The Genius of Sanath Jayasuriya says good bye to International Cricket. The Master blaster plays his last ODI today. Strangely enough, for the first half decade of his cricketing career, one of the greatest hitters of the cricket ball was considered a bowler who could bat a bit. A member of parliment, Jayasuriya plays his 445th international match before he retires from international cricket.
Jayasuriya played in 110 Test matches scoring 6973 runs at an average of 40.07 and claiming 98 wickets. He also played in 444 ODIs scoring 13428 runs at an average of 32.43 and claiming 322 wickets. His T20 career has been short with just 31 matches accumulating 629 runs and taking 19 wickets. He was the show of the 1996 Worldcup held in Pakistan, India and Srilanka. He along with Kaluwitharna changed the way the game was played by taking full advantage of the 15 over field restrictions.
He is one of the best hitters, the international cricketing world has seen. Along with Shahid Afridi of Pakistan, Jayasuriya enjoyes some of the more exiting records in ODIs like the fastest 50. While Afridi has the fastest 100, Jayasuriya held this record before Afridi. Similarly, the most number of Sixes was held by Jayasuriya, now taken over by Afridi. Jayasuriya, who turns 42 on thursday, took two valuable wickets on Saturday’s T20 before getting out after smashing just one boundary to debutant who claimed his first wicket in International cricket. Jayasuriya plays his last match today, June 28, 2011 and we all wish him the best of luck. He would be missed in all formats of the game. Adios!