Sanath Jayasuriya is a man who changed batting in the field restrictions period forever. He was a man who was way ahead of his times and his partnership at the top with wicket keeper Romesh Kaluwitharana was one of the primary reasons why relative minnows at the time, Sri Lanka, lifted the 1996 World Cup in Lahore.
Not many would believe the fact that the swashbuckling left hander from the small island nation of Sri Lanka started his career more as a left arm spinner who could tonk the ball in the late middle order. Much like Sourav Ganguly’s revolutionary decision to push Sehwag up the order, Ranatunga’s decision to promote Jayasuriya up the order paid huge dividends.
One of his most destructive innings came in the Singer Cup in a Sri Lanka vs Pakistan encounter held in Singapore. He smashed the hapless Pakistani bowlers for 11 huge sixes and 11 fours to make the quickest century at the time off just 48 balls.
Watch the highlights of the innings here;