Sunday, March 02, 2008

More hitting out of the park - Sanath Jayasuriya : by Martin Williamson and Andrew Miller

Sanath Jayasuriya

The man who redefined the art of one-day batting, and in doing so, won a World Cup for his country, Sri Lanka. Jayasuriya began his career as a legspinning lower-order batsman, but his promotion to the role of pinch-hitter before the 1995-96 tournament transformed the game forever. Against England at Faisalabad in the quarter-finals, he slogged 82 from 44 balls to put a riposte beyond England's limited ambitions, and he's since pummelled a world-record 247 sixes, with the promise of more to come. With forearms like industrial springs, Jayasuriya has turned the uppercut over point into his stock scoring stroke. Woe betide any bowler who dares to give him width.

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