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Cricket in Sri Lanka started with the formation of the Colombo Cricket Club in 1832. By 1880, the Ceylon National Cricket Team was formed and they regularly played first class cricket. Ceylon became an Associate Member of the ICC in 1965 and after being renamed Sri Lanka in 1972, they participated in the ODI World Cup in 1975.

They achieved Test status in 1981 but had to wait till 1985 to register their first win, over India. They were the underdogs in the 1980s and 1990s but surprised everyone with an unlikely win over Australia in the 1996 ODI World Cup final. Talented batsmen like Sanath Jayasuriya, Aravinda de Silva, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara came to the fore and were ably supported by the spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan and pacer Chaminda Vaas.

They also won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2002, where they shared the trophy with India. Sri Lanka also managed to reach the final of the 2007 and 2011 ODI World Cups but ended up losing on both occasions. They also ended up as beaten finalists at the 2009 and 2012 World T20 but managed to redeem themselves by winning the tournament in 2014. Jayawardene and Sangakkara were still the batting backbone of the team while the bowling department was led by the sensational Lasith Malinga.

Sri Lanka participated in the first-ever Day Night Test when they took on Pakistan in Dubai in 2017.

International Honours

ICC ODI World Cup: 1996

ICC World T20: 2014

ICC Champions Trophy: 2002 (joint winners with India)

Overall stats

 SpanMatchesWonLostTiedDraw/No Result
Tests1982-201827488101085
ODIs1975-2018821378402538
T20Is2006-2018109565201

Current ICC Rankings

 
Tests6th
ODIs8th
T20Is9th

Most Runs for Sri Lanka 

 BatsmanRunsAverage
TestsKumar Sangakkara1240057.40
ODIsKumar Sangakkara1397541.96
T20IsTilakaratne Dilshan188928.19

Most Wickets for Sri Lanka 

 BowlerWicketsAverage
TestsMuttiah Muralitharan80022.72
ODIsMuttiah Muralitharan52323.08
T20IsLasith Malinga9019.77

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