If you are talking about Women’s cricket in Sri Lanka, the first name people would most definitely recall is Atapattu’s. Atapattu is known for her aggressive batting in the top order. She usually bats at No.3 position. The 28 yr old is the current vice-captain of the women’s team of Sri Lanka. In past, she was the captain of the Sri Lanka women’s team for a short time. Chamari was the 10th captain for Sri Lanka women’s national cricket team overall. During her reign as captain, she managed to win a solitary ODI with 13 losses. Even though her captaincy isn’t the most cherished, her batting skills are incomparable to any of her teammates. She is the main pillar of Sri Lankan team having dealt with multiple responsibilities on her shoulders whenever she enters the ground.
Not only her batting but a key skill is her handy bowling amplified by an ability to chip in with wickets at crucial intervals mark her presence as a huge asset for the set-up. In 2017, her consistent performances paved way for Atapattu to become the first Sri Lankan female cricketer to sign the prestigious WBBL Contract with Melbourne Renegades. 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.
A player habitual to register her name against many a record, during the 2013 Women’s Cricket World Cup, Atapattu hit a quick fifty against England women, where the Sri Lanka women won a crucial match.
She is also the only Sri Lankan woman cricketer to score an ODI century, repeating the feat on three occasions. She holds the record for scoring most number of ODI centuries and fifties for Sri Lanka. The left-handed batswoman has the highest ODI average for Sri Lanka in the Women’s game.She is also the only Sri Lankan woman cricketer to score an ODI hundred as well as having scored most runs in an innings at a strike rate of over 100.
Atapattu’s 178 not out is the highest Women’s ODI score when batting at number three position for Sri Lanka. Chamari Atapattu is the first and only Sri Lankan woman cricketer to score a century in Women’s Cricket World Cup history.
Atapattu is the first Sri Lankan batswoman to pass 1,000 runs in T20Is and she is also the leading run-scorer for Sri Lanka in both ODIs and T20Is. That said, success in the modern game for Sri Lanka could well be judged against the many benchmarks that Chamari has registered with great skill and determination.