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Sanath Jayasuriya

01 January, 1970

One of the world's most uncompromising strikers of the ball,Jayasuriya found belated fame as a pinch-hitter at the 1996 World Cup,and then demonstrated that he was also capable of massive scoring in Tests, eventually becoming Sri Lanka's highest Test runs
 

Full name: Sanath Teran Jayasuriya

Sanath Teran Jayasuriya

Born :June 30, 1969, Matara

Current age :37 years 105 days

Major teams: Sri Lanka, ACC Asian XI, Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Colombo Cricket Club, Somerset

Batting style :Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Slow left-arm orthodox

 

Statsguru Test player, ODI player


 

 Batting and fielding averages
class  mat  inns  no  runs  hs  ave  bf  sr  100  50  4s  6s  ct  st
Tests   105   178   14   6745   340   41.12         14   30   882   56   78   0
ODIs   366   356   15   11144   189   32.68   12412   89.78   22   60      209   108   0
Twenty20 Int.   1   1   0   41   41   41.00   30   136.66   0   0   4   2   0   0
First-class   246   388   33   14083   340   39.67         29   67         156   0
List A   439   426   21   12967   189   32.01         25   68         129   0
Twenty20   4   4   1   78   41   26.00   54   144.44   0   0         1   0

 Bowling averages
class  mat  balls  runs  wkts  bbi  bbm  ave  econ  sr  4  5  10
Tests   105   7966   3271   96   5/34   9/74   34.07   2.46   82.97   6   2   0
ODIs   366   12894   10287   279   6/29   6/29   36.87   4.78   46.21   6   4   0
Twenty20 Int.   1   24   32   2   2/32   2/32   16.00   8.00   12.00   0   0   0
First-class   246   14246   6258   191   5/34      32.76   2.63   74.58      2   0
List A   439   14958   11944   338   6/29   6/29   35.33   4.79   44.25   9   5   0
Twenty20   4   72   88   7   3/36   3/36   12.57   7.33   10.28   0   0   0

 Career statistics
 
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Test debut  New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Hamilton - Feb 22-26, 1991 scorecard
Last Test  Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (PSS) - Aug 4-8, 2006 scorecard
ODI debut  Australia v Sri Lanka at Melbourne - Dec 26, 1989 scorecard
Last ODI  Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Ahmedabad - Oct 10, 2006 scorecard
Only Twenty20 Int.  England v Sri Lanka at Southampton - Jun 15, 2006 scorecard
First-class span  1988/89 - 2006
List A span  1989/90 - 2006/07
Twenty20 span  2004 - 2006

 Notes
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1997

 

 Profile

One of the world's most uncompromising strikers of the ball, Jayasuriya found belated fame as a pinch-hitter at the 1996 World Cup, and then demonstrated that he was also capable of massive scoring in Tests, eventually becoming Sri Lanka's highest Test run-scorer. He remains dizzily dangerous, especially on the subcontinent's slower, less bouncy surfaces. Short in stature and powerfully built, he cuts and pulls with awesome power, and his brutal bat-wielding is at odds with his shy, gentle nature. Wised-up opponents have learned to set traps in the gully and at third man to stem the flow of runs, but on song he can be virtually unstoppable, capable of scoring freely on both sides of the wicket.

Jayasuriya is also an extremely effective and canny left-arm spinner, especially in one-day internationals where his stock leg-stump darts are mixed up with clever variations in pace. Jayasuriya served commendably as Sri Lanka's captain for a successful tenure after the sacking of Arjuna Ranatunga in 1999. His leadership style was consensual in comparison to the Napoleon approach adopted by Ranatunga, and he soon built a happy and unified team. The huge responsibility of leading the team, though, started to show and by the 2003 World Cup, after a myriad of off-field controversies, it was clear that he had become a reluctant captain. He eventually resigned in April 2003.

Having stepped down, his position in the side was more vigorously debated and a one-day slump prompted several pundits to call time on his career. But Jayasuriya was far from finished, and he bounced back in 2004 with his most prolific year in Test cricket since 1997. The year included a blazing second-innings century against Australia at Kandy that nearly levelled the series and a marathon double-hundred against Pakistan at Faisalabad. Twin centuries followed during the Asia Cup 2004 and his form was impressive enough for Somerset to sign him up for a season of County Cricket in 2005. And in the Indian Oil Cup in 2005, Jayasuriya became only the fourth batsman to get to 10,000 runs in one-day cricket.

He retired in 2006, only to almost immediately retract his decision. After behind-the-scenes machinations which hinted at internal power struggles between board and coach, he was shoehorned into the squad for the Test series in England but did not play. He bounced back in typical form, however, in the one-day series that followed, showing he has a few more miles left on the clock.


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