Sanath Jayasuriya      

Full name Sanath Teran Jayasuriya

Born June 30, 1969, Matara

Current age 48 years 355 days

Major teams Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Asia XI, Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Colombo Cricket Club, Dolphins, Khulna Royal Bengals, Marylebone Cricket Club, Mumbai Indians, Ruhuna, Somerset

Playing role Allrounder

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Sanath Teran Jayasuriya
    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
    Makes his Test debut in the second Test against New Zealand in Hamilton. Required to bat only once, scores 35 at the No. 6 position.
    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.
    October-November, 1993
    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.
    March 1996
    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.
    April 1996
    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
    Follows up the triple-century with a 199 off only 226 balls in the second Test in Colombo.
    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.
    July 1999
    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
    In Galle, 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 in 1995-96.
    August 2001-March 2002
    Could nine
    Starting with the Colombo win against India, leads Sri Lanka to a record nine consecutive Test victories.
    March 22, 2003
    Resigns as captain, citing the need to groom a new leader for the 2007 World Cup.
    June 20-24, 2003
    Scores his 5000th Test run in his 79th Test against West Indies, in St Lucia.
    October 20-24, 2004
    Second dig, double hundred
    Hits 253 in the second innings of the first Test against Pakistan in Faisalabad and sets up a 201-run win.
    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
    Becomes the first Sri Lankan to play 100 Tests when Sri Lanka take on Bangladesh in Colombo.
    November 11, 2005
    First drop
    After a string of poor performances, is dropped from the Sri Lankan Test squad for the first time since 1995.
    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
    The U-turn
    Asantha de Mel, the new chairman of selectors, forces Jayasuriya to reconsider his retirement and the batsman returns to the team against England in Nottingham.
    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
    Latest bandwagon
    Signs on for the IPL, along with seven other Sri Lankan cricketers.
    October 4, 2007
    400-barrier no more
    Becomes the first cricketer to have played 400 ODIs, scoring 10 in a 65-run loss to England in Dambulla.
    December 3, 2007
    Way to go
    At 38, quits Test cricket and scores a rapid 78 - including six fours in one over - in his final innings, against England in Kandy. Ends 27 short of 7000 runs, and three short of 100 wickets.
    March 12, 2008
    ODI axe
    Following a run of 305 runs in 20 innings, is dropped for the tour of West Indies.
    May 16, 2008
    Back again
    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.