Sanath Jayasuriya, the reigning king of cricket, made his Test debut today. Jayasuriya made his Test debut on the same day (February 22) in 1991 against New Zealand.
Jayasuriya was born in 1969 in Madara, a coastal city in Sri Lanka. Involved in playing cricket from an early age, he played cricket during his school days and won many prizes. The first Under-19 Cricket World Cup was held in 1988. Jayasuriya, who played for the Sri Lankan team in this series, continued to excel and was included in the Sri Lankan team. Although he has played in ODIs since 1989, he had to wait until 1991 to play in Tests.
Jayasuriya, who was instrumental in Sri Lanka winning the World Cup in 1996, scored 221 runs in the series and took 6 wickets. Jayasuriya, who has played in 110 Tests, has amassed 6,973 runs and taken 98 wickets. He also amassed 13,430 runs in 445 ODIs and took 323 wickets. Jayasuriya, who retired from Test cricket in 2007 and ODIs in 2011, later entered politics. He joined Mahinda Rajapaksa’s party and later joined the Sri Lankan cabinet.