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Roy Dias      

Full name Roy Luke Dias

Born October 18, 1952, Colombo

Current age 61 years 265 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, Colombo Cricket Club

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Other Referee, Coach

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 20 36 1 1285 109 36.71 3 8 1 6 0
ODIs 58 55 5 1573 121 31.46 2315 67.94 2 11 16 0
First-class 93 147 13 4296 144 32.05 5 24 39 0
List A 89 84 9 2363 121 31.50 3 14 24 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 20 1 24 17 0 - - - 4.25 - 0 0 0
ODIs 58 6 56 70 3 3/25 3/25 23.33 7.50 18.6 0 0 0
First-class 93 180 118 1 1/9 118.00 3.93 180.0 0 0
List A 89 56 70 3 3/25 3/25 23.33 7.50 18.6 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (PSS), Feb 17-21, 1982 scorecard
Last Test Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Colombo (CCC), Apr 16-21, 1987 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Nottingham, Jun 9, 1979 scorecard
Last ODI England v Sri Lanka at Pune, Oct 30, 1987 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1974-1992
List A span 1974-1991
Profile

Roy Dias had an inauspicious debut for Sri Lanka at Test level, batting at No. 3; he was dismissed by Bob Willis without scoring. However, in the second innings Dias displayed his batting talents for all to see stroking an elegant 77. Dias was a joy to watch at the crease, blessed with a wonderful sense of timing, combined with a classical style. Already an experienced first-class cricketer when Sri Lanka gained Test status, Dias formed the backbone of the batting along with Duleep Mendis in the period following the Sri Lanka's inception. In the proceeding Test tour to Pakistan, Dias highlighted his class. Scoring 295 runs at 49.16, including 98 at Faisalabad and then following up with 109 at Lahore, holding firm as the top order crumbled around him in a the face of a withering barrage of pace bowling from Imran Khan. In Sri Lanka's maiden Test victory, and series victory, over India at home in 1985-86, Dias' contribution was decisive. Twin fifties in the second Test had helped set up a win, then with Sri Lanka on the brink of oblivion in the final Test, Dias rescued Sri Lanka with a superlative 106, ensuring a draw was achieved. Following retirement, Dias maintained his profile in the game coaching Sri Lanka for a period.
Johann P Jayasekera

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Feb 17, 1982

Roy Dias drives on his way to 77, Sri Lanka v England, Inaugural Test, Colombo, February 17, 1982

Roy Dias drives on his way to 77

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