|Full name||Asanka Pradeep Gurusinha|
16 September 1966 |
Colombo, Sri Lanka
|Batting style||Left-handed batsman (LHB)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium|
|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|
|Nondescripts Cricket Club|
|Source: , 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. He was a key member for 1996 Cricket World Cup winning team for Sri Lanka.
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. 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.
He was the first Sri Lankan to score a test century at Seddon Park.
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|
|||116*||3||Pakistan||Colombo, Sri Lanka||P.Saravanamuttu Stadium||1986|
|||119||12||New Zealand||Hamilton, New Zealand||Trust Bank Park||1991|
|||102||12||New Zealand||Hamilton, New Zealand||Trust Bank Park||1991|
|||137||18||Australia||Colombo, Sri Lanka||Sinhalese Sports Club Ground||1992|
|||128||29||Zimbabwe||Harare, Zimbabwe||Harare Sports Club||1994|
|||127||33||New Zealand||Dunedin, New Zealand||Carisbrook||1995|
|||143||38||Australia||Melbourne, Australia||Melbourne Cricket Ground||1995|
One Day International Centuries
|ODI Centuries of Asanka Gurusinha|
|||117*||91||New Zealand||Sharjah, UAE||Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium||1994|
|||108||106||New Zealand||Auckland, New Zealand||Eden Park||1995|
- Cricinfo - Career averages - 2nd Test: Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Colombo (SSC), Sep 18-21, 1996, from Cricinfo, retrieved 26 August 2006
- Cricinfo - Statsguru - AP Gurusinha - Test Bowling, from Cricinfo, retrieved 26 August 2006