April 1 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s most successful Test captain Sanath Jayasuriya retires next week with a match against Pakistan, the same country that launched him into international cricket 18 years ago. After impressing national selectors as a schoolboy cricketer in 1988, Jayasuriya was chosen to tour Pakistan with Sri Lanka’s A team.
He blazed two double centuries during the tour, and quickly established a reputation as one of the world’s most feared cricketers.
Jayasuriya made his Test debut in 1991 against New Zealand in Hamilton but only became a permanent part of the side after a thrilling century against Australia in Adelaide where he famously carted Shane Warne around the park.
Later that year, the 36-year-old left-handed opener paired with Romesh Kaluwitharana and inflicted telling blows to help Sri Lanka win the 1996 World Cup.
He was also named Player of the Tournament.
In 1997, he hit Sri Lanka’s highest individual score in Test cricket when he hammered 340 against India and added a world record partnership of 527 with Roshan Mahanama for the second wicket.
He succeeded Arjuna Ranatunga in 1999 and became Sri Lanka’s most successful captain with a phenomenal winning rec