October is a month which assumes great significance in the history of cricket primarily because it has witnessed the birth of several great players from all over the world. England’s Geoffrey Boycott, South Africa’s Jacques Kallis, India’s Anil Kumble and Virender Sehwag, Australia’s Matthew Hayden and Richie Benaud and Sri Lanka’s Aravinda de Silva and Kumar Sangakkara were all born in October.
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A large number of cricketers also have their birthdays today, i.e. 14 October. While some of them are highly popular names in the sport, others represented their respective teams in just a few matches and therefore, are not very well known.
Here is an XI of players who were born on 14 October:
#1 Tillakaratne Dilshan
A modern-day great of the limited-overs formats, Tillakaratne Dilshan was born on 14 October 1976 in the Kalutara district of Sri Lanka. Dilshan made his international debut back in 1999 and almost 14 years later in 2013, he bid adieu to the Test arena with more than 5000 runs in 87 Tests.
However, he continued to play in ODIs as well T20Is and represented the Sri Lankan team both in the 2015 World Cup and the World T20 tournaments in 2014 and 2016. Just last month, Tillakaratne Dilshan finally drew the curtains on a remarkable career which saw him score over 10,000 ODI and close to 2000 T20I runs.