He is an eminent cricketer from Sri Lanka was born on February 24, 1987, in Kandy, Sri Lanka. His full name is Chamara Kantha Kapugedera. He is also known as Chamara Silva. He is also known by his nickname ‘Kapu’. He is a right-handed batsman and Right-arm medium bowler. He plays one day and T20 international matches. His father is also a former cricketer who has always helped him with providing all the guidance and training he needed to develop into a well-performing cricket player.
His first coach was David Karunaratne and Sumithra Warnakulasuriya was his U-19 coach and both have played key roles in shaping his career. He got hitched on December 16th, 2010 to his longtime partner, Tamara Derek and the wedding ceremony took place at Waters Edge Hotel, Battaramulla and the couple has three sons out of the wedlock.
He is a former student of renowned Dharma Raja College in Kandy, Sri Lanka. He has done captaincy in all the school sides from U-13 to the first XI. He was first Sri Lankan National ODI Cricketer to get picked up from his school.
He made his test debut against England in 2006, at an early age of 18 years but he could not perform well to mark his presence. During the period of 2003-04, he made a fantabulous score of 2011 and was picked up for the U-19 tour to Pakistan in the following year and scored 131 runs in a one day against the world champions.
His one-day international debut was in 2006, against Australia at Perth where he played an outstanding inning of 38 runs just from 21 balls in the final match. His innings helped to boost Sri Lanka’s total score and Australia lost their home final for the first time in last 9 years which is in it a record. Irrespective of such an excellent performance the player was not picked up in the team for the World cup in the Caribbean in March 2007.
He was once again selected for the ODI side and he soon began performing well. In a match against West Indies Sri Lanka was at the not really well score of 49/5 and he outperformed West Indies by scoring 95 runs against a pace attack by Taylor and Edwards. That innings proved to be a turning point in his career and he had a successful comeback after that.
But unfortunately he did not meet the expectations and he had a poor year in 2009. He is a batsman from School and He bats excellently with backlift but when it comes to playing forward that is where he lacks and this happens to be the biggest of the fall down of this career.
The most notable comeback was a match with India in May 2010, where he hit a winning six on the last ball thrown by Indian bowler Ashish Nehra and sent India home and Sri Lanka needed 3 runs to win the match. He scored overall 37 runs in the match and made the biggest contribution to the victory of Team Sri Lanka.
He is a better fielder in the Team Sri Lanka and his fielding is electrical. He is a safe catcher as well. He was purchased by the Chennai Super Kings in the first season of Indian Premier League. But due to his not so appreciable performance during that season no one chose to bid for him in IPL Season 2.
He got selected for the 2012 Commonwealth Bank Tri-nation series held in Australia as a sudden replacement for injured Mathews and Thesaurus. He was also chosen for some ODI Series against India.
He was the part of the team Sri Lanka in a series against Pakistan in 2015 where he scored unbeatable 31 runs in the very first match but Sri Lanka lost that match. He also secured his highest T20I score of 48 runs in the second match of the same series. In 2015-16 he was included to ODI team against New Zealand as a middle order batsman but he managed to score only 8 runs in the first match.
He has not a very promising performance history over international fields but he is still shining over the domestic fields. At the domestic level, he plays for Colombo Cricket Club. He has made himself a record of the leading runscorer in T20I for Sri Lanka without scoring a single fifty in his career. He along with Angelo Mathews made the record of the highest ever stand for the fifth wicket in the history of T20 World Cup
Chamara Kapugedera Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $4.5 million US dollars approximately as of 2017. Such an excellent net worth has brought to him by international cricket tours, endorsements, and domestic playing.
Being a cricketer his source of income is the game itself. He plays one day and T-20 International matches which are a source of great wealth to him. Moreover, he is continuously playing on domestic fields as well.
Recently in Feb 2017, on a tour to Australia, he was seen playing on the field in an international T20 series versus Australia. Two of the three matches were won by Sri Lanka. Where the player scored 10 and 7 runs in the first and third match respectively but performed brilliantly in the second match with an outstanding score of 32 runs and contributed hugely to his team’s victory of winning the series.
The player is working hard on his career since his childhood but still, he has seen many ups and down through his journey. But he has once again proved his potential by performing well with the bat in the recent 2nd T20 International of the series against Australia. We wish the best for him and may he keep improving over the field and sparkle brightly in the field.