England v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, The Oval June 27, 2011

Jayasuriya poised for farewell match

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Sanath Jayasuriya will bring to an end a 22-year international career when he makes his final appearance for his country at the venue - The Oval - where he made his highest score against England in all formats: 213 off 278 balls in the one-off Test 13 years ago in 1998.

Asked whether Sri Lanka had anything planned for him, stand-in captain Thilina Kandamby said, "We haven't decided yet but we should do something. Sanath is one of the legends that we have ever produced, probably the best one-day player we have got in our country. I wish him all the best and I hope he will do well."

Any chance of Jayasuriya, who turns 42 on Thursday, changing his mind and staying back for the rest of the series was ruled out by Kandamby who is most likely to lead Sri Lanka in the opening ODI with a question mark still hanging over the fitness of captain Tillakaratne Dilshan.

"Sanath won't be staying on for the rest of the series. He has already decided to retire after the first one-day. That's his call and we can't help it," said Kandamby. "If he makes a hundred tomorrow that's the best farewell he can get but that's not within our control.

"Sanath is a brilliant guy so when you have someone like him in your side it gives us a lot of confidence. We know he can deliver with both bat and ball and he is a very important player to have in the team."

Sri Lanka used Jayasuriya's wily spin to successfully probe on Kevin Pietersen's weakness against left-arm bowlers during their nine-wicket win in the Twenty20 International against England in Bristol on Saturday. Pietersen had raced to 41 from 26 balls when Jayasuriya was introduced and it needed just two balls for him to disturb Pietersen's stumps.

"We have different plans for Pietersen. He has not been playing well against left-armers. We have that in the back of our mind and we hope that we can get him out early," said Kandamby.

Jayasuriya is the first ruling Member of Parliament to actively play international cricket after winning his seat at his hometown Matara at Sri Lanka's general elections held last year. For England's captain Alastair Cook, the circumstances of Jayasuriya's recall were unexpected and he is one hoping the farewell isn't too pleasant. "It's slightly surprising for sure," said Cook. "But he reinvented the way people play one-day cricket years ago. Hopefully we don't send him out on a high."

Kandamby said that Dilshan has not been ruled out of tomorrow's match and that there was a 50-50 chance of him playing. "We'll take a decision after practice."

In the event of Dilshan being ruled out of the match, Kandamby said that Mahela Jayawardene would open the batting with Jayasuriya as he did in the Twenty20 at Bristol where he went onto score a match-winning 72 not out off 57 balls.

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  • on June 28, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    I heard Sangakarra and Jayawardene criticizing Jayasurya for his return but one question to both of them agreed both of them are good batsmen but can they match the flamboyance of jayasurya, name one extra ordinary record which sanga or mahela has created , even in world cup final against after getting sehwag and sachin's wicket they could not win, so both you sanga and mahela take a bow in front of jayasurya and consider yourself lucky that you got a chance to play aside with crickets biggest loose Conner SANATH JAYASURYA.

  • stFleming on June 28, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Thank God this day has finally come when Jayasuriya is leaving international cricket...He should hv left 2 yrs back...He wasn't performing but was lucky to be selected in playing XI every time...Lets hope Ricky Ponting overtakes him in career runs next month when the Aussies take on Sri Lanka...Good bye Jayasuriya and thanks very much for leaving international cricket finally...

  • marlondias on June 28, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    sadly I saw many Sanath haters among cricket viewers in SL before the world cup by seing negative comments here.Many SL fans didn't want him in WC squad.Some haters are Sanga, Mahela and few senior players,hated Sanath and Vaas.All these 2 legends wanted was a respectable farewell as well big last effort to the SL cricket at the world cup.It's not Aravinda who hated Sanath/ Vaas. Worldcup squad was selected by Trevor.B & Sanga.I like Sanga as a player. He made one of the biggest mistake in the WC selection.Sanga certainly had 75% of power to bring Sanath/Vaas in than those useless Silva,Samare,Kapu where none of them are up to the standards of this 41 year old legend, who will still outplay these 3 useless players in onedayers in batting,bowling,feilding & fitness.96 WC was won mainly becoz Sanath contributed over 75%.SL authorities+some fans must learn to respect SL legends, these legends have done so much to SL cricket & deserved a grand farewell at WC.Respecting brings glory & wins

  • CricSare on June 28, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    one of thegreatest of the all ODI cricketers.wish you very best of luck Sanath for your future.we Pakistanis always remember you as a true legend with cricket goes on and on.

  • Johnjoy on June 28, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Everyone loves Sanath... a clean cricketer and a fighter. Has played the many best one day innings and he will be remembered by all and still i would say the best one day all rounder. Thanks Sanath...we all love you.

  • LANKALOVER on June 28, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    The end of an ERA....

    THE SADDEST DAY IN MY LIFE. Yes, Sanath TERROR Jayasuriya made watching cricket pleasurable. A simple and modest guy despite his exploits in the field. THERE CAN - AND NEVER WILL - be another Jayasuriya. He was unique in more ways than one. I shall never watch cricket again with the same paasion and involvement. Sanath was the APOGEE for all my involvement with sports, particularly, cricket.

    Long live Sanath.

    WHEN COMES ANOTHER...?

    VSK Iyer/LANKA LOVER Muscat

  • on June 28, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    we dont need young players if old players are playing well. we need only one thing . we just need good cricketers. we should not talk about unexperienced young players for any international game if old players perform well . we can not talk about feture of cricket always without performing well present. and i must say that jayasuriya should not retire if he can play well than young players for his country. if jayasuriya can make wins for srilanka, we dont need young unexperienced players in to the squad for jayasuriya.

  • on June 28, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    Didn't think this day would ever come BUT the time has come to say the final good bye to one of my favorite players of all times ..SANATH JAYASURIYA...good bye legend good bye my friend its time lets enjoy seen U one last time Wear that Sri Lanka jersey

  • on June 28, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Jaya has been a great servant of SL cricket, and i have no prob with him playing but to play just one game so he can bid farewell...pffft

  • straightdrive1 on June 28, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    Wonderful player and an even greater entertainer.Very committed to cricket and his dedication was unquestionable. Sad to see him go, but his time has surely come to go. It must be said that the whole 'retirement' saga of Jaya tarnished his image a bit. He probably was dropped when he should have been picked. It was surprising to see Kapugedera and C.Silva playing ahead of Jaya. Even if Jaya was batting at no 6/7, he wud have much more useful than Kapu/Silva. But SL did well to reach the WC final. But his 'comeback' tarnished his image a bit. If he was chosen to play the entire series, it would have been a completely different scenario. But playing just the 1st match shows that there were some strings pulled to give him a farewell. But he definitely deserves a farewell, only the approach shud have been different. I am an Indian and i believe that as long as a player is fit and performing, he shud make it to the team. I dont mind if SRT plays test at 40 if he is good enough at that time.

  • on June 28, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    I heard Sangakarra and Jayawardene criticizing Jayasurya for his return but one question to both of them agreed both of them are good batsmen but can they match the flamboyance of jayasurya, name one extra ordinary record which sanga or mahela has created , even in world cup final against after getting sehwag and sachin's wicket they could not win, so both you sanga and mahela take a bow in front of jayasurya and consider yourself lucky that you got a chance to play aside with crickets biggest loose Conner SANATH JAYASURYA.

  • stFleming on June 28, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    Thank God this day has finally come when Jayasuriya is leaving international cricket...He should hv left 2 yrs back...He wasn't performing but was lucky to be selected in playing XI every time...Lets hope Ricky Ponting overtakes him in career runs next month when the Aussies take on Sri Lanka...Good bye Jayasuriya and thanks very much for leaving international cricket finally...

  • marlondias on June 28, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    sadly I saw many Sanath haters among cricket viewers in SL before the world cup by seing negative comments here.Many SL fans didn't want him in WC squad.Some haters are Sanga, Mahela and few senior players,hated Sanath and Vaas.All these 2 legends wanted was a respectable farewell as well big last effort to the SL cricket at the world cup.It's not Aravinda who hated Sanath/ Vaas. Worldcup squad was selected by Trevor.B & Sanga.I like Sanga as a player. He made one of the biggest mistake in the WC selection.Sanga certainly had 75% of power to bring Sanath/Vaas in than those useless Silva,Samare,Kapu where none of them are up to the standards of this 41 year old legend, who will still outplay these 3 useless players in onedayers in batting,bowling,feilding & fitness.96 WC was won mainly becoz Sanath contributed over 75%.SL authorities+some fans must learn to respect SL legends, these legends have done so much to SL cricket & deserved a grand farewell at WC.Respecting brings glory & wins

  • CricSare on June 28, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    one of thegreatest of the all ODI cricketers.wish you very best of luck Sanath for your future.we Pakistanis always remember you as a true legend with cricket goes on and on.

  • Johnjoy on June 28, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    Everyone loves Sanath... a clean cricketer and a fighter. Has played the many best one day innings and he will be remembered by all and still i would say the best one day all rounder. Thanks Sanath...we all love you.

  • LANKALOVER on June 28, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    The end of an ERA....

    THE SADDEST DAY IN MY LIFE. Yes, Sanath TERROR Jayasuriya made watching cricket pleasurable. A simple and modest guy despite his exploits in the field. THERE CAN - AND NEVER WILL - be another Jayasuriya. He was unique in more ways than one. I shall never watch cricket again with the same paasion and involvement. Sanath was the APOGEE for all my involvement with sports, particularly, cricket.

    Long live Sanath.

    WHEN COMES ANOTHER...?

    VSK Iyer/LANKA LOVER Muscat

  • on June 28, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    we dont need young players if old players are playing well. we need only one thing . we just need good cricketers. we should not talk about unexperienced young players for any international game if old players perform well . we can not talk about feture of cricket always without performing well present. and i must say that jayasuriya should not retire if he can play well than young players for his country. if jayasuriya can make wins for srilanka, we dont need young unexperienced players in to the squad for jayasuriya.

  • on June 28, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    Didn't think this day would ever come BUT the time has come to say the final good bye to one of my favorite players of all times ..SANATH JAYASURIYA...good bye legend good bye my friend its time lets enjoy seen U one last time Wear that Sri Lanka jersey

  • on June 28, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Jaya has been a great servant of SL cricket, and i have no prob with him playing but to play just one game so he can bid farewell...pffft

  • straightdrive1 on June 28, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    Wonderful player and an even greater entertainer.Very committed to cricket and his dedication was unquestionable. Sad to see him go, but his time has surely come to go. It must be said that the whole 'retirement' saga of Jaya tarnished his image a bit. He probably was dropped when he should have been picked. It was surprising to see Kapugedera and C.Silva playing ahead of Jaya. Even if Jaya was batting at no 6/7, he wud have much more useful than Kapu/Silva. But SL did well to reach the WC final. But his 'comeback' tarnished his image a bit. If he was chosen to play the entire series, it would have been a completely different scenario. But playing just the 1st match shows that there were some strings pulled to give him a farewell. But he definitely deserves a farewell, only the approach shud have been different. I am an Indian and i believe that as long as a player is fit and performing, he shud make it to the team. I dont mind if SRT plays test at 40 if he is good enough at that time.

  • anver777 on June 28, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    We salute u for u'r contribution to SL cricket !!!!!!!!!!!!!! u'r power hitting in opening overs completely changed SL cricket ..............wish u a bright future !!!

  • Aristotle01 on June 28, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    a good loyal long servng servant of sri lankan cricket. deserves a happy farewell. one of sri lanka's most influential peronalities ever.

  • stormy16 on June 28, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    Without getting in twists and turns I think the appropriate thing is to pay tribute to one of the all time greats. This guys came from a poor family and led an average life as a kid in Southern SL before cricket changed his life and he in turn changed the way the one daye version of the game was played. His feats in his glory days will seldom be matched and the impact he had on the game is there for all to see. The courage and skill to take on the new ball the way he did in the era he did it successfully was just awesome to watch. The other amazing thing is he was left arm spinner who could bat down the order and made the transition to the openers slot in spectacular fashion. Above all he was a really humble and down to earth person which I think is hard to match for someone who has achieved so much in the game. He was a quality bowler in one dayers and a great fielder. Sana - thanks for the memories and inspiration you gave so many kids to go out there and hit the ball!

  • on June 28, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    I'm telling these to all who criticize Sanath telling him "greedy", "excess baggage.." Dear friends if he is greedy he would have played the whole series. He is not an excess baggage, because he already well performed in the last two matches & he is fitter than some of the younger players in the international arena.

    So get together to bid farewell to this LEGEND.

  • on June 28, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Well chance for him to retire in proper way, well done sanath, we Indians always love you.

  • petz on June 28, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    he really deserves a farewell..............,a great cricter who has to b known for next generation

  • on June 28, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    There gos the cricketing era of srilanka. That team who made history and made the island cricket to the next level all over with Sanath. cricket may be in a advance level today but men of arjuna men in blue made us a era where we cane talk for the rest of our life's and many more century's to come. Dear Beloved Sana you made the country and the game proud and you will be retiring as the most successful all-rounder and as the 2nd most successful run getter in the ODI Erina in time to come we wish for a another sanath in the game but deep in side we know it is so far. today we are going to witness the last outing of yours in colors of lanka but those innings will linger in our minds for ever ... Dear Sana Make one more one last piece of magic we tend to know we know still you have something for us. form is temper y class is permanent .dear old black hose adios ....Thank you so much for entertaing us for so long god bless you

  • PHANTOM-X on June 28, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    @inzypak...If a player is fit and in-form he must play till he fails....He is much fitter than some young players....

  • on June 28, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Who fixed 40 as the age of retirement? Why not 35? Why not 30? Go force Sachin and Dravid and Laxman and Sanga and Mahela and Ponting to retire so all of us can stop watching cricket and indulge in jingoistic arguments on who is #1. SL should have learnt their mistake in the WC final when there was no bowler to support Malinga and they let India off the hook. Jayasuriya still has the ability to tear any attack to shreads, he still can get through the defence of the best of batsmen, he is still a brilliant fielder who hardly ever drops a catch and he is still fitter than those half his age and you want to force him to go sit at home.

  • IanJF on June 28, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Its Hearts that the SL Culture captures.. Its Discipline that keeps them Going.. Its the Humility that leaves them Great..! Sri Lanka what a Role-Model you are. Sanath Teran Jayasuriya - You will be forever Loved and Never forgotten. To still be Physically Fit and face bowlers who were in Kindergarten when he toppled the world, has to be a Feat by itself...

  • inzypak on June 28, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    He should have retired 3 years back.. has no business to make a comeback for a farewell match..excess baggage on the field...SL cannot make a youngster play due to this old man...

  • cricket_for_all on June 28, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    @InsideHedge: I think you missed the point. No body is talking about best openers. There is no question about the legends such as Martin Crowe, Viv Ric and all. They were so good. Sanath changed the the 15 over culture consistently. Who made 80 runs in 10 overs CONSISTENTLY in that era? No body. He even thrashed Waqar and Wasim and He just sent Manoj Prabahar to the home forever after 1996 WC semifinal. There were some attacking batsmen but no body took risk like Sanath did in the past Sanath era. The only batsman can come to close to Santh is Srikanth. In those days if I team put 250 in the scoreboard it was hard to chase. Now even 300 is not a good score to defend sometimes.

  • on June 28, 2011, 2:31 GMT

    Sanath is the best!!! All the best boy

  • on June 28, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    Stop fighting people and let's bid farewell to this magnificent player with an applause when he walks in tomorrow.

    The guy is a legend of One day cricket, beyond any doubt.

    Comparison with Sehwag and Viv is pointless, who're both legends themselves.

  • InsideHedge on June 28, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    Sanath was a great 1-day player alright but all the talk of him revolutionizing ODIs is at worst garbage, and at best utter exaggeration. Lankan fans talk about respect; if so, respect that one day pioneers existed even during Jayasuriya's career. During the '92 WC - which Jayasuriya played - NZ's Mark Greatbatch was sent in to open and take advantage of the first 15 overs. This was indeed different thinking, a move inspired by Martin Crowe who stands as one of the best thinkers in the game. Greatbatch was very effective at hitting over the infield. Another Kiwi Glenn Turner was a great 1Day opener. The man who really stood head and shoulders above any of his contemporaries was Viv Richards. Sanath can't compare to either Sachin or Viv as out and out 1 Day players. I wish Sanath the best but his decision to play just ONE match in the series clearly doesn't sit well with his teammates. You can tell there are a few - incl Sangakkara and Law - who are unhappy at his return. Lots to ponder

  • Blazedragon on June 28, 2011, 0:12 GMT

    @Sehwagologist, Greedy? lol that's funny coming from you considering one of your players wants to carry on playing at 38 years of age.

  • on June 27, 2011, 23:39 GMT

    @Sehwagologist > well said. Yes he is greedy to win matches for the country. But there are players greedy to accumulate something for themselves. I think you are aware that there are some players who have just thought of themselves, so their teams have lost. I just tell you a small incident, the match between SL & Ind, Sanath scored 189. He got out stumped, because he wanted to raise the SL score. If he just thought about himself he could easily got 200, because he got out in the first ball of the 49th over. So learn to respect.

  • yorkslanka on June 27, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    @sehwagologist...you are clearly getting the rebuke you deserve for your silly comments my friend..as has been said before, Sanath has been a true force in odi cricket and rather than being greedy, has given his all for his country.If you want greedy, look at the numerous indian "stars" who are to scared to play county cricket in England as they know they will be shown up... Sanath, I just wish that you would finish the series and retire at the end of the series... btw sehwag,whilst being a good player, is not a patch on Jayasuriya and will not achieve half of what Jayasuriya has done...

  • cricket_for_all on June 27, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    Dear Sanath: Even though I am 100% against you as a politician (I wish you resign from that political garbage) I am still your die-hard cricket fan. I wish you all the best except the politics. I also agree with @johnathonjosephs if they is no sanath we don't have this T-20 period. He invented different form of ODI. All world players accept it (including ENG caption Mr. Cook-- Thank you Mr. Cook as a Sri lankan).

  • on June 27, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Atleast, let him play the whole series, and then retire !!

  • on June 27, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    One of the greats of one day cricket is saying goodbye tommorow.No one is indispensable therefore it is important to rotate the strike giving chances to youngsters like Chandimal.We cannot afford to stagnate as time is clicking and most of the people asking Sanath to stay do not seemed to have understood this reality.We like to see Sanath the master blaster for ever,But it is impractical.Hope Sanath will say goodbye in style.All the best .....

  • johnathonjosephs on June 27, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    @Sehwagologist? Are you kidding me? Sanath is greedy? This man was probably the most selfless man to ever play the game? How many hundreds did he have and how many big scores did he make? You consider all the scores and hundreds he has and then look at his average which is barely 32 and it doesn't fit. Its because he was a selfless person who didn't mind getting out to help his team. He would always go after the ball, even in trying conditions and often suceeded. The man made a triple century too. Jayasuriya is perhaps the single most IMPORTANT player to come to ODI cricket (notice i said important not best) by the ways he revolutionized the game by hard hitting in the first 15 overs. For ODI cricket, there is pre-Jayasuriya where totals of 220 were considered competitive and theres post-Jayasuriya where even 300 can be chased down. Forget about the IPL Sehwagologist, if Jayasuriya never existed, we might not even have t20 at all

  • hawkeye30 on June 27, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    @sehwagologist- get a life!!! Moving on to more important stories.. I must say that Sanath has been a pillar of success for Sri Lankan cricket. Sanath J will always be remembered fondly for his flick towards the leg side for a six almost every time he plays the shot. Thank you Sanath for all the fond memories and beating up almost all bowlers to all corners (specially the Indians) and keeping the Lankan flag flying high. It's a great vacuum you create when you leave as there are no replacements for players of your calibre. You will be loved and missed by many in Sri Lanka and world over. Wishing you best of success in you future endeavors. In my opinion Sanath has been and will be the best entertainer of world cricket ever!!!

  • wwechampsaad on June 27, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    sanath jayasuriya is my all best batsmen in the world

  • on June 27, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Why you want to play only one match.if you play all 5 one day nothing going to loose.sana we want u to play this all matches.just show them what u can do now.we know all about sana.still u have a lot of cricket.sana OLD IS GOLD

  • on June 27, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    @ Sehwagologist>you ve no idea what you talking about,when his time comes to retire,there wasn't a player to recover that place.hell yeah he is too old to play any game of this planet but his talents fitness and every other things good enough to play for another year.without sanath jayasuriya cricket is still boring like it was before he get involved.

  • on June 27, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    @Sehwagologist If anyone should be agitated by Sanath's return to the team, its the Sri Lankans. But none of the Sri Lankans seem to mind Sanath coming back for a final farewell. We aren't a big country, we don't have as much replacements as other bigger nations. So while one of our openers are injured and the other is banned, giving Sanath a chance to farewell is not an issue with us at all. So you foreigners should probably not bother about our internal scenario. You can have you opinion, sure. But then again, everyones entitled to one of those. ;)

  • on June 27, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    @ Sehwagologist Are you insane???we all know how much is Jayasuriya is to us,to SL cricket,to world cricket.It is much more like that how SRT is valuable for India.keep his greed behind,think what he has done in aid of Sri Lankan Cricket.His unique style of playing shots been admired by us for past two decades(I guess,not by you at all)In your perspective Chris Gayle is also a banished player from your so-called PL.he never chosen by any of IPL franchisees this time,but as the games go on,he was recalled by RCB.but we all know what sort of entertainer he was during the last IPL.Do respect for the things that Jayasuriya has done for world cricket and left his political Views behind. that's totally a different story.

  • Shakzzz on June 27, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow." June 30th 1969 a baby bone in southern coastal area of SL. Ppl around him identified the boy has enormous talent bt average family background, limited facilities always against him. bt the boy never gave up...20 yrs hard work finally paid off 26 Dec 1989, played his 1st ODI for SL, since then he lighten his name every dark corner in da world, he wrote his name every sport paper.No sport channel in da world which ddnt talk abut him. After all he is goin 2 hold a bat 1 last tym, after all he is going to cross 22 yards 1 last tym, after all he is going 2 hold a white kookaburra 1 last tym.

    Farewell Mr. Master Blaster...

  • on June 27, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    May I ask why he retire? His bowling still good. Batting is good. Just a matter of time he would smash runs. what a waste.

  • yorkslanka on June 27, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    sanath has been a fatnastic player for sri lanka but he should not let his country down by retiring barely into this series..he needs to play the series through and then retire at the end of the odi's...come on sanath aiya, do the right thing !!!

  • on June 27, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    All the best Sana boy ! One of the main reasons I watched cricket was because of you and you made me like the game more cus you gave life to it and you changed it and made it more exciting. Thank you for all the unforgettable great entertainment you have given us over the years. You rocked!

  • on June 27, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    @Sehwagologist - He's a legend in world cricket and he made the one day cricket interesting to watch. So please respect what he done and given to world cricket. Let him have a proper send out...

  • niranjanfer on June 27, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    My enthusiasm for cricket stopped ever since Sanath wasnt in SL team. After a very long time I watched a complete game on Saturday the T20, only because of SJ. I wish SJ can play for another 100 Years. But he is retiring, and I know even thoguh he is still one of the fittest and definitely the best all rounder Sri Lanka has even TODAY!!. Look forward to the game on the 28th. Best of luck SJ for the game and the SLPL. If SJ was in WC team we would have won. He would have averaged at least 2 wickets a game. ( Look at Yuvis record in WC). SJ could have played instead of Rangana Herath and batted at No 7. Anyway good job Aravinda for selecting the best team. Ara was a good bat, not sure about his selection!!! SJ You will always be my No 1 cricketer in the World.

  • on June 27, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Sanath was a great one day player, now in his twilight times. It is a great decision that he took to retire from the game. Sad that it took a bit long time (decision to come out). But Sanath thinks otherwise. He produced a 'lion's effort' for Sri Lanka. But did that effort jepordised with his long stay in the arena? Your guess is as good as mine:)))

  • on June 27, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    jayasurya is gona teach england bowlers a lesson!

  • on June 27, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Certainly Sri lankan team will make a grand farewell party for one of the greatest Legend in the World of cricket. I thank him for making us all proud sri lankans.. As always "once a lion is always a lion"

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on June 27, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    Finally a greedy player is out who was even banished by IPL franchises gilly retired at 36 and that too gracefully not like sanath who was not a part of WC 15 and really is a shame as one who has self respect should have retired way early and has come for farewell match by his MP status and political clout there is no grace and respect its as if even sl players dont want him and he is a big baggage anyways was a great odi players and should know a thing or 2 about self respect i expect sanga to be gracious

  • AnanthV on June 27, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Miss you jaya. miss u a lot.

  • RJ_Upasena on June 27, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Nothing but the very best Sanaa...hope you have a great game to remember tomorrow. Thanks for entertaining us for a better part of two decades! You will be missed without a doubt.

  • ed24 on June 27, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    Good luck to Sanath.

    He is one of the few batsman in the world that over the years has led me to drop what I'm doing and want to watch him play.

  • on June 27, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    u will be truly missed jayasuriya loove u lottss!!!

  • emeye on June 27, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Good Luck JS! Such brilliant player. We'll miss you!

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  • emeye on June 27, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Good Luck JS! Such brilliant player. We'll miss you!

  • on June 27, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    u will be truly missed jayasuriya loove u lottss!!!

  • ed24 on June 27, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    Good luck to Sanath.

    He is one of the few batsman in the world that over the years has led me to drop what I'm doing and want to watch him play.

  • RJ_Upasena on June 27, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Nothing but the very best Sanaa...hope you have a great game to remember tomorrow. Thanks for entertaining us for a better part of two decades! You will be missed without a doubt.

  • AnanthV on June 27, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Miss you jaya. miss u a lot.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on June 27, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    Finally a greedy player is out who was even banished by IPL franchises gilly retired at 36 and that too gracefully not like sanath who was not a part of WC 15 and really is a shame as one who has self respect should have retired way early and has come for farewell match by his MP status and political clout there is no grace and respect its as if even sl players dont want him and he is a big baggage anyways was a great odi players and should know a thing or 2 about self respect i expect sanga to be gracious

  • on June 27, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    Certainly Sri lankan team will make a grand farewell party for one of the greatest Legend in the World of cricket. I thank him for making us all proud sri lankans.. As always "once a lion is always a lion"

  • on June 27, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    jayasurya is gona teach england bowlers a lesson!

  • on June 27, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    Sanath was a great one day player, now in his twilight times. It is a great decision that he took to retire from the game. Sad that it took a bit long time (decision to come out). But Sanath thinks otherwise. He produced a 'lion's effort' for Sri Lanka. But did that effort jepordised with his long stay in the arena? Your guess is as good as mine:)))

  • niranjanfer on June 27, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    My enthusiasm for cricket stopped ever since Sanath wasnt in SL team. After a very long time I watched a complete game on Saturday the T20, only because of SJ. I wish SJ can play for another 100 Years. But he is retiring, and I know even thoguh he is still one of the fittest and definitely the best all rounder Sri Lanka has even TODAY!!. Look forward to the game on the 28th. Best of luck SJ for the game and the SLPL. If SJ was in WC team we would have won. He would have averaged at least 2 wickets a game. ( Look at Yuvis record in WC). SJ could have played instead of Rangana Herath and batted at No 7. Anyway good job Aravinda for selecting the best team. Ara was a good bat, not sure about his selection!!! SJ You will always be my No 1 cricketer in the World.