UP Warriorz’s newest addition, Chamari Athapaththu from Sri Lanka, showcased a heartwarming gesture before the 2024 Women’s Premier League clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

In a video shared on UPW’s Instagram, the team gathered to watch the opening match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals. Ahead of kick-off, the dynamic Lankan captain was seen passionately singing along to the Indian national anthem, ‘Jana Gana Mana.’

Chamari Athapaththu stepped in as a replacement for English fast bowler Lauren Bell, adding a new dimension to UP Warriorz’s lineup. Renowned as one of the most powerful hitters in the game, Athapaththu boasts over 120 T20Is under her belt, making her one of the most experienced players on the field. Notably, she holds the distinction of being the only Sri Lankan woman to achieve a century in T20Is.

This season marks Chamari Athapaththu’s debut in the Women’s Premier League, bringing a wealth of experience and dynamic skills to the tournament. With a remarkable track record of 122 T20Is for her country, the hard-hitting batter’s 2023 performance was nothing short of spectacular.

She concluded the year with an impressive tally of 470 runs and a striking strike-rate of 130.91. What sets her apart is the personal high of 15 sixes in Women’s T20Is during that period.

As the UP Warriorz gear up for the Women’s Premier League, the inclusion of Chamari Athapaththu promises to elevate the team’s batting prowess and bring a fresh perspective to the game. Fans are eager to witness the explosive gameplay of this seasoned cricketer, and her impact on the league is sure to be significant.

The video of Athapaththu singing the Indian national anthem serves as a beautiful moment, highlighting the spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship in the cricketing world.

WATCH: Chamari Athapaththu singing Indian national anthem

By Ritik Sharma

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