Chamara, 40, still counting to make 15,000 runs

Chamara Silva

At 40 years and 295 days, there is only one thing that keeps him going. He wants to reach 15,000 first class runs. Just 37 runs shy, he will reach the milestone during the next domestic cricket season and then call it a day, ending over two decades of professional cricket.

A disastrous World Cup campaign in England by Arjuna Ranatunga’s men in 1999, three years after winning it in Lahore, made way for young stars like Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Chamara Silva to make their way to the national side. But unlike Sangakkara and Dilshan, Silva did not make the cut early in his international career.

Having scored a fifty on his debut, he went out of selectors’ radar in 2002, just ten innings into his international career…

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