Sanath Jayasuriya has been voted Sri Lanka’s best captain in a recent online poll by leading cricket website Cricinfo.Jayasuriya polled 31% of the popular vote, just ahead of current captain Mahela Jayawardene who secured 30%.
Marvan Atapattu, Jayawardene’s recently retired predecessor, was also rated highly with 19% of the vote.
World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga was backed by 14% of users and 5% thought Aravinda de Silva was Sri Lanka’s best captain.
Jayasuriya led Sri Lanka between 1999 and 2003, leading Sri Lanka to a record 10-game winning sequence in Test cricket in 2001 and 2002.
The Cricinfo survey took place in June with 40,433 Sri Lanka fans participating.
Statistically speaking, Jayawardene is Sri Lanka’s most successful captain with a 62% win ratio in One-Day Internationals.
Jayasuriya had a 58% win ratio, Atapattu 56% and Ranatunga 48%.
Jayawardene is also the most successful captain in Test cricket with an impressive 52% win ratio.
Jayasuriya won 47% of the Tests he captained, Atapattu 44% and Ranatunga 21%.
Cricinfo is the world’s leading cricket website accessed by over 15 million cricket fans worldwide.