Shashikala Siriwardene, a former captain of the Sri Lankan women’s cricket team is the best ever woman cricketer to have played for the side in their games’ in their games’ history. Playing as an all-rounder she is the backbone of the Sri Lankan team on current strength. The usual adage for Siriwardene is, give her a bat and she’ll explode, give her a ball and she will excel.Her wicket-taking abilities with an added advantage to bowl economically make her an excellent competitor. Whenever there is a need for an all-rounder, her name will be seen on every list. She is the only woman cricketer to take 100 ODI wickets in WODIs for her side. She is also the only woman cricketer to take 100+ wickets (including six 4 wicket-hauls) as well as having scored 1000+ (1554*) runs in WODI for Sri Lanka.
Siriwardene made her ODI debut against West Indies at Kingstown, St. Vincent in March, 2003. She took 2–20 and also scored a brisk 29 in that game, which was ultimately won by the Sri Lankans.
Her best bowling figures of 4–11 was recorded against Pakistan in the 2005–06 Women’s Asia Cup in Karachi. Other notable performances include a 4–34 also against Pakistan in the 2006–07 Women’s Asia Cup. She was ranked World’s top women all-rounder in 2014. Siriwardene has captained Sri Lanka in 49 WODI matches with 18 wins, 29 losses and 2 no results, and she is the Sri Lankan Women cricketer to have captained the side on most occasions.
In Women T20 Internationals, Siriwardene is second only to former captain Chamari Atapattu where scoring most runs for Sri Lanka is concerned. The right-hander has scored 663* runs in 45 matches with the highest score of unbeaten 52. In the bowling department, there is no one to match her, her 44* WT20I wickets with an average of 19.29 shine through most others’ performances.
Siriwardene has captained the T20I side as well on a record of 31 matches. Sri Lanka has won 9 of them and lost 20, registering a winning percentage of 31.03%. On 1 December 2016, she shone brightly at the Sri Lanka Cricket awards for the Women’s ODI All-Rounder of the Year 2016. During the 2017 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, she set the milestone for becoming the first woman cricketer to play in 100 WODI matches for Sri Lanka.