Asanka Gurusinha

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Asanka Gurusinha
Personal information
Full name Asanka Pradeep Gurusinha
Born (1966-09-16) 16 September 1966 (age 48)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Batting style Left-handed batsman (LHB)
Bowling style Right-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 32) 7 November 1985 v Pakistan
Last Test 18 September 1996 v Zimbabwe
ODI debut (cap 42) 3 November 1985 v Pakistan
Last ODI 8 November 1996 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
Nondescripts Cricket Club
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 41 147 124 173
Runs scored 2452 3902 7169 4365
Batting average 38.92 28.27 43.71 26.77
100s/50s 7/8 2/22 20/32 2/23
Top score 143 117* 162 117*
Balls bowled 234 264 5142 2035
Wickets 20 26 107 39
Bowling average 34.04 52.07 21.47 42.97
5 wickets in innings - 1 -
10 wickets in match n/a - n/a
Best bowling 4/68 2/25 5/54 3/36
Catches/stumpings 33/- 49/- 89/– 56/–
Source: [1], 25 February 2015

Asanka Pradeep Gurusinha (born 16 September 1966 in Colombo) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer who enjoyed an 11-year international career, playing 41 Tests and 147 One Day Internationals for Sri Lanka. He was a specialist batsman who helped win the 1996 World Cup final with 65 in a partnership of 125 with the final's Man of the Match, Aravinda de Silva. He studied at Isipathana College, Colombo and then joined Nalanda College Colombo. He now lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Gurusinha was called up at 19 as a wicket-keeper, a role he took in a further two ODIs and one Test. He gradually established himself as a No. 3 batsman, playing 33 Tests and 109 ODIs in that position, and was described by Simon Wilde of Cricinfo as "the rock on which Sri Lankan batting was founded". He was also known for his big stature and wide stance when batting. When he retired in 1996, only Sri Lanka's captain Aravinda de Silva had made more Test hundreds, with eight compared to Gurusinha's seven.

Gurusinghe was one of the main pillars of Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup winning Batting line up. His application at the crisis situations to drag the team scorecard was a major highlight for those who watched the World Series tournament back in 1996.Actually he was the unsung hero of Sri Lankan line up who won the 1996 Cricket World Cup.

Asanka is the 32nd Sri Lanka Test Cap, making his debut against Pakistan in Karachi in 1985/86.[1] He was also a useful part-time bowler, with Michael Atherton, Sunil Gavaskar, Dean Jones, Steve Waugh and Inzamam-ul-Haq among his 20 Test wickets.[2]

Career Centuries[edit]

Test Centuries

The following table illustrates a summary of the Test centuries scored by Asanka Gurusinha

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career
Test Centuries of Asanka Gurusinha
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 116* 3  Pakistan Colombo, Sri Lanka P.Saravanamuttu Stadium 1986
[2] 119 12 New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand Trust Bank Park 1991
[3] 102 12 New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand Trust Bank Park 1991
[4] 137 18 Australia Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 1992
[5] 128 29 Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 1994
[6] 127 33 New Zealand Dunedin, New Zealand Carisbrook 1995
[7] 143 38 Australia Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 1995

One Day International Centuries

ODI Centuries of Asanka Gurusinha
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 117* 91 New Zealand Sharjah, UAE Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium 1994
[2] 108 106 New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 1995

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cricinfo - Career averages - 2nd Test: Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Colombo (SSC), Sep 18-21, 1996, from Cricinfo, retrieved 26 August 2006
  2. ^ Cricinfo - Statsguru - AP Gurusinha - Test Bowling, from Cricinfo, retrieved 26 August 2006