Udana is a talented all-rounder with left-arm fast-bowling skills. His ability to vary his pace and deliver different types of slower balls has earned him sporadic appearances in Sri Lanka’s T20 team. Along with his capability to move the ball off the seam, Udana has a notable slower ball delivered from the back of his hand, which has brought him success at the highest level.
His journey began when he was fast-tracked into the Sri Lanka squad for the 2009 World T20 in England, where he played a part in Sri Lanka’s journey to the final. However, he did not participate in the 2010 World T20 and remained largely overlooked by national selectors until early 2017.
Even during his school days at DS Senanayake College, Udana’s talent was evident. He joined Nondescripts CC, although he had yet to play a domestic match for them. Despite this, he was selected to represent the Sri Lanka Under-20 Schools side in the ongoing U-23 Division I youth tournament.
In August 2008, he earned a spot in the Sri Lanka A team for the tour of South Africa, even though he hadn’t played a single first-class match. Udana’s skills shone in the Inter-Provincial T20 tournament in 2008-09, where he emerged as the leading wicket-taker. His outstanding performances helped Wayamba clinch the title and secure a place in the prestigious Champions Twenty20 League.