Marvan Atapattu

Deshabandu Marvan Samson Atapattu (born 22 November 1970) is a Sri Lankan cricket coach and former cricketer who played Tests and ODIs for seventeen years for Sri Lanka.[1] Considered one of the most technically sound batsman in his era, Atapattu has scored six double centuries in Test cricket for Sri Lanka, irrespective of five ducks in his first six innings.

Deshabandu
Marvan Atapattu
මාවන් අතපත්තු
மாவன் அத்தபத்து
Sri Lanka Cricket Practice Session - Coach Marvan Atapattu giving slip catching practice.jpg
Marvan Atapattu giving slip catching practice.
Personal information
Full nameMarvan Samson Atapattu
Born (1970-11-22) 22 November 1970 (age 51)
Kalutara, Ceylon
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight arm leg spin
RoleOpening batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 46)23 November 1990 v India
Last Test16 November 2007 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 59)1 December 1990 v India
Last ODI17 February 2007 v India
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1990/91–2006/07Sinhalese Sports Club
2007–2008Delhi Giants
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 90 268 228 329
Runs scored 5,504 8,529 14,591 10,802
Batting average 39.02 37.57 48.79 39.42
100s/50s 16/17 11/59 47/53 18/71
Top score 249 132* 253* 132*
Balls bowled 48 51 1,302 81
Wickets 1 0 19 1
Bowling average 24.00 36.42 64.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/9 3/19 1/12
Catches/stumpings 58/– 70/– 150/– 91/–
Source: CricketArchive, 27 September 2008

He has previously coached the Canada and Singapore national cricket teams.[2] From April 2014 to September 2015, he was the head coach of Sri Lankan Cricket Team.[3][4]

School daysEdit

Marvan Atapattu started his cricket career as a teenager at Mahinda College, Galle, where Major G. W. S. de Silva was his first cricket coach.[5] Then he moved to Ananda College, Colombo, where he was subsequently coached by P. W. Perera.[5]

International careerEdit

Making his Test debut in November 1990 just after his 20th birthday, Atapattu's first six innings yielded five ducks and a 1,[6] and he was the first Sri Lankan batsman to be dismissed for a pair on debut.[7] After this difficult start in his first three matches, he did not score above 29 in his next 11 innings, before hitting his first Test century in his 10th match, against India, seven years after his debut. He has 22 Test-match career ducks and four pairs (two ducks in a single Test), both records for a top-order batsman.

He made his One-Day International debut against India at Nagpur. He was appointed as captain of the one-day team in April 2003. He registered his highest Test score of 249 against Zimbabwe in 2004, sharing a 438-run partnership with Kumar Sangakkara for the second wicket. Atapattu scored a century in the first innings of the Second Test during his team's tour of Australia in 2004 in Cairns, Queensland. His third century in five innings, he made 133.[8] A "determin[ed]" Atapattu, ESPNcricinfo wrote, "pull[ed] authoritatively ... tuck[ed] in neatly behind the ball."[9] He finished the two-match series scoring 156 runs at an average of 39.00 and was the top-scorer for his side.[10]

Atapattu was a skilful fielder with an accurate throw. A report prepared by ESPNcricinfo in late 2005 showed that since the 1999 Cricket World Cup, he had effected the second highest number of run-outs in ODI cricket of any fieldsman, with the seventh-highest success rate.[11] He was controversially[12] left out of the squad for the 2007 Cricket World Cup, and as a result, asked for his removal from the list of Sri Lanka contracted players. Atapattu was to miss the 2007–08 tour of Australia, but was added to the squad after the intervention of Sri Lankan Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge. Atapattu played solidly in the First Test, but subsequently angrily labelled the selectors: "A set of muppets, basically, headed by a joker," at a post-stumps press conference.

After Sri Lanka lost the series 2–0, Atapattu announced his international retirement after the second Test at Hobart.[13] He finished with 5,502 Test runs at an average of 39.02 in 90 Tests with a One-day International average of 37.57 after hitting 8,529 runs in 268 matches. Atapattu scored six double centuries and sixteen centuries in his Test cricket career.[14] He has scored centuries against all Test-playing nations.

CenturiesEdit

 
Marvan Atapattu's test batting record

Atapattu scored his first test century in 1997, seven year after his debut, against India, and in that cricket match he made 108 runs as the match was played at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.[15]

His highest Test score of 249 came against Zimbabwe in 2004 at Bulawayo.[15] His score of 127 in 2005 against New Zealand was his last Test century.[15] As of August 2015, Atapattu is sixth in the list of most double hundreds scored in Test matches.[16]

Atapattu scored his first ODI century in 1997 when he scored 153 in 2-run victory against India at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.[17] At Lord's in 1998, Atapattu scored 132 not out against England, his highest score in this format of the game.[17] He also scored two centuries in the 2003 Cricket World Cup: against Zimbabwe he scored 103 not out and against South Africa, only the 19th tied ODI in cricket history, he made 124. He was selected as man of the match on both occasions.[18] His innings of 111 against Pakistan in 2004 was his last ODI century.[17]

Coaching careerEdit

In 2009, Atapattu had a coaching stint with the Fingara Cricket Academy, a coaching facility in Sri Lanka. He had a short stint as Canada's batting coach in early 2009,[19] subsequently helping them qualify for the 2011 World Cup. In 2010, he was named as head coach of the Singaporean cricket team for a one-year period, which was his first full-time assignment of a coach of a national side. His first task was World Cricket League Division 5 in Nepal where the team finished third in the group stage and remained in division 5 for 2012 World League.

In April 2011, after the World Cup, Atapattu was named as the batting coach of Sri Lankan national team and joined interim coach Stuart Law, Champaka Ramanayake and Ruwan Kalpage for the tour of England. Meanwhile, he was considered for the head coach job of the team, which eventually went to Paul Farbrace, in 2013. Atapattu was promoted to the post of an assistant coach. Following Farbrace's early unexpected exit in 2014, he was appointed as interim head coach of the team.[3] During this period, Sri Lanka won its first Test series in England in 16 years, with a 1–0 win in its 2014 tour.[4] He officially took over as head coach in September 2014, and was the team's first local coach in 15 years. A 5–2 ODI series win during England's 2014 tour of Sri Lanka was the only series win for Sri Lanka after he formally took over. After consecutive Test series defeats against India and Pakistan, he resigned in September 2015.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Atapattu is married to Neluni Atapattu, a Sri Lankan Chartered Accountant by profession. Marvan and Neluni have two daughters.

International centuriesEdit

KeyEdit

Key Meaning
* Remained not out
Lost The match was lost by Sri Lanka.
Won The match was won by Sri Lanka.
Draw The match was drawn.
Tied The match was tied.

Test centuriesEdit

Test centuries of Marvan Atapattu
No. Score Against City Ground Date Result Ref
[1] 108   India Chandigarh, India Punjab Cricket Association Stadium 19 November 1997 Draw [20]
[2] 223   Zimbabwe Kandy, Sri Lanka Asgiriya Stadium 7 January 1998 Won [21]
[3] 216*   Zimbabwe Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club 18 November 1999 Draw [22]
[4] 207*   Pakistan Kandy, Sri Lanka Asgiriya Stadium 28 June 2000 Draw [23]
[5] 120   South Africa Kandy, Sri Lanka Asgiriya Stadium 30 July 2000 Lost [24]
[6] 201*   England Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 22 February 2001 Won [25]
[7] 108   India Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 29 August 2001 Won [26]
[8] 201   Bangladesh Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 6 September 2001 Won [27]
[9] 100*   Zimbabwe Galle, Sri Lanka Galle International Stadium 12 January 2002 Won [28]
[10] 185   England London, England Lord's Cricket Ground 16 May 2002 Draw [29]
[11] 118   West Indies Gros Islet, Saint Lucia Beausejour Cricket Ground 20 June 2003 Draw [30]
[12] 118   Australia Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 24 March 2004 Lost [31]
[13] 170   Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 6 May 2004 Won [32]
[14] 249   Zimbabwe Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club 14 May 2004 Won [33]
[15] 113   Australia Cairns, Australia Cazaly's Stadium 9 July 2004 Draw [34]
[16] 127   New Zealand Napier, New Zealand McLean Park 4 April 2005 Draw [35]

ODI centuriesEdit

ODI centuries of Marvan Atapattu
No. Score Against City Ground Date Result Ref
[1] 118   India Colombo, Sri Lanka R.Premadasa Stadium 17 August 1997 Won [36]
[2] 132*   England London, England Lord's Cricket Ground 20 August 1998 Won [37]
[3] 119*   Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium, Karachi 13 February 2000 Won [38]
[4] 100   Pakistan Dhaka, Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium 7 July 2000 Lost [39]
[5] 102*   India Sharjah, UAE Sharjah Cricket Stadium 27 October 2000 Won [40]
[6] 101   Netherlands Colombo, Sri Lanka R.Premadasa Stadium 16 September 2002 Won [41]
[7] 123*   South Africa Benoni, South Africa Willowmoore Park 1 December 2002 Won [42]
[8] 101   Australia Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 9 January 2003 Won [43]
[9] 124   South Africa Durban, South Africa Kingsmeadow Stadium 3 March 2003 Tied [44]
[10] 103*   Zimbabwe East London, South Africa Buffalo Park Cricket Ground 15 March 2003 Won [45]
[11] 111   Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 14 October 2004 Lost [46]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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Preceded by Sri Lankan Test captain
2004–2006
Succeeded by
Preceded by Sri Lankan ODI cricket captain
2003–2006