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Run machine Jayasuriya passes new milestone in final

Run machine Jayasuriya passes new milestone in final

Sri Lanka's veteran batsman Sanath Jayasuriya became only the second batsman to score 12,000 one day international runs during Saturday's gritty innings at the World Cup final against Australia.
Possibly playing his last limited overs match for his country, the 37-year-old scored 63 as Sri Lanka tried to chase down Australia's imposing total of 281-4 from 38 overs in a rain-reduced match.
Jayasuriya made his one day debut for Sri Lanka 18 years ago in 1989 and was on the lineup that beat Australia in the 1996 World Cup final. He has become one of hardest hitting batsmen in the game.
Facing the lumbering giants of pace bowlers, Jayasuriya looks tiny. But his lack of height conceals broad shoulders and a barrel chest that gives him his power.
When Jayasuriya was bowled by Michael Clarke on Saturday trying to force the pace and keep up with the required run rate, he had scored 12,005 runs in 390 one day internationals, still more than 2,000 runs behind India's Sachin Tendulkar.
In his long career he has hit 25 centuries and he scored his 64th half century at the Kensington Oval on Saturday.
Jayasuriya is several hundred runs ahead of Pakistan's Inzamam-ul-Haq in the table of one day scorers.
After originally being selected as a one day pinch hitter as Sri Lanka developed new ways of scoring quickly, Jayasuriya adapted quickly and became a prolific test scorer, eventually topping the country's record tables for both forms of the game.
In 107 tests he has scored 6,791 runs, with a highest score of 340 and 14 centuries.
In the maelstrom of Sri Lankan cricketing politics, Jayasuriya became captain in 1999 after Arjuna Ranatunga was fired in 1999. A quiet man with a relaxed captaincy style, Jayasuriya found that the responsibility began to tell and he stepped down after the 2003 World Cup after a series of off-field controversies.
With the weight lifted, Jayasuriya bounced back and enjoyed some of the best batting form of his life, as well as becoming a useful foil to spinner Muttiah Muralitharan with his gentle left-arm spin.
He signed as county captain of England's Somerset in 2005 and he passed the 10,000 one day international runs mark later that year.
A retirement in 2006 was short-lived and he was persuaded to return to the team.
He was the sixth highest scorer at the World Cup, with 467 runs in 11 matches, including two centuries and three 50s. In the Sri Lanka team, only captain Mahela Jayawardene bettered him.


Updated : 2021-04-14 05:03 GMT+08:00