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Damitha Silva – a superb all rounder who deserves a place in Lanka team

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Damitha Silva played first XI School Cricket as a left hand top order batsman cum left arm spinner for his alma mater Maliyadeva College, Kurunegala. At the very young age of 14 he made his 1st XI début for his college.

Then he went on to play five consecutive years in the 1st XI and played in five Battle of the Rocks big matches claiming a total of 24 wickets, which is thus far the highest wickets tally by any Maliyadeva College player in the history of the big match.

Damitha was the Vice captain of the under 17 North Western provincial team and won the man of the tournament award as well as captained the under 19 North Western Provincial team to victory for the first time and also won the man of the tournament award, thus achieving a phenomenal feat. He captained Maliyadeva in the 2016/17 season. Damitha also represented the Sri Lanka national under 17 and 19 teams under head coaches Roger Wijesuriya and Roy Dias.

He played club cricket for Tamil Union, captained and brought Tamil Union to the Under 23 semi finals. This year he had the honour of captaining Lankan CC to Under 23 cup championship beating mighty SSC. Presently he is turning out for Lankan CC in the SLC premier ‘A’ Division tournament.

Speaking exclusively to Daily News Damitha said “Actually this is a dream of my father. In my early childhood he pushed me to do karate and rugby, as a child I saw my elder brother playing cricket for Maliyadeva College and that really inspired me to start playing the game of Cricket. I would also like to mention my first cricket coach Rohan Deerasuriya who supported me since I was eight years old, that is how I entered the world of sports.”

“My family is my greatest strength. I would like to mention my first cricket coach Buddhika Ellepola who took the risk and stood by my side and gave me the opportunity to play my first big match ‘Battle of the Rocks’ when I was in grade 9, placing his utmost trust in me. I should thank all my coaches from school to club level. Including Gayan Bandara who really guided me right throughout my life thick and thin and all my teachers who helped me to balance my studies as well as cricket, giving me and given all the necessary support to come thus far in my life.”

“When I was seven years old I went to watch my brother’s cricket matches which changed my attitude and I wanted to be a professional cricketer. Since then I have chosen the game of cricket. In my childhood I was all Island Karate and Athletics champion, also still continuing Karate, MMA, badminton, yoga and meditation, in my free time.”

“The only thing I love most is my religion, family and cricket. Therefore I would like to keep those three things on top of my priority list”. “Being a cricketer is not that easy. A complete cricketer will have total control of the situation. If someone can manage these things in a proper way, then he’ll become a gifted cricketer for sure“.

“I have had a number of beautiful memories since I started playing cricket.

Getting my first national cap for the SL vs. England under 17 tournaments and the youth under 19 World Cup in 2016, those are my most unforgettable memories so far”.

“Honestly I do not compare myself with anyone. We meet different kinds of people in our day to day life. I get all the good things from everyone and adjust them according to myself. My main target is to build my own brand”.

“Still I’m on the way to my goal, so I’m still collecting experiences from everything. I don’t worry about my failures or achievements. I’m building my own way to become the better person I was yesterday and that’s the best accomplishment in my life”.

“I am doing a lot of hard work these days to become the best all rounder in Sri Lanka as well as in the world. Hence I’m preparing myself these days to achieve that goal”.

“Indeed I’m happy with all my achievements so far and I’m enjoying every bit of my life. Hence I’m really happy about my personal life as well as my cricketing life”.

“The most embarrassing moment in the cricket field was when we lost the world cup semi final match to India and which made all of us cry and In life I like to describe myself as a unique and a sensitive person”.

“Finally I’m a admirer of former Indian cricket captain M.S.Dhoni, because he had to go through lots of difficulties in his early life, but at last he brought a world cup to his motherland and he’s one of the best captains in India; if not the best captain, so I always respect him for that” concluded Damitha.

Friday, December 31, 2021 – 01:00

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