Hewasandatchige Asiri Prasanna Wishvanath Jayawardene
(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
Due to Kumar Sangakkara's status as a true wicketkeeper-batsman all-rounder
, the 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 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 27th May 2011 Jayawardene scored a patient yet fluent 112 at the SWALEC... Read More