The Sri Lankan cricket team is a national cricket team representing Sri Lanka. The team first played international cricket in 1975, and were later awarded Test status in 1981, which made Sri Lanka the eighth Test playing nation. The Sri Lankan team transformed themselves from the underdog status to a major cricketing nation during the 1990s. The team went on to take 1996 Cricket World Cup beating Australia in the finals, and becoming the World Champions. Since then, the team continued as a major force in international cricket, with ups and downs in certain periods. The Sri Lanka team did well to reach the finals of 2007 Cricket World Cup but lost to Australia in a rain affected match to become the runners up. The batting of Sanath Jayasuriya and Aravinda de Silva (retired), backed up by the bowling of Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas among many other talented cricketers has led to the successes of Sri Lankan cricket during the last 15 years. It is administrated by Sri Lanka Cricket.
As of October 2007, the Sri Lankan team has played 170 Test matches, winning 29.41%, losing 37.05% and drawing 33.52% of its games.
Sri Lankan cricket's greatest moment undoubtedly came during the aforementioned 1996 World Cup, when they defeated the top-ranked Australian team in the Final. Sri Lanka's game style over the course of the series revolutionized One Day International Cricket, and was characterized by highly aggressive batting in the first fifteen overs of the innings in order to take advantage of the fielding restrictions imposed during this period. This strategy has since become a hallmark of One Day International cricket. Sri Lankan cricket supporters were once again overwhelmed with the team's tremendous performance at the NatWest Series, 2006. Although as a whole it missed its captain Marvan Atapattu and Muttiah Muralitharan; Sanath together with Upul Tharanga, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Russel Arnold, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando and Farveez Maharoof played some fantastic innings.
Sri Lanka's performance during the 5-0 whitewash, England's heaviest home defeat in 13 years, was, some sloppy fielding in a couple of games aside, consistently excellent. Sanath Jayasuriya was both the Man of the Match and Man of the Series. They also made the highest score in One Day International Cricket of 443 against The Netherlands in the following series.
|World Cup||ICC Champions Trophy||Asia Cup||Australasia Cup||Asian Test Championship||Commonwealth Games||ICC Trophy|
|Player Name||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Shirt Numbers|
|Malinga Bandara||Right-hand Bat||Legbreak||72|
|Tillakaratne Dilshan||Right-hand Bat||Right-arm offbreak||23|
|Dilhara Fernando||Right-hand Bat||Right-arm fast medium||26|
|Sanath Jayasuriya (Retired from Test cricket)||Left-hand bat||Slow Left-arm Orthodox||7|
|Mahela Jayawardene - Captain||Right-hand bat||Right-arm medium/ Legbreak||27|
|Prasanna Jayawardene||Right-hand bat||Wicketkeeper (Usually Tests)||3|
|Chamara Kapugedera||Right-hand bat||Right-arm medium||16|
|Nuwan Kulasekara||Right-hand bat||Right-arm fast medium||92|
|Farveez Maharoof||Right-hand bat||Right-arm fast medium||28|
|Lasith Malinga||Right-hand bat||Right-arm fast||99|
|Ajantha Mendis||Right-hand bat||Right-arm offbreak||40|
|Muttiah Muralitharan||Right-hand bat||Right-arm offbreak||8|
|Thilan Samaraweera||Right-hand bat||Right-arm offbreak||96|
|Kumar Sangakkara||Left-hand bat||Left-arm offbreak Wicketkeeper||11|
|Chamara Silva||Right-hand bat||Legbreak||5|
|Upul Tharanga||Left-hand bat||Occasional Wicketkeeper||14|
|Chaminda Vaas||Left-hand bat||Left-arm fast medium||22|
|Michael Vandort||Left-hand bat||Right-arm medium||19|
|Malinda Warnapura||Left-hand bat||Right-arm offbreak||10|