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Saturday, 25 February 2017 - 12:47
Coach Kuruppu lauds 'reluctant' schoolboy cricketer Gunaratne's growth
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Sri Lanka batsman Asela Gunaratne has been described by his school-cricket coach Aubrey Kuruppu as a "confident" but "reluctant cricketer" in his youth.

Kuruppu, a Sri Lanka cricketer of their pre-Test era, who coached Gunaratne in the basics of the game, said he had the batsman pinned as a long-format player but was glad to see him proving him wrong by performing in the shorter formats too.

Gunaratne, 31, made his mark in international cricket on the tour to Zimbabwe last October where he scored a fifty on his Test debut and followed it up with a maiden hundred in the next Test. 

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