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List of famous athletes from Sri Lanka, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Sri Lanka has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Sri Lanka athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Sri Lanka and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Sri Lanka then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Prasanna Jayawardene and Brendon Kuruppu are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Sri Lanka athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Sri Lanka?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Sri Lanka in order to get more information about each one.

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Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara is a professional Sri Lankan Test cricketer, a former one-day and T20 player, and former captain of the Sri Lankan national team. He is widely regarded as one of the ...more

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Sanath Teran Jayasuriya is a former Sri Lankan cricketer and a current member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka. He is renowned as one of the best ODI players of all time, due to powerful striking ...more

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Muttiah Muralitharan is a Sri Lankan cricketer who was rated the greatest Test match bowler ever by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack in 2002. He retired from Test cricket in 2010, registering his ...more

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Denagamage Praboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene, known as Mahela Jayawardene, is a former professional Sri Lankan cricketer and captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team. He was a specialist ...more

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Separamadu Lasith Malinga in Galle, Sri Lanka is a Sri Lankan cricketer and World T20 winning captain in 2014. He is a specialist fast bowler with a unique round-arm action, sometimes referred ...more

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Arjuna Ranatunga is a Sri Lankan politician, former international cricketer and cricket administrator. He served as the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team for much of the 1990s, and the team ...more

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Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas, usually known as Chaminda Vaas, is a former Sri Lankan cricketer regarded as the best fast bowler to have come out of the country. He ...more

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Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS was a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host. He is perhaps most famous for ...more

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Angelo Davis Mathews is a professional Sri Lankan cricketer and current captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team for both Test and One Day International formats. Mathews, a lower-order batting ...more

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Tillakaratne Mudiyanselage Dilshan is a Sri Lankan cricketer and a former captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team. Dilshan made his Test and ODI debut during the Sri Lankan cricket team's ...more

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Thisara Perera
Narangoda Liyanaarachchilage Thisara Chirantha Perera,තිසර පෙරේරා is a Sri Lankan cricketer. He represents Sri Lanka at the Test, One Day International and Twenty20 levels. He plays first class ...more

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Pinnaduwage Aravinda de Silva is a former Sri Lankan cricketer, who is considered one of the finest batsmen produced by the country. He is also regarded as one of the most elegant batsman in his ...more

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Suraj Randiv
Hewa Kaluhalamullage Suraj Randiv Kaluhalamulla, known as Suraj Randiv, born Mohamed Marshuk Mohamed Suraj is a Sri Lankan international cricketer who plays first-class cricket for Sinhalese ...more

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Marvan Samson Atapattu is a former Sri Lankan cricketer and former Sri Lankan captain. He has coached Canada and Singapore national cricket teams previously. In April 2014, he was appointed Head ...more

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Somachandra de Silva
Dandeniyage Somachandra de Silva is a former Sri Lankan cricketer. He bowled leg spin, and captained the Sri Lankan cricket team for two Test matches in 1983, as the regular captain, Duleep ...more

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Rangana Herath is a Sri Lankan cricketer. A slow left arm orthodox bowler and a left handed batsman, he made his Test debut at Galle International Stadium, Sri Lanka against Australia in 1999. ...more

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Suranga Lakmal
Ranasinghe Arachchige Suranga Lakmal is a Sri Lankan international cricketer. He is a right-arm medium-fast bowler and right-handed batsman. He was first included in the national squad for the ...more

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Balapuwaduge Manukulasuriya Amith Jeevan Mendis is a Sri Lankan international cricketer. A left-handed batsman, he debuted in 2000/01 and the following season captained the Under-19 team to ...more

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Congenige Randhi Dilhara Fernando is a cricketer who plays for Sri Lanka. He is a right-handed pace bowler. Dilhara studied at De Mazenod College Kandana. He started off his school career as a ...more

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Thilan Samaraweera
Thilan Thusara Samaraweera is a Sri Lankan cricketer. Samaraweera plays international cricket for Sri Lanka and is in the side primarily for his solid right-handed batting but is also a capable ...more

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Balapuwaduge Ajantha Winslo Mendis is a cricketer who plays for the Sri Lankan national cricket team. He is known for the unusual bowling action and regarded as one of the best Twenty20 bowlers ...more

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Louis Rohan Duleep Mendis is a former Sri Lankan cricketer, who captained Sri Lanka to their first Test series victory in 1985. He was primarily a specialist batsman, whose best period as a ...more

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Uda Walawwe Mahim Bandaralage Chanaka Asanka Welegedara, more commonly referred to as Chanaka Welegedara, චානක වෙලගෙදර, is a Sri Lankan international cricketer. A left-arm fast bowler by trade, ...more

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Roshan Siriwardene Mahanama is a former Sri Lankan cricketer and currently an ICC match referee. Although he averaged less than 30 at Test cricket, he did score four centuries, including a top ...more

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Pubudu Bathiya Dassanayake is a Sri Lankan cricketer who played in 11 Tests and 16 ODIs from 1993 to 1994 and is the current head coach of Nepal National Cricket Team. Chosen as the wicket ...more