Thilan Samaraweera

Country: Sri Lanka
Born: September 22, 1976, Colombo
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Batter

Thilan Samaraweera Bio

Thilan Thusara Samaraweera, also known as Thilan Samaraweera, is a former professional cricket player from Sri Lanka. Born on September 22, 1976, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Samaraweera is widely regarded as one of the most resilient and determined batsmen of his time.

Samaraweera’s batting style may not have been flashy or exciting, but his patience and solidity made him a vital asset to his team. He was often seen as a balancing factor in a lineup filled with flamboyant stroke players. His ability to wear down bowlers through relentless accumulation and unwavering determination set him apart from his peers.

However, Samaraweera’s cricket career was not without its fair share of challenges. In March 2009, during a tour in Pakistan, his team bus came under a terrorist attack. Samaraweera sustained a bullet injury to his left thigh, forcing him to undergo surgery and face a grueling three-month recovery process. Despite the physical and mental scars, Samaraweera demonstrated remarkable resilience and returned to the international cricket scene just a few months later, playing his 50th Test match.

His return marked a new chapter in his career, as he had already showcased his potential from early on. Samaraweera made an impressive debut against India in 2001, scoring a century and establishing himself as a promising middle-order batsman. However, a period of indifferent form led to his exclusion from the team, and he had to wait 18 months for his comeback. When he returned, Samaraweera displayed a more aggressive and prolific batting style while retaining his solid technique. He reignited his career with a century against India in July 2008, and his purple patch continued even after his encounter with gunmen.

Despite his success, Samaraweera faced scrutiny due to his relatively lower performance outside the subcontinent. His struggles against Australia at home in 2011 led to his exclusion from the Test series against Pakistan in UAE. However, a series loss prompted his recall for the tour to South Africa, where he scored two centuries and played a crucial role in a historic victory for Sri Lanka.

Although Samaraweera experienced a moderately successful year in 2012, he endured a tough time during Sri Lanka’s tour of Australia. Despite scoring plenty of runs domestically, he was left out of the squad for the home Test series against Bangladesh. With no significant Test cricket scheduled for Sri Lanka in the coming months, Samaraweera announced his retirement from international cricket in March 2013, having left an impressive mark on the game.

Thilan Samaraweera will be remembered for his unwavering determination, resilience, and sheer toughness. His ability to overcome adversity and bounce back stronger showcased his strength of character. Throughout his career, Samaraweera proved himself as a reliable and consistent performer, earning the respect and admiration of cricket fans worldwide.

Thilan Samaraweera Career Stats

Thilan Samaraweera Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 81 132 20 5462 231 48.76 11641 46.92 14 30 633 7 45 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 53 42 11 862 105* 27.8 1244 69.29 2 0 76 0 17 0
FC 271 389 70 15501 231 48.59 - - 43 76 - - 202 0
List A 194 148 39 3568 105* 32.73 - - 2 19 - - 66 0
T20s 29 28 2 692 71 26.61 507 136.48 0 6 87 13 3 0

Thilan Samaraweera Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 81 35 1327 689 15 4/49 6/67 45.93 3.11 88.4 1 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 53 17 702 542 11 3/34 3/34 49.27 4.63 63.8 0 0 0
FC 271 - 17961 8366 357 6/55 - 23.43 2.79 50.3 - 15 2
List A 194 - 4769 3178 110 7/30 7/30 28.89 3.99 43.3 0 2 0
T20s 29 4 62 66 3 3/17 3/17 22 6.38 20.6 0 0 0

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