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Home » Team Profiles » Sri Lanka » Sanath Jayasuriya

Sanath Jayasuriya

Full name Sanath Teran Jayasuriya

Born June 30, 1969, Matara

Current age 36 years 310 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, ACC Asian XI, Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Colombo Cricket Club, Somerset

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Jayasuriya is one of the world's most uncompromising strikers of the ball and found fame as a pinch-hitter at the 1996 World Cup. He later demonstrated that he was also capable of massive scoring in Tests, eventually becoming Sri Lanka's highest Test run-scorer. He is short in stature and powerfully built and cuts and pulls with awesome power, and his brutal bat wielding is at odds with his shy, gentle nature. Jayasuriya is also an extremely effective and canny left-arm spinner, especially in one-day internationals where his stock leg-stump darts are mixed up with clever variations in pace. Jayasuriya served commendably as Sri Lanka's captain for a successful tenure after the sacking of Arjuna Ranatunga in 1999. however, he resigned from the post of captaincy in April 2003. In 2004 he once more bounced back with his most prolific year in Test cricket since 1997. Twin centuries followed during the Asia Cup 2004 and his form was impressive enough for Somerset to sign him up for a season of County Cricket in 2005. And in the Indian Oil Cup in 2005, Jayasuriya became only the fourth batsman to get to 10,000 runs in one-day cricket.

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