Somachandra De Silva      

Full name Dandeniyage Somachandra De Silva

Born June 11, 1942, Galle

Current age 72 years 48 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Shropshire

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak googly

Other Coach

Relation Brother - DH de Silva

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 12 22 3 406 61 21.36 0 2 0 5 0
ODIs 41 29 10 371 37* 19.52 691 53.69 0 0 5 0
First-class 66 97 17 1764 97 22.05 0 6 35 0
List A 57 42 14 551 37* 19.67 0 0 8 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 12 19 3031 1347 37 5/59 9/162 36.40 2.66 81.9 2 1 0
ODIs 41 40 2076 1557 32 3/29 3/29 48.65 4.50 64.8 0 0 0
First-class 66 15670 6846 241 8/46 28.40 2.62 65.0 15 5
List A 57 2849 2005 48 4/28 4/28 41.77 4.22 59.3 1 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (PSS), Feb 17-21, 1982 scorecard
Last Test England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Aug 23-28, 1984 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v West Indies at Manchester, Jun 7, 1975 scorecard
Last ODI Sri Lanka v West Indies at Melbourne, Feb 27, 1985 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1966-1995
List A span 1973-1985
Profile

One of Sri Lanka's finest legspinners, Somachandra De Silva was unfortunate that when Sri Lanka was granted full Test status he was at a stage when most players are well into retirement. He had been a fixture in the Sri Lanka team, and well respected throughout cricketing circles around the world, having played minor county cricket for Linconshire and Shropshire. With his flighted legbreaks and well disguised wrong 'uns, de Silva was a consistent wicket-taker throughout the 70s. In Sri Lanka's inaugural Test he captured 3 for 54 and 0 for 38, his first Test wicket being that of David Gower caught at the wicket by Mahes Goonatilleke. de Silva distinguished himself on the following tour to Pakistan, taking seventeen wickets in three Tests, including the first five-wicket haul by a Sri Lankan when he took 5 for 59 at Faisalabad. When Duleep Mendis was injured early on the 1982-83 tour of New Zealand, de Silva was handed the honour of leading Sri Lanka in two Tests. With the bat, he was more than useful making two half centuries, both as captain. He maintained his prominence within the game, later coaching Sri Lanka. He was later appointed cricket advisor by the Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa in December 2007 to promote the game in the country's war-hit northern areas. In 2009 De Silva was appointed chairman of a seven-member interim committee to run Sri Lanka Cricket by sports minister Gamini Lokuge.
Johann P Jayasekera (March 2009)

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Oct 12, 2010

Somachandra de Silva, Sri Lanka Cricket's interim chairman, at the ICC board meeting, Dubai, October 12, 2010

Somachandra de Silva, Sri Lanka Cricket's interim chairman

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Jan 9, 2010

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Mostafa Kamal, the BCCI president Shashank Manohar and the Sri Lanka Cricket chairman D.S de Silva hold aloft the 2011 World Cup trophy, Dhaka, January 9, 2010

The chiefs of the Bangladesh, Indian and Sri Lankan cricket boards hold aloft the 2011 World Cup trophy

© Bangladesh Cricket Board

Nov 27, 2009

Sri Lanka Cricket chairman Somachandra de Silva sends down the first ball at the Pallekele Stadium, November 27, 2009

Sri Lanka Cricket chairman Somachandra de Silva sends down the first ball at the Pallekele Stadium

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