Ravi Rajapakse, former Crricketer of Dharmaraja College,Kandy, Sri Lanka Schools and Presidents’ XI Cricketer has come back to Sri Lanka from the UK for a short holiday and when the writer met him Ravi said that he migrated to United Kingdom in 1989 to continue his studies and to improve his cricket career. He said that he is a degree holder in Computer Science and at present he is involved in Sales marketing and Development Management in a firm in London and that he is a Level Two cricket coach attached to the England Cricket Board. According to him Ravi started playing cricket for the Brondsbury Cricket Club for eight years and broke Mike Gatting’s Batting Record during 1990-1998 Cricket Season.
He said that when Mike Gatting scored 789 runs in 12 Premier League Matches, Ravi Rajapakse has scored 968 runs including five centuries the highest being an unbeaten knock of 198 against Cockfosters. As stated by Ravi he has played for Barclay Bank in London from 1998 to 2011 as he joined the Harrow Cricket Club in 2014 and still playing for them.Ravi said that, in his cricket career in Sri Lanka he has played cricket from Under 13 to Under 19 teams at Dharmaraja College, Kandy.
He has started playing cricket in Sri Lanka in 1978 under the coaching of P. L. A. Alwis who was the cricket coach of Dharmaraja at that time and under the captaincy of Kusal Ratnayake. Ravi said that at the start he scored 63 runs against Weluwana Vidyalaya and he kept wickets at the Under 13 level and that he had an opportunity to play in all age groups from Under 13 to Under 19 levels at Dharmaraja College cricket teams. Ravi has played for the 1st XI cricket team in the School under Thilina Tennakoon as an Under 15 player and the following year under the captaincy of Priyantha Thalwatte . He said that he scored centuries against Trinity and St.Sylvesters’ and scored Seven half centuries. According to him he has scored a century against Trinity for the second time under the captaincy of Priyantha Weragoda and scored centuries against Zahira and Thurstan and scored a number of half centuries. During the season he has scored 970 runs claiming 40 wickets as a medium pace bowler.
At the Dharmaraja Centenary year in 1987 he captained the 1st XI cricket team and scored a century against Sri Sumangala Vidyalaya and scored a century against Trinity for the third time. At the same season he has scored a century against Sri Sumangala and eight half centuries scoring 998 runs and was adjudged the Most Outstanding Cricketer in 1987. He also stated that he was selected to the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket team under Denham Madena and the Board Presidents’ team under Roy Dias.