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Full name Jayan Kaushal Silva
Born May 27, 1986, Colombo
Current age 28 years 118 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Basnahira North, Sinhalese Sports Club, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka Board President's XI, Sri Lanka Under-19s, St. Thomas College
Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
|Test debut||Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Dubai (DSC), Oct 26-29, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Test||Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (SSC), Aug 14-18, 2014 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (SSC), Aug 14-18, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||2002/03|
|Last List A||Ragama Cricket Club v Sinhalese Sports Club at Colombo (RPS), Dec 23, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Colombo Cricket Club v Sinhalese Sports Club at Colombo (Bloomfield), Oct 16, 2005 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Kandurata Warriors v Nagenahira Nagas at Colombo (RPS), Aug 13, 2012 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|41, 17||Sri Lanka||v Pakistan||Colombo (SSC)||14 Aug 2014||Test # 2136|
|64||Sri Lanka||v Pakistan||Galle||6 Aug 2014||Test # 2133|
|44, 26||Sri Lanka||v South Africa||Colombo (SSC)||24 Jul 2014||Test # 2131|
|8, 38||Sri Lanka||v South Africa||Galle||16 Jul 2014||Test # 2129|
|13, 13||Sri Lanka||v England||Leeds||20 Jun 2014||Test # 2126|
|63, 57||Sri Lanka||v England||Lord's||12 Jun 2014||Test # 2124|
|152*||Sri Lankans||v Northants||Northampton||5 Jun 2014||FC|
|109, 0c/0s||Sinhalese||v Nondescripts||Panagoda||3 Apr 2014||FC|
|2c/0s, 1, 1c/0s||Sinhalese||v Moors||Colombo (NCC)||20 Mar 2014||FC|
|4c/0s, 63, 2c/0s, 59||Sinhalese||v Col CC||Colombo (PSS)||13 Mar 2014||FC|
A collected right-hand batsman with a firm technique, Kaushal Silva churned out hundred after hundred in first-class cricket until the sheer volume in his output could no longer be ignored by the national selectors. His erstwhile omission had largely been because of the surfeit of wicketkeepers in Sri Lanka's Test squad. He had perhaps made enough runs to vindicate place on his batting alone, but the nuances of balancing a side and the quest to groom young batsmen for the future had kept a Test spot out of reach.
Silva's voracious first-class appetite was finally rewarded when Tillakaratne Dilshan's retirement made an opening spot available in the Test XI. Silva had hit 27 first-class tons by the time he was granted an extended run in the side, and that in a position where he has not often batted in domestic cricket.
His grit and determination were evident in his tour of the UAE in January 2014, where he made two important scores of over 80 and a 95 against Pakistan. Equally encouraging has been the energy and enthusiasm he has brought to the team - perhaps virtues that sustained him during the long stretches knocking on the selectors' door. A maiden Test ton in Dhaka shortly after the UAE series added force to the notion that he can consistently bring stability to the top order.
Silva had played three Tests, largely as a fill-in wicketkeeper, in 2011, but was unable to capitalise on those chances. His cricket-coach father is said to have been a key influence on his cricket - something he shares with Kumar Sangakkara - who had been among Silva's champions before Silva's emergence at the top level.
Andrew Fidel Fernando