Prasanna Jayawardene Biography
Hewasandatchige Asiri Prasanna Wishvanath Jayawardene is a former Sri Lankan cricketer hailing from Colombo. He is regarded as one of the finest wicketkeepers in the cricketing history.
He started his cricketing career at a tender age of 19 as he was selected for tour against England.
Born on 9 October 1979, he has represented many teams in the Domestic Cricket which includes Sebastianites C&AC, Nondescripts, Colombo and Sinhalese.
He played majorly for the Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Board Presidents XI and Ruhuna Royals in the Sri Lankan Premier League.
Jayawardene’s position in the team kept on fluctuating because of the presence of Kumar Sangakkara who was a regular wicketkeeper-batsman and thus his position was sometimes at stake in the team because of Sangakkara's presence.
He made his Test debut against Pakistan at Asgiriya Stadium on June 28, 2000. His place however became fixed in the Test side after he was called to play against the visiting South African side in 2006.
He made his ODI debut against Pakistan at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium on Apr 4, 2003.
Rise to Prominence
Prasanna's most prominent minute with the bat was in 2011 when he stitched up a high-quality 112 against England.
In the Test series against England in December 2007, Jayawardene prospered with two imperative fifties and nine catches.
The glove-work he displayed against the Indian side in 2008 was exemplary. He has in his bag 7 byes in the 6 inning match and 5 of them have been bagged in a single inning which turns out to be a good statistical achievement.
He also made an outstanding Test century against India in Ahmedabad, India scoring 154 not out.
He also played an outstanding knock of 120 against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi in a Test series in 2011.He has four Test Centuries in his bag and thus because of so much in his hand in the Test side, he is referred as test specialist however he lacks the attention of IPL franchise and have not been a part of IPL till now.
Jayawardene has made his ODI debut against Pakistan where he scored a duck but since then he had only played 6 match in the shorter formats, so his proficiency in the shorter formats of game is less as compared to test format where he is termed as Test Specialist.