Full name Sidath Wettimuny
Born August 12, 1956, Colombo
Current age 58 years 330 days
Major teams Sri Lanka
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (PSS), Feb 17-21, 1982 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v Sri Lanka at Cuttack, Jan 4-7, 1987 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Sri Lanka v England at Colombo (SSC), Feb 13, 1982 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Sri Lanka at Mumbai, Jan 17, 1987 scorecard|
|First-class span||1975/76 - 1986/87|
|List A span||1977/78 - 1986/87|
|Test debut||Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Harare, Sep 18-22, 1997 scorecard|
|Last Test||Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Bulawayo, Sep 25-29, 1997 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Bulawayo, Oct 1, 1997 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Pakistan at Sharjah, Apr 16, 1999 scorecard|
Sidath Wettimuny was a fixture at the top of the order following Sri Lanka's inauguration into the Test arena. Wettimuny was a solid right-hand batsman with a compact technique. Wettimuny was the younger of two brothers to play for Sri Lanka; in fact in a rare instance he opened the batting with his brother, Mithra, in two Test matches. Wettimuny made two centuries at test level both of them having historical significance. At Faisalabad, on Sri Lanka's initial overseas tour, Wettimuny stroked a 157, sharing a partnership of 217 with Roy Dias for the second wicket. It was the maiden century at Test level by a Sri Lankan player. At Lord's in 1984, Wettimuny eclipsed his previous effort scoring a superlative 190 in 642 minutes facing 471 balls. Marvellous strokeplay and a steely determination to succeed punctuated the innings. Wettimuny also became the first Sri Lankan to carry his bat through an innings when he completed the feat against New Zealand at Christchurch in 1982-83 - he scored an unbeaten 63 out of a meager total of 144.
Wettimuny suffered from not having a stable partner up the opposite end as Sri Lanka struggled to find an established opening partnership. Towards the end of his Test career he struggled to match his earlier achievements with the bat. His record shows he was a far more effective player on overseas wickets.
After the conclusion of his playing days Wettimuny stayed involved in the game initially as a match referee and later becoming the chairman of selectors for the Sri Lankan cricket team.
Johann P Jayasekera
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1985
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