Sanath Jayasuriya is a former Sri Lankan left arm batting all-rounder, who was born on 30 July, 1969 in Matara, Sri Lanka. He was known for his explosive batting style and he is the only player to score 12,000 runs and take 300+ wickets in the ODIs.
Jayasuriya was a cricketing star right from his early days. While studying in St. Servatius College, he captained his college cricket team and won the 'Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year'. Not only that, he also won 'Best Batsman’ and 'Best All-rounder’ awards.
Later he was picked for Sri Lanka Under-19 team in the then 1988 Youth Cricket World Cup (Now ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup). He then got to play for Sri Lanka B where he scored two double centuries against Pakistan before making international debut.
Sanath Jayasuriya made his international debut against Australia on Boxing Day ODI at Melbourne in 1989, while his test debut was against New Zealand at Hamilton in 1991.
Ass an opening batsman for Sri Lanka in limited cricket, Sanath is believed to have revolutionized the batting style. Playing against heavy bowling names like Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram etc. Jayasuriya has smashed runs against all of them.
Rise to Glory
In 1996 Cricket World Cup, Jayasuriya’s all-round performance was also a major reason for Sri Lanka’s maiden victory. He was adjudged as the ‘Man of the Tournament’.
In 1997, he scored a massive 340 runs in a test innings against India, which was the highest score by a Sri Lankan cricketer in tests for a very long time. Jayasuriya was not only giving his team a start, but was also scoring heavy runs which lead him to glory.
After impressive performance in 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, he was picked for Mumbai Indians in 2008 Indian Premier League. He ended as the third highest run getter in that season with 514 runs.
He captained Sri Lanka for 38 test matches and 117 ODIs. He led Sri Lanka to the semi-final of 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, but after a loss in that match, he stepped down from the post.
Jayasuriya's Record in Numbers
Jayasuriya has the record of scoring maximum runs in a two match test series (571 runs). He has the highest inning score by a Sri Lankan in the ODIs (189 runs).
Along with Roshan Mahanama, he holds the record for highest partnership for 2nd wicket in tests (576 runs).
He has hit second highest number of sixes in ODIs (270). He is also the fourth highest run getter in ODI cricket (13,430).
Sanath Jayasuriya retired from Test cricket in December 2007. However, he continued playing the shorter formats of the game, before hanging up his boots in June 2011.
After his retirement, he was appointed as the member of Sri Lankan Parliament for Matara in 2010.
In January 2013, he was appointed as the chairman of selection committee by Mahindananda Aluthgamage. His selected Sri Lankan team won the 2014 ICC World T20.