By the tender age of 18 he was already in the Indian cricket team and was also in the 1996 World Cup Team of India. But a tumour in his leg forced this talented young cricketer to abort whatever cricket ambitions he nursed. But destiny had something great in store for him and soon he was seen making a mark in the television industry. With his striking looks he started receiving offer for films and television. He claims that in his wildest dreams also he never thought of acting in television.
Salil Ankola made his entry into television by the serial Chahat Aur Nafrat. Then he appeared in the soap titled Kora Kagaz, which was aired on Star Plus and ran quite successfully for sometime. Then again he wooed his audiences by his performances in Khaki and Kurukshetra. He then signed his first movie with the much popular filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar. He has acted in 5 movies so far and has carved out a niche for himself in the hearts of his fan following. He admitted in a recent interview that he has never planned anything in his life and takes life as it comes to him. Her favourite co-stars in are Pallavi Joshi and Renuka Sahane and even Mahima Chaudhuri. In films the list of directors who tops his list of inspirations are Gulzar and Hrishikesh Mukherjee. He does not have any role models as such but he admires Amitabh Bachhan, Paresh Rawal and Al Pacino. He is particularly fond of the channels like Star Plus, Channel 9, Zee Television and B4U.
In his personal life also Salil Ankola is a very happy and contented man. As a true family man he likes spending time at home with his wife and two children. He likes to his club or prefers to be with his family or friends. According to him religion should be practical and not imposed. He is a Hindu and read his shlokas everyday, as there is some force behind them. He is a staunch believer of all religions. He does not believe that he has achieved even one percent because if he feels that he has got what he wanted then he would not be able to find fault and improve himself. His fans expect a lot out of him and he will be seen achieving great height in the years to come.