Written by Zulfick Farzan
18 Jun, 2021 | 10:18 am
The Perth Scorchers have produced a major international signing coup, securing the signature of Chamari Athapaththu for the 2021-22 Women’s Big Bash League season.
Chamari Athapaththu returns to the WBBL as a must-watch top-order batter capable of both tempered touch and brutal brilliance with the blade.
The current Sri Lankan captain, who has previously represented the Melbourne Renegades, shot to headlines when she battered 178 not out against the Australian attack in Bristol at the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup.
The swashbuckling stroke-maker has a formidable white-ball record at the international level, having scored 113 from 66 balls in a T20 International for Sri Lanka against Australia at North Sydney Oval in 2019.
Only weeks later she made 103 in a losing cause against Australia in a One-Day International at Allan Border Field.
Scorchers fans will need to pay close attention while Athapaththu is at the crease, the aerial specialist has clobbered 54 sixes across her international career and regularly sends the ball over the boundary rope.
Perth Scorchers Women’s head coach Shelley Nitschke said; “Chamari Athapaththu is an undeniable match-winner and has the ability to take the game away from the opposition quickly.”
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