HBD Sanath Jayasuriya: Bowler turned opener and made a splash in the World Cup, scored more than 21 thousand runs


New Delhi. Former Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya, one of the best cricketers in the world, has turned 53 today i.e. on 30 June 2022. Jayasuriya started his career as a spinner. He was then used only as a part-time batsman and spinner in the team but one chance and he proved himself well. Soon he was counted among the most dangerous batsmen of his time. In the 1996 World Cup, he made a lot of noise and his team also became the world champion.

Jayasuriya was a makeshift batsman in the beginning
Sanath Jayasuriya was initially being used as a part-time batsman and bowler. Perhaps no one was well aware of his talent. Then in the year 1996, he was made an opener and then not only his but the fate of the Sri Lankan team and the entire world cricket changed. This one change in Jayasuriya’s career brought him from bowler to the list of great openers.

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2 double centuries in Pakistan
Jayasuriya represented the Sri Lankan team in the 1988 Under-19 World Cup. Then he was selected in Sri Lanka’s B team for the tour of Pakistan. Going to Pakistan, he scored 2 blazing double centuries and Jayasuriya got an entry in the Sri Lankan team. In 1989, he made his international debut through ODIs against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He came out to bat at number five and got out after scoring just 3 runs.

Fifty could not be applied for 4 years
The beginning of his career was not memorable and something similar continued for about 4 years. Jayasuriya did not score a single half-century for 33 innings. His best score till 28 October 1993 was just 34 runs. After this, against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy being played in Sharjah, he was fielded to bat at number 3 and this batsman scored the first half-century of his career. Jayasuriya scored 58 runs and in the next match also he played a half-century.

Scored his first century after 5 years
In 1994, the Sri Lankan team brought Jayasuriya as an opener. Pakistan’s team came on the tour of Sri Lanka and Jayasuriya scored half-centuries in all three matches of the 3-match series. Even now Jayasuriya’s place in the Sri Lankan team was not confirmed, his batting order kept changing. After this, on 8 December 1994, Jayasuriya made the first big bang with his bat. He scored 140 runs as an opener against New Zealand on South African soil. Jayasuriya scored the first ODI century of his career after 5 years of debut.

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Career changed from 1996 World Cup
He did wonders in the 1996 World Cup. Then apart from India and Pakistan, Sri Lankans were organizing this global tournament. Pakistan and India were being considered as contenders for victory. The Sri Lankan team was very weak at that time, its win percentage was only 29 percent. Now the Sri Lankan camp started making strategy regarding the World Cup. The then Sri Lankan coach Dav Whatmore and captain Ranatunga devised a strategy to make quick runs in the first 15 overs and the responsibility was given to Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluvitarana.

Sanath Jayasuriya had told about this in an interview, ‘The team management felt that I am not worthy of number-7 because I am not being used properly there. Then the management thought that if I get the opening done and I can score fast, then there will not be much pressure on the next batsmen.

Sri Lanka won the World Cup for the first time
Yasuriya gave the Sri Lankan team a stormy start in every match in the 1996 World Cup. In the first 15 overs, Jayasuriya and Kaluvitarna together used to crack down on the batsmen and the opposing teams used to come on the back foot. The Sri Lankan team did not lose a single match in the World Cup 1996 and eventually won its first World Cup. Jayasuriya scored 221 runs in the 1996 World Cup. He also took 6 wickets. He was voted the most valuable player of the tournament.

2nd Sri Lankan batsman to score the most runs in ODIs
Sanath Jayasuriya played 110 Test matches and 445 One Day Internationals. Also scored 1 triple century in Test. He scored a total of 14 centuries and 31 half-centuries in this long format of cricket. In ODIs, his bat scored 13 thousand 430 runs, which included 28 centuries and 68 half-centuries. He is the highest run-scorer for Sri Lanka in ODIs after Kumar Sangakkara. He scored a total of 629 runs in 31 T20 Internationals including 4 half-centuries.

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