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Aravinda de Silva inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

Colombo (LNW): A winner of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup with Sri Lanka in 1996 and a classy batter that valued his own wicket, Aravinda de Silva joins the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2023, ICC said in its official website.

The consistent right-hander scored 20 Test centuries during an 18-year international career – the third most hundreds by any Sri Lanka men’s player – and was just as adept against the white-ball with another 11 centuries coming in 50-over cricket.

The most important of those was in the 1996 World Cup final, as de Silva almost single-handedly willed his side over the line against Australia with an unbeaten 107* in what was an unforgettable run chase.

A clever batter that always respected the situation of the game, de Silva was well renowned at being able to adapt the way he played depending on the circumstances and was an integral part in Sri Lanka’s resurgence at the end of last century.

De Silva made special mention of the role his family had in helping guide his successful cricket career.

“I am filled with profound gratitude as I accept the immense honour of being inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. This achievement is a tribute to the dedication, sacrifice, and love that have shaped my cricketing journey,” de Silva said.

“My family, my parents, my sister, my wife and children are my anchor, and deserve the deepest thanks for their unwavering support and sacrifice, which have propelled me towards success. My friends, steadfast companions throughout my highs and lows, have been my pillars of strength.

“To my coaches, teachers, fans and supporters, your relentless belief in me has fuelled my drive to succeed. My mentors and captains have guided and inspired me, and my teammates have been my extended family on this incredible journey. To the ones I have played against, thank you for enriching
my game.

“My sincere appreciation goes to the ICC, and the Hall of Fame voting committee for this extraordinary recognition. I share this honour with all who have stood by and shaped me.

“Thank you for being part of this remarkable journey.”

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