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Pinnaduwage Aravinda DeSilva

Pinnaduwage Aravinda DeSilva

BatRight-handBowlRight-arm off break
Born-National Team Eligibility-
Years of Service1995DebutKent 1995, Nondescripts Cricket Club 1988, Sri Lanka 1984.
Nickname(s)-Capped1995
Local Club-Shirt Sponsor-

Other Teams

Sri Lanka Board President's XI, Sri Lankan XI, Sri Lankans, Sri Lanka Under-23s, Western Province (Sri Lanka), Western Province City, Western Province North, Nondescripts Cricket Club and Sri Lanka.

Player Biography

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.