Pulina Tharanga2022-03-23T13:47:07+00:00

Pulina Tharanga

Date of Birth 23/01/1993
Age 29
NationalitySri Lankan
Player Status Unavailable
Playing Role Batting All-Rounder (Spin)
Bowling Style RA Leg Spin
Batting Style RH Top Order Bat
Entry Route International Sportsperson Visa
Major Teams Sri Lanka U19s, Sri Lanka Board U19s XI, Chilaw Marians Cricket Club, Tamil Union Cricket & Athletic Club, Sri Lanka Ports Authority Cricket Club
Coaching Qualifications UKCC Level 2

Pulina Tharanga is an exciting prospect, with a heartfelt story, trying to break into the Sri Lankan national squad. Given his journey to date, the all-rounder looks destined for the big time and, he certainly deserves every success that comes his way.

Tharanga was brought up by his grandmother, following the loss of both parents during the Boxing Day earthquake and Tsunami in 2004. Cricket was Tharanga’s outlet, following the devasting events that hit Sri Lanka, taking 35,322 lives and over 184,000 across South East Asia. The orphaned child had no shoes, let alone cricket gear. He joined the Laureus-supported Foundation of Goodness program in Seenigama and started working towards his dreams and goals.

Supported by his grandmother, Tharaga joined Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club and, following his exploits at school and provincial age-group level, he was selected by the Sri Lankan Under-19 squad. His first tour was the quadrangular U19 series against India in September 2011. Ten months later, he was playing alongside the likes of Amila Aponso and Niroshan Dickwell at the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Australia. During the tournament, Tharanga earned high praise from Kumar Sangakkara on his 50* in Sri Lanka’s loss to South Africa.

Prior to the tournament, Tharanga had made his first-class debut for Singha Sports Club in April 2011, playing in Tier B of the Premier Championship. He played 2 matches but didn’t feature again on the first-class circuit till he joined Tamil Union for the Premier Championship in 2012/13. His maiden century (101*) cemented his position and he’s been on the domestic circuit ever since.

The all-rounder has now played 140+ domestic matches, including 58 first-class games, where he averages 24.91 with the bat. Bowling opportunities in red-ball cricket have been limited, but Tharanga is very much an all-rounder, as he proved in Sri Lanka's white-ball tournaments.

Over the past few seasons, he has finished amongst the leading wicket-takers in Sri Lanka's T20 tournaments, including the Sri Lankan Premier League (for Dambulla Viiking) - 13 wickets at 12.84 (2018/19), 9 wickets at 12 (2019/20), and 9 wickets at 17 (2020/21) have seen his name touted for national selection.

Tharanga has also proved his all-round skills abroad, during his maiden UK league stint in 2018. Playing for Frinton-on-Sea in the East Anglian Premier League - widely recognised as one of the strongest ECB Premier Leagues in the country, Tharanga scored 475 runs at 29.69 and took 23 wickets at 30.70. His numbers are perhaps underwhelming, however, given the quality of cricket, they represent solid returns for what was his maiden stint.

The talented all-rounder is now eager to return to Northern shores once again in 2022 and he will no doubt be all the better for his debut stint abroad in 2018.

Team (Season) Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Ovs Runs Wkts BB Avg
Frinton-on-Sea (2018) 19 19 3 475 70 29.69 166.2 706 23 3/23 30.70
Date of Birth 23/01/1993
Age 29
NationalitySri Lankan
Player StatusUnavailable
Playing RoleBatting All-Rounder (Spin)
Player Status Unavailable
Bowling Style RA Leg Spin
Batting Style RH Top Order Bat
Entry Route International Sportsperson Visa
Major Teams Sri Lanka U19s, Sri Lanka Board U19s XI, Chilaw Marians Cricket Club, Tamil Union Cricket & Athletic Club, Sri Lanka Ports Authority Cricket Club
Coaching Qualifications UKCC Level 2

Pulina Tharanga is an exciting prospect, with a heartfelt story, trying to break into the Sri Lankan national squad. Given his journey to date, the all-rounder looks destined for the big time and, he certainly deserves every success that comes his way.

Tharanga was brought up by his grandmother, following the loss of both parents during the Boxing Day earthquake and Tsunami in 2004. Cricket was Tharanga’s outlet, following the devasting events that hit Sri Lanka, taking 35,322 lives and over 184,000 across South East Asia. The orphaned child had no shoes, let alone cricket gear. He joined the Laureus-supported Foundation of Goodness program in Seenigama and started working towards his dreams and goals.

Supported by his grandmother, Tharaga joined Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club and, following his exploits at school and provincial age-group level, he was selected by the Sri Lankan Under-19 squad. His first tour was the quadrangular U19 series against India in September 2011. Ten months later, he was playing alongside the likes of Amila Aponso and Niroshan Dickwell at the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Australia. During the tournament, Tharanga earned high praise from Kumar Sangakkara on his 50* in Sri Lanka’s loss to South Africa.

Prior to the tournament, Tharanga had made his first-class debut for Singha Sports Club in April 2011, playing in Tier B of the Premier Championship. He played 2 matches but didn’t feature again on the first-class circuit till he joined Tamil Union for the Premier Championship in 2012/13. His maiden century (101*) cemented his position and he’s been on the domestic circuit ever since.

The all-rounder has now played 140+ domestic matches, including 58 first-class games, where he averages 24.91 with the bat. Bowling opportunities in red-ball cricket have been limited, but Tharanga is very much an all-rounder, as he proved in Sri Lanka's white-ball tournaments.

Over the past few seasons, he has finished amongst the leading wicket-takers in Sri Lanka's T20 tournaments, including the Sri Lankan Premier League (for Dambulla Viiking) - 13 wickets at 12.84 (2018/19), 9 wickets at 12 (2019/20), and 9 wickets at 17 (2020/21) have seen his name touted for national selection.

Tharanga has also proved his all-round skills abroad, during his maiden UK league stint in 2018. Playing for Frinton-on-Sea in the East Anglian Premier League - widely recognised as one of the strongest ECB Premier Leagues in the country, Tharanga scored 475 runs at 29.69 and took 23 wickets at 30.70. His numbers are perhaps underwhelming, however, given the quality of cricket, they represent solid returns for what was his maiden stint.

The talented all-rounder is now eager to return to Northern shores once again in 2022 and he will no doubt be all the better for his debut stint abroad in 2018.

Team (Season) Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Ovs Runs Wkts BB Avg
Frinton-on-Sea (2018) 19 19 3 475 70 29.69 166.2 706 23 3/23 30.70
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