Hail Jayasuriya, the all-rounder

Sanath Jayasuriya will always be remembered as the Matara Mauler, the explosive batsman.
But his contributions to the team as a bowler has hardly ever been noticed.
As vital as his runs were at less than a ball, Jayasuriya has been for me the most impressive bowler among all teams in the middle overs.
Not only had he the knack of breaking a wicket or two, his quick-arm faster ones helped finish up the overs whenever the team lagged in run-rate.
And it is a huge achievement by all means to make it into the top 10 of the leading wicket-takers in one-day internationals with four five-wicket hauls, falling short by one wicket on eight occasions.
His 98 wickets in Tests with two fivers has been the icing on the cake.
And yet, despite all this, he has been nowhere even contemplated as an all-rounder in the annals of history, an injustice cricket statisticians and media should correct while he is still going strong in his 41st year.
Top wicket-takers in ODIs:
512 – Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka (334 matches) *
502 – Wasim Akram, Pakistan (356)
416 – Waqar Younis, Pakistan (262)
400 – Chaminda Vaas, Sri Lanka (322)
393 – Shaun Pollock, South Africa (303)
381 – Glenn McGrath, Australia (250)
337 – Anil Kumble, India (271)
322 – Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka (441) *
318 – Brett Lee, Australia (181) *
315 – Javagal Srinath, India (229)
( * current players)

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