ටෙරාන් ජයසූරිය; born 30 June 1969) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer and a former captain of the Sri Lankan national team. Considered one of the greatest One Day International (ODI) players of all time, Jayasuriya is well known for his powerful striking and match winning all-round performances in ODI cricket. Jayasuriya is credited for having revolutionized one-day international cricket with his explosive batting with Romesh Kaluwitharana in 1996, which initiated the hard-hitting modern day batting strategy of all nations.Jayasuriya was an all-rounder, who had an international cricket career that spread over two decades, He is the only player to score over 12,000 runs and capture more than 300 wickets in One Day International cricket, and hence regarded as one of the best all rounders in the history of limited-overs cricket. He was named the Most Valuable Player of 1996 Cricket World Cup and Wisden Cricketers' Almanack broke an age old tradition by naming him one of Five Cricketers’ of the Year 1997 despite not playing the previous season in England. Jayasuriya was also the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team from 1999 to 2003.

He retired from Test cricket in December 2007 and from limited overs cricket in June 2011. On 28 January 2013, Sri Lanka Cricket appointed him as the chairman of cricket selection committee. Sri Lanka won the ICC World Twenty20 for the first time in 2014, during his tenure as the chief selector.

Jayasuriya ran for public office at the 2010 Sri Lankan general elections and was elected to the parliament from his native Matara District. He topped the UPFA parliamentary election list for Matara district by obtaining 74,352 preferential votes.

He served as the deputy minister of Postal services in the former UPFA government led by Mahinda Rajapaksa, and later as the Deputy Minister of Local Government & Rural Development under president Maithripala Sirisena. Jayasuriya did not contest for the 2015 Sri Lankan general election, though he won most votes from Matara district under UPFA in the 2010 Sri Lankan general election.

Sri Lankan cricket team in Australia in 1995–96

The Sri Lanka national cricket team toured Australia in the 1995-96 season and played 3 Test matches against Australia. Australia won the series 3-0.

The second Test had controversy when umpire Darryl Hair called Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing.

Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan in 2004–05

The Sri Lanka national cricket team toured Pakistan from 6 October to 28 November 2004. The tour consisted of two Test matches.

Sri Lankan cricket team in Zimbabwe in 1999–2000

The Sri Lanka national cricket team toured Zimbabwe in November and December 1999 to play 3 Test matches and 5 ODIs.

Sri Lankan cricket team in the West Indies in 1997

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Sri Lankan cricket team in the West Indies in 2003

The Sri Lanka national cricket team toured the West Indies in June 2003 to play two Test matches and three One Day Internationals. Sri Lanka won the ODI series 2–1, but the West Indies won the Test series 1–0 after one Test was drawn.

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