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|Full name||Hewasandatchige Asiri Prasanna Wishvanath Jayawardene|
9 October 1979 |
Colombo, Sri Lanka
|Test debut (cap 83)||28 June 2000 v Pakistan|
|Last Test||3 January 2015 v New Zealand|
|ODI debut (cap 114)||4 April 2003 v Pakistan|
|Last ODI||22 May 2007 v Pakistan|
|ODI shirt no.||3|
|Domestic team information|
|1999 – present||Sebastianites C&AC|
|1998 – 2005||Nondescripts|
|2001 – 2003||Colombo|
|2000 – 2001||Sinhalese|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 16 September 2015
Hewasandatchige Asiri Prasanna Wishvanath Jayawardene (Sinhala: හේවාසන්දච්චිගේ ආසිරි ප්රසන්න විශ්වනාත් ජයවර්ධන) (born 9 October 1979, commonly known as Prasanna Jayawardene) is a former Sri Lankan cricketer, who played Test and ODIs. He is a right-handed batsman and a wicketkeeper, where he served as the permanent wicketkeeper in Tests all matches he played.
Though he not announced his retirement from international cricket, he has not playing cricket since April 2015.
Having toured England in 1998 as a 19-year-old, Jayawardene was touted for a long career as a Sri Lankan cricketer, but soon found himself out of play thanks to the emerging talent of Kumar Sangakkara in 2000. His career was again thwarted by the good form of Romesh Kaluwitharana, but since this he has managed to make a few appearances since for the Sri Lankan team. With the Sri Lankan selectors having concerns about Sangakkara's playing ability, Jayawardene was once again called into action against Zimbabwe in April 2004. Since 2004 Jayawardene has played Twenty20 cricket.
Due to Kumar Sangakkara's status as a regular wicketkeeper-batsman, was trouble playing No.3 of the batting order while keeping all day. Sri Lankan selectors felt that they could afford to play a specialist keeper in Test matches. As a result of this, both Sangakkara and Jayawardene have played Test cricket in the same team of late, Sangakkara as a specialist top order batsman and Jayawardene as the specialist keeper down the order.
Jayawardene donned the gloves for Sri Lanka thanks to an injury to Sangakkara in Sri Lanka's 1st Test against Australia on 8 November 2007. In the Test series against England in December, Jayawardene flourished with two vital fifties and nine catches. On the 27 May 2011 Jayawardene scored a patient yet fluent 112 at the SWALEC stadium in Cardiff.
The following table is a summary of the Test centuries scored by Prasanna Jayawardene.
- 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 Prasanna Jayawardene|
|||120*||10||Bangladesh||Colombo, Sri Lanka||Sinhalese Sports Club Ground||2007|
|||154*||28||India||Ahmedabad, India||Sardar Patel Stadium||2009|
|||112||36||England||Cardiff, Wales||SWALEC Stadium||2011|
|||120||43||Pakistan||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Sheikh Zayed Stadium||2011|