Atapattu Mudiyanselage Chamari Jayangani (born 9 February 1990) is a Sri Lankan cricketer and the current captain of the women's Twenty20 International team of Sri Lanka. She had a short stint as the captain of the Sri Lanka women's team, and was succeeded by the previous captain Shashikala Siriwardene. Chamari was the tenth captain for Sri Lanka women's national cricket team, winning only one ODI, with 13 losses. In November 2017, she was named the Women's Cricketer of the Year for the 2016–17 season at Sri Lanka Cricket's annual awards.
She is known for aggressive batting in the top order. In the 2013 Women's Cricket World Cup, Atapattu hit a quick fifty against England women, where the Sri Lanka women won the match. Under her captaincy, Sri Lanka women won the T20I series against Pakistan Women.
She is also the only Sri Lankan woman cricketer to score an ODI century, doing this four times in her career. She holds the record for scoring the most number of ODI centuries and fifties for Sri Lanka in women's cricket history. She also holds the record for the highest WODI score for Sri Lanka, with 178 not out. She has the highest ODI average for Sri Lanka in women's cricket. She is also the only Sri Lankan woman cricketer to score an ODI hundred as well as having scored most runs in an innings at a strike rate of over 100.She was the third woman cricketer in the world to be dismissed for 99 in an ODI innings.
Atapattu's 178 not out is the highest Women's ODI score when batting at number three position for Sri Lanka. Chamari Atapattu is the first and only Sri Lankan woman cricketer to score a century in Women's Cricket World Cup history
Atapattu is the first Sri Lankan batswoman to pass 1,000 runs in T20Is and she is also the leading runscorer for Sri Lanka in both ODIs and T20Is.
At the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup, during Sri Lanka's match against Australia, she scored the third-highest individual total in a WODI and the second-highest total in a Women's World Cup match, with 178 not out. She also scored the highest percentage of runs in a completed innings in a WODI (69.26%) and the most runs in boundaries in a WODI, with 124. It was also the record for scoring the highest individual score in an innings of a WODI in a losing cause.
In October 2018, she was named as captain of Sri Lanka's squad for the 2018 ICC Women's World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies. Ahead of the tournament, she was named as one of the players to watch. She was the leading run-scorer for Sri Lanka in the tournament, with 59 runs in three matches.
On 29 September 2019, in the first WT20I match against Australia, Atapattu scored her first century in WT20I cricket. In January 2020, she was named as the captain of Sri Lanka's squad for the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup in Australia. She was the leading run-scorer for Sri Lanka in the tournament, with 154 runs in four matches.
Achievements and accolades
- ODI Batswoman of the year 2015-16.
- T20I Batswoman of the year 2016-17.
- ODI Batswoman of the year 2016-17.
- Dialog Women's Cricketer of the Year 2016-17.