Chamara Silva

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Chamara Silva
Personal information
Full name Lindamlilage Prageeth Chamara Silva
Born (1979-12-14) 14 December 1979 (age 37)
Panadura, Sri Lanka
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm leg-spin
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 105) 7 December 2006 v New Zealand
Last Test 3 April 2008 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 101) 26 August 1999 v Australia
Last ODI 23 November 2011 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007– Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club
2005–07 Sebastianites Cricket and Athletic Club
2003–05 Sinhalese Sports Club
1996-03 Panadura Sports Club
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 11 75 150 261
Runs scored 537 1,587 9,111 5,244
Batting average 33.56 28.85 38.60 31.78
100s/50s 1/2 1/13 21/51 2/37
Top score 152* 107* 152* 107*
Balls bowled 102 42 2,320 319
Wickets 1 1 50 6
Bowling average 65.00 33.00 32.36 49.33
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/57 1/21 4/24 1/1
Catches/stumpings 7/– 20/– 142/– 81/–
Source: CricketArchive, 9 February 2012

Lindamlilage Prageeth Chamara Silva (Sinhala:ලිඳමලිලගේ ප්‍රගීත් චාමර සිල්වා) (born 14 December 1979 in Panadura, commonly known as Chamara Silva) is a Sri Lankan cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a leg-break bowler.[1]

Early career[edit]

Educated at the Panadura Royal College.[2][3] Having set a steady record for his club Panadura, he captained the team and secured a good record including a 54 on his One Day International debut against Australia. Since 1998 he has played List A cricket, and since 2004 Twenty20 cricket, with moderate success and steady averages.

International career[edit]

He made his Test debut in New Zealand and had the worst possible start being dismissed for a pair just like his teammate Marvan Atapattu was a decade earlier. He was given a second chance however and immediately justified his selection with an entertaining, if lucky at times, 61 in the first innings of the 2nd Test, enjoying a 121 run partnership with Kumar Sangakkara. In the second innings he improved further, making a very aggressive unbeaten 152, hitting 20 fours and batting right through with the tail (most notably Chaminda Vaas, putting on 88 runs together) before running out of partners.

Silva scored his first One Day International hundred against India just 3 weeks before the World Cup. His good form continued in the Cricket World Cup 2007, he managed to make 350 runs with an average of 43.75 with 4 half centuries and a highest score of 64. His success in the middle order has helped to give Sri Lanka a boost in their one day and test sides particularly after veteran middle order batsmen Russel Arnold announced his retirement at the end of the World Cup.

He has been compared with Aravinda de Silva due to his bow-legged stance.