Ananda Jayasundara Sri Lanka's fastest bowler in 1964
Remember Ananda Jayasundara, who was rated as Ceylon's fastest bowler
in 1964, while a schoolboy at Dharmaraja College?.
Ananda hails from sporting family. All his brothers did Dharmaraja
College and Kandy proud in sports. His twin brother Upananda, was a top
class cricketer, boxer, athlete, footballer and hockey player. He is a
well known cricket coach, specially at junior level. He was the first to
coach Kumar Sangakara, and has produced several cricketers. He has his
own academy and also coaches the Mahamaya Girls College cricketers.
Upananda is a sports correspondent for the 'Daily News', 'Sunday
Observer' and 'Dinamina'. The other brother's - late Parakrama too was a
good sportsman. Late Daya ws well known in the rugby field and was a top
third row forward, coach and a referee. Sarath, Gamini and Senarth all
did well at sports for the Lake View School.
There was a story in the 'Daily News' of August 24, 1964 - headlined
- 'Many youngsters in Up-Country Eleven' - Pakistan will face Ceylon's
fastest bowler Ananda Jayasundara". That year, the Up-Country side was
packed with some top class cricketers and were led by former Tamil Union
A & CC and Kandy Lake Club's cricketer Bertie Gomez. Rest of the team
was made up of players like M.Enver Marikar (Kandy Lake Club),
T.B.Marasinghe (Kandy Lake Club), V. Sivanathan (Peradeniya University
Recreation Club), M. Peries (St. Paul's and Kandy Lake Club),Ubaya de
Silva (Dimbulla ACC), Cyril Earnest (Peradeniya University Recreation
Club), M.T.M. Zaruk (Trinity College), Neville Hearthge (St. Sylvester's
and Kandy Lake Club), Ananda Jayaundara (Dharmaraja College), 12th man
M.Wijekoon (Dharamaraja College).
Pakistan had players such Intikab Alam who was rated as he hardest
hitter and superb leg spinner of he game at that time, Farook Hamid,
Asif Iqbal who was only 17 and Fhulam Annas to name a few.
This game was played in Kandy due to the efforts of late E.W.
Balasuriya who was the king pin of Kandy in the sporting field at that
time, and was also the founder - president of the Kandy Lake Club.
The day before the match, Mayor of Kandy late E.L. Senanayake and the
members entertained the two teams to tea at the town hall. The Pakistan
High Commissioner too was there. At the end of the game. M. Razak a
leading citizen in the hills hosted the two teams to dinner at Queen's
Then in 1964 on April 27 and 28 - Combined Kandy Schools played the
All India Schools team. The local team was led by M.T.M. Zaruk, and he
his side went on to score 163 runs with great difficulty, due to some
superb bowling and fielding by the Indians. Skipper Zaruk went on to
score 48 with three hits to the fence. B. Jayatilake 29, S.B. Elikawela
5, Harindra Dunuwille 11, R. Burke 0, Nihal Samarasekara 13, A.
Ratnaweera not out 02, Ananda Jayasundara 13, W.T. Hurugamuwa 0,
The Indians in reply made 228 for 4 - Indrajith Sing 19, R. Nagdev
133 made some super strokes round the grounds. In his century he had 14
boundaries and three sixes. L. Edmons 20, Imran Ali 10, Amaranath not
out 20. Out of the four wickets tat fell opening bowler Ananda
Jayasundara had 1 for 19, spinner Harindra Dunuwille 2 for 49 and W.T.
Hurugamuwa 1 for 56. Kandy Schools in their second outing, were
struggling at 122 for 7, when the game was halted at 3.30 pm as the
Iandian cricketers had to catch the train to Jaffna from Polgahawela.
Once again it was skipper Zaruk who made 42, H.A. Ranaisnghe 30,
Nihal Samarasekara not out 14. Coming back to Ananda Jayasundera, he was
the best cricketer out of the Jayasundara brothers.
He represented the school in all most all sports, such as cricket,
football, hockey, athletics and also played rugby after leaving school
for the Peradeniya University. Ananda was the senior prefect in 1965 and
won the Sir Bennet Soysa Gold Medal. He was also in the Combined Schools
team (Sri Lanka Schools), and played with cricketers such as Ranjith
Fernando, David Heyn, and Anura Tenakoon and Harindra Dunuwille.
Ananda's best bowling figure was 7 for 37 against his rival school
Kingswood College in the big match played at the Police Grounds matting
wicket. After leaving school he continued his cricket, and joined the
Bank of Ceylon and retired as the Assistant General Manager. He played
his pet sport - cricket for Old Rajans, Kandy Cricket Club and
In athletics, he came second to S.L.B.Rosa of (Brevets College), in
the Dharmaraja College annual Road Race in 1963. In the year 1964 Ananda
came second in the 800 meters event to K.S. Senaratne of Hunumulla
Central in their Junior Athletics Championship. At the University he
continued all his sports, and played rugger as a wing three quarter
along with S.U.Mendis, Lakshman Karunatilake. He was also a top class
athlete. He won the 800 yards and also was placed second to Prasad
Perera who broke the All Ceylon 800 yards record. He was selected as the
Best Sportsman in the University in 1969. Ananda also played Hockey for
Kandy District Hockey Association team in the 1960's and led the side in
1970. Some of his team mates were D.D.P. Alwis, Malcolm Perera,
H.G.R.Rupasinghe, At present he is helping sports in big way specially
cricket. He is also one of the Directors of the Cricket Academy run by
his brother Upananda.