Chamara Silva

Country: Sri Lanka
Born: December 14, 1979, Panadura
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak
Playing role: Batter

Chamara Silva Bio

Lindamlilage Prageeth Chamara Silva, known as Chamara Silva, is a former professional cricket player from Sri Lanka. Born on December 14, 1979, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Silva made his mark in the cricket world as a talented batsman known for his flamboyant stroke play and elegant cover drives.

Silva’s cricketing journey began in 1999 when he made his One-Day International (ODI) debut at the age of 19. His first match against Australia showcased his immense potential, as he scored a promising 54 runs. His batting style, characterized by a bow-legged stance and the ability to execute breathtaking shots, drew comparisons to the legendary Aravinda de Silva.

Despite being regarded as a prodigiously gifted player, Silva struggled to secure a permanent spot in the national team during various tours. After representing Sri Lanka in Sharjah, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, and England, he dropped out of the selectors’ radar. Determined to make a comeback, Silva redirected his focus to domestic cricket and captained the Panadura Cricket Club.

Over the next four years, Silva’s prowess with the bat was undeniable, especially after joining Sebastianites for the 2004-05 season. His consistent run-scoring ability did not go unnoticed by Tom Moody, who was perplexed by Silva’s absence from the national squad. Impressed by Silva’s performances, Moody promptly included him in Sri Lanka A, leading to a successful tour of India and a well-deserved international recall.

At the age of 27, Silva was unexpectedly selected for the New Zealand tour, which marked his debut in Test cricket. Unfortunately, his first outing in Christchurch yielded a pair, and Sri Lanka suffered a five-wicket defeat. Despite this initial setback, the team management exhibited faith in him for the second Test in Wellington, and Silva repaid their trust with a magnificent display of batting skills. He scored 61 runs in the first innings and an unbeaten 152 runs in the second, cementing his place in the team.

Silva’s success continued in the limited-overs format as well. Shortly before the 2007 World Cup, he registered his maiden century in One-Day Internationals during a tour of India. These performances showcased his ability to perform under pressure and his adaptability across various formats.

Throughout his cricketing career, Silva accumulated impressive statistics and proved himself to be a vital asset to the Sri Lankan cricket team. While his international career was marred by inconsistencies and sporadic appearances, his contributions to domestic cricket and his impactful performances for the national team cannot be overlooked.

Despite retiring from international cricket in 2011, Silva remains an influential figure in Sri Lankan cricket history. His distinctive style of batting and his ability to intimidate bowlers with his stroke play will always be remembered by cricket enthusiasts. With his remarkable talent and achievements, Chamara Silva has left an indelible mark on the rich cricketing heritage of Sri Lanka.

Chamara Silva Career Stats

Chamara Silva Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 11 17 1 537 152* 33.56 854 62.88 1 2 68 1 7 0
T20Is 16 15 2 175 38 13.46 177 98.87 0 0 19 3 5 0
ODIs 75 62 7 1587 107* 28.85 2254 70.4 1 13 139 10 20 0
FC 243 397 21 15383 216 40.91 - - 39 87 - - 300 0
List A 309 281 50 7431 110 32.16 - - 3 53 - - 131 0
T20s 91 84 12 1861 110* 25.84 1515 122.83 1 5 160 49 38 0

Chamara Silva Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 11 3 102 65 1 1/57 1/57 65 3.82 102 0 0 0
T20Is 16 2 18 15 1 1/4 1/4 15 5 18 0 0 0
ODIs 75 2 42 33 1 1/21 1/21 33 4.71 42 0 0 0
FC 243 - 2660 1873 56 4/24 - 33.44 4.22 47.5 - 0 0
List A 309 - 373 342 7 1/1 1/1 48.85 5.5 53.2 0 0 0
T20s 91 3 24 36 1 1/4 1/4 36 9 24 0 0 0

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