Full name Pinnaduwage Aravinda de Silva
Born October 17, 1965, Colombo
Current age 51 years 100 days
Major teams Sri Lanka, Auckland, Kent, Nondescripts Cricket Club
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||England v Sri Lanka at Lord's, Aug 23-28, 1984 scorecard|
|Last Test||Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (PSS), Jul 21-23, 2002 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Sri Lanka v New Zealand at Moratuwa, Mar 31, 1984 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v Sri Lanka at Port Elizabeth, Mar 18, 2003 scorecard|
|First-class span||1983/84 - 2002|
|List A span||1983/84 - 2002/03|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|8, 1/19||SL Masters||v WI Masters||Bridgetown||9 Nov 2010||Other T20|
|0||SL Masters||v WI Masters||Bridgetown||7 Nov 2010||Other T20|
|39||SL Masters||v Eng Masters||Bridgetown||6 Nov 2010||Other T20|
|14||SL Masters||v Ind Masters||Bridgetown||5 Nov 2010||Other T20|
|100*, 1/43||Lashings XI||v Taunton||Taunton||4 Jul 2006||Other OD|
One of the game's best entertainers, de Silva possessed the strengths of many of the tallest short run-scorers: unruffable technique, strong at cutting and hooking, an unrepentant attacker. His record is unrivalled among countrymen, his place in history secure after a match-winning century in a World Cup final. He stands 5ft 3 1/2in and arguably there has not been a better smaller player. His enthusiasm was amazing: he was a virtual ever-present in the Sri Lanka side and also played first-class and club cricket in England, South Africa and Australia. His international career ended with the 2003 World Cup, where he batted with all the verve and panache of old, and bowled his offspinners cannily. Sri Lanka's cricket authorities ensured that his wealth of cricketing experience would not go waste, appointing him a national selector. His other main interests are cakes and cars (usually fast ones).
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