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|Born||February 17, 1988|
|Age||33 years 337 days|
|Teams||Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka A, Wayamba Elevens, Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club, Wayamba United, Duronto Rajshahi, Basnahira Greens, Rangpur Riders, Kandy, Montreal Tigers, Sri Lanka Board Presidents XI, Dambulla, Paktia Panthers, Sri Lanka XI, Rajshahi Kings, Sindhis, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Paarl Rocks, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Colombo Kings, Bangla Tigers, Trinbago Knight Riders, Galle Gladiators, Minister Group Dhaka|
|Bat Style||Right Handed Bat|
|Bowl Style||Left-arm fast-medium|
|BBI||-||82 / 3||11 / 3||41 / 3|
|BBM||-||82 / 3||11 / 3||41 / 3|
His international tryst wasn't as seamless though, getting dropped soon after the T20 WC in England, owing to some poor performances. A couple of comebacks followed over the next decade - in 2012 and 2016 - but alas, both saw him getting brutally smashed around the park. However, he continued churning out records in T20 leagues - getting a two-ball hat-trick in the 2010 Champions League while playing for Wayamba, by getting Matthew Sinclair stumped off a wide ball.
Things picked up in 2018, with Udana now having added the additional skill of lower-order-hitting to his armoury and doubling up as a useful all-rounder. He returned to national reckoning with impressive performances in the Super Provincial One Day tournament - finishing as Kandy's leading wicket-taker - and in the Afghanistan Premier League - finishing as the overall leading wicket-taker.
On the verge of the 2019 World Cup, as Sri Lanka tried out all possible bowling options - Udana being one of them - it was his batting that stood out. Against South Africa, he first put on a 58-run stand for the tenth wicket with Kasun Rajitha in an ODI and then followed it up in the T20I series that followed with a 84-run knock from number eight, the highest ever in world cricket from that position.
Although he made it to the fifteen for the World Cup, he didn't quite make an impact in what was a disappointing campaign for Sri Lanka. He, however, played a key role later in the year in whitewashing Pakistan at home in a three-match T20I series (the number one side in the world at that point), as a part of a weakened Lankan side thanks to most of the senior pros refusing to tour owing to security fears.
It is his inconsistency in performances that hasn't yet allowed him to become a certain starter in the eleven, even though he's in and around the white-ball squads. With Sri Lanka going through a rebuilding phase, he could be their key to sorting out their seam-bowling all-rounder troubles.
Written by - Vineet Anantharaman
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