World renowned star batsman Aravinda de Silva is 50 years old on October 17.
Aravinda’s father Sam de Silva found it difficult to admit Aravinda to a suitable school as a first step. Nevertheless, the father was able to approach the principal of DS Senanayake College R.I.T. Alles who agreed to admit Aravinda de Silva to grade one.
After a few years at school Aravinda started playing junior cricket and soon became an attractive power hitting batsman. Cricket fans started talking highly of Aravinda and predicted a future prospect. The doors opened up for cricket at College and Aravinda brought glory to the school by scoring centuries and double centuries against the so called leading schools. Bowlers and fielders often watch his strokeplay helplessly.
Aravinda became the most attractive batsman in international circuit later on. He was among the top five batsmen in the world then. The joy that he brought when he unfolded his class in the middle could be experienced only by watching him in action. His batsmanship was pure and belonged to the highest degree.