This was the Coca-Cola Champions Trophy final played at Sharjah between India and Sri Lanka on 29 October’ 2000. Even before this match everyone knew how destructive Sanath Jayasuriya could be but in this match India got a taste of it. India played poorly in all the three departments of the game. It needs to be mentioned here that Jayasuriya was the precursor of aggressive batting (back in 1996) in the first 15 overs when everyone was fond of a slow and steady start. In this video, we can see Jayasuriya tearing apart the Indian bowling attack. Jayasuriya took special liking of Venkatesh Prasad. who went for 73 in seven overs but the Sri Lankan batsman was lethal on Ajit Agarkar and Zaheer Khan as well. AB de Villiers’ fastest ODI century: A comparison with previous record-breaking centuries

If it was in Jayasuriya’s zone he hit the ball with ease. Even an inch outside the off stump and you were history. He played a lot of cuts, hooks and pulls in this innings. He scored 189 off just 161 balls with the help of 21 fours and four sixes. He looked in good knick throughout his knock. He started hitting fours from the beginning itself which was not very common a decade and a half back. Without doubt, Jayasuriya is one of the most destructive batsmen in the history of ODI cricket. He is often counted among the likes of Virender Sehwag and Adam Gilchrist.

(Bhaskar Narayan is a reporter at CricketCountry and Criclife. He passionately follows the game and is a big fan of Sachin Tendulkar. His Twitter handle is @Cricopathy)