February 17-19, 1989
Hundred on debut
Makes his first-class debut, playing Sri Lanka B against Karachi, in Karachi. Scores an 89-ball 102 in the second innings, but Sri Lanka B don't have enough time to chase down the 218-run target. The match is called off with their score at 145 for 3 in 26.4 overs. More such innings would be seen in Test cricket in the next two decades.
December 26, 1989
Ordinary international debut
On ODI debut
, in Melbourne against Australia, scores 3 from No. 5 in a 30-run loss. Doesn't bowl.
February 22, 1991
Inconspicuous Test debut
March 20, 1993
Before batsman, appears the bowler
Wins his first Man-of-the-Match award, not for his batting but his figures of 9.5-0-29-6 against England in Moratuwa
Are we onto something?
Promoted to No. 3, scores quick fifties against Pakistan in back-to-back innings in Sharjah. These are his first and second half-centuries in 41 ODIs. Later in the month, he is promoted to open the batting against Zimbabwe in Patna
December 8, 1994
Did you hear that explosion?
Smashes 140 off 143 balls against New Zealand in Bloemfontein
. Has scored 140 out of the 235 by the time he gets out.
January 25-29, 1996
What thou do in ODIs, thou shall do in Tests
In his second Test as an opener, and 17th overall, scores his maiden Test century, against Australia in Adelaide
. His 112 in the second innings follows a 48 in the first but, Australia still win by 148 runs.
His finest hour
The 1996 Wolrd Cup. Sri Lanka win. Jayasuriya changes the face of ODI cricket by consistently giving Sri Lanka explosive starts. With 221 runs at a strike-rate of 131.54, and seven wickets at an economy-rate of 4.52, is named the Man of the Tournament.
Fastest century and fifty
Singapore is the scene as he breaks the records for the fastest ODI century and fifty within six days. First smashes a hundred off 48 balls
, and then a fifty off 17
. The second effort, though, is followed by a collapse and a loss to Pakistan in the final.
August 2-6, 1997
Punishing favourite opposition, part I
Plunders 340 in the first Test against India in Colombo
, the highest individual score by a Sri Lankan. His 576-run second-wicket partnership with Roshan Mahanama is the first 500-plus partnership in Test cricket.
August 9-13, 1997
Punishing favourite opposition, part II
Best in the world
Is named one of Wisden's cricketers of 1997.
August 27-31, 1998
Setting up first win In England
Scores 213 off 278 balls in the first innings against England at The Oval
to complement Muttiah Muralitharan's 16-for and set up Sri Lanka's first Test win in England.
At the helm
Is named the captain of Sri Lanka after Arjuna Ranatunga is sacked following a poor showing in the 1999 World Cup.
July 20-23, 1999
Almost a century in a session
, scores 96 in the first session of the series against South Africa. The visitors never recovers from a 156-ball 148 and lose by an innings and 15 runs.
October 29, 2000
Misses the individual peak
A breathtaking innings of 189 against India in a Sharjah final
falls 11 short of what would have been the only double-century in ODIs, and five short of the highest ODI score ever.
April 10, 2001
Most runs in an over
Hits Chris Harris for 6, 6, 6, 6, 4, and 2 in one over in Sharjah
to break his own previous record of having taken 29 off an Aamer Sohail over in Singapore
August 2001-March 2002
Starting with the Colombo win against India, leads Sri Lanka to a record nine consecutive Test victories.
March 22, 2003
June 20-24, 2003
October 20-24, 2004
Second dig, double hundred
August 29, 2005
During his 77-ball 67 to set Sri Lanka's tri-series win in the final against India
, becomes only the fourth batsmen, and the first Sri Lankan, to cross 10,000 ODI runs.
September 20, 2005
The big hundred
November 11, 2005
December 22, 2005
Back after the break
Barely six weeks later, a series of protests and criticism, including involvement from the Sri Lankan president, sees him back
in the Test squad.
January 22, 2006
Back, and better than ever
Having injured his shoulder in a water polo accident, misses the first half of Australia tour, and scores a century in his first match back
April 3, 2006
Is this the end?
Announces he will retire
from all forms of cricket after the 2007 World Cup.
April 4, 2006
The farewell hurts
Having announced his retirement from Test cricket, faces a painful exit as he injures his right hand
in his last Test at that time.
June 1, 2006
July 1 and 4, 2006
That's how you chase
Shows he is relevant in modern cricket, blasting 152 off 99 balls as Sri Lanka chase 322 with ridiculous ease in 37.3 overs at Headingley
. Three days later, scored 157 off 104 balls against Netherlands
as Sri Lanka post the highest-ever total in ODI history, 443.
July 23, 2007
Take a bow-l
During an ODI against Bangladesh, becomes only the ninth bowler
in ODI history to have crossed 300 wickets. Add to it more than 12,000 runs, and you are staring at uniqueness.
September 14, 2007
Now for T20s
In the inaugural World Twenty20, Sri Lanka post 260 against Kenya
, thus registering highest-ever scores in all three formats of the game. Jayasuriya has not only played all those games, but top-scored in them.
October 1, 2007
for the IPL, along with seven other Sri Lankan cricketers.
October 4, 2007
400-barrier no more
December 3, 2007
Way to go
March 12, 2008
Following a run of 305 runs in 20 innings, is dropped
for the tour of West Indies.
May 16, 2008
After a successful showing in the inaugural IPL, is brought back
into the ODI side for the Asia Cup, on the insistence of Sri Lanka's sports minister.
July 6, 2008
Where I belong
Six days after having hit a century against Bangladesh to celebrate his 39th birthday, proves once again that he belongs at the top level, scoring an imperious 125 after Sri Lanka are 66 for 4 in the final of the Asia Cup
. In the process he takes RP Singh for 26 runs in over, and his knock sets up a comfortable victory for India.
January 28, 2009
Old is gold
At 39 years and 112 days, becomes the oldest centurion in ODIs, with 107 against India in Dambulla
December 15, 2009
Back to the old haunt
Under pressure again, and past his 40th birthday, is sent down to the middle order, in the first ODI against India in Rajkot
. Is dropped for the next two matches, and bats at No. 3 in the fourth.
December 26, 2009
20 not out
Finishes 20 years in international cricket.