Chamari Athapaththu: From WPL Snub to Warriorz Signing, Sri Lankan Captain Finds Motivation in Rejection

Chamari Athapaththu, the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team, expressed surprise at being initially overlooked at the Women’s Premier League (WPL) auction despite a standout 2023 season. She was eventually picked up by UP Warriorz as a replacement player, and she views this turn of events as a source of motivation.

A Stellar 2023 But Initially Overlooked

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Athapaththu had a remarkable 2023 in T20Is, scoring the fourth-most runs (470) among players from Full Members with an average of 31.33 and a strike rate of 130.91. She also took eight wickets with an economy of 5.97. She led Sri Lanka to an ODI series win over New Zealand at home and a T20I series win against England away. Despite these achievements, she was not picked in the initial rounds of the WPL and WBBL drafts.

“I am not shocked, I am surprised because they didn’t pick me,” Athapaththu said in a media interaction. “But these things are not in my control. I think of what I can control because these decisions are taken by someone else – some coaches or some [team] management. I can’t control these things, but what I can control is my batting, my bowling. I just want to do what I can do. I take these decisions in good spirit and do my best.”

Rejection as Motivation

Being passed over initially fueled Athapaththu’s determination. She impressed in the WBBL as a replacement player, scoring 552 runs at an average of 42.46 and a strike rate of 127.18, taking nine wickets with an economy of 6.83.

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“Rejection is some kind of motivation for me,” she said. “It is good for me because sometimes I can learn and I want to show what I can do. If someone says it can’t be done, be the first one to do it – that is my philosophy. I just want to prove what I can do.”

Ready to Face Competition at UP Warriorz

At Warriorz, Athapaththu faces stiff competition from Alyssa Healy, Danni Wyatt, Tahlia McGrath, Grace Harris, and Sophie Ecclestone for a spot in the playing XI. She is open to batting in the middle order if required, having last done so for Sri Lanka in T20Is in February 2019.

“I know Alyssa Healy is an opener, my favourite Danni Wyatt is also an opener, even Tahlia McGrath can open, Grace Harris opens for Brisbane Heat [in the WBBL]. We have to adjust, and the important thing is the [requirements of the] team. If the coaches and team need me to, I am happy to bat everywhere between Nos. 1-6. I can do anything for my team, I am always a team player.”

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Beyond Money: The Value of Leagues

Athapaththu emphasized the importance of franchise leagues beyond just financial gains. She believes they provide opportunities for players to share knowledge, culture, and experiences.

“These leagues are important for all cricketers around the world,” she said. “Some people think these leagues are about the money. It is not like that. We can share our knowledge and culture with other players. I can share the dressing room with the world’s best cricketers, learn a lot from them and share my knowledge – with them as well as with our young players in Sri Lanka.”

Chamari Athapaththu’s journey from surprise snub to determined signing with UP Warriorz highlights the value of perseverance and a growth mindset. Her focus on self-improvement and contribution to the team, along with her experience and skills, will be valuable assets for the UP Warriorz

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Chamari Athapaththu, the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team, expressed surprise at being initially overlooked at the Women's Premier League (WPL) auction despite a standout 2023 season. She was eventually picked up by UP Warriorz as a replacement player, and she views this turn of events as a source of motivation.

A Stellar 2023 But Initially Overlooked

Athapaththu had a remarkable 2023 in T20Is, scoring the fourth-most runs (470) among players from Full Members with an average of 31.33 and a strike rate of 130.91. She also took eight wickets with an economy of 5.97. She led Sri Lanka to an ODI series win over New Zealand at home and a T20I series win against England away. Despite these achievements, she was not picked in the initial rounds of the WPL and WBBL drafts.

"I am not shocked, I am surprised because they didn't pick me," Athapaththu said in a media interaction. "But these things are not in my control. I think of what I can control because these decisions are taken by someone else - some coaches or some [team] management. I can't control these things, but what I can control is my batting, my bowling. I just want to do what I can do. I take these decisions in good spirit and do my best."

Rejection as Motivation

Being passed over initially fueled Athapaththu's determination. She impressed in the WBBL as a replacement player, scoring 552 runs at an average of 42.46 and a strike rate of 127.18, taking nine wickets with an economy of 6.83.

"Rejection is some kind of motivation for me," she said. "It is good for me because sometimes I can learn and I want to show what I can do. If someone says it can't be done, be the first one to do it - that is my philosophy. I just want to prove what I can do."

Ready to Face Competition at UP Warriorz

At Warriorz, Athapaththu faces stiff competition from Alyssa Healy, Danni Wyatt, Tahlia McGrath, Grace Harris, and Sophie Ecclestone for a spot in the playing XI. She is open to batting in the middle order if required, having last done so for Sri Lanka in T20Is in February 2019.

"I know Alyssa Healy is an opener, my favourite Danni Wyatt is also an opener, even Tahlia McGrath can open, Grace Harris opens for Brisbane Heat [in the WBBL]. We have to adjust, and the important thing is the [requirements of the] team. If the coaches and team need me to, I am happy to bat everywhere between Nos. 1-6. I can do anything for my team, I am always a team player."

Beyond Money: The Value of Leagues

Athapaththu emphasized the importance of franchise leagues beyond just financial gains. She believes they provide opportunities for players to share knowledge, culture, and experiences.

"These leagues are important for all cricketers around the world," she said. "Some people think these leagues are about the money. It is not like that. We can share our knowledge and culture with other players. I can share the dressing room with the world's best cricketers, learn a lot from them and share my knowledge - with them as well as with our young players in Sri Lanka."

Chamari Athapaththu's journey from surprise snub to determined signing with UP Warriorz highlights the value of perseverance and a growth mindset. Her focus on self-improvement and contribution to the team, along with her experience and skills, will be valuable assets for the UP Warriorz

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