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Ajit de Silva      

Full name Ginigalgodage Ramba Ajit de Silva

Born December 12, 1952, Ambalangoda

Current age 61 years 279 days

Major teams Sri Lanka

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 4 7 2 41 14 8.20 0 0 1 0 0
ODIs 6 4 2 9 6* 4.50 33 27.27 0 0 2 0
First-class 53 68 27 317 75 7.73 0 1 21 0
List A 15 7 3 20 10* 5.00 0 0 4 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 4 7 962 385 7 2/38 4/98 55.00 2.40 137.4 0 0 0
ODIs 6 6 305 262 9 3/41 3/41 29.11 5.15 33.8 0 0 0
First-class 53 11736 4418 161 6/30 27.44 2.25 72.8 4 0
List A 15 822 517 19 3/41 3/41 27.21 3.77 43.2 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (PSS), Feb 17-21, 1982 scorecard
Last Test India v Sri Lanka at Chennai, Sep 17-22, 1982 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Nottingham, Jun 14, 1975 scorecard
Last ODI India v Sri Lanka at Delhi, Sep 15, 1982 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1973-1983
List A span 1975-1983
Profile

Ajith de Silva was a highly rated left-arm orthodox spinner within his homeland. It was a great disappointment to his supporters when he failed to make a significant impact at the highest level. De Silva was selected in the inaugural test team that played England at Colombo. He had a steady, though somewhat disappointing debut taking two wickets in each innings, bowling with admirable accuracy but failing to give the ball sufficient flight on what was a favorable wicket for spin bowling. It was expected that along with D.S. de Silva, he would form a spin combination that would hold Sri Lanka in good stead during its formative years in test cricket. However, this was not the case, his returns in three other Tests were below expectations. On the tour to Pakistan he bowled accurately at Karachi and Faisalabad but struggled to dismiss Test-quality batsman. He ended any further chance of representing Sri Lanka when in 1982-83 he joined the tour to South Africa.
Johann P Jayasekera

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