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Sanath Jayasuriya

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Sanath Jayasuriya

Sanath Jayasuriya playing cricket for Sri Lanka in 2008.

Personal information

Full name

Sanath Teran Jayasuriya


30 June 1969 (age 44) Matara


Master Blaster,[1] Matara Mauler[2]


5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)

Batting style


Bowling style

Slow left arm orthodox


Batsman and Left arm spinner

International information

National side

Sri Lanka

Test debut(cap 49) Last Test ODI debut (cap 58) Last ODI ODI shirt no. T20I debut (cap 4) Last T20I

2226 February 1991 v New Zealand 15 December 2007 v England 26 December 1989 v Australia 28 June 2011 v England 07 15 June 2006 v England 25 June 2011 v England Domestic team information

Years 1994 present 2005 2007 2007 2008 20082010 2010 2011 2012 Bloomfield Somerset


Marylebone Cricket Club Lancashire Warwickshire Mumbai Indians Worcestershire Ruhuna Rhinos Khulna Royal Bengals Career statistics

Competition Matches Runs scored Batting average 100s/50s Top score Balls bowled Wickets

Test ODI 110 445 6973 40.07 14/31 340 8,188 98 13430 32.36 28/68 189 14874 323

FC 264 14782 45.56 29/70 340 15,221 205

List A 557 16128 31.19 31/82 189 17,730 413

Bowling average 5 wickets in innings 10 wickets in match Best bowling Catches/stumpings

34.34 2 0 5/34 78/0

36.75 4 n/a 6/29 123/0

33.12 2 0 5/34 162/0

34.85 5 n/a 6/29 153/0

Source: Cricinfo player profile, 27 December 2011


Sanath Jayasuriya

Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament for Matara District


Assumed office 22 April 2010


Mahinda Rajapaksa

Personal details


June 30, 1969 (age 44) Matara, Dominion of Ceylon


Sri Lankan

Political party

United People's Freedom Alliance


Sumudhu Karunanayake (19981999) Sandra de Silva (2000Present)

Alma mater

St. Servatius' College, Matara


Cricketer, Politician


Theravada Buddhism

Sanath Teran Jayasuriya (Sinhala:

, born 30 June 1969) is a former Sri Lankan

cricketer and a current member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka.[3] Jayasuriya was an all-rounder, who had an international cricket career that spread over two decades.[4] He is the only player to score over 12,000 runs and capture more than 300 wickets in One Day Internationals, and hence regarded as one of the best all rounders in the history of Limited overs cricket.[5][6] He was named the Most Valuable Player of 1996 Cricket World Cup andWisden Cricketers' Almanack broke an age old tradition by naming him one of Five Cricketers of the Year 1997 despite not playing the previous season in England.[7] Jayasuriya was also the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team from 1999 to 2003. He retired from test cricket in December 2007 and from limited overs cricket in June 2011.Sanath Jayasuriya has the distinction of playing in third most ODI matches in which his team was on winning side,just behind Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting.[8] Sri Lanka Cricket appointed him as the chairman of cricket selecting committee on 28 January 2013. Jayasuriya ran for public office at the 2010 Sri Lankan general elections and was elected to the parliament from his native Matara District.[9] He topped the UPFA parliamentary election list for Matara district by obtaining 74,352 preferential votes.[10]

1 Early life 2 Style and international career

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2.1 Batting style 2.2 Test career 2.3 One day international career 2.4 Twenty20 career 2.5 Captaincy and all-round performances

3 Player statistics

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3.1 Career performance 3.2 Centuries 3.3 Half centuries

3.3.1 Test half centuries 3.3.2 One Day International half centuries

3.4 Fivewicket hauls

3.4.1 Test fivewicket hauls 3.4.2 One Day International fivewicket hauls

4 International records

4.1 Past International records

5 Awards

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5.1 Test Cricket Man of the Series awards 5.2 Test Cricket Man of the match awards 5.3 One-Day International Cricket Man of the series awards

6 Personal life 7 Product and brand endorsements 8 Dancing 9 See also 10 Notes 11 References 12 External links

Early life[edit source | editbeta]

Sanath Jayasuriya was born in Southern Sri Lankan city of Matara, to the family of Dunstan and Breeda Jayasuriya. He has an elder brother, Chandana Jayasuriya. He was educated at St. Servatius' College, Matara, where his cricketing talents were nourished by his school principal, G.L. Galappathy, and cricket coach, Lionel Wagasinghe. He excelled in cricket while at St. Servatius College, Matara and was picked as Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in the Outstation Segment in 1988. He was also picked as the Best Batsman and Best All-rounder in the Outstation Section.[11] Jayasuriya also represented Sri Lankain the inaugural ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup which was held in Australia in 1988. Jayasuriya was subsequently selected for a tour in Pakistan a few months later with the Sri Lanka 'B' team where he made two unbeaten double centuries. Shortly afterwards he was drafted into the national side for the tour to Australia in 198990.[12] He made his One Day International debut against Australia at Melbourne on Boxing Day of 1989 and his Test debut against New Zealand at Hamilton in February 1991.

Style and international career[edit source | editbeta]

Batting style[edit source | editbeta]

Along with his opening partner Romesh Kaluwitharana, Jayasuriya revolutionized One Day International batting with his aggressive tactics during the 1996 Cricket World Cup, a strategy they first tried on the preceding tour of Australia. The tactic used was to take advantage of the early fielding restrictions by smashing the opening bowlers to all parts of the cricket ground, particularly by lofting their deliveries over the mandatory infielders, rather than the established tactic of building up momentum gradually. This was a novel but potentially matchwinning tactic at that time, and Sri Lanka, who had previously never made it out of the preliminary rounds, went on to win the World Cup without a single defeat. Their new gameplan is now the standard opening batting strategy in limited overs cricket for the modern era. Glenn McGrath cited Jayasuriya in his XI of toughest batsmen, noting "it is always a massive compliment to someone to say they changed the game, and his storming innings in the 1996 World Cup changed everyone's thinking about how to start innings."[13] Jayasuriya is known for both cuts and pulls along with his trademark shot, a lofted cut over point. He was one of the key players in Sri Lanka's victory in the 1996 Cricket World Cup, where he was adjudged Man of the Tournament in recognition of his all-round contributions. His philosophy towards batting is summarized by an all-aggression approach and over the years he has dominated almost every one day bowling combination that he has faced at one stage or another. This is because of his ability to make huge match-winning contributions at rapid pace once he gets in, he holds the record for the second highest number of one day centuries and has scored the second most 150+ scores (4 scores) (Sachin Tendulkar has the most 150+ scores at 5). His devastating performances have ensured that Sri Lanka have won almost 80% of the matches that he scored over 50 runs in limited overs cricket.

Test career[edit source | editbeta]

Jayasuriya held the record for the highest Test score made by a Sri Lankan, 340 against India in 1997. This effort was part of a second-wicket partnership with Roshan Mahanama that set the then all-time record for any partnership in Test history, with 576 runs. Both records were surpassed in July 2006 when fellow Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene scored 374 as part of a 624-run partnership withKumar Sangakkara against South Africa. On 20 September 2005, during the Second Test of the home series against Bangladesh, Jayasuriya became the first Sri Lankan to play 100 Tests, and the 33rd Test cricketer to achieve this feat. Jayasuriya announced his intention to retire from Test cricket following the Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka in April 2006. He reversed his decision soon after, however, joining the Sri Lankan cricket team in England in May 2006. Missing the first two Tests, Jayasuriya returned in the Third Test at Trent Bridge.[14] After scoring 78 runs on day three of the first Test against England in Kandy in 2007, he announced he was to retire from Test cricket[15] at the end of the match. In that inning he hit six fours in one over against James Anderson.

One day international career[edit source | editbeta]

Sanath Jayasuriya held the records for the fastest fifty (against Pakistan 17 balls), fastest 100 (against Pakistan 48 balls) and fastest 150 (against England in 95 balls) in ODI cricket. Though he lost the fastest 100 to Shahid Afridi and fastest 150 to Shane Watson, he still holds the record for the fastest fifty. Jayasuriya and Sachin Tendulkar are the only players in history to have 4 ODI scores over 150. Jayasuriya's highest ODI score is 189 runs, scored against India in Sharjah in 2000. It remains the highest ODI score by a Sri Lankan, and at the time of the innings it was the third-highestNote 1 in ODI history. Until December 2009, he held the four highest individual scores by a Sri Lankan, and seven of the top nine.[16]

Jayasuriya's results in international matches[17]






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He currently holds the record fastest fifty in ODIs, scored off just 17 balls. Jayasuriya was the previous recordholder for the fastest century (off 48 balls), before losing that claim to Shahid Afridi of Pakistan. He has also held the world record for most ODI sixes (270 in 441 ODI's), which was surpassed by Shahid Afridi during the 2010 Asia Cupmatch against Bangladesh. He has become the fourth batsman to score more than 10,000 runs and the second batsman to score more than 12,000, and 13,000 runs in the history of ODIs. He also is the third highest century getter in ODIs with 28 centuries. He used to hold the record of scoring most runs in an ODI over (30; he has achieved this twice).This record is now with South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs (36 runs in an over).He used to hold the record of heading the most ODI caps by an international cricketer 444, till Sachin Tendulkar (India) equalled the record in January 2011 against South Africa. During the one-day Natwest series in May 2006 in England, he scored two centuries, including scoring 152 off 99 balls in the final match. In that innings, he and Upul Tharanga(109) put on 286 runs for the first wicket, a new record.[21] Jayasuriya's batting display earned him the Man of the Series award as Sri Lanka won the series 50. Following the Natwest Trophy, Sri Lanka travelled to the Netherlands for a two-match one-day series. In the first game, Jayasuriya scored 157 off 104 balls as Sri Lanka posted 443/9,[22] beating the 438/9 South Africa scored against Australia in March 2006. Sri Lanka won the match by 195 runs. On a personal note the innings

was his 4th score of over 150 in ODI cricket and he is currently the only player to do so other than Sachin Tendulkar who has achieved it five times. It was also his second successive score of 150 plus, another first in ODI cricket. He also scored 2 centuries and 2 half-centuries in the 2007 Cricket World Cup held in the West Indies.In 2008, his one-day career was all but over when he was omitted for the ODIs in the West Indies. However, a stirring performance in the IPLfinishing the third-highest run-getter with 514 runsprompted his country's sports minister to intervene in his selection for the Asia Cup. He ultimately shaped Sri Lanka's title victory with a blistering hundred under pressure.[23] His international career has been revived at the age of 41, after being recalled to the One-day and Twenty-20 squads for Sri Lanka's 2011 tour of England and Scotland.[24]

Twenty20 career[edit source | editbeta]

During the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, Jayasuriya appeared to break his tradition of using Kookaburra bats by wielding a normal Reebok sponsored bat. He achieved two half centuries in the group stages against New Zealand and Kenya in this tournament. He also shares a dubious record with James Anderson for having the most expensive figures in a Twenty20 international, having been hit for 64 runs in the maximum of 4 overs.[25] After the Twenty20 World Cup, Jayasuriya played in Sri Lanka's 32 One Day International seriesdefeat against England, achieving limited success and then in the 20 Test series defeat in Australia. In December 2007, Jayasuriya confirmed that he has signed for Warwickshirefor the Twenty20 Cup.[26] In April 2008, he joined the Mumbai Indians to play in the Indian Premier League T20. After scoring a devastating 114 not out off just 48 balls[27] for the Mumbai Indians against Chennai, Jayasuriya regained his position in the one-day side after he had been dropped for the West Indies tour. He then followed up his century with a 17-ball 48 not out to surpass the Kolkata Knight Riders' score of 67 in just the 6th over, resulting in the biggest victory in Twenty20 history in terms of balls remaining.[28] In 2010 has signed withWorcestershire for their Twenty20 campaign. At the age of 42, Jayasuriya played for the Ruhuna Rhinos in the qualifying round of the 2011 Champions League.[29] In February 2012 Jayasuria played for the Khulna Royal Bengals in the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League, later that year he played for Kandurata Warriors in the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League.

Captaincy and all-round performances[edit source | editbeta]

Jayasuriya was chosen as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 1996[30] and was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1997. He served as the captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team in 38 test matches and 117 one day internationals from 1999 to 2003. Jayasuriya led Sri Lanka to the knock-out stage of the 2003 cricket world cup, but stepped down from the captaincy after the loss to Australia in the semi final. He was also a very useful all-rounder with a good batting average in both Test cricket and One Day Internationals, and had an excellent batting strike rate in One Day Internationals.

As a left-arm orthodox spin bowler, he had a reasonable bowling average and a economy rate. He regularly helped to decrease the workloads of contemporary Sri Lankan strike bowlers Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas. At the end of his career Jayasuriya took more than 400 wickets in international cricket with over 300 wickets in One Day Internationals. Jayasuriya was also a skillful infielder, with a report prepared by Cricinfo in late 2005 showing that since the 1999 Cricket World Cup, he had effected the seventh highest number of run-outs in ODI cricket of any fieldsman, with the eleventh highest success rate.[31]