Deshabandu Sanath Teran Jayasuriya (Sinhalese: ; born 30 June 1969) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer and a former captain of the Sri Lankan national cricket team. Considered as one of the greatest ODI players of all time, Jayasuriya is well known for his powerful striking and match winning all-round performances in One Day International cricket. Jayasuriya is credited for having revolutionized One Day International cricket with his explosive batting with Romesh Kaluwitharana in 1996, which initiated the hard-hitting modern day batting strategy of all nations.
Jayasuriya was an all-rounder, who had an international cricket career that spread over two decades, He is the only player to score over 12,000 runs and capture more than 300 wickets in One Day International cricket, and hence regarded as one of the best all rounders in the history of limited-overs cricket. He was named the Most Valuable Player of 1996 Cricket World Cup and Wisden 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. 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. On 28 January 2013, Sri Lanka Cricket appointed him as the chairman of cricket selection committee. Sri Lanka won the ICC World Twenty20 for the first time in 2014, during his tenure as the chief selector.
Jayasuriya ran for public office at the 2010 Sri Lankan general elections and was elected to the parliament from his native Matara District. He topped the UPFA parliamentary election list for Matara district by obtaining 74,352 preferential votes. He served as the deputy minister of Postal services in the former UPFA government led by Mahinda Rajapaksa, and later as the Deputy Minister of Local Government & Rural Development under president Maithripala Sirisena. Jayasuriya did not contest for the 2015 Sri Lankan general election, though he won most votes from Matara district under UPFA in the 2010 Sri Lankan general election.
Early life and career
Sanath Jayasuriya was born in the 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 captained the college cricket team at the annual St. Thomas’-St. Servatius Cricket Encounter in 1988. Jayasuriya was picked as the ‘Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year’ in the Outstation Segment in 1988. He also received the awards for the ‘Best Batsman’ and ‘Best All-rounder’ in the Outstation Segment at the Observer School Cricket Awards ceremony in the same year. Jayasuriya represented Sri Lanka in the inaugural ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup which was held in Australia in 1988 and 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 1989-90. 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
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 match-winning 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.”
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. When asked in an interview who are the most challenging bowlers he had faced in the game, he named in the order Wasim Akram, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose.
Jayasuriya is a spin bowler known for quickly getting through his overs.
Sanath 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 with Kumar 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.
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 at the end of the match. In that inning he hit six fours in one over against James Anderson.
One day International Career
Jayasuriya held the records for the fastest fifty (against Pakistan 17 balls), fastest 100 for Sri Lanka(against Pakistan 48 balls) and fastest 150 (against England in 95 balls) in ODI cricket. His fastest 50 stayed 19 years, where his half-century is regarded as the best because he achieved this feat in an era where no any fielding restrictions and power plays are available. It took 19 years to surpass the fastest 50 with all limited over new restrictions and other fielding restrictions. However, he subsequently lost fastest fifty to AB de Villiers. Jayasuriya and Sachin Tendulkar are the only players in history to have 4 ODI scores over 150, where Jayasuriya is the only player of the history to have scored two consecutive 150+ scores.
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. Currently the score is 11th highest ODI score of all time and highest by a Sri Lankan.
|Jayasuriya’s results in international matches|
Jayasuriya was the previous record-holder for the fastest century (off 48 balls), before losing that to Shahid Afridi‘s 37 ball century. This is cited as the first ever fastest century scored in less than 50 balls in world cricket. The record was then broken by Corey Anderson of New Zealand (36 balls), which is currently held by AB de Villiers of South Africa with 31 ball century. He has also held the world record for most ODI sixes (270 in 441 ODIs), which was surpassed by Shahid Afridi during the 2010 Asia Cup match against Bangladesh. He became 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 has 28 centuries, the fourth highest in ODIs. He held the record of scoring most runs in an ODI over (30; he has achieved this twice), and first batsman to score over 30 in an over. This record is now held by South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs (36 runs in an over).
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. Jayasuriya’s batting display earned him the Man of the Series award as Sri Lanka whitewashed England for the first time in their home soil by winning the series 5-0.
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, 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. 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.
During 2008 Asia Cup, Jayasuriya scored a century against Bangladesh on his 39th birthday. With this century, he became the third cricketer out of four overall, to score an ODI century on a birthday. The two others before Jayasuriya to score the century were two Indians Vinod Kambli and Sachin Tendulkar. The last one to score a century on his birthday is blackcap Ross Taylor.
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. After the Twenty20 World Cup, Jayasuriya played in Sri Lanka’s 3-2 One Day International series defeat against England, achieving limited success and then in the 2-0 Test series defeat in Australia. In December 2007, Jayasuriya confirmed that he has signed for Warwickshire for the Twenty20 Cup.
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 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. In 2010 has signed with Worcestershire for their Twenty20 campaign. At the age of 42, Jayasuriya played for the Ruhuna Rhinos in the qualifying round of the 2011 Champions League. 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
Jayasuriya was chosen as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 1996 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 an 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.
Jayasuriya was appointed as the chairman of selectors of national cricket team on 28 January 2013 by sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage. The selection panel included Jayasuriya, Pramodya Wickramasinghe, Eric Upashantha, Chaminda Mendis and Hemantha Wickramaratne. But on 30 January 2013, Wickramaratne has been replaced by Hashan Tillakaratne. Under his selection, Sri Lanka won 2014 ICC World Twenty20, 2014 Asia Cup and Sri Lanka’s first ever full series win in England in all three formats of the game Tests, ODIs and T20s. His tenure was ended in 2015, after many failures apart from those wins, such as whitewash against India and 2015 World Cup failure.
After Jayasuriya’s quit, Aravinda de Silva has appointed as the Chairman of selectors. On 11 April 2016, Jayasuriya was appointed back again to the post of chairman of selectors. This time, under his selection, many players got test, ODI and T20I caps and the team shuffled so many times due to many injuries to major players. During this period, Sri Lanka lost world No. 1 rankings in T20Is, lost many bilateral tours to New Zealand, England, India, Pakistan, South Africa. Despite them, Sri Lanka lost their first bilateral ODI series to Zimbabwe at home, Bangladesh drawn all formats in Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka quit very early from both 2016 World Twenty20, and 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.
Through all those defeats and failures, Sri Lanka had a silver line, where they first marked a whitewash against Australia in Warne-Murali Trophy, and Zimbabwe Tri-series. Many questioned about the rapid changes occurred in the squads and the continuous failures of the team. With that, on 29 August 2017, Jayasuriya with his panel Ranjith Madurasinghe, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Asanka Gurusinha and Eric Upashantha resigned from the selection committee after heavy loss to India in both tests and ODIs.
Sanath jayasuriya’s first marriage was with Air Lanka ground hostess Sumudu Karunanayake in 1998 which lasted less than a year. Then early in the year 2000, he got married to Sandra De Silva, a former flight attendant of Sri lankan air lines. Sanath and Sandra have 3 children Savindi Jayasuriya, Yalindi Jayasuriya and Ranuka Jayasuriya. Sanath divorced from Sandra in 2012.
He is also the first cricketer to be appointed as a UN Goodwill Ambassador (by UNAIDS, Geneva) for his commitment to prevention of HIV/AIDS among young people in Sri Lanka. He entered politics in February 2010 as a candidate for Matara District. His party is the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) of president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Jayasuriya continued to play cricket after he has secured the most number of preferential votes from the Matara District by obtaining 74,352 votes.
In October 2013, he was appointed as deputy minister of Postal services in the UPFA government.
On 10 June 2015, Jayasuriya with three other UPFA Parliamentarians took oaths from President Maithripala Sirisena as new deputy ministers. Jayasuriya was appointed as Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development. He was in office until the Parliament dissolved on 26 June 2015. in the 2015 election Jayasuriya did not run for office but join the campaign of the United National Party that won the election. He was later appointed the chairman of selectors of Sri Lanka cricket.
Test performance against each opponent
|Opponent||Matches||Innings||Not out||Runs||High Score||100||50||Average|
ODI performance against each opponent
|Opponent||Matches||Innings||Not out||Runs||High Score||100||50||Average|
|United Arab Emirates||1||1||0||21||21||0||0||21.00|
|ACA Africa XI||3||3||0||38||14||0||0||12.67|
|ICC World XI||1||1||0||28||28||0||0||28.00|
Jayasuriya has scored 14 Test and 28 ODI centuries.
Although Jayasuriya made his Test debut in 1991, it was not until 1996 that he scored his first century, when he had become a regular player in the Sri Lankan side. His career high of 340 against India in August 1997 was the highest score by a Sri Lankan cricketer until 2006, and is also part of the highest team total (952/6) made in Test cricket. He has also scored two double centuries; 213 against England and 253 against Pakistan. His 157 against Zimbabwe in 2004 is the second fastest century by a Sri Lankan player. Jayasuriya, having scored centuries against every Test playing nation except New Zealand and West Indies, retired from Test cricket in 2007 with 14 to his name.
Jayasuriya made his ODI debut in 1989, and started playing as an opening batsman in 1993. He went on to score his first century in 1994 against New Zealand. From then on, Jayasuriya has scored the highest number of ODI centuries for Sri Lanka with 28 to his name. He currently holds the third place for most centuries in a career, behind Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar (with 49 ODI centuries) and Ricky Ponting (30 centuries). His second century, 134 against Pakistan in 1996, was scored at a strike rate of 206.15 and was the fastest century in ODI cricket at the time. This record was later broken by Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi. The 189 he made against India in 2000 is the sixth highest ODI score in a single innings. Making his second highest ODI score of 157 against the Netherlands in 2006, Jayasuriya paved the way for Sri Lanka to set the world record for the highest ODI team total of 443/9. With his 107 against India on 28 January 2009, Jayasuriya39 years and 212 days old at the timebecame the oldest player to score a century, which was surpassed by UAE batsman Khurram Khan and also became the second player to score more than 13,000 runs in a career. Sanath Jayasuriya also holds the record of fourth fastest 150 in one day internationals. he made 152 vs England at Leeds on 1 July 2006, off just 99 balls which was the fastest at that time, and now after AB de Villiers 63 ball 150, Shane Watson 93 ball 150, and Luke Ronchi 95 ball 150.
- The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player’s career
Test five-wicket hauls
|Sanath Jayasuriya’s Test 5-Wicket Hauls|
|1||5-43||69||Zimbabwe||Galle, Sri Lanka||Galle International Stadium||2002||Won|
|2||5-34||92||South Africa||Colombo, Sri Lanka||Sinhalese Sports Club||2004||Won|
One Day International five-wicket hauls
|Sanath Jayasuriya’s One Day International 5-Wicket Hauls|
|1||6-29||32||England||Moratuwa, Sri Lanka||Tyronne Fernando Stadium||1993||Won|
|2||5-58||133||West Indies||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||Queen’s Park Oval||1997||Lost|
|3||5-28||184||Australia||Galle, Sri Lanka||Galle International Stadium||1999||Lost|
|4||5-17||332||Pakistan||Lahore, Pakistan||Gaddafi Stadium||2004||Won|
Bold ones are World Records.
- Jayasuriya has four 150 + scores in his ODI career and has taken four 5 wicket hauls. This is the most for any player who has achieved both these feats in ODI cricket.
- He holds the record for most runs in a two match test series. He scored 571 runs against India in a two match series in 1997.
- He holds the record for highest ODI innings by a Sri Lankan. He scored 189 runs against India in 2000Note 2.
- His highest test score 340 runs that also came against India, is the second highest test score by a Sri Lankan. It is also the seventh highest test score by a batsman in test cricket. He batted for 799 minutes during this innings, which is currently the fourth longest innings in terms of time in test cricket and the longest test innings played by a batsman in the Indian subcontinent.
- Jaysuriya and Roshan Mahanama holds the record for highest partnership for 2nd wicket in test cricket. The pair scored 576 runs together against India in 1997, which was the first time a partnership of over 500 runs was recorded in test cricket. It is currently the second highest partnership for any wicket in test cricket. It is also the only occasion where a pair of batsman batted for two consecutive full days without losing their wickets in test cricket.
- Jaysuriya and Upul Tharanga holds the record for highest partnership for 1st wicket in ODI cricket. The pair scored 286 runs against England in 2006, which is currently the fourth highest partnership for any wicket in ODI cricket.
- He holds the record for the joint second fastest fifty in ODIs along with Kusal Perera, scored off just 17 balls. AB de Villiers holds the record for the fastest fifty by just 16 balls. Jayasuriya held the record of fastest 50 for about 19 years, until AB de Villiers surpassed it on 18 January 2015.
- Jayasuriya also held the record for the fastest 100 in ODIs before it was broken by Shahid Afridi of Pakistan. He scored a century in just 48 balls against Pakistan in 1996. AB de Villiers currently holds the record for the fastest 100 in ODIs.
- He is currently the fourth highest run scorer in ODIs with 13,430 runs.
- He is the only batsman in history to have two consecutive ODI scores above 150.
- Jayasuriya previosly held the record for the fastest 150 in an ODI innings, he scored 152 off 95 balls against England in 2006. The record for the fastest 150 is now held by AB de Villiers who scored 150 by 63 balls, in 2015 against West Indies.
- He is the only cricketer with more than 12,000 runs and 300 wickets in ODI cricket.
- He is second only to Shahid Afridi, with most number of ODI sixes in career. Sanath hit 270 sixes and Afridi hit 334 sixes up to date.
- He is currently the fourth highest centurion in ODIs with 28 centuries. Only Ponting (30), Kohli (30) and Tendulkar (49) have more ODI centuries.
- Jayasuriya has second most Man of the Match awards (48) in ODI cricket after Sachin Tendulkar (62).
- He was also the first player to play in 400 ODI matches.
- He is the only Sri Lankan and third out of four overall to score an ODI century in a birthday, he scored 130 against Bangladesh on 30 June 2008, in his 39th birthday. The other three cricketers that have scored centuries in their birthdays are Vinod Kambli, Sachin Tendulkar, and Ross Taylor.
- He is the third batsman in Test cricket to hit 6 fours in one over. He did this against England in an over bowled by James Anderson in his last Test innings.
- He is the second oldest player to have scored an ODI century, performing when he was 39 years 212 days. The record was broken by UAE cricketer Khurram Khan scored the century when was 43 years of age.
- Jayasuriya is in second place for the highest ODI score posted by a captain (189) in an innings just after Virender Sehwag. Jayasuriya holds the record for the highest ODI innings as a captain for Sri Lanka.
- Jayasuriya holds the record for scoring the most ODI runs on a single ground (2514 runs) and the first player to score 2500+ ODI runs on a single ground.
- Jayasuriya is the only cricketer to score over 10 000 ODI runs with a career strike rate over 90.
- Most ODI ducks (34) in ODI history.
- Sanath Jayasuriya was the first batsman to score 4000+ ODI runs after the age of 35 and he’s second to Tillakaratne Dilshan for scoring the most ODI runs after the age of 35.
- Jayasuriya has been part of second most wins by a Sri Lankan in ODIs with 233 wins and is fourth in the world after Ricky Ponting (262 wins), Mahela Jayawardene (241 wins) and Sachin Tendulkar (234 wins)
- Probably the most remarkable of all of his records stretches across all three recognized forms of international cricket. Until 2016, The Sri Lankan cricket team held the record for the Highest Innings Totals in Tests, One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals at one time. In each of these Highest Innings Totals, Sanath Jayasuriya was the leading scorer for Sri Lanka.
- First player to be dismissed for 99 in an ODI innings as captain and also the only captain to be dismissed for 99 in ODI history
- He is the only triple centurion in test cricket history to claim the best bowling performance of the match in which he scored the triple century. He did this against India in 1997.
Jayasuriya has influenced for many international awards in his 20 years of cricketing career. He is second only to Sachin Tendulkar by the number of Man of the match awards for ODIs, where Tendulkar has 62 Man of the Match awards, and Jayasuriya has 47 of them. He also has 11 ODI Man of the Series awards. Besides ODI awards, he has 4 Test Man of the Match awards and single Test Man of the Series awards. He has 5 T20I Man of the Match awards as well.
Product and brand endorsements
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