Aravinda de Silva

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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 51)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nickname Mad Max
Height 5.3 ft (162 cm)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm off break
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 27) 23 August 1984 v England
Last Test 23 July 2002 v Bangladesh
ODI debut (cap 37) 31 April 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 Test ODI FC LA
Matches 93 308 220 392
Runs scored 6,361 9,284 15,000 12,095
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 2,595 5,148 9,005 7,377
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

Deshabandu Pinnaduwage Aravinda de Silva (Sinhalese: අරවින්ද ද සිල්වා; born 17 October 1965) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer and former captain. Widely considered as the finest most elegant batsmen produced by the country in his era,[1][2] de Silva helped Sri Lanka to win the 1996 Cricket World Cup and brought Sri Lanka from underdog status to present day form.

To date, Aravinda is the only player to make a hundred and take 3 or more wickets in a World cup final.[citation needed]

School times[edit]

De Silva had his initial education at Isipathana College, Colombo before attending D. S. Senanayake College, Colombo.

Domestic career[edit]

A successful season playing first-class cricket for the English county Kent in 1995 marked a turning point in his career.

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] In addition, Kent reached the final of Benson & Hedges Cup, where they lost to Lancashire by 35 runs despite de Silva's 112 runs.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8][9]

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.

On 28 July 2007 he made a one-off appearance for a friend for Dorset county league side Sherborne.[10]

International career[edit]

He made his Test match debut in 1984 at Lord's against England.[11] 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.[citation needed] 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."[3]

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, Australia's Ricky Ponting and David Warner, who each performed this feat three times). One of these doubles was 138 and 105, both unbeaten, against Pakistan at Colombo's Sinhalese Sports Club in April 1997. This made him the first, and so far only, player to score two unbeaten 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 1,220 runs at 76.25.

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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[12][14]

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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17]

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.[18]

In the quarter-finals Sri Lanka defeated England by five wickets, the first time they had ever beaten England outside Sri Lanka.[19] 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).[20] 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.[21]

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.[22] 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.[23]

De Silva's eight centuries makes him the top century scorer against Pakistan, against a bowling attack spearheaded by Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Abdul Qadir.[2] His 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.

Career Centuries[edit]

Aravinda de Silva has scored 20 Test and 11 ODI centuries.

Recognition[edit]

De Silva was selected as 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.[23]

Aravinda de Silva's career performance graph.

After cricket[edit]

He was appointed as the chairman of the national selection committee briefly before stepping down after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.[25] de Silva was again appointed as the head of the national selection committee on 7 March 2016, by Sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, prior to 2016 ICC World Twenty20 tournament.[26] De Silva resigned from his post on 5 May 2017, after completing 13 months of duration in his post.[27]

International performance[edit]

Test match performance[edit]

ODI performance[edit]

International Half-centuries[edit]

Da Silva made 22 Test and 64 ODI half-centuries.

Test half centuries[edit]

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career

One Day International half centuries[edit]

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career

International Awards[edit]

Test Cricket[edit]

Player of the series awards[edit]

# Series Season Series Performance Result
1 Sri Lanka in Pakistan Test Series 1985/86 Batting: 250 runs (2x100) avg. 50.00 (2 matches)
Bowling: 4-0-16-0.
 Pakistan Won the series 2–0.[33]
2 Sri Lanka in Australia Test Series 1989/90 Batting: 314 runs (1x100, 2x50). avg. 104.66 (2 matches)
Bowling: 33-3-110-3. avg. 36.66
 Australia Won the series 1–0.[34]
3 India in Sri Lanka Test Series 1993 Batting: 266 runs (1x100, 1x50). avg. 53.20 (3 matches)
Bowling: 7-0-17-0.
 India Won the series 1–0.[35]
4 Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series 1996/97 Batting: 432 runs (3x100). avg. 216.00 (2 matches)
Bowling: 7-0-17-0.
Series drawn 0-0.[36]

Man of the match awards[edit]

  • In this table Ct., refers to the Catches.
# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 1st Test – Sri Lanka in Pakistan Test Series 1985/86 1st Innings – 122 (17x4, 3x6)
2nd Innings - DNB
Match drawn.[37]
2 3rd Test – Sri Lanka in Pakistan Test Series 1985/86 1st Innings – 13
2nd Innings - 105 (16x4)
 Pakistan won by 10 wickets.[38]
3 1st Test – Sri Lanka in Australia Test Series 1989/90 1st Innings – 1 Ct. , 167 (361 balls: 17x4, 1x6)
2nd Innings - DNB, 15-2-45-1
Match drawn.[39]
4 1st Test – Sri Lanka in Australia Test Series 1989/90 2nd Innings – 75 (130 balls: 9x4, 3x6)
2nd Innings - 18-1-65-1, 72 (133 balls: 12x4)
 Australia won by 173 runs.[40]
5 1st Test – Sri Lanka in New Zealand Test Series 1990/91 2nd Innings – 96 (141 balls: 14x4, 2x6) ; 1 Ct.
2nd Innings - 123 (193 balls: 6x4, 5x6)
Match drawn.[41]
6 2nd Test – Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series 1996/97 1st Innings – 138* (208 balls: 19x4), 1 Ct.
2nd Innings - 103* (99 balls: 11x4, 1x6)
Match drawn.[42]
7 2nd Test – India in Sri Lanka Test Series 1997 1st Innings – 146 (226 balls: 20x4), 5-2-7-0
2nd Innings - 120 (198 balls: 13x4)
Match drawn.[43]
8 1st Test – Sri Lanka in India Test Series 1997/98 2nd Innings – 33 (40 balls: 4x4)
2nd Innings - 110* (263 balls: 15x4, 1x6)
Match drawn.[44]
9 2nd Test – Zimbabwe in Sri Lanka Test Series 1997/98 1st Innings – 7-1-33-0 ; 27 (28 balls: 4x4, 1x6)
2nd Innings - 23-4-61-2 ; 143 (310 balls: 16x4, 2x6)
 Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets.[45]
10 1st Test – Australia in Sri Lanka Test Series 1999 1st Innings – 1 Ct. ; 78 (146 balls: 13x4)
2nd Innings - 3-0-5-0 ; 31 (70 balls: 5x4)
 Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets.[46]
11 1st Test – Sri Lanka in Pakistan Test Series 1999/00 2nd Innings – 112 (276 balls: 12x4)
2nd Innings - 1 Ct. ; 21 (42 balls: 4x4)
 Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets.[47]

ODI Cricket[edit]

Player of the series awards[edit]

# Series Season Series Performance Result
1 Singer World Series 1996 Batting: 334 runs (1x100, 2x50) SR. 93.29. (4 matches)
Bowling: 12-0-67-0
 Sri Lanka won the series.[48]
2 Singer-Akai Cup 1996 Batting: 410 runs (1x100, 3x50) Avg. 102.50, SR. 76.77. (5 matches)
Bowling: 30-1-135-0
 Sri Lanka won the series.[49]
3 Singer-Akai Nidahas Trophy 1998 Batting: 368 runs (1x100, 3x50) Avg. 73.60, SR. 76.77. (5 matches)
Bowling: 12-0-59-1
 India won the series.[50]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 New Zealand P Sara Oval, Colombo 3 November 1984 2 Ct, ; 50* (54 balls: 4x4)  Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets.[51]
2 Pakistan Jinnah Stadium, Gujranwala 23 October 1985 1 Ct, ; 86 (92 balls: 2x4, 4x6)  Pakistan won by 15 runs.[52]
3 India Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 25 March 1988 9-2-28-2 ; 88 (100 balls: 3x4)  India won by 18 runs.[53]
4 India Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka 29 October 1988 69 (63 balls: 3x4) ; 6-0-36-1, 1 Ct.  Sri Lanka won by 17 runs.[54]
5 Australia Fatorda Stadium, Margao 25 October 1989 9-0-36-0 ; 96 (107 balls: 7x4, 3x6)  Australia won by 28 runs.[55]
6 India Fatorda Stadium, Margao 8 December 1990 3-0-9-1 ; 63* (70 balls: 1x4, 1x6)  Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets.[56]
7 Australia P Sara Oval, Colombo 15 August 1992 105 (105 balls: 12x4, 2x6)  Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets.[57]
8 England Tyronne Fernando Stadium, Moratuwa 20 March 1993 7-1-22-1 ; 75* (68 balls: 7x4, 4x6)  Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets.[58]
9 South Africa R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 4 September 1993 61* (89 balls: 1x4) ; DNB  Sri Lanka won by 44 runs.[59]
10 India Gandhi Stadium, Jalandhar 20 February 1994 7-0-30-2 ; 32* (49 balls: 4x4)  Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets.[60]
11 Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club, Harare 6 November 1994 107* (100 balls: 9x4, 1x6) ; DNB  Sri Lanka won by 191 runs.[61]
12 West Indies Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 20 October 1995 50 (35 balls: 4x4, 2x6) ; DNB  Sri Lanka won by 50 runs.[62]
13 Zimbabwe Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 21 February 1996 DNB ; 91 (86 balls: 10x4, 2x6)  Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets.[63]
14 Kenya Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy 6 March 1996 145 (115 balls: 14x4, 5x6) ; DNB  Sri Lanka won by 144 runs.[64]
15 India Eden Gardens, Kolkata 13 March 1996 66 (47 balls: 14x4) ; 2-0-3-1  Sri Lanka won by default.[65]
16 Australia Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 17 March 1996 2 Ct, 9-0-42-3 ; 107* (124 balls: 13x4)  Sri Lanka won 1996 Cricket World Cup.[66]
17 Australia R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 30 August 1996 4-0-25-0 ; 83* (95 balls: 11x4)  Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets.[67]
18 Zimbabwe Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 3 September 1996 DNB ; 127* (123 balls: 13x4, 1x6)  Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets.[68]
19 Australia R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 7 September 1996 75* (64 balls: 2x4, 3x6) ; 3-0-18-0  Sri Lanka won by 50 runs.[69]
20 Zimbabwe Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 3 April 1997 10-0-34-0 ; 60* (81 balls: 9x4)  Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets.[70]
21 Pakistan Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 4 April 1997 97 (137 balls: 6x4) ; 8-1-29-0  Sri Lanka won by 19 runs.[71]
22 Pakistan Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 7 April 1997 134 (131 balls: 11x4, 4x6) ; 5-0-30-0  Sri Lanka won by 51 runs.[72]
23 Pakistan Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 11 April 1997 7-0-42-0 ; 87* (124 balls: 3x4)  Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets.[73]
24 Pakistan Eden Gardens, Kolkata 27 May 1997 57 (64 balls: 8x4) ; 5-0-26-1, 1 Ct.  Sri Lanka won by 85 runs.[74]
25 India Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 24 August 1997 104 (117 balls: 7x4) ; DNB  Sri Lanka won by 9 runs.[75]
26 India Fatorda Stadium, Margao 28 December 1997 3-0-14-0 ; 82* (90 balls: 6x4, 1x6)  Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets.[76]
27 India Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo 1 July 1998 62 (86 balls: 5x4) ; 6-0-27-1, 1 Ct.  Sri Lanka won by 8 runs.[77]
28 Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka 29 May 2000 1 Ct, 4-1-18-1 ; 96* (93 balls: 13x4, 3x6)  Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets.[78]
29 South Africa National Cricket Stadium, Tangier 15 August 2002 73* (84 balls: 4x4) ; 3-0-9-0  Sri Lanka won by 93 runs.[79]
30 South Africa National Cricket Stadium, Tangier 19 August 2002 10-0-52-0 ; 77* (75 balls: 7x4, 1x6)  Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets.[80]
31 Australia R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 27 September 2002 10-2-16-1 ; 2* (16 balls)  Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets.[81]

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