|Full Name||Atapattu Mudiyanselage Chamari Jayangani|
|Current Age||30 years(9 Feb 1990)
|Role Models||Sanath Jayasuriya|
|Estimated Net Worth||US $ 50,000|
Chamari Atapattu Biography
Considered to be one of the most aggressive batswomen in the modern-day woman’s cricket, Chamari Atapattu is a Sri Lankan cricketer and the current captain of the women’s Twenty20 International team of Sri Lanka.
Making her ODI debut against West Indies back in 2010, Chamari holds the record for scoring the most number of ODI centuries and fifties for Sri Lanka in women’s cricket history. She made T20 debut in June 2009 against India, Chamari was the part of the first-ever women’s T20 team of Sri Lanka.
Chamari Atapattu: Early Life
Chamari Atapattu was born and brought up in Gokarella, Kurunegala- the capital city of the North-Western province of Sri Lanka. Atapattu started her school cricket career at Gokarella Central College, where she learned the basics of the sport. After her success in the Grade 5 Scholarship exam, she entered Ibbagamuwa Central College, where she played hardball cricket
Representing herself in the under-16 category, Chamari was soon was promoted to play in the 1st XI cricket team. She turned out for Colts Cricket Club women’s after having a successful school cricket career. Atapattu’s parents have been a constant support for her, with her father accompanying her for practices at Colombo and her mother playing an important role in maintaining Atapattu’s diet. To her disappointment, she lost her father in 2008.
This was a turning point in Atapattu’s life. Atapattu started taking Cricket seriously, wanting to make her father proud whose only fish was to see her daughter play for the National team. With sheer hard work and perseverance, she made her debut for Sri Lanka in 2009 and has never looked back since then.
The aggressive left-hand batsman has her eyes set on retirement, taking the Women’s World T20 her final T20 assignment, and after the 2023 Women’s World Cup, she is planning to hang up her boots and intend to migrate to Australia for higher studies.
Chamari Atapattu Career Stats(Domestic)
Chamari Atapattu started her career playing for Kurunegala Youth Cricket Club Women and since then has played for various teams including North Central XI and Air Force Women.
Chamari Atapattu Career Stats(International)
Having made her international debut in 2009, Chamari Atapattu has made a name for herself and is a regular member of the Sri Lankan Women’s team. Known for her aggressive playing style, Chamari is the first Sri Lankan batswoman to pass 1,000 runs in T20Is. Not only is she the leading runscorer for Sri Lanka in both ODIs and T20Is, but she also holds the record for scoring the most number of ODI centuries and fifties for Sri Lanka in women’s cricket history. Atapattu also holds the record for the highest WODI score for Sri Lanka, with 178 not out.
Atapattu has multiple records to her name from being the first and only Sri Lankan woman cricketer to score a century in Women’s Cricket World Cup history to being the only Sri Lankan woman cricketer to score an ODI century, that too four times in her career. Atapattu also has the highest ODI average for Sri Lanka in women’s cricket. Atapattu also happens to be the only Sri Lankan woman cricketer to score an ODI hundred.
Having a batting average of 31.62 in ODIs, Atapattu scored the highest percentage of runs in a completed innings in a WODI (69.26%). Her 178 not out is the second-highest total in a Women’s World Cup match.
Atapattu also had a brief stint as the ODI captain of the Sri Lanka women’s team. She happens to be the tenth captain for Sri Lanka women’s national cricket team, winning only one ODI, with 13 losses. Sri Lanka Women won the T20I series against Pakistan Women under her captaincy. She is succeeded by the previous captain Shashikala Siriwardene.
In October 2018, she was named as captain of Sri Lanka’s squad for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies and has been the captain of the T20 team since then.
Achievements of Chamari Atapattu
- In November 2017, she was named the Women’s Cricketer of the Year for the 2016–17 season at Sri Lanka Cricket’s annual awards
- Atapattu was named as the ODI Batswoman of the year 2015-16 and T20I Batswoman of the year 2016-17.