A brutal batsman, who can cut into shreds the most reputable of bowlers, Sanath Jayasuriya is one of the most feared batsmen in the world. Having started in 1989, when he made his ODI debut as an average batsman who could bowl a bit, Sanath Jayasuriya had to wait for two years for his test debut. His career took on a massive resurgence in the 1995-96 Australia tour, where he was promoted to open the innings. Sanath Jayasuriya, partnered by Romesh Kaluwitharana, was instrumental in bringing home the 1996 World Cup. He was adjudged the Man of the Tournament for his efforts.
Sanath Jayasuriya is also a very effective bowler, useful at breaking partnerships. He has taken over 350 wickets in international. Sanath Jayasuriya holds number of records as a batsman. His score of 340 against India in 1997 was the highest by a Sri Lankan until Mahela Jayawardene scored 374 against South Africa. He is the current holder of fastest fifty (17 balls) in ODIs. He briefly held the record of fastest hundred in ODIs. Sanath Jayasuriya has scored over 10,000 runs in one day cricket and is only the fourth batsman to do so yet. He enjoys a healthy average of 40s in test cricket.