Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful island nations in the world which is very close to the Indian subcontinent. Especially known for its historical connection with the southern part of India and especially Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka is quite similar to India in many aspects. These aspects also include the love for cricket throughout the nation.
A lot of people throughout Sri Lanka enjoy playing this game in the evenings and also quite interested in supporting their motherland during important International tournaments. Cricket is undoubtedly one of the most popular games in the world. But it is especially famous in Sri Lanka and is considered as one of the most popular games in this country. Cricket is especially famous for a lot of class that the game involves, and is called the gentleman’s game by most people. A lot of people are interested in cricket and in playing it but not all the people in their entire lifestyle, depend upon the sport.
Table of Page Contents
So, here is a list of the top 10 richest cricketers of Sri Lanka.
10. Nuwan Kulasekara
Nuwan Kulasekara is one of the most important bowlers of the Sri Lankan cricket team. Quite popular buy his nickname Kule, Kulasekhara was born on 22nd July, 1982 in Nittambuwa, Sri Lanka. He is 5 feet 8 inches in height and is one of the most important right arm fast medium bowlers of Sri Lanka. He wears the ODI Jersey with number 92, and has played for a lot of cricket clubs like the Galle cricket club, Colts cricket club and Chennai Super Kings. He holds the record of taking a total of 190 wickets in one day internationals.
9. Chaminda Vaas
Chaminda Vaas best popular as one of the fastest bowlers to ever walk into the Sri Lankan cricket team, is best known by his nickname Vasy. He was born on 27th January, 1974 and is currently 42 years old. He is specialises as a left arm fast medium bowler and was usually the opening bowler for the Sri Lankan cricket team. He played his debut match in Test cricket in the year 1994 ended that career in the year 2009 both of which he played against Pakistan.
8. Dinesh chandimal
One of the best wicket keeping batsmen of Sri Lanka, Dinesh chandimal was born on 18th November, 1989 in Balapitiya, Sri Lanka. He is quite popular as a right handed batsman and is best known forcas extraordinary ODI century of 111 runs that helped Sri Lanka win a very important match. He is also popular for having scored unbeaten 162 in a test match. He was also the capital of the Sri Lankan cricket team.
7. Aravinda De Silva
Aravinda De Silva was one of the most commanding players of Sri Lankan cricket. With an international cricket career that span across two decades, Aravinda De Silva has made quite a lot of achievements and is best known by his nickname Mad Max. He is also played for the counties like Kent and Auckland. He has also scored a lot of centuries in both test and one day internationals with the top score of 145 in odis and 267 in test matches.
6. Tillakaratne Dilshan
Tillakaratne Dilshan is one of the most popular Sri Lankan batsmen in the world. He was born on 14th of October, 1976 and is currently 40 years old. He is right handed batsman is also known for his unique right arm off spin bowling. He has represented Sri Lanka since the year 1999 till date and has also played in the Indian Premier League for the Delhi Daredevils and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has also represented a lot of other counties including the Bloomfield C and AC and the Sydney Thunder. He is also quite popular for his famous short that goes by the name Dilscoop.
5. Kumar Sangakkara
One of the most successful captains to ever represent Sri Lanka, Kumar Sangakkara is one of the best wicket keeper – batsmen of Sri Lanka. He was born on 27th October, 1977 in Matale, Sri Lanka. He is one of the most advanced left hand batsman of the Sri Lankan cricket team. He is best known in the Indian Premier League as he has played for three separate teams including the Deccan chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Kings XI Punjab. He is one of the only Sri Lankan batsman to score a triple century in a test match and he is also popular for his top score of 169 in one day internationals. He has a very successful record of taking 402 catches 99 stumpings in his ODI wicket keeping career. He is one amongst the Top 10 Richest Cricketers of Sri Lanka 2017.
4. Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga is undoubtedly one of the most popular bowlers in the world especially known for his amazing sweeping action that further enhance his bowling skills. Lasith Malinga was born on 28 August, 1983 in Galle, Sri Lanka. He is quite popular by his nickname Slinger. Other than playing for the Sri Lankan cricket team, he has had a very successful career in the Indian Premier League where she has been a permanent member of the Mumbai Indians. He has taken a total of 291 wickets in one day internationals making him one of the most successful bowlers of Sri Lanka.
3. Mahela jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene one of the most popular batsmen that the Sri Lankan cricket team has ever come across. He is one of the most skilled right hand batsmen of Sri Lanka who has led the team for a very long time in a lot of important tournaments. He was born on 27th may 1977 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has also had a successful career in a lot of domestic cricket tournaments like the Indian Premier League buy playing for the Kings XI Punjab, Kochi Tuskers and Delhi Daredevils. He is best known for being one of the only Sri Lankan cricketers to score more than 350 runs in a single test innings. He established this record when he scored a whopping 374 runs in a test innings.
2. Muttiah muralitharan
Muttiah muralitharan will be best remembered as one of the only Sri Lankan players to challenge almost every other player in the world when it comes to taking the highest number of wickets. This extraordinary spin wizard was born on 17th April 1972 in Sri Lanka. He holds the record of being the only bowler in the world to take a whopping 800 wickets in test international cricket. He is also one of the highest wicket takers in odis because of his extraordinary 534 wicket haul which he managed across his 350 match ODI career.
1. Angelo Mathews
Angelo Mathews is currently one of the richest cricketers of Sri Lanka especially because he is one of the most advanced cricketers of recent times in Sri Lanka. Born on 2nd June 1987 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Angelo Mathews has been one of the most important players of the Sri Lankan squad since 2008. He has also captained Sri Lanka for a lot of important tournaments and has been one of the most important members in the Indian Premier League for a lot of key teams like Kolkata Knight Riders, Pune Warriors India and Delhi Daredevils. He is one of the most successful fielders back to Sri Lankan cricket team has ever had and is also known for being one of the most popular allrounders of the Sri Lankan cricket team.
So, here was a list of the top 10 richest cricketers of Sri Lanka as of 2017. These cricketers are extremely talented and have gained worldwide recognition for their talent in international cricket: