Ishan Jayaratne has been a consistent performer in Sri Lanka domestic cricket, since last few years. A right arm medium fast bowler and big hitter, Jayaratne has been particularly devastating in shorter formats. A hard hitting batsman, as his t20 strike rate of 178 suggest, he is ideal for the format. a regular of colts cricket club, he was also in the squad of Sri Lanka t20 team, against Bangladesh, in 2013.
The soft-spoken allrounder spoke to CRICKET AGE in an exclusive interview. Here are the excerpts:
School and junior cricket
I studied in Wesley college Colombo. I was selected for Sri lanka u-19 in 2007 against India and Bangladesh. after that I played several u-19 matches as well. then i was selected to u-19 world cup held in Malaysia.
First Class career
my first-class career started at Colts cricket club 2009 and till now I am playing here. I have played for several provincial teams as well.
Some highlights of domestic career
In 2013, I was the 2nd highest wicket taker in t20 provincial games. in 2014, I was a part of southern express, the team, selected to play in Champions league in India. In 2013, I took 24 wickets in premire limited over tournament and in first-class tournament, i took 24 wickets in 7 games.
National call up
In 2013, I was selected to Sri lanka national squad for t20 game against Bangladesh. then i was selected to sri lanka 'A' team for west Indies tour, New Zealand A tour of Sri lanka.
I hve smashed 58 sixes in my FC career so far. Also, as my t20 strike rate of 178 suggest, I can hit the ball big and and can score quick. my style of batting and bowling is best suitable for shorter formats.
I want to play for the Sri Lanka team again, and I believes I can contribute a lot, especially in shorter formats.