Sri Lanka as a cricket side has been famous for more than just one particular reason. The island country has achieved tremendous feats in the game and over the years, has gone on to produce some really talented cricketers. Speaking about achievements, the most prominent feat of the Sri Lankan side was undoubtedly winning the 1996 Wills Cricket World Cup. In that very tournament, the Sri Lankans changed the dynamics of ODI cricket completely.
Nevertheless, the Sri Lankans are famous for a unique reason. The reason dwells upon the fact that cricketers with most initials to their name, belong from this very part of the globe. Recently, when right arm pacer Lahiru Kumara made his international debut, in the ongoing test against Zimbabwe, he entered an elite club. The club exclusively meant for cricketers with the most number of initials. Below, we go down the list of cricketers, who hold a similar distinction.
- UWMBCA WELEGEDARA (6 initials):
Uda Walawwe Mahim Bandaralage Chanaka Asanga Welegedara holds the unique feat of having the most number of initials for his name. The brawny left arm pacer recently migrated to Australia, after he didn’t find enough opportunities in the Sri Lankan cricketing circles. Welegedara represented Sri Lanka in 21 tests, 10 ODI’s and 2 T20I’s from late 2009. He was frequently in and out of the side and last played an international game for his side in 2014 against Pakistan. He would be fondly remembered for his heroic bowling spell which drove Sri Lanka to their first ever test win in South Africa.
- WPUJC VAAS (5 initials):
Vaas without an iota of doubt, is the most successful pacer emerging from Sri Lanka. As a matter of fact, he is Sri Lanka’s biggest bowling icon after the great Muttiah Muralitharan. Vaas, or ‘Dr. Death’ as he was known for his unpinned accuracy during the death overs, was a vital cog behind the side’s successful run in the 1996 World Cup. With exactly 400 ODI wickets in 322 games, and 355 test scalps in 111 outings, Vaas is indeed an all time great. Fair to say, after his retirement in 2009, Sri Lanka have not produced a single pacer, who can be compared with Vaas.
- HMRKB HERATH (5 initials):
Sri Lanka’s skipper in the ongoing test against Zimbabwe, is another all time great bowler. The slow left arm bowler recently made headlines as he spun his team to a famous whitewash over Australia. Herath has been a massive servant of Sri Lankan cricket and since the retirement of Muralitharan, he has ably stepped up to the task of leading Sri Lanka’s bowling onslaught. With his age on the wrong side of 30, Herath doesn’t have too many years of test cricket left in him.
- PADLR SANDAKAN (5 initials):
Paththamperuma Arachchige Don Lakshan Rangika Sandakan became an overnight sensation after he helped Sri Lanka simply demolish Australia in the three match test series. Sandakan, a chinaman bowler, put Australia in a state of turmoil as his unorthodox bowling action, resembling former South African spinner Paul Adams was just too cumbersome to counter. At 25 years of age, Sandakan is being touted as the spinner to watch out for in Sri Lankan cricket.
- CBRLS KUMARA (5 initials):
Chandradasa Brahammana Ralalage Lahiru Sudesh Kumara, or Lahiru Kumara in short, became Sri Lanka’s latest test debutant in the test against Zimbabwe. The right arm pacer dismissed Zimbabwe wicketkeeper Peter Moor with a vicious bouncer to get his team in a position of dominance. With his age at 19, one can expect to see more of Kumara in the years to follow.
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