Kaushal Silva – Interview

Full name Jayan Kaushal Silva

Born May 27, 1986, Colombo

Current age 25 years 18 days

Major teams Basnahira North, Sinhalese Sports Club, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lanka Board President’s XI, Sri Lanka Under-19s, St. Thomas College

Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Batting and fielding averages

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

BF

SR

100

50

4s

6s

Ct

St

First-class

95

149

24

5907

173

47.25

15

28

235

33

List A

93

75

17

2014

126

34.72

1

10

106

25

Twenty20

19

15

4

333

60*

30.27

288

115.62

0

2

38

0

11

11

Kaushal Silva will lead Sri Lanka “A” team to England this summer. They have been scheduled to play 3 ODI games against the English Lions, 1 Test and 4 warm up 50 over games.

Kaushal Silva ( captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Malintha Warnapura, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirumanne, Sachithra Serasinghe, Roshen Silva, Banuka Rajapaksha, Kosala Kulasekera, Sachithra Senanayake, Sekuge Prasanna, Shaminda Eranga, Nilanka Premaratne, Dhammika Prasad, Tharanga Lakshitha, Sanjeewa Weerakoon

Q :- Kaushal, why were you surprised when I informed you that you have been selected as the “A” team Captain for the forthcoming tour of England.

A :- I was in England with the National team, and when you called me I was taken aback, because in my mind I was just contemplating on representing my Country on our “A” team tour of England, honestly I expected Thilina Kandamby to Captain the side, but I am so happy for him since he has been appointed as Dilshan’s deputy for the forthcoming T20 and ODI series against England.

Q :- Your deputy is Dinesh Chandimal, well he seem to be shade out of touch on English conditions so far, is that a worry?

A :- No Not at all. Dinesh is a class act, very talented and committed. He has scored more than 1000 runs in the domestic season, he made a 50 in the first warm up game against the English Lions, the ball in England in the first half of the summer moves around, I am optimistic that Dinesh will come around, he is too good a player to miss out.

Q :- You have the luxury of Lahiru Thirumanne in your squad, based on the fact he got a great hundred in his last outing against Essex in Chelmsford and is ear marked to open for the national team if Dilshan is UN available for the next Test.

A :- Yes I need all the luck. Lahiru being in the squad is great. We also have Dimuth Karunaratne who has been selected for the national team in the forthcoming ODI and T20, against the Englishmen representing us after the limited over series, hence it’s an added boost, and mind you Malintha Warnapura former Test opener along with the up and coming Banuka Rajapakshe, the schoolboy prodigy with Roshen Silva make a good unit. I have an excellent batting line up, with Dinesh Chandimal as my deputy, with Kosala Kulasekera the all rounder strengthening the middle order.

Q :- What about you, you seem to be very much like your coach Romesh Kaluwitharana, who was very modest as a World class performer ?

A :- I wish I could emulate him, what a player he was during his time and now a great coach who understands player values. Yes I am middling the ball, my glove work has improved immensely, thanks to Romesh, and he keeps talking to me, guiding me, very shrewd thinker of the game, great tactician, and I am fortunate that my coach too was a wicket keeper batsman.

Q :- You don’t need a rocket scientist to tell you that seam is the key for your bowling unit in England, what are you views from your team’s perspective in this all important department?

A :- Dhammika Prasad needs no introduction, he has all the experience playing at the highest level, Shaminda Eranga is quick, bowls at 140 to 145 Km, Nilanka Premaratne is a left arm deceptive bowler, he to me is the left arm version of Nuwan Kulasekera, whilst Kosala Kulasekera the all rounder moves the ball and will be very effective in English conditions, so as far as I am concerned I could not have bargained for a better combination.

Q :- How is your spin department, any Muralitharan or Graham Swann in the makings?

A :- You seem to set global standards in the spin department, Sachithra Senanyake better known as Mr. Reliable is the man to watch, Sanjeeva Weerakoon is on the brink of an international call, and Sekuge Prasanna who bowls wrist spin, has plenty up his sleeve to surprise the best in the World.

Q :- Finally Kaushal let me remind you, the National selectors will have an Eagle eye on your teams performance is that an added pressure?

A :- We have to be focused on our game, our performance and our determination to prove to the World that Sri Lanka’s back bench is second to none in the World. I reckon we do our part and let the selectors do theirs.

Interviewed by Brian Thomas