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Thikshila de Silva

Date of Birth 16/12/1993
Age 26
NationalitySri Lankan
Player Status Placed (Great Harwood CC - Lancashire League)
Playing Role All-Rounder (Seam)
Bowling Style Right-arm Seam
Batting Style Left-hand
Entry Route Tier 5
Major Teams Sri Lanka, Puttalam District, Colombo District, Chilaw Marians Cricket Club, Kurunegala Warriors, Galle Cricket Club
Coaching Qualifications UKCC Level 2

Thikshila de Silva is a strongly-built batting all-rounder, who is regarded as one of the most explosive (and biggest six-hitting) batsmen in Sri Lankan domestic cricket. The T20 specialist stormed last summers (2018/19) MCA Premier T20 League belting 256 runs at 64, to finish top of the tournament run charts.

His four innings produced scores of 56 from 26 balls, 66 (33), 71 (36) and 63 (19), all with a strike-rate of 224.56. In final, against Mas Unichela, his 19-ball 63 included 7 of his tournament’s 20 sixes, evidencing his striking ability. The dashing stroke-maker, who also bowls genuine seam-up, has re-announced himself and is eager to return to the National fold, after making 3 T20 international appearances in January 2017.

De Silva’s cricketing journey started at Devapathiraja College (Raggama), then Mahinda College in Galle. He represented Moors Sports Club Under-23s in 2013/14, before moving to Galle Cricket Club the same season. De Silva, though, has since moved clubs to Chilaw Marians in 2014/15, with whom he made his first-class debut.

He enjoyed a magnificent debut season averaging 25.71 and 19.80 with bat and ball respectively. His explosive power had already generated national interest and, following his incredible Under-23 (Division 1) T20 tournament in 2016, where he smashed 243 runs at 48.60 with a strike-rate of 238.23, he was swiftly included in the Sri Lankan T20 squad for the South African series.

De Silva though, is a genuine all-rounder who bowls swiftly with the ability to shape the ball, ideal for T20 cricket. He continues to learn his trade for Chilaw Marians, alongside fellow Sri Lankan internationals Isuru Udana, Asitha Fernando and Mahela Udawatte.

Eager to impress, the hard-hitting Sri Lankan all-rounder headed to England last summer and did just that. Playing in the Lancashire League for Great Harwood, he enjoyed tremendous success with the bat (838 runs at 36.4) and ball (51 wickets at 16.71) to finish as one of the divisions leading professionals.

Given his success, it's unsurprising that Great Harwood were swift to resign De Silva for the 2020 season.

Team (Season) Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Ovs Runs Wkts BB Avg
Great Harwood (2019) 25 24 1 838 141 36.43 264.5 852 51 5/36 16.71
Date of Birth 16/12/1993
Age 26
NationalitySri Lankan
Player StatusPlaced
Playing RoleAll-Rounder (Seam)
Player Status Placed (Great Harwood CC - Lancashire League)
Bowling Style Right-arm Seam
Batting Style Left-hand
Entry Route Tier 5
Major Teams Sri Lanka, Puttalam District, Colombo District, Chilaw Marians Cricket Club, Kurunegala Warriors, Galle Cricket Club
Coaching Qualifications UKCC Level 2

Thikshila de Silva is a strongly-built batting all-rounder, who is regarded as one of the most explosive (and biggest six-hitting) batsmen in Sri Lankan domestic cricket. The T20 specialist stormed last summers (2018/19) MCA Premier T20 League belting 256 runs at 64, to finish top of the tournament run charts.

His four innings produced scores of 56 from 26 balls, 66 (33), 71 (36) and 63 (19), all with a strike-rate of 224.56. In final, against Mas Unichela, his 19-ball 63 included 7 of his tournament’s 20 sixes, evidencing his striking ability. The dashing stroke-maker, who also bowls genuine seam-up, has re-announced himself and is eager to return to the National fold, after making 3 T20 international appearances in January 2017.

De Silva’s cricketing journey started at Devapathiraja College (Raggama), then Mahinda College in Galle. He represented Moors Sports Club Under-23s in 2013/14, before moving to Galle Cricket Club the same season. De Silva, though, has since moved clubs to Chilaw Marians in 2014/15, with whom he made his first-class debut.

He enjoyed a magnificent debut season averaging 25.71 and 19.80 with bat and ball respectively. His explosive power had already generated national interest and, following his incredible Under-23 (Division 1) T20 tournament in 2016, where he smashed 243 runs at 48.60 with a strike-rate of 238.23, he was swiftly included in the Sri Lankan T20 squad for the South African series.

De Silva though, is a genuine all-rounder who bowls swiftly with the ability to shape the ball, ideal for T20 cricket. He continues to learn his trade for Chilaw Marians, alongside fellow Sri Lankan internationals Isuru Udana, Asitha Fernando and Mahela Udawatte.

Eager to impress, the hard-hitting Sri Lankan all-rounder headed to England last summer and did just that. Playing in the Lancashire League for Great Harwood, he enjoyed tremendous success with the bat (838 runs at 36.4) and ball (51 wickets at 16.71) to finish as one of the divisions leading professionals.

Given his success, it's unsurprising that Great Harwood were swift to resign De Silva for the 2020 season.

Team (Season) Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Ovs Runs Wkts BB Avg
Great Harwood (2019) 25 24 1 838 141 36.43 264.5 852 51 5/36 16.71