Gayan Sirisoma has picked up 522 wickets from 102 First-Class matches (that is 5.1 wickets a match) at a spectacular 19.87    Wikimedia Commons (Representational Image)
Gayan Sirisoma has picked up 522 wickets from 102 First-Class matches (that is 5.1 wickets a match) at a spectacular 19.87 Wikimedia Commons (Representational Image)

Make no mistake: despite not getting a Test cap, Rajpakse Manikkunambi Gayan Kavinga Sirisoma has always been an excellent left-arm spinner, and has numbers to back his stature. In a career spanning over 15 years, Sirisoma has picked up 522 wickets from 102 First-Class matches (that is 5.1 wickets a match) at a spectacular 19.87. The numbers are remarkable, but they are nothing compared to what Sirisoma has achieved this season, for Pandura Sports Club in the Premier League Tournament Tier B. His 8 First-Class matches this season have fetched him 91 wickets (11.4 wickets a match); in 7 of these matches he has taken 10 or more wickets, including 13, 11, 10, 13, and 14 in consecutive matches. In fact, he took 1 for 53 and 5 for 55 in the only match where he missed out on a 10-wicket haul this season, after taking 11 and 13 wickets in his first 2 matches. He has also taken 12 five-fors in the 16 innings he has bowled in.

In the first innings of his 7th match (against Kalutara Physical Culture Centre) he also took his 500th First-Class wicket. Not only has Sirisoma averaged 12.29 this season, but he has also claimed a wicket every 24.2 balls (about 4 overs). These numbers boggle the mind. Here is a basic summary of Sirisoma s sensational performance this season:

Against B R W Ave SR
Police SC

81

38

9

7.09

13.9

72

40

2

Kalutara SC

151

53

7

12.31

35.2

306

107

6

Lankan CC

78

53

1

18.00

32.3

116

55

5

Sri Lanka Navy SC

135

46

8

15.23

29.3

246

152

5

Sri Lanka Air Force SC

102

56

7

12.27

17.3

88

79

4

Sri Lanka Ports Authority CC

187

95

7

15.40

31.3

126

59

3

Kalutara Physical Culture Centre

228

131

7

16.85

23.0

71

88

6

Kurunegala Youth CC

108

42

7

4.71

15.9

114

24

7

Total

2,209

1,118

91

12.29

24.3

Sirisoma has also played domestic cricket for Antonians SC, Singha SC, Lankan CC, Tamil Union C & AC, Sebastianites C & AC, Badureliya SC, and Galle CC. He has also played for East Molesey in the Surrey Championship Premier Division in 2013 and 2016. Rajapakse Manikkunambi Sarath Sirisoma, father of Gayan, was an umpire at First-Class level in Sri Lankan domestic circuit.