Full name Ginigalgodage Ramba Ajit de Silva
Born December 12, 1952, Ambalangoda
Current age 64 years 41 days
Major teams Sri Lanka
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|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|
|ODI debut||Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Nottingham, Jun 14, 1975 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Sri Lanka at Delhi, Sep 15, 1982 scorecard|
|First-class span||1973/74 - 1982/83|
|List A span||1975 - 1982/83|
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.
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