Picture of Sanath Jayasuriya

Sanath Jayasuriya

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Slow left-arm orthodox
Played for:
Sri Lanka, Asia XI, ICC World XI, Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club, Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Colombo Cricket Club, Dolphins, Lancashire, MCC, Ruhuna, Southern Districts, Sri Lanka A, Sri Lankan Invitation XI, Southern Province, Worcestershire, Western Prov North, Young Sri Lanka, Mumbai, Sri Lanka Under-19, Somerset, Khulna Royal Bengals, Kandurata Warriors
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI | Batsman
Home country:
Sri Lanka
June 30, 1969, Matara


Ever since he first stepped into international cricket, Sanath Jayasuriya has become one of the strongest pillars of Sri Lankan cricket, redefining the concept of class and talent. 

For most of the initial stages in his career, Jayasuriya was considered more of a bowler than a specialist batsman. However, as time passed, he became the most suitable opener Sri Lanka ever produced. He first opened during the Hero Cup in 1993 and went on to cement a firm place in the side. It was his rattling attacks on the bowlers in the 1996 World Cup that proved his potential as a batsman, helping the Islanders clinch their maiden WC title. Later, he crept into the Test side as well and began to display his batting prowess, notching one hundred after the other. Jayasuriya dominated the cover and point region and was an exponent of brilliant hand-eye co-ordination. Just like any other cricketer, he had his own share of lows, but every time critics pointed a finger at him, he would respond with his bat. Also, his astute bowling coupled with his sound batting made him the perfect all-rounder in the game. Soon, captaincy came knocking and it was gladly accepted by Jayasuriya, as he guided his team to a semi-final berth in the 2003 World Cup.

Retirement plans were announced in 2006, only to make a comeback within weeks. Few months later, Jayasuriya hung his whites, whilst continuing to exhibit the coloured clothes. Once again, he was a significant contributor to Sri Lanka’s place in the 2007 CWC final and steered his team to an Asia Cup win in 2008. However, age caught up and he failed to duplicate his magic from the Test and ODI arena to the T20 format, particularly the IPL. He still made it to the 30-man squad for the 2011 CWC, and made a surprise comeback to the ODI side when he was named for the one-day series against England. Immediately, he decided to hang up his boots after the first ODI.

Fast Facts

  • Sanath Jayasuriya holds the record for the fastest fifty in ODIs. It came off just 17 balls.
  • He was the first player in history to play in 400 one-day international matches.
  • Jayasuriya broke Geoffrey Boycott's record of being the oldest player to have scored an ODI century. Boycott was 39 years, 51 days old while Jayasuriya achieved the feat when he was 39 years, 212 days old.
  • Sri Lanka holds the world record for the Highest Innings Totals in all three formats of the game; and in each of those, Jayasuriya has been the top scorer for his team.



  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 110 188 6973 14 40.07 - 14 31 340
ODI 445 433 13430 18 32.36 91.20 28 68 189
T20 31 30 629 3 23.29 129.15 0 4 88
IPL 30 30 768 2 27.42 144.36 1 4 114*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 110 140 8188 3366 98 5/34 / 34.34 2.46 6 2 0 4
ODI 445 368 14874 11871 323 6/29 / 36.75 4.78 8 4 0 251
T20 31 24 371 456 19 3/21 / 24.00 7.37 0 0 0 7
IPL 30 21 294 390 13 3/14 / 30.00 7.95 0 0 0 7
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 78 0 9
ODI 123 0 32
T20 4 0 2
IPL 4 0 3
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 38 18 12 0 8 47.37
ODI 118 66 47 2 3 55.93


Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand at Seddon Park, Hamilton - Feb 22, 1991
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs England at Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy - Dec 01, 2007
Sri Lanka Vs Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne - Dec 26, 1989
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs England at The Oval, London - Jun 28, 2011
Sri Lanka Vs England at The Rose Bowl, Southampton - Jun 15, 2006
Last played:
Sri Lanka Vs England at County Ground, Bristol - Jun 25, 2011
Mumbai Vs Bangalore at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai (Bombay) - Apr 20, 2008
Last played:
Mumbai Vs Rajasthan at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur - Apr 11, 2010