Ajit de Silva
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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.
|Full name||Ginigalgodage Ramba Ajit de Silva|
|Born||12 December 1952 (age 67)|
Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka
|Bowling||Slow left arm|
|Test debut (cap 3)||17 February 1982 v England|
|Last Test||17 September 1982 v India|
|ODI debut (cap 13)||14 June 1975 v Pakistan|
|Last ODI||15 September 1982 v India|
Source: Cricinfo, 15 August 2005
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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