Sanath Jayasuriya gets to 300 ODI wickets July 23, 2007

The unsung allrounder

Cricinfo staff
Sanath Jayasuriya is known more for his batting exploits, but he has become only the ninth bowler to take 300 ODI wickets

Sanath Jayasuriya became the ninth bowler to take 300 ODI wickets after his haul of 4 for 31 in the second ODI against Bangladesh. Jayasuriya - more known for his powerful shot-making ability than his left-arm slingers - is only the third Sri Lankan bowler to do so, after Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas.

The 300-wicket club in ODIs
Player Matches Wickets Average Economy rate
Wasim Akram 356 502 23.52 3.89
Muttiah Muralitharan 297 455 22.68 3.84
Waqar Younis 262 416 23.84 4.68
Chaminda Vaas 300 383 26.78 4.18
Glenn McGrath 250 381 22.02 3.88
Shaun Pollock 287 381 24.02 3.71
Anil Kumble 271 337 30.89 4.30
Javagal Srinath 229 315 28.08 4.44
Sanath Jayasuriya 397 300 36.92 4.76

To add to his 300 wickets, Jayasuriya has also scored over 12,000 runs in ODIs, a feat matched by no other player. He's no slouch in the field either, having taken 114 catches in 397 matches. Other than Sachin Tendulkar, Jayasuriya is the only player to have completed the unique treble of 10,000 runs, 100 wickets and 100 catches. The fact that he is currently the highest-capped player in ODIs does come to Jayasuriya's aid, though.

At 38, Jayasuriya is the grand old man playing in the international circuit, with only Tendulkar having played longer. His crucial role for Sri Lanka with the ball is reflected in the fact that the team has won 22 of 30 matches when he has taken three wickets or more. His matchwinning ability with the bat is well known, with 22 of his 25 hundreds resulting in victory for his team.

Not only has Jayasuriya bowled his left-arm spin effectively in the middle overs, he has often done the job at the death too, where he has used all his experience to curb the runs and pick up crucial wickets.

Sanath Jayasuriya's bowling record in ODIs since 2002
Record Overs Runs conceded Wickets Runs per over Average
Overall 757.1 3597 86 4.75 41.82
Last 10 overs 133.2 821 30 6.15 27.36

Jayasuriya is also part of a unique allrounders club, and is one of three players having scored 5000 runs and taken 200 wickets in ODIs.

5000 runs and 200 wickets in ODIs
Player Matches Runs Batting average Wickets Bowling average
Sanath Jayasuriya 397 12108 32.90 300 36.92
Jacques Kallis 261 9144 45.49 233 31.48
Shahid Afridi 240 5072 23.37 204 35.25