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Chamara Silva
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Chamara Silva

Sri Lanka|Batter
Chamara Silva

INTL CAREER: 1999 - 2011

Full Name

Lindamlilage Prageeth Chamara Silva

Born

December 14, 1979, Panadura

Age

41y 147d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak

Playing Role

Batter

TEAMS

Chamara Silva first arrived on the scene as a slightly-built 19-year-old in 1999, a beneficiary of the youth policy adopted by Sidath Wettimuny, the chairman of the selectors at the time. He began with a promising 54 on his ODI debut against Australia. His mannerisms while batting - particularly bow-legged stance and the flamboyant cover drives - immediately attracted comparisons with the great Aravinda de Silva. But despite being prodigiously talented, he failed to nail down a regular place during tours to Sharjah (1999), Zimbabwe (1999), Pakistan (2000) and England (2002). After the England tour he dropped out of the selectors' radar and returned to domestic cricket where he captained Panadura Cricket Club. Over the next four years he was a prolific run-scorer, especially after a move to Sebastianites for the 2004-05 season. Eventually he caught the eye of Tom Moody, who could not understand why he was not in the national squad. A quick promotion back into the Sri Lanka A team followed and after a successful tour to India he won a long overdue international recall. Still just 27, he was a surprise selection for the New Zealand tour and was handed his maiden cap in the first Test at Christchurch. It was an inauspicious start as he bagged a pair and Sri Lanka lost by five wickets. Sri Lanka's team management, however, kept faith for the second Test in Wellington and he rewarded them handsomely, scoring 61 in the first innings and a magnificent unbeaten 152 in the second. His maiden one-day century followed in India, just three weeks before the World Cup.
Charlie Austin February 2007

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test11171537152*33.5685462.881268170
ODI756271587107*28.85225470.4011313910200
T20I161521753813.4617798.870019350
FC232382201496321641.3338852890
List A28225847696811033.023501150
T208480111760110*25.501428123.241515247350
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test1131026511/571/5765.003.82102.00000
ODI752423311/211/2133.004.7142.00000
T20I162181511/41/415.005.0018.00000
FC23226601873564/2433.444.2247.5000
List A28236733971/11/148.425.5452.40000
T20843243611/41/436.009.0024.00000
Lindamlilage Prageeth Chamara Silva
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Photos


Chamara Silva drives through the covers during his hundred
Chamara Silva's 163 gave England a tough day in the field
Chamara Silva got to a fifty off 51 balls
Mahela Jayawardene and Chamara Silva have a chat
Chamara Silva guides one fine down the leg side
Chamara Silva was bowled for 13 to set up a thrilling finish