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Last Updated:  Friday, 27 December, 2002, 15:00 GMT
Aravinda de Silva
Aravinda de Silva
Born: 17/10/65
Team: Nondescripts
ODI debut: 31/04/84
Past World Cups: 1987, 1992, 1996, 1999

Right-handed batsman
Right-arm off break bowler

Aravinda de Silva is currently the third-highest run-scorer in one-day international cricket.

He is arguably the greatest ever batsman at both Test and one-day level to have emerged from Sri Lanka.

De Silva has amassed more than 8,800 runs at one-day level - a figure that can stand proudly alongside his 6,361 runs he achieved during his Test career.

Possibly the highlight of his cricket career came at the 1996 World Cup when he scored an unbeaten century in the final to help Sri Lanka to the title.

He also won four man of the match awards during the tournament.

At the turn of the millennium, De Silva found himself out of favour with the selectors but lost weight and regained his fitness to take his chance in what will surely be his swansong.

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