Asanka Gurusinha

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Asanka Gurusinha
අසංක ගුරුසිංහ
Personal information
Full nameAsanka Pradeep Gurusinha
Born (1966-09-16) 16 September 1966 (age 52)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
BattingLeft-handed batsman (LHB)
BowlingRight-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 32)7 November 1985 v Pakistan
Last Test18 September 1996 v Zimbabwe
ODI debut (cap 42)3 November 1985 v Pakistan
Last ODI8 November 1996 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
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: Cricinfo, 25 February 2015

Deshabandu Asanka Pradeep Gurusinha (born 16 September 1966 in Colombo) is a Sri Lankan Australian sales manager and former cricketer[1] who enjoyed an 11-year international career, playing 41 Tests and 147 One Day Internationals for Sri Lanka. He was a key member for 1996 Cricket World Cup winning team for Sri Lanka, who is a specialist batsman helped to 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 was educated at Nalanda College Colombo and had been residing in Melbourne, Australia.[2][3] Currently he is the manager of Sri Lanka national cricket team.[4]

He currently works as the manager of Sri Lanka national cricket team & a member of Team selection committee.[5]

International career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.

Late career[edit]

Gurusinha 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.

Asanka is the 32nd Sri Lanka Test Cap, making his debut against Pakistan in Karachi in 1985/86.[6] 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.[7]

He was the first Sri Lankan to score a test century at Seddon Park.

Cricket administration[edit]

He is a Level 3 certified Cricket Coach, and was also the Consultant Regional Cricket Coach for Cricket Australia.[8] Gurusinha was appointed as the Manager Cricket for the National Team of Sri Lanka in 2017. [9] However with consecutive defeats to India in all formats, Gurusinha along with the selection committee resigned from their positions on 29 August 2017.[10] The resignation did not last for a week, where on 19 September 2017, Gurusinha was re-appointed as the selector, along with three new selectors - Graeme Labrooy, Jeryl Woutersz, Gamini Wickremasinghe, and Sajith Fernando.[11]

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

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
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start date Result
[1] 116* 3  Pakistan Colombo, Sri Lanka P.Saravanamuttu Stadium 22 March 1986 Drawn
[2] 119 2  New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand Trust Bank Park 22 February 1991 Drawn
[3] 102
[4] 137 18  Australia Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 17 August 1992 Lost
[5] 128 29  Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 11 October 1994 Drawn
[6] 127 33  New Zealand Dunedin, New Zealand Carisbrook 18 March 1995 Drawn
[7] 143 38  Australia Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 26 December 1995 Lost

ODI Centuries[edit]

One Day International centuries of Asanka Gurusinha
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
[1] 117* 91  New Zealand Sharjah, UAE Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium 18 April 1994 Lost
[2] 108 106  New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 1 April 1995 Won

International awards[edit]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 West Indies Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy 2 April 1986 44* (91 balls)  Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets.[12]
2 Pakistan Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 2 December 1986 60 (97 balls: 3x4) ; 9-0-27-1, 1 Ct.  Pakistan won by 4 wickets.[13]
3 Pakistan Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, Rajkot 19 October 1989 1 Ct. ; 66 (90 balls: 6x4)  Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets.[14]
4 New Zealand Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 18 April 1994 10-1-30-1 ; 117* (140 balls: 9x4, 1x6)  New Zealand won by 2 runs.[15]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/598345.html
  2. ^ Sri Lanka Cricket on right direction under Sumathipala: Schoolboy Cricketer title made me believe in myself - Gurusinha
  3. ^ 'Gura’ Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of 1985 starred in Lanka’s World Cup triumph in 1996
  4. ^ "Asanka Gurusinha appointed Manager of national cricket team". www.adaderana.lk. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  5. ^ "Asanka Gurusinha appointed SL manager". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  6. ^ Cricinfo - Career averages - 2nd Test: Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Colombo (SSC), Sep 18-21, 1996, from Cricinfo, retrieved 26 August 2006
  7. ^ Cricinfo - Statsguru - AP Gurusinha - Test Bowling, from Cricinfo, retrieved 26 August 2006
  8. ^ http://www.lankatruth.com/en/2017/03/gura-appointed-cricket-manager/
  9. ^ http://www.frontpage.lk/page/Asanka-Gurusinha-appointed-as-Cricket-Manager/19121
  10. ^ "Sri Lanka selectors resign after defeats to India". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Gurusinha reappointed selector after resigning". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  12. ^ "1985-1986 John Player Gold Leaf Trophy - 3rd Match - Sri Lanka v Bangladesh - Kandy".
  13. ^ "1986-1987 Champions Trophy - 4th Match - Pakistan v Sri Lanka - Sharjah".
  14. ^ "1989-1990 MRF World Series (Nehru) Cup - 3rd Match - Sri Lanka v West Indies - Rajkot".
  15. ^ "1993-1994 Pepsi Austral-Asia Cup - 6th Match - New Zealand v Sri Lanka - Sharjah".