Ginigalgodage Ramba Ajit de Silva (born 12 December 1952, in Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka), or Ajit de Silva, is a former Sri Lankan cricketer, who played four Test matches and six ODIs for Sri Lanka, bowling accurate slow left arm spin.

Ajit da Silva
අජිත් ද සිල්වා
Personal information
Full nameGinigalgodage Ramba Ajit de Silva
Born12 December 1952 (1952-12-12) (age 67)
Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka
BattingLeft-handed batsman
BowlingSlow left arm
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 3)17 February 1982 v England
Last Test17 September 1982 v India
ODI debut (cap 13)14 June 1975 v Pakistan
Last ODI15 September 1982 v India
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI
Matches 4 6
Runs scored 41 9
Batting average 8.19 4.50
100s/50s 0/0 0/0
Top score 14 6*
Balls bowled 962 305
Wickets 7 9
Bowling average 55.00 29.11
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/38 3/41
Catches/stumpings 0/0 2/0
Source: Cricinfo, 15 August 2005

International careerEdit

He proved an important member of the national squad for several years until 1982/83, when he toured with the rebel Arosa Sri Lanka team to South Africa. Due to this, he was excluded from world cricket, along with the rest of the players on that tour. This effectively finished his first-class career, beginning in November 1973, in which he claimed 161 wickets (av 27.44).

He played a crucial part in Sri Lanka's first ODI victory on home soil – against England in 1982. Sri Lanka had batted first, setting England 216 to win, and Graham Gooch and Geoff Cook had set a good platform as the score moved to 109 for no loss. However, de Silva removed both openers (stumped by Mahes Goonatilleke), four players were run out, and England lost by three runs.

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