Sanath Jayasurya, One Of The Biggest Hitters In Cricket’s History, Is Unable To Walk Without Crutches

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Updated on 5 Jan, 2018 at 3:46 pm

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Former Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya was known for ability as a genuine all-rounder who can swing matches in their team’s favour with their batting or bowling. On countless occasions, this pocket-sized Lankan dynamo has played a pivotal role in Sri Lanka’s victorious campaigns against some of biggest teams. He is among those few players in the world who have scored over 13,000 runs in ODIs, and take 300 wickets at the same time. On August 2, 1997, he became the first Sri Lankan player to hit a triple test century. He led to the modernisation of ODI cricket by hitting the new ball hard in powerplay overs.

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In his illustrious career, Jayasuriya has scored 6973 runs and taken 98 wickets. In ODIs, he scored 13,430 runs and picked up 323 wickets. In T20Is, he has 629 runs and 19 wickets.

Jayasuriya has served the Sri Lanka Cricket board twice, as the selection committee chairman. However, during his tenure the Sri Lankan side was not been able to live up to the expectations. In 2017, Sanath and his team had to resign after the team’s poor performances against South Africa away and against India at home.

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The Sri Lankan all-rounder has been facing problems with his knee for quite some time now and will reportedly get a surgery done soon, in Melbourne. And he is unable to move without crutches. The complete procedure will take up a month and post-surgery he might be kept under observation to avoid any further complications.

 

However, it remains to be seen if the surgery helps Jayasuriya to regain his fitness like before.

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