Isuru Udana Tillakaratna (born 17 February 1988), or Isuru Udana, is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer represented Sri Lanka in limited over formats. He currently plays domestic cricket for Tamil Union and Wayamba. Primarily a left arm fast bowler, Udana evolved as an all-rounder in late 2018. He currently owns the highest T20I individual score at number 8.
|Full name||Isuru Udana Tillakaratna|
|Born||17 February 1988|
Balangoda, Sri Lanka
|ODI debut (cap 152)||24 July 2012 v India|
|Last ODI||21 May 2019 v Scotland|
|ODI shirt no.||17|
|T20I debut (cap 29)||8 June 2009 v Australia|
|Last T20I||24 March 2019 v South Africa|
|Domestic team information|
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 21 May 2019
Domestic and franchise careerEdit
Udana made his first-class and List A whilst playing for the Sri Lanka A team during their tour to South Africa in August and September 2008. He subsequently went on to play for Tamil Union in both forms during the 2008–09 season. He was then selected by Wayamba to play in both the first-class and Twenty20 portions of the Sri Lankan Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament. In the Twenty20 final against Basnahira South he was named Man of the Match after taking 4–31, including 4 of the top 5 batsman. He was also named player of the tournament.
In the Sri Lanka Premier League which was held in August 2012, he managed to showcase his all-round talent by taking regular wickets for his team Wayamba United, and chipping in with the bat at times. His key performance came against Uva Next in the tournament semi final when he scored 42 which almost helped Wayamba to pull off an impossible chase from 27/7 to 151-8. In that same semi final clash he along with Azhar Mahmood set the highest ever 8th wicket partnership in any forms of T20s(120)
On 22 September 2010 while playing for Wayamba in the 2010 Champions League T20, Udana completed a rare feat by taking a hat-trick of two (legal) deliveries. Mathew Sinclair, the second wicket of the hat-trick was out stumped off a wide-ball. Isuru Udana also became the first bowler to take a hattrick in Champions League T20 history.
In August 2018, he was named in Dambulla's squad the 2018 SLC T20 League. In October 2018, he was the leading wicket-taker in the 2018–19 Afghanistan Premier League, with seventeen dismissals in eight matches. The following month, he was named in the squad for the Rajshahi Kings team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League. In March 2019, he was named in Dambulla's squad for the 2019 Super Provincial One Day Tournament.
Udana was selected in the Sri Lanka squad for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20. He made his Twenty20 international debut on 8 June 2009 against Australia. He played in 5 of Sri Lanka's 7 games in the tournament, including their loss in the final to Pakistan.
Udana failed to continue his domestic success at the international level, and subsequently was dropped from the side after the home series against Pakistan in 2009. He made a comeback into the Sri Lankan squad in 2012 when the selection panel headed by Ashantha de Mel named him for the T20s against Pakistan at home. He was then selected for the ODIs against India which followed the Pakistan series, but again failed to deliver. His only significant contribution in that series was a direct hit to run out Gautam Gambhir at a key moment in one of the games.
After a long scarce in international arena, Udana got a chance to play in Tenty20 International series against New Zealand in 2016. The comeback was very good at first few balls in the second T20I, where easy catch of Martin Guptill was dropped by Thisara Perera on Udana's bowling. Since then, Udana was brutally hit by New Zealanders and Udana gave 34 runs in his 3 overs, where New Zealand won the match by 9 wickets only in the 10th over.
In March 2019, during the fourth ODI against South Africa, Udana and Kasun Rajitha made the highest partnership for the tenth wicket for Sri Lanka in an ODI match, with 58 runs. On March 22, during a T20I match against South Africa national cricket team, he broke the world record for highest individual score (84) batting at number eight in a T20I match.
|Representing Sri Lanka|
- Basnahira South v Wayamba, CricInfo
- Udana stars in Wayamba's title win, CricInfo
- "Oram stars as Uva upset Wayamba". Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
- "1st Semi Final: Wayamba United v Uva Next at Colombo (RPS), Aug 28, 2012 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
- "Records | Twenty20 matches | Partnership records | Highest partnerships by wicket | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
- Champions League 19th Match, 2010, Cricinfo
- "Wayamba thrash Central Districts for consolation win". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
- "SLC Super Provincial 50 over tournament squads and fixtures". The Papare. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
- "2018 Super Provincial One Day Tournament: Kandy Batting and Bowling Averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
- "Global T20 Canada: Complete Squads". SportsKeeda. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- "Global T20 Canada League – Full Squads announced". CricTracker. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
- "SLC T20 League 2018 squads finalized". The Papare. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
- "Afghanistan Premier League, 2018/19 - Most Wickets". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
- "Full players list of the teams following Players Draft of BPL T20 2018-19". Bangladesh Cricket Board. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
- "Squads, Fixtures announced for SLC Provincial 50 Overs Tournament". The Papare. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
- Isuru Udana in Sri Lanka's World Twenty20 squad, CricInfo
- Pakistan v Sri Lanka, CricInfo
- "Sri Lanka assign 33 national contracts with pay hike". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
- "Sri Lankan players to receive pay hike". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
- "Tailender Isuru Udana clubs half-century to help Sri Lanka reach 189 all out at St George's". Times Live. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
- "Thirimanne, Siriwardana, Vandersay picked in World Cup squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
- "Jeevan Mendis, Siriwardana, Vandersay make comebacks in Sri Lanka World Cup squad". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 18 April 2019.