SL vs PAK: Spinner Prabath Jayasuriya off to A DREAM START, just three matches old, Jayasuriya is joint highest wicket-taker in Tests in 2022
SL vs PAK: Most Test wickets in 2022: It has been a dream start for Sri Lanka spinner Prabath Jayasuriya in his…
SL vs PAK: Most Test wickets in 2022: It has been a dream start for Sri Lanka spinner Prabath Jayasuriya in his Test career. He has grabbed major eyeballs after his stunning show in the recently concluded Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Test series as well, where the two-match series ended 1-1. Jayasuriya, the left arm spinner, was the show stopper with his 17-wicket haul in the series. It has helped him become the joint-highest wicket taker in 2022 so far as well. Follow all cricket live updates with InsideSport.IN
He is tied on top of the list alongside Jack Leach. But the major difference being the number of matches. If Jayasuriya is three, Leach has attained that in eight matches. Even the much accomplished off-spinner Nathan Lyon has scalped 27 from seven matches.
This is a special performance from the spinner, who had a stunning debut against Australia, scalping 12 wickets in Galle earlier in the month.
Wickets in 2022
- Jack Leach – 29 wickets in 8 matches
- Prabath Jayasuria- 29 wickets in 3 matches
- Nathan Lyon – 27 wickets in 7 matches
- Stuart Broad – 26 wickets in 6 matches
- Trent Boult – 25 wickets in 5 matches
It is not just about one innings, where Sri Lankan spinner has dominated proceedings. He was consistent, scalping 12, 9 and 8 wickets respectively in the first three Test matches against both Pakistan and Australia. In the six innings, he registered a five-wicket haul four times, showcasing how he dominated with his spin wizardry.
In the final innings of the Sri Lanka vs Pakistan second Test match too, he scalped five wickets to help his team script a solid win on the final day. Throughout the Test series, he asked questions to the batters. The pitch might have assisted Jayasuriya, but he bowled in the right areas with immaculate control to prize his wicket away.
No dearth of spin history in Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka have a knack of producing some of the best spinners in the world. The list includes including Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumar Dharmasena, Rangana Herath among others. It is too early to compare Jayasuriya with greats of Sri Lanka cricket.
But with the way things have gone ahead in his three-match career, it would not be wrong to say he is well on his path to greatness. One look at the first three matches of the Sri Lanka’s greats shows how Jayasuria has had an amazing start compared to Sri Lanka spin legends.
First three matches for legends
- Muralitharan – 11 wickets
- Dharmasena – 10 wickets
- Herath – 6 wickets
Now, it is about being consistent. It would be a joke if Jayasuriya fails in the future after such a prolific start. Teams will also come with their homework done, watch his videos and come prepared. The real Test lies now for the Sri Lankan spinner.