Prasanna Jayawardene

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Prasanna Jayawardene
ප්‍රසන්න ජයවර්ධන
Personal information
Full name Hewasandatchige Asiri Prasanna Wishvanath Jayawardene
Born (1979-10-09) 9 October 1979 (age 36)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Batting style Right-handed
Role Wicket-keeper
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 83) 28 June - 2 July 2000 v Pakistan
Last Test 3-7 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
Years Team
1999 – present Sebastianites C&AC
1998 – 2005 Nondescripts
2001 – 2003 Colombo
2000 – 2001 Sinhalese
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI FC LA
Matches 58 6 228 123
Runs scored 2,124 27 9,274 2,031
Batting average 29.50 5.40 29.61 21.37
100s/50s 4/5 0/0 14/39 0/8
Top score 154* 20 229* 70
Balls bowled 18
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 0/9
Catches/stumpings 124/32 4/1 513/106 126/54
Source: ESPN CricInfo, 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 Sri Lankan cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a wicketkeeper.

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.

Revived Test career[edit]

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

Player statistics[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

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
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 120* 10  Bangladesh Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2007
[2] 154* 28  India Ahmedabad, India Sardar Patel Stadium 2009
[3] 112 36  England Cardiff, Wales SWALEC Stadium 2011
[4] 120 43  Pakistan Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2011