Sanath Jayasuriya Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More
Bio/Wiki Full NameSanath Teran Jayasuriya Nickname(s)Master Blaster, Matara Hurricane, Matara Mauler ProfessionSri Lankan Cricketer Physical Stats & More Height (approx.)in centimeters- 170 cm in meters- 1.70 m in feet inches- 5’ 7” Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 65 kg in pounds- 143 lbs Body Measurements (approx.)- Chest: 40 inches - Waist: 34 inches - Biceps: 13 inches Eye ColourBlack Hair ColourBlack Cricket International DebutODI- Against Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground, 26 December 1989 Test- Against New Zealand at Seddon Park, Hamilton, 22 February 1991 T20- Against England at The Rose Bowl, Southampton, 15 June 2006 International RetirementODI- Against England at The Oval, 28 June 2011 Test- Against England at Kandy, 1-5 December 2007 T20- Against England at Bristol, 25 June 2011 Jersey Number# 07 (Sri Lanka) # 1 (IPL, Mumbai Indians) Domestic/State Team(s)Mumbai Indians, Asia XI, Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club, Colombo Cricket Club, Ruhuna, Somerset, Dolphins, Marylebone Cricket Club, Khulna Royal Bengals Favourite ShotFlicks off the Leg Stump Batting StyleLeft-hand Bat Bowling StyleSlow Left-arm Orthodox Records (main ones)• At the 10th position in the List of Highest Individual Scores in ODIs with 189 runs (as in 2017). • The title of scoring maximum runs in a two-match test series i.e. 571 runs. • Hold the record for highest partnership for 2nd wicket in tests with 576 runs along with Roshan Mahanama. • Has hit 270 sixes in ODIs (second highest number). • The fourth highest run-scorer in ODI cricket with 13,430 runs. • The first cricketer to play 400 ODIs. • The only all-rounder to score over 1000 runs and take more than 25 wickets in the history of Cricket World Cup. • The only batsman in history to have two consecutive ODI scores above 150. • The first player to score 2500+ ODI runs on a single ground. ControversyIn 2017, this legendary cricketer became a news sensation after the leakage of a porn video. The video was featuring a sexual intercourse between Jayasuriya and his ex-partner Maleeka Sirisenage. According to Maleeka, Jayasuriya leaked the video just to seek revenge from her. Personal Life Date of Birth30 June 1969 Age (as in 2018) 49 Years BirthplaceMatara, Sri Lanka Zodiac sign/Sun signCancer Signature
Some Lesser Known Facts About Sanath Jayasuriya
Does Sanath Jayasuriya smoke?: Not Known
Does Sanath Jayasuriya drink alcohol?: Yes
He is one of the renowned all-rounder Sri Lankan cricketers; well-known for his striking performances and is famous to revolutionize ODI cricket with his attacking and explosive batting.
He studied at St. Servatius’ College, Matara; where his cricketing talent was analyzed and honed by G.L. Galappathy (his college principal) and Lionel Wagasinghe (his college cricket coach). His performance was so good that he was selected as the captain of St. Thomas’–St. Servatius Cricket Encounter Team in 1988.
In 1988, in the Outstation Segment, he was announced as the ‘Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year.’ The same year, at the Observer School Cricket Awards, he received the awards for the “Best All-rounder” and “Best Batsman.”
Sanath Jayasuriya with Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Award
In the same year, he represented Sri Lanka in the inaugural ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup (held in Australia). A few months later, he was selected in Sri Lanka ‘B’ Team for a tour in Pakistan; where he scored two unbeaten double centuries.
In 1989–90, he was inducted into the Sri Lankan cricket team for Australia tour.
He played a great role in the victory of Sri Lanka in the 1996 Cricket World Cup. He scored 221 runs including two half-centuries and captured 6 wickets in 6 matches. He won Man of the Tournament title for his overall contribution.
In 1996, he was selected as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World and was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1997.
He is the first Sri Lankan cricketer who held the tag for the highest Test Scorer; which was 340 runs against India in 1997.
He served as the Sri Lankan cricket team’s captain in 117 ODIs and 38 test matches from 1999 to 2003.
In 2010, he joined politics as a Matara District candidate (UPFA, United People’s Freedom Alliance) and became the first cricketer to play while in the Parliament.
In 2012, he participated in a popular Indian dance reality show “Jhalak Dikhlajaa.”
In 2013, he was chosen as the chairman of cricket selection committee by the Sri Lanka Cricket Association.
He held the record for the fastest fifty in ODIs (made in just 17 balls against Pakistan in 1996) for 19 years; until AB de Villiers surpassed it on 18 January 2015.
He is the first cricketer to be selected as a UN Goodwill Ambassador by UNAIDS (Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS), Geneva for his commitment to the prevention of AIDS/HIV among the youth in Sri Lanka.
He holds the record for the highest opening partnership in ODI history along with Upul Tharanga.
He has received ‘Man of the Match’ title for 47 times in one-day international cricket.
He has also received ‘Man of the Series’ title for 11 times in ODI cricket.
He has made 6973 runs at an average of 40.07 with 31 half centuries and 14 centuries.