Top 10 Best Sri Lankan Cricketers of All Time

This list includes the greatest Sri Lankan cricket players including Batsmen, Bowlers, Fielders, Wicket-keepers & All-Rounders.
The Top Ten
1 Sanath Jayasuriya

Some countries produce national heroes while some countries produce world-wide heroes! Sanath Jayasuriya, the best Cricketer of all eras is one of those extremely rare world-wide heroes! He single handedly was responsible for making Sri Lanka a proud Cricketing nation, specially at a time where Sri Lanka was not known for anything. He deserves to be the next President of Sri Lanka! He is truly, the Greatest Sri Lankan ever born!

It's hard to imagine that for the first half-decade of his career, Sanath Jayasuriya was considered a bowler who could bat a bit. Think of him now and you think of forearms straight out of a smithy, brutal shots hammered through point and cover and scythes over the leg side and everything in-between. You recall a man who could score equally briskly in every form of the game, who absolutely slashed and burned his way through bowling attacks and murdered them. As with anyone who relied so much on extraordinary hand-eye coordination, there were troughs and lean times, but just as the obit writers got busy, he would produce another innings of supreme power and of insane brute power! He is for sure the GREATEST of all time who ever played the game, the GOD of Cricket!

Cricket is the entire world for the hospitable and kind hearted people of Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon). They are not the smartest or the strongest nation but oh boy don't they love their Cricket! It is this man: SANATH JAYASURIYA who is responsible for that! I have seen every single cricketer, I'm in my 90s now... He is THE greatest there ever was and there ever shall be!

Kind regards from Los Angeles, California.

Jayasuriya associated himself with politics even during his playing days which is Amazing. Notably, he was elected to the Parliament in 2010. A golden era into Cricket Administration ensued when Jayasuriya was appointed as the Chairman of selectors in 2013 by SLC. He is the best there ever was to play the gentleman's game!

2 Kumar Sangakkara Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara is a cricket commentator, former cricketer and captain of the Sri Lankan national team.

How can he be even in the Top 20? He can't even satisfy his own wife! How many of you know that Sanga is having his own life with other women while Yehali is also having her own life with other women and hence a Lesbian!

He is their best batsman, their best ever wicketkeeper, saved or won more matches for Sri Lanka than anyone else in tests, a fine captain leading Sri Lanka to finals of T20 and ODI world cups... He simply is their best cricketer ever..

He is a hero of Sri Lankan cricket. And we have gotten to this level is because of the platform they have laid.

He is the greatest consistent wicket-keeper/batsmen ever produce by srilankan with a great fighting spirit.

3 Lasith Malinga

Best bowler Sri Lanka will ever see, world accepted player as a simple, honest mubai Indians were lucky to have him & always smiling, Sri Lanka cricket, selectors, board thought the years played foul by him, but he was able always to to prove, his talent with the cricket ball. Hope he will be used in a wise manner for future cricket, bowlers.

Really good player

He is my favourite player in cricket. I like bumrah also because he like lasi

4 Muttiah Muralitharan

So full of zest did Muttiah Murlitharan appear when he took his 709th test wicket to break the all-time record in his native Kandy in 2007, that no one would have betted confidently against his becoming the first man to take 1, 000.

He is the leading wicket taker in the world. The one Sri Lankan which is known worldwide for good reasons. An incredible player.

Undoubtedly his contribution to Sri Lankan cricket is enormous, and will remain one of the greatest cricketers the world has ever seen.

Greatest match winner sri lanka has ever produced.
Sri Lanka would not win many matches if he was not there from 1995 to 2011.

5 Tillakaratne Dilshan

Sanath Jayasuriya is the Greatest, Muttiah Muralitharan & Romesh Kaluwitharana are the co-2nd Greatest & Tillakaratne Dilshan deserves nothing less than the 3rd Greatest!

Unlike bastards like Sangakkara who plays cricket for personal records, Tillakaratne Dilshan plays for the victory of the whole Motherland. He is an Amazing Batsman, Great Bowler and an Incredible Fielder! For me he is the Greatest All-Rounder since Sanath Jayasuriya!

He is the 4th greatest after, sanath, sanga and mahela. His agresive style has always been admired by all sri lankans. His new opening partner, Kushal perera, is almost as dashing, no wonder people have started to think that dilshan, the old boy and kushal, the youngster, are bound to be like kaluwitharana and jayasuriya, like in the 90's. Flashy starts! Another era for sri lanka!

In a Fast Speed, He'll become Sri Lanka's Greatest Batsman in History, even better than Jayasuriya. Chandimal is on track of beating him because dilshan's power is low

Tillakaratne Dilshan means Hard work and dedication. He is a great lesson for youngsters. Started from the bottom and he is in the top now.

6 Mahela Jayawardene

The most important part of Sri lanka cricket in the post world cup era. Not only being a fantastic batsmen did he contribute to cricket in Sri Lanka, he was inded the smartest cricket brain ever produced by Sri Lanka. The Jayawardene impact on Sri Lanka cricket is clearly illustrated by the fact that Sri Lanka continued to loose games after he retired in 2014 even though the team had Sangakkara, who himself was a legend of a batsmen. Mahela was the craftsman behind many fabulous accomplishments of Sri Lankan Cricket in the modern era

You've gotta love Sanath, Muttiah, Aravida and amongst them stands this man as well! Someone on whom Sri Lankan cricket could always rely on! Great batsman, great captain and above all, a great human being! He has been there for Sri Lankan cricket when they needed his service the most! He'll always be one of the greatest players of not only Sri Lanka, but also Cricketing history! Hail the master!

One of the best Lankan batsman ever.He is one of the most elegant and stylish players in batting with his drives along the ground and the inside out and sweep and cuts.A great role model to young cricketers.

His cuts and hooks were sublime and he was also a fantastic fielder!

7 Nuwan Kulasekara

In sri lanka's Bowlers, Lasith Malinga comes in First Place, Rangana Herath in Second Place and Nuwan Kulasekara deserves nothing else than the Third Place

He is a innocent but very talented and also he has a brave heart is always give 100% to the while he bowling, batting, fielding he is under rated player but he is the number 1 odi bowler once and he is also one of the greatest swing bowler after vass

8 Marvan Atapattu

The 2nd best batsman ever produced by Sri Lanka, only seconded to Sanath Jayasuriya and nobody else. Marlon Kandamantu is how we call him in downsouth, I can still remember those beautiful cover drives! Thanks Marvan!

His Style is Unique & Beautiful to watch... The Drives, The Cuts, The Pulls are textbook accurate! The Best Batsman after Sanath Jayasuriya.

For me there are 3 Opening pairs who changed the world and Marvan is in one of them:

1st: Sanath Jayasuriya & Romesh Kaluwitharana
2nd: Sanath Jayasuriya & Marvan Atapattu
3rd: Sanath Jayasuriya & Tillakaratne Dilshan

Go Sri Lanka!

Marvan scored 8529 ODI runs... He & Sanath destroyed all the bowling attacks back then... A very few knows the fact that he was also known as 'Marlon Kandamantu'

9 Dinesh Chandimal

He has done so many sakifyses for the saik of the team and the sprit of the game and for the pride of Sri Lankat. He never plays for Indivijuwal records. He always plays for the country. He is a Great Batsman, Fielder & Wicketkeeper. He is a true Champ behind the 2014 T20 World Cap. He is that Good. I will Rank him 2nd Greatest ever behind only to Sanath Jayasuriya. Come on Dinesh Chandimal. Oyata Budu Saranai!

He always show the true sportsmanship during the play. Great player who like to give his best to the country. But being captain in an early stage of the career made him stressed and in-consistence.

"He is a great cricketer in Sri Lanka. Dinesh is better than Malinga as the T20 cricket captain in Sri Lanka. Oneday he wiil be the greatest cricketer in our country. 'All The Best! and I Love you.' "

I mean he is so good at batting in test especially his 164 against India in 2015!

10 Aravinda de Silva

Don't count the numbers and records at first place please. Contesting for the best batsman followings to be considered.

1. Match winning ability
2. Ability on handling the presure
3. Ability of handling the match situation
4. Number of shots can play with full confidence.
5. Strike rate, batting average, number of tons scored
6. Counterattack can put against the bowlers.
7. Natural talent.

Considering the above Aravinda De Silva is the most prolific and accomplished batsman and accordingly he is deserved to be the best sri lankan batsman country has ever produced

This guy was a cold blooded killer. This from an Indian, Sanath was fire at the top, but he was hit and miss. If sanath succumbed, as sure as death De silva would walk out and set things in motion. Watching him bat was spooky. For a while you don't notice him, you feel what's going on is insignificant in terms of the bigger narrative. And then 10 overs later, you pay attention and realize he has ten shots for every ball bowled at him.

I faintly remember him batting during my childhood and boy, could he bat! As far as I remembere no Srilankan batsman ever caused so much fury, fear and frustration as Arvinda did... All right Sanga, Mahela are there.. But they just don't give the same feeling... Sanath was more like a bomb... If he played, you'd know from the first ball you can't win... But Arvinda... He almost played best always.. And was a, mastermind in planning his innnings.. All hail!

It's difficult to compare nowadays cricket with 90s nowadays cricketers get more matches than those days. For me aravinda de silva is the best we ever had, besides sri lanka only won one World Cup and who's behind that glory

The Contenders
11 Rangana Herath

Great left arm spinner

12 Romesh Kaluwitharana

Sanath Jayasuriya is the Greatest, but Romesh Kaluwitharana deserves nothing less than the 2nd Greatest!

Along with Sanath, Kalu revolutionized One Day International batting with his aggressive tactics during the 1996 Cricket World Cup. It's always a massive compliment to someone to say they changed the game, and their storming Batting in the 1996 World Cup changed everyone's thinking about how to start innings!

And Man! He was & he will always be the Greatest Wicket-keeper ever to play the Game!

Little Kalu! You are the Greatest Wicket-keeper of All-time! There will never be a keeper better than you. You are the Best because you are the Backbone of the team behind the Wicket. SANA & KALU: The Greatest Batting Pair in the History of the Game!

13 Ajantha Mendis
14 Chaminda Vaas

Simply the best and most consistent fast bowler than Sri Lanka has ever had. Any country would be proud to include him in their list of best cricketers!

There is no other bowler as consistent and genuine as he is. He was not only a great bowler but an exceptionally reliable all rounder that gave his all with the bat and ball.

The best ever Sri Lankan fast bowler chaminda vaas is the best Sri Lankan bowler after Muralitharan

Good pace & swing bowler

15 Angelo Mathews

Certainly deserves to be higher up. Was an absolute beast in the 3 peak years of his career.

Good captain super man

16 Nuwan Zoysa

In his eighth Test, Zippy became the first player in the history to take a hat-trick off his first three balls of a Test match! He achieved this against Zimbabwe at Harare in November 1999, dismissing Trevor Gripper, Murray Goodwin and Neil Johnson. He has gone on to take over 100 ODI wickets for Sri Lanka, the ninth to have achieved the milestone. To me he is the best bowler produced by the subcontinent!

The best Fast bowler ever produced by the subcontinent! Every batsman feared him for his height, pace, swinging and yokers and bouncers.

It was an era of destruction. Nobody was spared. Every batsman feared them... Nuwan Zoysa, Pulasthi Gunaratna & Chaminda Vaas, the lethal trio of Sri Lankan fast bowlers...

Ara Zoysa!
Standing 6'4" he is often regarded among Malcolm Marshall, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Colin Croft, Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose & Joel Garner as one of the 8 most lethal fast bowlers of all time!

17 Asanka Gurusinha

He cannot touch Sanath Jayasuriya's Caliber but was an Awesome Player in the 96' World Cup winning team. He was a big factor and played major roles in the win. Was the best 1-down batsman when Sanath or Kalu was dismissed. Asanka did all his best to win the World Cup. What a great player, had to vote for him.

You will never find a better team than the 96' World Cup Winning team.
Sanath Jayasuriya, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Asanka Gurusinha, Aravinda de Silva, Arjuna Ranatunga, Hashan Tillakaratne, Roshan Mahanama, Upul Chandana, Kumar Dharmasena, Chaminda Vaas, Marvan Atapattu, Ravindra Pushpakumara, Pramodya Wickramasinghe & Muttiah Muralitharan.
The Golden Era of Sri Lankan Cricket!

18 Roshan Mahanama

He was Sri Lanka's best opening batsman way back in early nineties but was overshadowed by the great great Sanath Jayasuriya when he was promoted in the batting order which led Sri Lanka to win the 96 Cricket world cup.

However I can still remember the greatest game ever where Sanath scored 340 with Roshan's 225 with the 576 run partnership which led to the mammoth 952/6 against India.

Roshan was also an excellent fielder...

The best sri Lankan fielder.

19 Upul Chandana

One of the Best Fielders ever! He is among the Greatest fielders Sri Lanka ever produced like Roshan Mahanama, Sanath, TM Dilshan, Mahela & Kaluwitharana the Best Wicketkeeper in the world!

Best fielder along with Roshan Mahanama!

Terrific allrounder, maybe seconded only to the great Sanath Jayasuriya and nobody else.

20 Pulasthi Gunaratne

Pulasthi's image has appeared on postage stamps and currency notes, and a museum dedicated to his life was opened in his alma mater the Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club's VVIP section. To commemorate his participation in the 2003 World Cup, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka issued a Rs.2 commemorative gold coin with Pulasthi's exact image which is shown here. In 2004, he was inducted into the Antonians Sports Club Hall of Fame.

His stats & figures says it all! He has scored 36 runs & capruted 27 wickeds in one day internationals. Top score of 15 (not out) best bowling of 4 for 44 and has taken 3 catches also! A Great player!

Once Sachin Tendulkar peed in his ball-guard and pants when Pulasthi came running all the way from the boundary line!

Pulasthi is the Best Fat Bowler after Chaminda Vaas & Nuwan Soysa! He is a wonderful bowler who is lightning fast! 150 kmh-1 is a simple thing for him!

21 Arjuna Ranatunga

Captain cool absolutely... love his way of captaincy in 1996 WC which change srilanka cricket.. also his brave innings against Pakistan at pindi test with one hand winning the game for srilanka and also giving confidence to murli during his bowling in Australia

He should have been rated higher than this...One of best captains in the history of the game.

He is really great captain and he brought his team from low stage to higher stage.

Pride of Sri lankan cricket. Stood up to racist Australian in their own country, saved Muralis Career.

22 Upul Tharanga

Super open batmen

Tharanga is the best batsman of lankan side and better than kohli and tendulkar

23 Ruwan Kalpage
24 Thilan Samaraweera

He is the best Sri Lankan test batsman after magela and sanga he got appointed to the test team of the year 2009 as a batsman. He ranked no 7 in icc test rankings 2009 and scored 1500 runs in that year. He got injured in Lahore attack and became the man of the series vs NZ from the very first series after he got recovered. Still holds the best second highest average by any Sri Lankan test batsman with the average of around 49

25 Hashan Tillakaratne

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni of Cricket! Deshabandu Action Batta Hashan Prasantha Tillakaratne is memorable for his TWO one day tons 104 in 1993 and 100 in 1995 both against the lethal West Indies, and we lost both matches.

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