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Thilan Thushara

Thilan Thushara
Personal information
Full name
Magina Thilan Thushara Mirando
Born (1981-03-01) 1 March 1981 (age 43)
Balapitiya, Sri Lanka
BowlingLeft-arm fast-medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 96)27 June 2003 v West Indies
Last Test19 November 2010 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 136)15 April 2008 v West Indies
Last ODI7 June 2010 v Zimbabwe
T20I debut (cap 23)10 October 2008 v Zimbabwe
Last T20I11 May 2010 v India
Domestic team information
2009–2011Chennai Super Kings
2007–2008Sinhalese Sports Club
2006–2007Colts Cricket Club
2001–2006Nondescripts Cricket Club
1998–2001Singha Sports Club
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I
Matches 10 38 6
Runs scored 94 392 4
Batting average 8.54 18.66 2.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/1 0/0
Top score 15* 54* 3
Balls bowled 1,668 1,676 132
Wickets 28 50 7
Bowling average 37.14 27.86 25.57
5 wickets in innings 1 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 5/83 5/47 2/37
Catches/stumpings 3/– 4/– 2/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 8 February 2011

Magina Thilan Thushara Mirando; (born 1 March 1981), or Thilan Thushara, is a former Sri Lankan cricketer, who played all formats of the game. He is a left-handed batsman and a left-arm medium-fast bowler. Though he did not represent the country in international level after 2010, Thushara is an active member in Sri Lanka domestic competitions for Moors Sports Club.

Domestic career

Thushara made his first-class debut in 1998–99. After a spell in Sri Lanka's premier fast-bowling academy, he impressed the selectors, and was included in the Test squad for the tour against South Africa. He made his Twenty20 debut on 17 August 2004, for Nondescripts Cricket Club in the 2004 SLC Twenty20 Tournament.[1]

He had a grand playing style in 2006/2007 First Class series in Kandurata Maroons which was held in Sri Lanka between its provinces.

He also be played few games for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League after being bought for $140000 at the IPL Auction on 6 February 2009.[2]

He also played for 2016 Super Twenty20 Provincial Tournament for Hambantota Troopers.

International career

He did not play in that series but then made his Test debut in 2003 in the touring party to West Indies. But he did not succeed much in that series as he did not score much and did not pick up any wicket and was dumped by the wayside.

He was finally chosen to play against West Indies on their 2008 tour. This time, he snapped up five wickets on his return to international cricket, and then managed three in the next match, to end the series with eight. He also took a wicket with his very first ball in his ODI career becoming the 18th bowler to achieve that mark and was also the third Sri Lankan bowler to achieve this feat.[3]

On the same tour, he finally managed to make his ODI debut as well, in an inconsequential third ODI, and was pretty impressive in his near six over spell, with analysis of 5.2–1–12–1, before it rained and the match was abandoned.

His best ODI performance came against India in Sri Lanka during an ODI series. He took 10 wickets with the bowl including career best 5/47 at RPSC and scored 168 runs at 56 including his career best score of 54* at the same venue during the series.

He and Nuwan Kulasekara have been able to fill the void created by retirement of Chaminda Vaas and injured Lasith Malinga during 2008–2010 period.

For his performances in 2009, he was named as 12th man in the World ODI XI by the ICC.[4]

Thushara was selected to play tri nation ODI series in Zimbabwe in 2010 and he got his 50th ODI wicket during his last ODI match. His 50th ODI wicket was Hamilton Masakadza.

See also


  1. ^ "1st Round, Colombo, Aug 17 2004, Twenty-20 Tournament". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 April 2021.
  2. ^ Thilan Thushara Profile,
  3. ^ "Records | One-Day Internationals | Bowling records | Wicket with first ball in career | ESPNcricinfo". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Johnson and Gambhir scoop top awards".
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