Chamari Athapaththu: Her Success Beyond Boundaries

Feb/14/2023 / by Swarnendu Biswas
Chamari Athapaththu
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Atapattu Mudiyanselage Chamari Jayangani, popularly and commonly known as Chamari Athapaththu, is an internationally renowned cricketer from Sri Lanka. She is an attacking lefthanded batswoman in the top order of the batting line up and is considered by many as one of the most aggressive batswomen in today’s cricket.

Chamari Athapaththu is presently the captain of the women’s Twenty20 International team of Sri Lanka. Under her captainship, Sri Lanka recently reached the finals of T20 Women’s Asia Cup. However, in the finals held at Sylhet, a city in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka’s T20 International women’s team gave a pathetic batting performance and was reduced to 65-9, which facilitated India to notch up an impressive and easy victory by eight wickets and thereby win the Women’s Asia Cup 2022.

Parental Support

Born on 9th February 1990, in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka, the age of Chamari Athapaththu is 32 years. While reading about Chamari Athapaththu we can come to know that though she began playing cricket at the age of four, bur her cricket journey in a serious way began with Gokarella Central College and she eventually graduated to playing for Colts Cricket Club in 2007 following her successful school cricket stint.

Soon after that she was chosen for Sri Lanka’s women’s T20 International team. She has been playing for Sri Lanka since 2009.

Her parents supported her passion for cricket. Her father used to accompany her for her practices at Colombo and her mother played an important role in her diet. However, unfortunately her father died in 2008, just a year before his daughter began to play for Sri Lanka.

She made her T20 International debut in June 2009, against India and was part of the first-ever women’s T20 International team of Sri Lanka. In the next year, she made her ODI debut, against West Indies. The flamboyant stroke player is the first batswoman from Sri Lanka to score more than 1,000 runs in T20Is.  She was named as the Captain of Sri Lanka’s team for the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, which was held in Australia.

Champion Batswoman

It needs to be highlighted in any biography of Chamari Athapaththu that she has six centuries in One Day Internationals and she is the only female from Sri Lanka to score a century in One Day International. Her highest One Day International score is 178 not out against Australia at Bristol, England, which was a match of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup.

The biography of Chamari Athapaththu should also emphasize the fact that the 178 not out knock of hers is the fourth-highest individual total in Women’s One Day International and the second-highest individual score in a Women’s World Cup match. As a cricketer Chamari Athapaththu has possibly made a permanent place for herself among the batting greats in women’s cricket.

Chamari Athapaththu is also the only Sri Lankan woman to score a century in a T20 international. That was a blistering knock of 113 from 66 balls in North Sydney Oval in Sydney, in 2019. In that innings Sri Lanka team’s total score was 7/176, out of which she scored 113! Though Australia won that match by 41 runs but the knock of Chamari Athapaththu possibly made a permanent place in the history of women’s cricket.

Chamari Athapaththu is also the first Sri Lankan to play in the Women’s BBL franchise. In WBBL, she has played 26 matches and scored 378 runs with 70 not out being her highest score in that tournament.

Many readers may be interested in knowing the networth of Chamari Athapaththu. According to her estimated net worth is a modest 50,000 USD. However, in her approximate net worth is given at 1.5 million USD, which sounds much more realistic.


When did Chamari Athapaththu start her career as a cricketer?

One can say that her cricket career began with Colts Cricket Club in 2007. Her international cricket career began in 2009.

Who is Chamari Athapaththu’s husband?

She is most probably single.

How many matches has Chamari Athapaththu played?

We couldn’t get the record of all the matches that she played since her school days. But we can say that Chamari Athapaththu has played 90 WODIs (Women’s One Day International) where she scored 2840 runs with six centuries and 14 fifties with a batting average of 31.91. She played 106 WT20Is (Women’s Twenty20 International) from which she scored 2181 runs with an average of 21.38 with one century and five fifties.


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