Marvan Atapattu – technically equipped batsman
Sunday Observer/Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest:
After an illustrious school cricket career, former Sri Lanka skipper
Marvan Atapattu, the present batting coach for the Sri Lanka national
cricket team was the Schoolboy Cricketer Of the Year 1990.
Rated by most of the International and local cricket community as one
of the most technically equipped batsman in the Test arena, Atapattu
captained Ananda College in 1989 and became the Schoolboy Cricketer Of
The Year 1990 for his highly impressive performances at the school
Very impressive at school
He was so impressive with the bat and his right arm leg spin bowling
during his school days. Atapattu was a player ear-marked as a future
Test prospect. He was so committed to technique and was hardly seen
playing a rash shot.
He made his Test debut in 19991 against Australia. However, his Test
career in the initial stages was not that impressive as he had a series
of failures. But, later he made a big impact by coming back strongly
with some superlative batting performances. He was a member of the 1996
World Cup winning team.
Atapattu, a player who sticks to his repertoire of strokes and play
them to perfection, has always been a model for the younger players .
His Test and ODI statistics shows his remarkable feats at the highest
level in both versions of the game.
Marvan captained 2003 to 2006
Marvan, captained Sri Lanka from 2003 to 2006 and has played 90 Test
matches and 270 ODI’s. He has sixteen Test hundreds and six double
hundreds and has scored a hundred against every Test playing nation
which is an unique feat. Atapattu, besides winning the Schoolboy
Cricketer Of The Year Trophy, also became the Best Batsman and the Best
Captain in 1990. Referring to the competition, Atapattu said that it is
an occasion where school cricketers look forward to very much. “It
inspires the player and indicates to him where the player stands. It
conveys the message that who has a future in the sport.” “ In the past,
it was a strong panel of umpires who picked the winners. Most of them
have officiated in school matches and seen the players physically.
That’s why most of the winners have reached the top level, and hope that
trend will continue in the future.” Atapattu added. The competition has
taken root in rural areas as we see many promising youngsters making the
mark for big time cricket. These players have come through the hard way
and the Sunday Observer/Mobitel Contest will put them on the right track
in their future commitments. The third segment of the contest gives more
opportunities for the outstation schoolboys and encourages them to
perform better during the season.