Sri Lanka legend Sanath Jayasuriya celebrated his 51st birthday on Tuesday. Jayasuriya has a hard to fathom story. He went to conquer the world with his bat, but early in his career, the all-rounder was considered for Sri Lanka due to his bowling. Over the years, Sanath Jayasuriya went on to become one of the greatest top-order batsman in the world.
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Sanath Jayasuriya: As a player
Sanath Jayasuriya revolutionized Sri Lanka ODI batting with his aggressive batting. During the 1996 World Cup Jayasuriya and his teammates took advantage of initial overs of the powerplay, which helped the team. It soon started to produce results for Sri Lanka as they produced match-winning results.
Besides the strategy, Jayasuriya was well known for his cuts and pull-shots. He was a fine player of these shots in particular. The top order batsman dominated almost every bowler with his aggressive approach during his time. He was also the centre to a lot of good starts for Sri Lanka which eventually helped the team post big total.
Jayasuriya’s contribution in the 1996 World Cup saw him named the most valuable player in the quadrennial. He also led the side between 1999 to 2003, where Sri Lankan cricket prospered and were known as one of the tough competitors.
Jayasuriya retired with over 20,000 international runs and more than 410 wickets.
Sanath Jayasuriya: What is he up to now
Sanath Jayasuriya lives a low-key life and spends most of the time with his family after the retirement. He is not much in news nor active on social media.
Sanath Jayasuriya: Lesser known facts
Sanath Jayasuriya hit 28 centuries in ODI, he achieved the record for most tons hit by a Sri Lankan when he reached there. His marathon innings of 189 against India at Sharjah is the highest individual score for any Sri Lankan batsman. Jayasuriya with Upul Tharanga forged a 286-run opening wicket stand for Sri Lanka against England in 2006.
Interestingly, Jayasuriya participated in Indian dance reality show “Jhalak Dikhlajaa”. He was out on duck 34 times, out of which, 10 are Golden Ducks.