Kaushal Silva

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Kaushal Silva
කෞෂාල් සිල්වා
Personal information
Full nameJayan Kaushal Silva
Born (1986-05-27) 27 May 1986 (age 32)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
RoleWicketkeeper/Opening Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 120)26 October 2011 v Pakistan
Last Test14 November 2018 v England
Domestic team information
Sinhalese Sports Club
Basnahira North
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA T20
Matches 37 188 133 30
Runs scored 2,058 12,114 3,615 404
Batting average 29.40 44.70 41.55 22.44
100s/50s 3/12 35/51 5/21 0/2
Top score 139 225 126 60*
Balls bowled 0 42 0 0
Wickets 1
Bowling average 33.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/11
Catches/stumpings 33/1 360/47 142/39 15/17
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 14 November 2018

Jayan Kaushal Silva (born 27 May 1986), or Kaushal Silva, is a professional Sri Lanka test cricketer. He plays for the Sinhalese Sports Club and the Sri Lankan Test team. He made his first class debut in the 2001/02 season. He is a right-handed wicket-keeper batsman.

Early career[edit]

Silva started off his cricketing career at S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia, where he Captained the First XI team in the historic 125th The Battle of the Blues.[1] During his school career he showed his ability to scoring big runs consistently during the seasons and his knack for putting up fighting, gritty innings. Silva received strong support from his father, a well recognized cricket coach, and credits him for the solid batting technique he has developed.[2]

Domestic career[edit]

In March 2018, he was named in Colombo's squad for the 2017–18 Super Four Provincial Tournament.[3][4] He was the leading run-scorer for Sinhalese Sports Club in the 2018–19 Premier League Tournament, with 950 runs in eight matches.[5] In February 2019, Sri Lanka Cricket named him as the Best Batsman in the 2017–18 Premier League Tournament.[6]

International career[edit]

After being a member of the Sri Lanka A side since 2009, Silva made his Test debut in October 2011 in a series against Pakistan.[7] He was selected for Sri Lanka's tour of South Africa at the end of 2011, but was dropped after the First Test.[8]

He scored his maiden test hundred against Bangladesh on 27 January 2014 at Dhaka.[9][10]

During the Australian tour in 2016, Silva was heavily struggled to score the runs, even more than 10 runs, where he was out for single-digit scores in all those innings. The opening partnership often fall in the first few overs, where his counterpart Dimuth Karunaratne also struggled in form. In his first five innings of this series, he only scored 12 runs. But during the second innings of Third test at SSC, he scored his third century of 115 off 269 balls, giving the team good lead in the match.[11] Sri Lanka comprehensively won the match by 163 runs, to whitewash Australia for the first time.[12]

After South African tour in late 2016, Silva was dropped from the squad due to poor performances.[13] On 25 September 2017, Silva was re-called into the test squad for Pakistan series in UAE[14] and played the first match back again as the opener. However, he scored only 12 and 25 in the two innings, Sri Lanka won the match by 21 runs with Rangana Herath heroics.

In May 2018, he was one of 33 cricketers to be awarded a national contract by Sri Lanka Cricket ahead of the 2018–19 season.[15][16]

Personal life[edit]

Kaushal Silva is married to a Sri Lankan teledrama actress and a singer, Bhagya Hettiarachchi.[17] The wedding was held on 18 April 2014 at Jaic Hilton, Colombo.[18][19][20]

Head injury[edit]

On 24 April 2016, Kaushal was struck on the head during a practice match at Pallekele cricket stadium. He was immediately airlifted to a Colombo hospital and scans suggested that no real danger occurred by the hit. He was fielded at short leg, when he struck with the ball in his back side of the head.[21] However, next day he was discharged with he recovered quickly from bruises and mild injuries.[22]


  1. ^ "Past Encounters – 3 Day Encounter". Royal - Thomian. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Silva's granite toughness aids Sri Lanka". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Cricket: Mixed opinions on Provincial tournament". Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 26 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  4. ^ "All you need to know about the SL Super Provincial Tournament". Daily Sports. 26 March 2018. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Premier League Tournament Tier A, 2018/19 - Sinhalese Sports Club: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  6. ^ "New contracts for domestic players; 2017/18 best performers rewarded". The Papare. Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Kaushal Silva: Sri Lanka". www.cricinfo.com. ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
  8. ^ "De Lange, Samaraweera star in Durban". cricket365.com. 26 December 2011. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
  9. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/690347.html
  10. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh-v-sri-lanka-2013-14/content/story/713997.html
  11. ^ "Silva's long-awaited ton and the sixth-wicket high". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Herath bowls Sri Lanka to historic whitewash". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Kaushal Silva axed". Lanka News. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Kaushal Silva, Lakmal return to Sri Lanka squad for Pakistan Tests". Cric Buzz. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Sri Lanka assign 33 national contracts with pay hike". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Sri Lankan players to receive pay hike". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  17. ^ "What to say, I love Him". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  18. ^ http://athal.info/Kaushal-Silva--and--Bhagya-Hettiarachchi-Wedding-Photos.php
  19. ^ http://lankanstuff.blogspot.com/2014/04/kaushal-bhagya-wedding-photos.html
  20. ^ http://www.islandcricket.lk/albums/photos/srilankacricket/34048
  21. ^ "Kaushal Silva airlifted after blow to head". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  22. ^ "SLC hopeful of Kaushal Silva recovery". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 25 April 2016.

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