Jayan Kaushal Silva is a Sri Lankan cricketer who performs as a wicket keeper batsman for the team. He is considered as one of the best wicket keepers in Sri Lanka with a solid batting technique.
Kaushal Silva was born on 27 May 1986 in Colombo, Sri Lanka and is a right-handed batsman. He has had a prolific first-class career and considered a veteran in Sri Lankan domestic cricket.
Silva started his cricketing career in college where he scored runs with great consistency and put up some wonderful innings. Silva got selected in the Sri Lanka U-19 side in 2004. He scored 83 runs in 6 matches at the 2004 ICC U-19 World Cup.
He made his first-class debut for the Sinhalese Cricket Club in 2001. He made tons of runs in first class cricket and churned out hundred after hundred. This rich vein of form took him into the Sri Lanka A team.
Sri Lanka A team toured South Africa and Kaushal Silva showed his class on that tour as he scored 2 hundred and 2 fifties. After touring Pakistan with the A squad, he was named in the test squad to play Pakistan but did not make his debut.
Silva made his test debut against Pakistan at Dubai in October 2011. He scored a total of 28 runs in the match. He then scored a gritty 39 off 124 balls in the next match but the match ended in a draw.
Due to presence of Prasanna Jayewardene who had cemented his place as the front-line keeper, Silva was soon dropped from the test squad after the Sri Lanka's tour of South Africa.
Rise to Glory
Silva came to prominence after extraordinary consistency in first-class cricket and good performances on overseas tours of Sri Lanka A side. After having a great tour against South Africa A, Silva showed why he is rated so high among his peers on the tour to England where he was also the captain of the Sri Lanka A side.
Silva played a fighting innings of 89 runs in challenging English conditions at Scarborough. After being dropped from the national team, he went back to domestic cricket and scored runs with unbelievable consistency.
His hard work paid off and he was in the test squad to play against Pakistan in December 2013. He scored 20 runs off 81 balls in the first innings and an impressive 81 runs off 177 balls in the second innings of his comeback test. He scored 307 runs in 3 matches at average of 51.16 in his comeback test series.
In his next series against Bangladesh, he scored his maiden test hundred scoring 139 off 244 balls.
In the 37 test matches that he has played, he has scored 2058 runs at 29.40 including three hundred and 12 fifties. He is considered a juggernaut in the Sri Lankan domestic cricket and he has numbers to back this claim.
In 193 first-class matches, Kaushal has scored 12464 runs at 45.15 including 36 hundred and 51 fifties.