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Kaushal Silva
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Kaushal Silva

Sri Lanka|Wicketkeeper batter
Kaushal Silva

INTL CAREER: 2011 - 2018

Full Name

Jayan Kaushal Silva

Born

May 27, 1986, Colombo

Age

34y 349d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

Playing Role

Wicketkeeper batter

TEAMS

A collected right-hand batsman with a firm technique, Kaushal Silva churned out hundred after hundred in first-class cricket until the sheer volume in his output could no longer be ignored by the national selectors. His erstwhile omission had largely been because of the surfeit of wicketkeepers in Sri Lanka's Test squad. He had perhaps made enough runs to vindicate place on his batting alone, but the nuances of balancing a side and the quest to groom young batsmen for the future had kept a Test spot out of reach.

Silva's voracious first-class appetite was finally rewarded when Tillakaratne Dilshan's retirement made an opening spot available in the Test XI. Silva had hit 27 first-class tons by the time he was granted an extended run in the side, and that in a position where he has not often batted in domestic cricket.

His grit and determination were evident in his tour of the UAE in January 2014, where he made two important scores of over 80 and a 95 against Pakistan. Equally encouraging has been the energy and enthusiasm he has brought to the team - perhaps virtues that sustained him during the long stretches knocking on the selectors' door. A maiden Test ton in Dhaka shortly after the UAE series added force to the notion that he could consistently bring stability to the top order.

Silva had played three Tests, largely as a fill-in wicketkeeper, in 2011, but was unable to capitalise on those chances. His cricket-coach father is said to have been a key influence on his cricket - something he shares with Kumar Sangakkara, who had been among Silva's champions before his emergence at the top level.

In April 2016, he suffered a mild concussion when he was hit on the head while fielding at short leg in a practice game in the lead up to Sri Lanka's season. He was airlifted to a Colombo hospital as a precautionary measure, before being given a clean bill of health a couple of days later.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test39740209913928.36521240.273122382341
FC209335351393227346.44415438347
List A14812829395312639.9262215039
T203022440460*22.44354114.12024701517
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test39------------
FC209544121/81/820.504.5527.00000
List A148000-----000
T2030------------
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Kaushal Silva sweeps on the way to a half-century
Kaushal Silva drives on the up
Kaushal Silva was bowled trying to shoulder his arms
Kaushal Silva flicks against the turn
Kaushal Silva put up dogged resistance
Kaushal Silva whips the ball to the leg side