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Aravinda de Silva
අරවින්ද ද සිල්වා
Personal information
Full name Pinnaduwage Aravinda de Silva
Born (1965-10-17) 17 October 1965 (age 48)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nickname Mad Max
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 93) 23 August 1984 v England
Last Test 23 July 2002 v Bangladesh
ODI debut (cap 308) 31 March 1984 v New Zealand
Last ODI 18 March 2003 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1989–2002 Nondescripts Cricket Club
1995 Kent
1996/1997 Auckland
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI FC LA
Matches 93 308 220 392
Runs scored 6361 9284 15000 12095
Batting average 42.97 34.90 48.38 36.32
100s/50s 20/22 11/64 43/71 17/77
Top score 267 145 267 158*
Balls bowled 2595 5148 9005 7377
Wickets 29 106 129 156
Bowling average 41.65 39.40 29.17 36.30
5 wickets in innings 0 0 8 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 3/30 4/30 7/24 4/28
Catches/stumpings 43/– 95/– 108/– 116/–
Source: Cricinfo, 25 August 2007

Pinnaduwage Aravinda de Silva (Sinhala: පින්නදුවගේ අරවින්ද ද සිල්වා) (born 17 October 1965) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer, who is considered one of the finest batsmen produced by the country.[1] He is also regarded as one of the most elegant batsman in his generation, and to date is the only player to make a hundred and take 3 or more wickets in a World cup final. He was the head of the national selection committee briefly before stepping down after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.[2]

Career[edit]

De Silva had his initial education in Isipathana College, Colombo and then he joined D. S. Senanayake College, Colombo. He made his Test match debut in 1984 at Lord's against England.[3] During the early part of his career he was known as a dashing but inconsistent batsman – he was given the nickname "Mad Max" for his tendency to get out to rash shots. He later commented on his aggressive batting style: "That's my natural game – I don't want to change because I feel confident playing that way. If someone is capable of dominating the bowling, they should do it. It's the way I've been playing since I was a youngster."[4] But a successful season playing first-class cricket for the English county Kent in 1995 marked a turning point in his career. De Silva was instrumental in Sri Lanka's triumph in the 1996 Cricket World Cup where his unbeaten century and three wickets earned him the Man of the Match award in the final against Australia. His other notable achievements include scoring a century in each innings of a Test match on two separate occasions (only bettered by India's Sunil Gavaskar and Australia's Ricky Ponting, who each performed this feat three times). One of these doubles was 138 and 105, both undismissed, against Pakistan at Colombo's Sinhalese Sports Club in April 1997. This made him the first, and so far only, player to score two not out centuries in the same Test match. As he had scored 168 in the second innings of the previous Test, he posted three hundreds in eight days. He finished the year with 1220 runs at 76.25.

De Silva's highest test score of 267 was made at Basin Reserve in 1991 against New Zealand. He scored another double century in his final Test innings as well as picking up a wicket with his final delivery in Test cricket (against Bangladesh in 2002), thus retiring with a place in cricket's history secure – from all international cricket after the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

County cricket with Kent[edit]

Following the Sri Lankan tour of New Zealand De Silva joined the English county side Kent in April 1995 on short notice after Kent's leading batsman of the previous season, Carl Hooper, left to join the West Indies team for the summer.[4] The season proved to be a mix of disappointment and success for Kent, as they finished last (18th) in County Championship with only three wins and four draws out of 17 matches played.[5] Their form in the 40-overs National Cricket League was much better, and they finished on top of the league table with 12 wins, four losses and one abandoned match.[6] In addition, Kent reached the final of Benson & Hedges Cup, where they lost to Lancashire by 35 runs despite de Silva's 112 runs.[7] Personally for de Silva, the time spent with Kent marked the turning point in his career. He was the third most prolific batsman of the County Championship in 1995 after Mark Ramprakash and Nasser Hussain with 1661 runs at an average of 59.32 and six centuries including the highest score of the season, 255.[8] He was also often called to perform as fifth or sixth bowler, a role where he proved to be relatively economic but inefficient wicket-taker.[9][10]

1996 World Cup[edit]

De Silva did not play in Kent's two last County Championship matches having left to join the Sri Lankan squad on their tour of Pakistan. Sri Lanka had embarrassingly lost a first-class match against Pakistan Cricket Board Patron's XI and the following first Test against Pakistan both by an innings.[11] He joined the team only few days before the second Test and was dismissed for a duck in the first innings; however, in Sri Lanka's second innings his third wicket stand of 176 runs with Chandika Hathurusingha helped to win the Test for Sri Lanka.[12] Sri Lanka went on to win the third Test and clinch the Test series against Pakistan 2–1. Sri Lanka also proved victorious with the same numbers in the subsequent three-match ODI-series against Pakistan, where de Silva was Sri Lanka's leading wicket-taker with five wickets at an average of 17.80.[11][13]

In the three-nation Champions Trophy tournament in Sharjah in October 1995 with Pakistan and West Indies each team ended up with two wins and two losses in the preliminary round-robin stage, and West Indies and Sri Lanka were selected to play in the final due to their higher run rates. In the final Sri Lanka proved victorious by 50 runs. De Silva ended up with a modest 117 runs at an average of 29.25 in five matches.[14] His batting form slumped lower in the three-test Series in Australia, where the Sri Lankan batsmen struggled with the bowling of Glenn McGrath, who took 21 wickets while de Silva managed 98 runs at an average of 16.33. In the third test he acted as captain after the regular captain Arjuna Ranatunga pulled out due to finger injury. The series was shrouded in controversy, as in the first Test Sri Lanka was first found guilty of ball-tampering only to be exonerated later by International Cricket Council, while in the second Test the Australian umpire Darrell Hair no-balled Sri Lankan bowler Muttiah Muralitharan seven times in just three overs for throwing.[15] Concurrently with the Test series Sri Lanka also participated in three-nation ODI series with Australia and West Indies. In the seventh match of the tournament against West Indies Muralitharan was again called for throwing and did not play again in the ODI series. The tournament was won by Australia, who beat Sri Lanka in both final matches, confirming their favourite position in the forthcoming ICC World Cup in the Indian sub-continent. In the absence of Ranatunga, de Silva captained Sri Lanka in the ODI tournament until Ranatunga returned in the later stages and finished the series as Sri Lanka's top batsman with 258 runs at an average of 25.80.[16]

In 1996 World Cup, Sri Lanka, who hosted the cup together with India and Pakistan, played only three games in the preliminary rounds as both West Indies and Australia forfeited their matches in Colombo due to security reasons. Neither Zimbabwe nor Kenya were able to truly test Sri Lanka team – in both matches de Silva was selected man-of-the-match following his 91 and 145 runs with bat. De Silva's 145 from 115 balls against Kenya was the highest ever score for Sri Lanka in ODIs, and the third highest in 1996 World Cup. India proved a stronger opponent, but despite Sachin Tendulkar's 137 runs, Sri Lanka cruised to a comfortable six wicket victory.[17]

In the quarter-finals Sri Lanka defeated England by five wickets, the first time they had ever beaten England outside Sri Lanka.[18] Their semi-final opponent was India, which had beaten Pakistan in their quarter-final match. Winning the toss at Eden Gardens, Calcutta, India selected to field and had a very good start with Javagal Srinath dispatching the Sri Lankan opening pair for only one run. Coming in at number four, de Silva lead the Sri Lankan recovery hitting 66 runs from 47 balls as Sri Lanka set a target of 252 runs for India to chase. His 66 runs does not really stand out in statistics tables, however is regarded as one of his finest innings. In their response, the batsmen of India failed to score with the exception of Tendulkar (65 runs).[19] After India had collapsed to 120 runs for 8 wickets at 34.1 overs, a densely packed home crowd vented their anger by throwing bottles on to the outfield and setting fire to the seating. Eventually the match referee Clive Lloyd had to abandon the game and Sri Lanka won by default.[20]

However, the highlight of his career was almost certainly the 1996 World Cup Final against Australia, where he took 3 wickets for 42 runs (including the Australian captain Mark Taylor and the future captain Ricky Ponting), two catches and then followed that with 107 not out with the bat to secure Sri Lanka a convincing 7 wicket victory, thereby clinching the World Cup, and also the Man of the Match award.[21] His role in the final was recognised by Wisden in 2002 as the eight most significant batting performance in ODI cricket while his bowling was ranked 82nd in Wisden top 100 bowling chart.[22]

On 28 July 2007 he made a one-off appearance for a friend for Dorset county league side Sherborne.[23]

Career Centuries[edit]

Achievements[edit]

Awards[edit]

De Silva was selected one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1996 and one of the five Indian Cricketers of the Year in 1990.[24] The Wisden list of top 100 batting performances contains six entries for him, only one less than the West Indies batsman Viv Richards.[22]

Test match performance[edit]

Man-of-the-match awards (Test matches)[edit]

Date Opponent Ground Record/Scorecards[27]
21 October 1985  Pakistan Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad 122 runs
11 November 1985  Pakistan National Stadium, Karachi 13 & 105 runs
12 December 1989  Australia Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane 167 runs, 1 catch, 1/45
20 December 1989  Australia Bellerive Oval, Hobart 75 & 72 runs, 2/65
5 March 1991  New Zealand Eden Park, Auckland 96 & 123 runs, 1 catch
30 April 1997  Pakistan Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 138* & 103* runs, 1 catch
13 August 1997  India Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 146 & 120 runs
23 November 1997  India Punjab C.A. Stadium, Mohali 33 & 110* runs
18 January 1998  Zimbabwe Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 27 & 143*, 0/33 & 2/61, 1 catch
11 September 1999  Australia Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy 78 & 31* runs, 0/5, 2 catches
1 March 2000  Pakistan Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi 112 & 21 runs, 0/10, catch

Man-of-the-series awards (Test match series)[edit]

Date Opponent Record/Series link[27]
October – November 1985  Pakistan 250 runs at an average of 50.00, 0/22 (three match series)
December 1989  Australia 314 runs at an average of 104.66, 3/110, 1 catch (two match series)
July – August 1993  India 266 runs at an average of 53.20, 0/17 (three match series)
April 1997  Pakistan 432 runs at an average of 216.00, 0/16, 1 catch (two match series)
Aravinda de Silva's career performance graph.

ODI performance[edit]

Man-of-the-match awards (ODIs)[edit]

Date Opponent Ground Record/Scorecards[31]
3 November 1984  New Zealand Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo 50* runs, 2 catches
23 October 1985  Pakistan Municipal Stadium, Gujranwala 86 runs, 1 catch
25 March 1988  India Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah 88 runs, 2/28
29 October 1988  India Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka 69 runs, 1/36, 1 catch
25 October 1989  Australia Nehru Stadium, Margao 96 runs, 0/36
8 December 1990  India Nehru Stadium, Margao 63* runs, 1/9
15 August 1992  Australia Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo 105 runs
20 March 1993  England Tyronne Fernando Stadium, Moratuwa 75* runs, 1/22
4 September 1993  South Africa Khettarama Cricket Stadium, Colombo 61* runs
20 February 1994  India Gandhi Stadium, Jalandhar 32* runs, 2/30
6 November 1994  Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club, Harare 107* runs
20 October 1995  West Indies Sharjah C.A. Stadium, Sharjah 50 runs, 1 catch
21 February 1996  Zimbabwe Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 91 runs, 1 catch
6 March 1996  Kenya Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy 145 runs
13 March 1996  India Eden Gardens, Calcutta 66 runs, 1/3, 1 catch
17 March 1996  Australia Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 107* runs, 3/42, 2 catches
30 August 1996  Australia R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 83* runs, 0/25
3 September 1996  Zimbabwe Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 127* runs
7 September 1996  Australia R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 75* runs, 0/18
3 April 1997  Zimbabwe Sharjah C.A. Stadium 60 runs, 0/34
4 April 1997  Pakistan Sharjah C.A. Stadium 97 runs, 0/29
7 April 1997  Pakistan Sharjah C.A. Stadium 134 runs, 0/30
11 April 1997  Pakistan Sharjah C.A. Stadium 87 runs, 0/42, 1 catch
27 May 1997  Pakistan Eden Gardens, Calcutta 57 runs, 1/26, 1 catch
24 August 1997  India Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 104 runs
28 December 1997  India Nehru Stadium, Margao 82* runs, 0/14
1 July 1998  India Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 62 runs, 1/27, 1 catch
29 May 2000  Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka 96* runs, 1/18, 1 catch
15 August 2002  South Africa National Cricket Stadium, Tangier 73* runs, 0/9
19 August 2002  South Africa National Cricket Stadium, Tangier 77* runs, 0/52
27 September 2002  Australia R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 2* runs, 1/16

Man-of-the-series awards (ODIs)[edit]

Date Opponents Record/Series link[31]
August – September 1996  Zimbabwe,  India,  Australia 334 runs (not out in all four matches), 0/67, 1 catch (four matches)
April 1997  Zimbabwe,  Pakistan 410 runs at an average of 102.50, 0/135, 1 catch (five matches)
June – July 1998  India,  New Zealand 368 runs at an average of 73.60, 1/59, 2 catches (five matches)

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