Roshan Mahanama or Deshabandu Roshan Siriwardene Mahanama was born on May 31, 1966 in Colombo. He is a former Sri Lankan cricketer, a right-handed batsman and a live-wire fielder on the field.
Mahanama was a part of Sri Lanka’s World Cup winning side in 1996 and played a key role in the campaign.
Mahanama featured in 51 Tests for Sri Lanka and his finest performance in Tests came against India at Colombo in 1997. He stuck to his guns and smashed a tenacious 225 as his side posted a colossal 952 only to conclude a draw. This was also the highest team total by any team in an innings in the history of Test cricket.
Mahanama along with Sanath Jayasuriya stitched the then highest second wicket partnership in Test cricket of 576 runs in the same Test. The record was later overhauled by his compatriots Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene in 2006.
Sri Lanka were the defending champions going into the 1999 World Cup and a lot was expected from the side. But an awful outing by the team saw some players being axed and one of them was Mahanama. He had an ordinary outing in the whole tournament as the five games which he played saw him scoring just 136 runs at an average of 27.20. He was dropped from the side after this, a move which was meant to be given budding talents an opportunity.
Mahanama decided to call it a day from international cricket in 1999 when he figured out that players older than him were given an opportunity in the side.
Like many other cricketers, Mahanama managed to be associated with the game even after his retirement. Mahanama debuted as ICC match referee in an ODI between West Indies and Bangladesh in Kingstown in 2004. He officiated in 318 international matches across formats – the fourth highest only behind Ranjan Madugalle, Chris Broad and Jeff Crowe. He hung his boots from the panel in December 2015. Mahanama was also the first to officiate the historical Australia-New Zealand day-night Test in Adelaide.
Mahanama expressed his views and disappointment in his biography ‘Retired Hurt’ which was written by Australian sports chronicler Ken Piesse. The book highlights the ups and downs of his career.
In September 2015, Mahanama said that he would step down from the ICC match referee panel as he wanted to spend time with his family and take a break from cricket.
Mahanama also runs a pharmaceutical distribution business back in Sri Lanka. Apart from this, he has number of startups to his name namely Zamon, an app which enables consumers order coffee and food from connected cafés on the go. He also created Live Connected.