Ultimate XI ODI Profile: Aravinda de Silva

By May 26, 2020
Aravinda de Silva Aravinda de Silva

While an undoubted talent, Sri Lanka’s Aravinda de Silva crowned himself in international glory with a century in the 1996 World Cup final to give the country its first hold on the title.

At the time of Aravinda’s arrival on the international scene, Sri Lanka were a team on the up as a force in world cricket, but their batsmen were often guilty of not being able to perform away from home and were suspected not to have the tools to deal with real pace bowling. Standing at 5 ft 3 in, Aravinda would become one of the giants who served to lay waste to that particular thought.

He cut and pull with verve and possessed a beautiful cover drive that would bring him 11 centuries and 64 fifties, of course, none of them as memorable as that 124 against Australia in the World Cup final.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Pinnaduwage Aravinda de Silva

Born: October 17, 1965, Colombo

Major teams: Sri Lanka, Auckland, Kent, Nondescripts Cricket Club

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

 

ODI Career:   Sri Lanka (1984-2003)        

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs    HS     Ave       BF          SR       100s    50s  

308      296     30     9284     145    34.90    11443     81.13      11      64     

 

Career Highlights

  • Only player to make a hundred and take 3 + wickets in a CWC final
  • 3rd most runs at 1996 World Cup (448)
  • Scored 11 centuries and 64 ODI half-centuries
  • Won 31 Man-of-the-Match and 3 man-of-the-series awards
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