Sri Lanka in India 2009-10 October 29, 2009

Jayasuriya's future under scrutiny

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Sanath Jayasuriya's cricketing future has been put in the balance with Sri Lanka's selectors saying today that his days as an opener are effectively over and that following the upcoming tour of India he will be picked on performance alone. Jayasuriya, 40, has been picked in the one-day squad as an allrounder who can bat down the order and bowl left-arm spin.

"What we expect from Sanath is that he should win one in three games for Sri Lanka, which he was doing in the past," Ashantha de Mel, Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors, said in Colombo. "But now that has reduced and we are a little concerned about it. In the Champions Trophy in South Africa his performance was below par .That's the reason why we have gone in with the option of playing him as an allrounder."

Jayasuriya scored freely during the World Twenty20 in England this summer, where Sri Lanka finished runners-up, and ended as their joint second-highest run-getter with 177 at 25.28. However, he underperformed in the limited-overs fixtures against New Zealand and India at home and in the Champions Trophy.

Sri Lanka's selectors have Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan in mind as the opening pair for the future and Jayasuriya's selection will depend on the requirements of the team depending on where they will play. "We have spoken to Sanath on the role he has to play," de Mel said. "He has the option to play as an allrounder. We have considered him for this tour only, after that his selection will depend on his performance. He has to perform to hold his place in the team for the World Cup."

de Mel said the selectors did not have a settled position for Jayasuriya, who was impressive as an allrounder during Sri Lanka's victorious World Cup campaign in 1996, and that his flexibility worked in his favour. "Especially in the batting power play having a spinning allrounder like Sanath is useful in the subcontinent because he can hit the ball. He might bat in the middle or in the top order depending on the situation," he said. "Also, the World Cup will be held in the subcontinent where his left-arm spin can become useful. He can perform that role because in South Africa in the game against New Zealand when they scored 300 runs he was the one who bowled ten overs for three wickets and 30 runs. He has done well in the subcontinent especially with his bowling."

Jayasuriya is the second batsman after India's Sachin Tendulkar to pass 13,000 runs in ODIs and also holds the record for being the oldest batsman to score a one-day century, at 39 years and 212 days against India in Colombo. Of the 13,377 runs he has scored in 441 ODIs, 2841 have come in 86 ODIs against India including seven hundreds at a strike-rate of 97.

Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara felt the main factor in Sri Lanka's poor ODI performances over the past two years has been an inconsistent batting line up. "The biggest let-down we had is our batting. We suffered because we had lots of batting position changes up and down the order," he said. "For the batting to improve you must give the players the confidence. They must know what role they are supposed to play. Role identification has been a big problem. Except for the openers no one knew what their role was in the side.

"We have never clicked in all departments those are things the team ignored for a while. The players have now started to realise that they take a lot of pride not just representing the country but to be up to the task that is required of them by the team."

Fielding was one of the key areas where Sri Lanka suffered during the Champions Trophy and to address the poor standards and improve them Sri Lanka Cricket acquired the services of Gavin Fingleson, a former Olympic baseball player.

"He didn't come and change but showed us how do things right. He showed us little points that will make us better and quick fielders, at the same time we also realized to be quicker on the field you've got to be fitter as a side," Sangakkara said. "We started doing a lot of work on fitness running. Gavin showed us a lot of drills and how you can gain that extra second advantage when going for a catch or trying to stop the ball. At the same time the most important point was to make sure at practice you do everything as perfectly, those are the habits we have to build on."

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  • sachitha.wij on November 23, 2009, 14:52 GMT

    first of all to venkat_super_11 maybe u are right in ur point to comparing sanath and sachin.. I'm a big fan of sachin and i do believe he is the greater batsman but there is no doubt the greater match winner of the two is sanath purely cos the way he changes the game.. secondly i believe maybe it would actually work out since sri lanka does not have a lower order hitter and our team has consistently missed out on a lot of runs to be gained during the final stages of the game.. with dilshan in as opener and sanath in the middle order it would be possible to accelerate the scoring in the beginning and the final stages of the innings as well :)

  • ethicalcricketer on November 14, 2009, 7:53 GMT

    wow! what a grat squad! i guess we have gone back to arjuna ranatunga era. thanks muttiahs influence he is there. we wont see anymore muttiahs in future... already mahroofs have been chopped off. othervise mohammeds became ranjives then able to play. Jayasuriya you are the greatest captain fo sri lanka. you had no problems with mahroofs & muralis.. what a shame now we will see only ranatungas & atapattus.. in 1993-1998 there were lots of mohammeds and muralis were denied place in the squad and dilsan had do change his name from mahroof to ranatunga.. this is really bad. after 30 year some people have learnt nothing.

  • Venkat_Super_11 on November 13, 2009, 10:23 GMT

    First of all, people must understand that comparing Sanath with Sachin is like comparing apples with oranges. Sanath is just a hard-hitter of the ball and he can really really hit the ball very hard. However Sachin's batting is something that one not only enjoys but also learns from it. His cricket shots, even if he scores a six over the point or third man is a perfect reflection of cricket books and style. Just because Davidson in Canada scored the fastest century in one of the world cups doesn't mean that he is the best. This is what Srilankans must understand before even comparing Sanath with Sachin. No doubt, Sanath's batting is an enjoyment for on-lookers but Sachins' batting is an enjoyment for the spectators worldwide.

  • muththa85 on November 11, 2009, 19:01 GMT

    The main idea of having sanath as an all rounder is to make his responsibilities spread out and win matches for sri lanka either with his batting or bowling, not only with his batting as in the past as a genuine batter. Sanath should be braught iin for bowling through the powerplays and make sure that he keeps a tight line and length. He is a good performer with the ball and Kumar needs to make sure that Sanath bowls his full quota of overs. We have not seen sana bowling that much in the recent past and the opposition batsmen are going to be faced with a tough ask if sana keeps bowling 10 overs every match. This way we can use sana, murali and dilshan for spinners and then mathews, and two pacies for the pace departmnent. Just having sana in our team itself is a big confidence booster, with all his experience and exuberance he brings to the team. Only thing sana is lacking is a bit of confidence and a bit of luck. Watch out guys, Sana is back with vengence and he will perform no doubt

  • jagath98 on November 11, 2009, 17:49 GMT

    as predicted, last few months team has been depending on sana a lot because others were not performing this added extra presure on him.i think his role had changed over the years where he has started. arjunas, aravindas and mahanamas were rock solid which made sana and kalu invisible and less presure was on them. like in india now as they have a god bating lineup eases the presure on the top. and i think team management didnot used sana well in south africa. where sana should have come down the oder when the pitch has worn out.any way you can't keep sana out of the picture too long. he will bounce back agressively. i think the problem is who has the talent to chalenge sana.any youngster replaced will be under more presure. we have seen that.i think sana should play in the depth as a finisher. and ball a bit.

  • Cannuck on November 10, 2009, 3:20 GMT

    To ICON_SANATH, you don't have to be an "Einstien" on Cricket to, recognize misguided fans who cannot make a difference between, being obsessed, stuck in past glory & being a true fan. I am actually a huge fan of Sana, & I want him to do well. So I accept this situation he is in, & want him to take up the challenge, play well & help SL win, just as a few true fans like lankanpride has mentioned here. I am glad you are an Indian, & we know there are so many fans of him there. But it's also a fact that you guys worship the ground your heros walk on, & burn their effigies & houses when they fail. That's being "fanatics" where the word "fan" derive from. BTW, Gretzky, Jordan & Co. were not replaced by clones, but other good players who got the opportunity because these legends allowed them to step in. As per your idea "play till the last breath", world would've never known Tendulkars, as Gavaskar would be holding that spot! Nor would we've enjoyed Laras, as Richards would still be playing!

  • Agnar on November 9, 2009, 16:26 GMT

    Sanath is a great player. He has shown others what one can do with natural ability and determination. Having said that I hope there will be better players than him coming out to SL team in the future. (Some swear that there can not be any better. He is only human.) One should not forget that Sanath is only a member of SL team. Team does not exist for him. He serves the team. He will retire in 2011, if not sooner. But the team will continue to play. Team has to make plans to continue to be competitive. One of them is filling Sanath's position when he retires. Also the team has to try to play the best 11 players in every match. So the question is this: Is having Sanath opening batting the best thing for the team? Not how long Sanath can occupy the opening position. I think time is up. One could even argue that it had been for a while. There is a good chance that he will make a significant contribution, if not win matches, as an all rounder. Let's cheer him up for his new job.

  • pcs1988 on November 9, 2009, 10:40 GMT

    I agree for that changing of Sana.But selectors have to made a suitable and fixed position in the middle order for sanath.I am not saying sanath should play always at that position.It can be changed from how match is going.When man become old his performance is normally decrasing.it is world Nature.But my Idea is Sana can play still 2011 world cup. In past days in ODI's sri lankan middle order felt down lot of times.Mostly low middle order felt down.That means no 5,6,7 positions.I dont say No 4,Mahela played well inpast ODI's.But he is a talented & wanted player for SL in ODI's.Because of that srilanka lost matches & went down to 7 th position in ODI ranking. But look at last ODI's in Champions throphy & Compaq cup.Our lower middle order was good in those matches better than earlier.Because of Kandamby,Mathews,Samaraweera. My idea is kandamby,mathews should in team.Then sana should replace to samaraweera.Then kandamby & sana can play 5 & 6 position.

  • Yacker on November 9, 2009, 8:45 GMT

    sanath must not leave without another world cup title to his name he should be picked for this tour and the world cup and after that the selectors may decide his future

  • andrew32 on November 9, 2009, 8:14 GMT

    i think there is a huge problem in the mentality of Asian cricket administrators...they really do not have the idea ,how to treat the legends...the history has been the evidence in the case of Sourav ganguly....sanath has produced so many glorious ocassions for the lankan fans since his debut in 1990....jayasurya and all other cricket greats should be given respect at any cost ...no doubt that sanath has been in poor form in last 10 or so matches but srilankan selectors need not to forget that recently in compaq cup ,with his mind blowing 98,srilanka crushed india in the league match...so i think he should be given little bit more time to regain his powers and i am sure he will prove his critiocs wrong in upcoming series against india

  • sachitha.wij on November 23, 2009, 14:52 GMT

    first of all to venkat_super_11 maybe u are right in ur point to comparing sanath and sachin.. I'm a big fan of sachin and i do believe he is the greater batsman but there is no doubt the greater match winner of the two is sanath purely cos the way he changes the game.. secondly i believe maybe it would actually work out since sri lanka does not have a lower order hitter and our team has consistently missed out on a lot of runs to be gained during the final stages of the game.. with dilshan in as opener and sanath in the middle order it would be possible to accelerate the scoring in the beginning and the final stages of the innings as well :)

  • ethicalcricketer on November 14, 2009, 7:53 GMT

    wow! what a grat squad! i guess we have gone back to arjuna ranatunga era. thanks muttiahs influence he is there. we wont see anymore muttiahs in future... already mahroofs have been chopped off. othervise mohammeds became ranjives then able to play. Jayasuriya you are the greatest captain fo sri lanka. you had no problems with mahroofs & muralis.. what a shame now we will see only ranatungas & atapattus.. in 1993-1998 there were lots of mohammeds and muralis were denied place in the squad and dilsan had do change his name from mahroof to ranatunga.. this is really bad. after 30 year some people have learnt nothing.

  • Venkat_Super_11 on November 13, 2009, 10:23 GMT

    First of all, people must understand that comparing Sanath with Sachin is like comparing apples with oranges. Sanath is just a hard-hitter of the ball and he can really really hit the ball very hard. However Sachin's batting is something that one not only enjoys but also learns from it. His cricket shots, even if he scores a six over the point or third man is a perfect reflection of cricket books and style. Just because Davidson in Canada scored the fastest century in one of the world cups doesn't mean that he is the best. This is what Srilankans must understand before even comparing Sanath with Sachin. No doubt, Sanath's batting is an enjoyment for on-lookers but Sachins' batting is an enjoyment for the spectators worldwide.

  • muththa85 on November 11, 2009, 19:01 GMT

    The main idea of having sanath as an all rounder is to make his responsibilities spread out and win matches for sri lanka either with his batting or bowling, not only with his batting as in the past as a genuine batter. Sanath should be braught iin for bowling through the powerplays and make sure that he keeps a tight line and length. He is a good performer with the ball and Kumar needs to make sure that Sanath bowls his full quota of overs. We have not seen sana bowling that much in the recent past and the opposition batsmen are going to be faced with a tough ask if sana keeps bowling 10 overs every match. This way we can use sana, murali and dilshan for spinners and then mathews, and two pacies for the pace departmnent. Just having sana in our team itself is a big confidence booster, with all his experience and exuberance he brings to the team. Only thing sana is lacking is a bit of confidence and a bit of luck. Watch out guys, Sana is back with vengence and he will perform no doubt

  • jagath98 on November 11, 2009, 17:49 GMT

    as predicted, last few months team has been depending on sana a lot because others were not performing this added extra presure on him.i think his role had changed over the years where he has started. arjunas, aravindas and mahanamas were rock solid which made sana and kalu invisible and less presure was on them. like in india now as they have a god bating lineup eases the presure on the top. and i think team management didnot used sana well in south africa. where sana should have come down the oder when the pitch has worn out.any way you can't keep sana out of the picture too long. he will bounce back agressively. i think the problem is who has the talent to chalenge sana.any youngster replaced will be under more presure. we have seen that.i think sana should play in the depth as a finisher. and ball a bit.

  • Cannuck on November 10, 2009, 3:20 GMT

    To ICON_SANATH, you don't have to be an "Einstien" on Cricket to, recognize misguided fans who cannot make a difference between, being obsessed, stuck in past glory & being a true fan. I am actually a huge fan of Sana, & I want him to do well. So I accept this situation he is in, & want him to take up the challenge, play well & help SL win, just as a few true fans like lankanpride has mentioned here. I am glad you are an Indian, & we know there are so many fans of him there. But it's also a fact that you guys worship the ground your heros walk on, & burn their effigies & houses when they fail. That's being "fanatics" where the word "fan" derive from. BTW, Gretzky, Jordan & Co. were not replaced by clones, but other good players who got the opportunity because these legends allowed them to step in. As per your idea "play till the last breath", world would've never known Tendulkars, as Gavaskar would be holding that spot! Nor would we've enjoyed Laras, as Richards would still be playing!

  • Agnar on November 9, 2009, 16:26 GMT

    Sanath is a great player. He has shown others what one can do with natural ability and determination. Having said that I hope there will be better players than him coming out to SL team in the future. (Some swear that there can not be any better. He is only human.) One should not forget that Sanath is only a member of SL team. Team does not exist for him. He serves the team. He will retire in 2011, if not sooner. But the team will continue to play. Team has to make plans to continue to be competitive. One of them is filling Sanath's position when he retires. Also the team has to try to play the best 11 players in every match. So the question is this: Is having Sanath opening batting the best thing for the team? Not how long Sanath can occupy the opening position. I think time is up. One could even argue that it had been for a while. There is a good chance that he will make a significant contribution, if not win matches, as an all rounder. Let's cheer him up for his new job.

  • pcs1988 on November 9, 2009, 10:40 GMT

    I agree for that changing of Sana.But selectors have to made a suitable and fixed position in the middle order for sanath.I am not saying sanath should play always at that position.It can be changed from how match is going.When man become old his performance is normally decrasing.it is world Nature.But my Idea is Sana can play still 2011 world cup. In past days in ODI's sri lankan middle order felt down lot of times.Mostly low middle order felt down.That means no 5,6,7 positions.I dont say No 4,Mahela played well inpast ODI's.But he is a talented & wanted player for SL in ODI's.Because of that srilanka lost matches & went down to 7 th position in ODI ranking. But look at last ODI's in Champions throphy & Compaq cup.Our lower middle order was good in those matches better than earlier.Because of Kandamby,Mathews,Samaraweera. My idea is kandamby,mathews should in team.Then sana should replace to samaraweera.Then kandamby & sana can play 5 & 6 position.

  • Yacker on November 9, 2009, 8:45 GMT

    sanath must not leave without another world cup title to his name he should be picked for this tour and the world cup and after that the selectors may decide his future

  • andrew32 on November 9, 2009, 8:14 GMT

    i think there is a huge problem in the mentality of Asian cricket administrators...they really do not have the idea ,how to treat the legends...the history has been the evidence in the case of Sourav ganguly....sanath has produced so many glorious ocassions for the lankan fans since his debut in 1990....jayasurya and all other cricket greats should be given respect at any cost ...no doubt that sanath has been in poor form in last 10 or so matches but srilankan selectors need not to forget that recently in compaq cup ,with his mind blowing 98,srilanka crushed india in the league match...so i think he should be given little bit more time to regain his powers and i am sure he will prove his critiocs wrong in upcoming series against india

  • muththa85 on November 8, 2009, 21:09 GMT

    it is just that sana's opening style and techniquies and strokeplay and mentality and body language has become all too predictable now. The opening bowlers know exactly where to bowl and how to cramp up sanath, and this plays a key role in sanath's mind when he goes to open. The fact that he goes in the middle will releive alot of pressure from him and he can approach the game according to the situation in hand. When he is openeing, his mentality and gameplan was go and attack... I think this change was long due, but atleast now it is happened and I am sure sana is going to be a handful in the middle.. the opposition bowlers are going to be messed up with their tactics and their bowling plans... Keep it going sana and all the best to you and the team... show us all what is left in you....

  • Cannuck on November 8, 2009, 17:28 GMT

    To ICON_SANATH, you don't have to be an "Einstien" on Cricket to, recognize misguided fans who cannot make a difference between, being obsessed, stuck in past glory & being a true fan. I am actually a huge fan of Sana, & I want him to do well. So I accept this situation he is in, & want him to take up the challenge, play well & help SL win, just as a few true fans like lankanpride has mentioned here. I am glad you are an Indian, & we know there are so many fans of him there. But it's also a fact that you guys worship the ground your heros walk on, & burn their effigies & houses when they fail. That's being "fanatics" where the word "fan" derive from. BTW, Gretzky, Jordan & Co. were not replaced by clones, but other good players who got the opportunity because these legends allowed them to step in. As per your idea "play till the last breath", world would've never known Tendulkars, as Gavaskar would be holding that spot! Nor would we've enjoyed Laras, as Richards would still be playing!

  • charithsuminda on November 8, 2009, 16:09 GMT

    I dont know why asantha de mel saying like that becasue if you analyze sanath jayasuriyas records for last 15 ne day innings he is only behind to Dilshan to and mahela from current players .Only he failed in last 3 innings only scored 34 runs.Is Bcos of AGE that asantha is going behind the great player ever in oneday cricket that sri lanka produced.

    It's true that As a manger you have to take hard dicissions but can we see any player who can come close to this man.I can't see any justification there.we have to understand that any body can go bad patchees, bcos of that do we have to get rid him.How many chances did asntha gave to Mubarak was he succeding?

    I know SANATH is a great player he can play any where.Only piece of advice i could give to jayasuriya is DO YOU BEST SEE WHATS Happening As a Sri Lankans we are behind you man.

  • ICON_SANATH on November 7, 2009, 9:12 GMT

    Hi Mr."Cricket Einstien " Cannuck ,

    Wonder how you had no clue that "Gretzkys, Jordans, Schuemakers & Gilchrists of the world leave when they are on top " - they will be replaced by their respective by the respective clones , for Srilanka , Sanath cannot be cloned !! , period. The only option is he needs to be reincarnated.

    For Srilankan cricket - "Victory" and "Sanath" are like "life " and "heart ". Sanath cannot afford to retire till his last breadth if Srilanka would like to win an international limited over cricket match

    I'm Indian and one among the millions of Sanath fans around the globe.

  • Dusra2009 on November 7, 2009, 6:30 GMT

    As Kumar mentioned above,if inconsistent batting line up is the biggest issue for Sri Lanka's poor ODI performances over the past two years, by playing Sana down the order & de Mel did not have a settled position for Sana. Ant they gong to do the same mistake again?????????????

  • rez1664 on November 6, 2009, 13:36 GMT

    Sanath has been a great player. Let's hope he will fire as an allrounder. If Sri Lanka is to become the best team in the world, the biased selection policies must be abandoned. Whether it be the club they play for, school attended, political connections, ethnicity or the closeness to the captain/selection committee. Vaas was dropped mainly for his age while Sanath is still playing at 40. Players like Upul Tharanga, Mubarak and Chamara Silva were given chance after chance while Maharoof and Malinga (tests) were dropped immediately. Malinga is one of the fastest bowlers and he has a very good record in all formats of the game. Maharoof was a member of the ICC world oneday team and Cricinfo IPL eleven last year. He still has a very good record in oneday and T20 formats. Although Vaas's performance has dropped in the recent past, all these three players have proven themselves in the international arena. How can these 3 be better than Weeraratne, Welagedara and Fernando.

  • Cannuck on November 5, 2009, 18:49 GMT

    Reading through these comments it's apparent that most SANA fans have no knowledge of cricket! They cry as if he's dropped out of the TEAM. Geez, he's only lost the opening slot, which was past over due. The fact that he is kept for middle order means his value as an all rounder who can bowl is appreciated. People here needs to understand that the man is 40+, & cannot do what he did as a 20 year old. Stop living in the past, or do you want him to walk to the crease with a "cane" instead of a BAT? Many talk as if his place is permanent forever, regardless of his performances, or else they wouldn't question who'd replace him. No matter who comes, no one will replace him. He is a legend, period! But he needs to know when to bow out, with dignity. Gretzkys, Jordans, Schuemakers & Gilchrists of the world leave when they are on top, before they are pushed around & forced to leave. I am no fan of De Mel, but SANA & his fans can't blame anyone else but themselves for staying past their prime!!

  • Agnar on November 5, 2009, 15:52 GMT

    My biggest worry is that there is a division in the team. I hope I am wrong. As SL fans we should not participate in divisive conversation. Be positive guys. I support the selectors decision. But it is a close call. Some others, at a different time, may have kept Sanath as an opener. I hope Sanath will take this as an opportunity. Teams must change. We can not predict the future and therefore can not be certain about any decision. If Sanath clicks as a middle order batsman with good bowling, he could bring back the glory again in 2011. Wouldn't that be great? Sanath become instrumental again, in a different role and we win world cup! If Sanath take this professionally, he has the ability. This would also be a good opportunity for another young opener. SL team is the most fun team to watch. Our guys are team players, sportsmen, and entertaining-talented players. Let's keep it that way.

  • madushana on November 5, 2009, 6:19 GMT

    Actually Sanath is the team spirit.To win a match we need his experience.Check the all recent matches with Sanath and Dilshan started.We can see there as past Sanath-Kalu combination.There's no need to change top order.But middle order should strong.Sanath-Dilshan scores around 75-80 at least.next man Sanga continue it at least 150.Middle order start from Mahela.We should pay our attention the players after Mahela.Those are should be strong.Mahela need a strong player to drag the game until at least 230.At that time if they made a mistake there should be Thilina Kandambi to take the match on his shoulder.After thilina he has allrounder Anjelo to continue.Mirando,Kulasekara's batting as situation also improving with chances,and Murali hit the ball as he need may be 20 or 30.After 230,we should have players to cross the game 300 line.I think there no any problem with Sanath.Needed is make a strong in the middle order.And Sanath is a cricket spirit.

  • mandaa on November 5, 2009, 5:52 GMT

    I do agree with removing sana out from the opening spot, but that aint enough. They shud have taken him out of the team a year ago. All respect to sana he had done wonders in this game...made histor alog with kalu..we will never forget that. but all thing must come to an end. but i still belive that he still got it , its a matter of higher consontraion, dedication and hunger....he did have this befor, but not any more. If sri lanka cricket need to go forward...then we need new blood, not wait till guys turn 30 to get in to the team, unless u give a chance over and over to a youngster, u will never find what he is capable of.

  • carbandpunk on November 4, 2009, 17:50 GMT

    to lankanpride - you are the first person i agree almost a 100% with :)

  • kami1984 on November 4, 2009, 11:12 GMT

    Sanath now doubt is a world class batsman, i think he is the most consistent opening batsman all over the cricket world. But we should also consider that why this harsh and cruel decision has been taken against Sanath....I am Pak cricket fan but i also respect international performers like Sanath, Trecothik(England), Gilchrist(Australia) so on and so forth.....I think Sanath now have to prove the critics wrong with the bat, if we still want to open him....Dilshan can be a good opener, and i think Sanath can open him well....Every body knows what can he do with the bat....So if selectors give him chance to open, let our fingers be crossed and hope best from One of the Legends.....SANATH JAYASURIYA

  • dulith2 on November 4, 2009, 8:46 GMT

    my test 11. taranga paranawithana, t m dilshan, kumar sangakkara, mahela jayawardena, thilan samaraweera, angelo mathews, dinesh chandimal, nuwan kulasekara, thilina tushara,rangana herath, murali.

  • naveen1122 on November 4, 2009, 4:51 GMT

    Sanath is one of the very few legends ever produced by the country. But there will be the time for anyone to retire. Sanath is an exception. At forty years of age, he is playing like an athlete in the field. All he needs is some runs and he will be on song for ever. Problem is that no one in the Sri Lankan team plays like professionals although they are. I hope Sanath would go hit the white ball to give umpires some stretching exercise. Good luck fellow.

  • DwightR on November 3, 2009, 23:48 GMT

    hopefully this move will light a fire under our under-performing legend. I do like the move in a way as it add depth to our middle order and does provide the line-up with a big hitter for the latter part of the innings or the 2nd powerplay which SL lacks plus lets face it,sana has not been performing to the level expected of him..which is understandable considering the man is past 40. his time is coming to an end but at the end of the day he is the man that revolutinzed the opening batsmens role and is one of if not the greatest cricketer to come out of our country. It will be interesting to see how this experiment in the middle order works out and how long it takes for him to be opening once more. Another question that is posed is who replaces him? tharanga, udawatta maybe trying kapu or mathews in the opening role? whoever it is has some LARGE shoes to fill.

  • sha80 on November 3, 2009, 10:14 GMT

    sana & dilshan must open for sri lanka atleast till 2011.dont try to get revenge from sana he;s the no 1 operner in the world not only sri lanka. we need him to open the batting than middle order. dont try to waste our properties give him the chance to open the sri lanka inning Sana & dilshan will give you more & more than u expected. dont try to put sana under pressure we need him alteast for 20011 WC but i know he can play for sri lanka for another 5-8 years. please give sana chance sana i wish u all the best score few blasting centuries & show demel that ur the best

  • krishangallage on November 3, 2009, 3:49 GMT

    what the hake sanath should not go he is a top class bastmen and bowler. demel you ask him do you want to go????????????demal you go home .sanath needs to be in the team antil 2015.with out him sri lanka will lose every game.

  • krishangallage on November 3, 2009, 3:36 GMT

    Sanath if you are reading this people all round the worls want you to stay in cricket it is not that we are emotional but there are no one to play the role in the team you play. Of course there is small amount who think you need to go, please liten to the majority. see you at world cup 2011

  • krishangallage on November 3, 2009, 3:27 GMT

    This is not the most ugliest decision Sri Lnaka Cricket has made. If you look at last 5-6 matches it is not Sanath's mistake which led to our side's lose. It is players like Sangakkara, Mahela and others who think sanath Should go who are responsible. If you look at champions trophy sanath's fielding has been the best in the team. Some young players were dropping catches and sangakkara has been unsuccesful as a captain not making the right decisions. For example he did not realize we win matches each time Angelo Mathews bowled the fist over. Bowling change has been poor. However Sanath's bowling has been briliant. If you could just check stats fitness records or anything and see who is leading. It is just Sanath. I am in NZ and lot of people here have the same opinion. They really feel sorry about him. I am sure 95% of people want to see Sanath in the seeing while they wish sangakkara not to hold the captancy but a spokesman for the team. may triple gem bless you sanath

  • muththa85 on November 2, 2009, 19:31 GMT

    after reading most of these posts, it is so frustrating to hear people say sana shuold leave... he is the fittest out of the bunch and has a ton of experience, the only thing lacking is tht he needs confinidence and a few good scores. He has been given too much pressure and responsibility by asking him to play his natural game at the top.His natural game is hit out or get out, so whenever he gets out everyone thinks he needs to retire.I think this is the best thing that is gonna happen to sana. Just like afridi comes in the middle for pakistan, lankans can utilize sana as a genuine storkeplayer and a fast scorer and also use him as a frontline spinner. I think sana needs to be used as a bowler much frequntly and his task should be to not give away runs. Remember the type of bowling he did in 1996, that is exactly what he has to do, frustrate the batsman and not give away runs. Upul should play the anchor role and try to occupy the crease till the 20-25th overs. Good luck sana.

  • SLCRICKETFANLINCOLN on November 2, 2009, 17:38 GMT

    Sanath had been a loyal servant to Sri Lankan cricket for a long period.Recent failure of SL team in oneday format mainly is due to failure of batsmen to score consistently. It is unfair to target Sanath alone. There was no batsman including highly (over)rated Sangkkara managed to score consistently in a single oneday competion in recent past.It is shameful of SL cricket administrators who are trying to dump sanath to oblivion. Sanath himself is to partially responsible for the situation by rather than leaving at his peak trying to cling on to a team where he is increasingly unwelcome.

  • sandeep.sandy on November 2, 2009, 9:36 GMT

    Sanath is the best and the most destructive batsman of all times.Dropping him makes no sense.Even in the recent matches that he played sanath has given a quick start for the SL team although he has not scored many runs in some matches.With this start given by sanath and dilshan in the top order it provides a platform for the middle order batsmen to put up a high score.We all know very well what sanath can do if he gets going.No Body in this world can stop his destructive batting.He is the fittest player in the srilankan team.Sanath will surely improve his batting in the series against india.Sanath needs to play till world cup 2011.Come on Sanath u can do it.We are there to support u.

  • dulith2 on November 2, 2009, 9:24 GMT

    please add some new plyers for sri lanka one day team. thera are lots of players who performing well in this season. as a example we can take Dinesh Chandimal whos batting average is above 60. sri lanka need 1 or 2 big hitters in the middle order. thilana kandambi is ok. but we need some one like indika de sarem, saman jayantha, m pushpakumara,ferweez maharoof.and please concern about thilina tushara's batting abilitis. if he can bat in the middle order he will be a good striker. and he will bring the mommentem to score freely.

  • amilasan on November 2, 2009, 7:37 GMT

    In my point of view, Jayasuriya should be given one more chance to bat in the top order? Then he will show what he can do in top order. Dilshan & Sanath are similar to the combination Sanath & Kalu in 1996. Since Dilshan performs well at the moment Sanath should be given another chance to prove how good batsman he is in top order.I ask from those pandits that is it worth to give Jayasuriya to bat 3 - 5 overs in the inning and will do the trick for Sri Lanka? No it's not. But he will try to grab the every opportunity that will be given to him. Will see the show in months time, how it works, until then please shut up and wait. Come on Sana, Prove it yourself to others, We want you till 2011 world cup.

  • supun2003 on November 1, 2009, 11:18 GMT

    playing the best ever odi opener as a midle oder batsmn???this is rediculs.on the other hand what happn if dilshan fails to delivr by the time wc 2001 starts..you cant xpect him to continue this form 4ever.best xample is ajantha mendis.so we have only two options,either 2 play sanath as an opener or send him home.but just like the millions of fans belive,i think this is not the time 4 him 2 leave.if we want to win the wc,i belive sanath is the most significant factor.tharanga,udawatta or even dilshan wont be effective as him.any way i hope that he will come up with a brillint and memorable inning 2 show wat he is made of as sanath always do..

  • auggie on November 1, 2009, 10:40 GMT

    If anyone should go its De Mel and his selectors for the gafs they made which even prompted Atapattu's famous jibe about jokers. Captains of international teams have a lot of influence on selection and are so powerful these days that they can even get their coaches sacked if they so wish ( Peterson/Moores for example) So Its not just De Mel and co. who want Sanath out it has to be Sangakarra too. Sanath is the only genuine matchwinner ala Shewag, Yuvraj, ex Gilchrist, etc. style. He should be allowed to open in the WC with Dilshan not for sentimental reasons but just because he still can produce a fast, match winning start. Someone else mentioned here about giving youngsters a chance. Er, Is it Udawatte, Paranatvithana or who ? Is there a single youngster today who can match Sanaths batting let alone his willy bowling that has brought over 300 wkts

  • ayubowan2010 on November 1, 2009, 2:46 GMT

    Let's not forget that Jayasuriya made us (Sri Lankans) all proud with his unique batting style which incidentally turned the phase of limited over cricket to a new level and gave birth to T20 format. Cricketers all over the world (including Australia) adopted his style. He exposed the tiny island of Sri Lanka to all corners of the globe. We as Sri Lankans owe him our utmost gratitude for keeping us entertained and assuring us of a win each time he came to the crease as an opener with Kalu. However, having said that, I feel that he should call it a day and hand his gloves while dignity is still alive!

  • Leanardo26 on October 31, 2009, 19:42 GMT

    What the hell was that? Sanath must go but when? still he can win matches for Srilanka..If Sanath has to go now before that there are few other poor players have to go out like Mahela,Sanga, according to those players Sanath had better performance in Batting , balling and fielding.When Sanath is in the team opposite captain always in under pressure.Because no one can stop when this master blaster gets going. His age is not a problem for his performance. he is fitter than all the other srilankan players.Selectors please take a look at his performance against the India,he is the most established player against them and many of the cricketing nations.We are having a small thought of winning the 2011 world cup but without Sanath it'll be a big big dream......................Asantha De Mel please first of all you go home.....

  • scoop_cricket on October 31, 2009, 15:29 GMT

    i think its time for sanath to leave and give the youngsters a chance.as we all know sri lanka is a country which is full of talent. tharanga will not be the ideal option as he has lot of problems in technique.we need someone who is not a dasher but a solid strokemaker to partner dilshan. my personal opinion is that jehan mubarak is the ideal replacement.though mubarak has not been consistent throughout i think he is more suited to the openers slot than the finisher.lankan selectors made a fudametal error when mubarak was pushed to the middle order. as we all can racall mubarak was instrumental in the VB series 06/07 for SL when he palyed some extravaget stokes as to everyone's surprise. Even legendary commentator richie benaud talked about how well he tacled the likes of mcgrath and lee in some of the hardest pitches.

  • Charm78 on October 31, 2009, 8:54 GMT

    SJ started his career as a middle order batsman all-rounder. Don't forget. When he is moved to this new role, he is already in a familiar tertiary. This will help him to gain confidence with power hitting which is difficult for him to do under current circumstance especially as his position under scrutiny at the top. The fact is that Sanga can better utilize team's batting potential if Sanga use the batting P-play wisely. It's a delicate matter in current one day format and there are many instances that wrong move from the batting captain leading to minor achievements specially when batting first. TF, it's all up to Sanga and the Mgt that how to handle all these issues or, it can cost Sana's place in the team and unfortunately, we wouldn't see him in 2011 world cup. Sanga has already showed that he is well versed with the job and he knows the value of Sanath. I'm sure Sanath can signify his dominance in world cricket being the best ever one day player when it comes to crucial matches.

  • Pubs1978 on October 31, 2009, 6:00 GMT

    I think this is a good move & SL should look for other options in the opening department but why are we giving so many chances to tharanga,he is failing all the time & strike rate is also very slow..this will put huge pressure on dilshan... I don't understand why Udewatte is not being given a chance ahead of tharanga.. he's a batsmen for the future. He was devastating in practice matches played against pakistan during there tour to SL. Udewatte was given one off 20/ 20 match he failed then he's not even in any squad. I think Sanga can groom this guy to serve SL in the future, as per the sauad choosen for one day & 20/20 matches I think we should use Mahela upfront instead of Tharanga as Mahela has variety of shots and this will ease the burden for Dilshan. Also a another factor is SL should not loose wickets within the 1st 5 overs if we are to put a decent score, Sanga should advice the opening batters to asses and go for it as dilshan has the tendency to hit every ball.

  • sri_lankan_cricket_star on October 31, 2009, 4:25 GMT

    i think without sanath opening dilshan is going to have a lot of responsibility on his shoulders to score to set a platform for SL

  • ferzil927 on October 31, 2009, 2:37 GMT

    well, i think the sri lankan selectors should look at the statistic's before making a judgment of a player. just look at the records for last 12 months for SL. sanath is very much ahead in all three departments,batting, bowling & fielding from the other guy's in the team. this is a team game & why would you point a finger aiming at one player. age is not a problem for sanath cos hes fitter than the younger guys in the team. i guess Sanga & selectors should rethink about this. good luck sanath, i believe you can come back.

  • Agnar on October 30, 2009, 22:52 GMT

    Not only SL fans but also cricket fans from other countries have enjoyed Sanath's brilliant batting. Thank you for the service to SL team. We all know Sanath is a fighter and I am confident that he will take all opportunities to play cricket. If he still believes in himself he will play and perform. I hope that will take this decision professionally and still play. I agree with the selectors decision and hope that they will come up with a good system for selection. Every player except captain should be selected based on numbers that reflect not only career average but also the current form. If captain does not perform he should be fired as captain first and then his place in team should considered. All politicians should stay away from selectors job. If you look at Sanath's performance as an all rounder it is still not bad. Santh, you showed the world how to open an innings. Now get on with the new job and show what you are made of.

  • TheGreatHypnotist on October 30, 2009, 21:57 GMT

    Sanath must go !!! but when ? Well if you judge batters on form then Mahela will be the first one to GO. Sanath can bat, ball field and above all his presence will always a boot to the team and bring fear to the opposition. Apart from Dilshan, Kandamby, Mathews, Nuwan and Thushara no one contributed to the SL team regularly. Mahela with an Avg of 32 and batting at Four and Sanga with an Avg of 35 and batting at Three show how poor our batting line is. Compare with this lineup - Sana 32.00(dasher), Marven 37.00(anchor), Sanga 35.00, Aravinda 35.00( Pure Class), Arjuna 36.00(match turner), Mahela 32.00. That was a proven line-up. There were few changes to this line-up during last 10 years but on average the best lineup we can have and had and proven match-winning line-up..... but now.... 2011 WC victory will be a dream if this line-up continue their form.

  • barmyarmy44444 on October 30, 2009, 21:19 GMT

    what type of rubbish is that?he is a natural opener and can make use of the powerplay at the start.he likes pace on the ball and may struggle against the older ball although he could make use of the batting powerplay.

  • PantheraLeo on October 30, 2009, 17:17 GMT

    GREAT! This should've been done ages ago. We have to stop being sentimentalists & focus on the bigger picture. Those who say "If sanath clicks we win", doesn't think about "how to win" when he doesn't. That should be the KEY! That's what we did in 96 by having "experience" in the middle order. What have we done since Ara & Arjuna retired? KEPT Experienced players at top & introduce youngsters at the middle (which is always a pressure cooker - either final overs OR too many wickets down too early). They tend to fail more often than not, even after promising phases. DON'T Forget when Sanath was promoted he had an avg of just 11+. Look how inconsistent DILSHAN was before he was promoted? My point is we have WASTED a generation of promising players by "Throwing them at the deep end". Having Sanath at the middle will only help the confidence of everybody else & also solves our wasting of batting powerplay with NO bighitters. This way, it's the best for SL Cricket, no doubt in my mind!

  • ICON_SANATH on October 30, 2009, 17:01 GMT

    Dearest Sanath, just conc on the 1st 8 overs and keep your wicket , you should be able to score atleast 4 200s before you retire in intl 1 dayers aganist any team . If MJ is the ultimate 'King of Pop' , Sampras is the ' greatest tennis legend ' , so you are - " the "icon " or "Rajini" of limited overs cricket " . I hope and pray to the almighty Lord Shiva to give you all the strength and be your guiding power.

    U really amaze me, from a very humble background to a genius icon and still going strong @ 40 , thanks for being humble & down-to-earth and a guiding star .

  • muththa85 on October 30, 2009, 15:27 GMT

    I think this is the ideal scenario for Sana. He has been a terrific performer as an opener but now that he has been opening for a long period of time, the frontline bowlers opening the bowling attack for the oppostions know exactly how and where to bowl to Sana to restrict him from scoring freely. When Sana comes in the middle order, the bowlers will be already a bit tired and also would be a different situation where he does not have pressure to score runs as soon as he gets in there. The opening combination is good with dilshan and tharanga or they shoud go dilshan and mahela. Mahela seems to be getting too bogged down and thinking too much of his role when he come in at no.4. I think he should open the batting and get him to play freely rather than making him think he should play arjuna's role, which I think is a bit tough for him to do right now. my team for 50 over games in india, Tharanga,Dilshan,Sanga,Mahela,Sana ,samaraweera/Kapu,kandamby,Mathews,2 pacies and murali.

  • suni_kumar on October 30, 2009, 13:46 GMT

    to compare all figures with sachin except average shows how "convenience and missing the bigger picture" factor has played a part in Kiwirocker's comments, to score against India is not a big thing, India never had good bowling attack,

  • V.GOMES on October 30, 2009, 12:49 GMT

    Look, if we are going to drop Sanath, then we should go ahead and get it over with. Just drop him. The indecisiveness by the board is hurting the team. No need to move him down the order or give him a few more games. Just drop him and replace him with Taranga, Udawatte, or who ever the board things is the best for the future of SL cricket. Come on, its not like we have a lack of talent in Sri Lanka right now. I'm mean even if we drop Sanath down the order who will he replace? The in-form Kandamby or the our talented young all-rounder Mathews? Just do ahead and drop him and move on, because unfortunately all this about Sanath was a distraction at the Champ trophy and continues to do so now. Let's not make the same mistake India is making with their record hungry Tendulkar. Unlike in India, cricket in Sri Lanka is a team game and not an individual sport. So just drop him and lets move on with the future of SL cricket.

  • gorky_s on October 30, 2009, 12:41 GMT

    so these men know when Sanath has to call it a day? He is still one of the fittest players in the team, and still a matchwinner, like, may Dilshan has been in recent times, but no one else in the Sri Lankan line-up. If he is sidelined for the WC2011, then God help Sri Lanka. Opponent teams must be smiling at this news. Great!!!

  • Huangdi on October 30, 2009, 12:31 GMT

    Dear Jayasuriya, please don't worry hearing the negative feedbacks from people in this form. You've still got opportunities, just go ahead and perform positively! You've performed well and still you've the strength, ability and wisdom! We are waiting you to start with a huge Ton and wish you good luck! Millions of Lankans are with you! We respect you very much and you are our hero!

  • VajiraR on October 30, 2009, 11:56 GMT

    I think almost all of the comments have got it right. Is it only Sanath to Blame? Any one knows if Sanath scores a fifty, Sri Lanka wins. How about the other top order? What have they done? I think our biggest problem is nothing else, but the idiotism in the selections. I don't think we have played the best 11 ever since de Mel took over. He never allowed the team to settle down. If we don't make the correct decision to remove de Mel even at this late stage, winning the World Cup will be a very distant dream. As an old Trinitian, I had very high regards for Sanga because I thought he is a good reader of the game. However, it has changed no sooner he tried to defend the selections and not calling a spade a spade like Arjuna or Warnapura.

  • Mcroos on October 30, 2009, 11:28 GMT

    let sanath to play as openning batsman and untill next world cup. we all know if he clicks then srilanka will be ending with a win. so just keep him as a opener. no point try him in the middle overs its a waste for our team. players like Sanath / Sachin do not treat like this they are legends let them dicide when they need quit. hope at the current Srilankan cricket no one can matched sanath.

  • kiththa_SL123 on October 30, 2009, 11:15 GMT

    well i think SL cricket has taken the right decision. i do not think this undermines who is sanath. no one in the world has scored more that 13000 runs and taken more that 300 wickets. people can argure but looking at all the contibutions to the world of one day cricker he ranks above all even sachine or lara or any body who played international clicket. but the point is he is 40 and how long he can go . he is athlatic, but he has become more nd morei nconsistant during last couple of years. and new playesr also need time to settle and play. remember when arjuna and aravinda left people were so afraid that the holes they created can not be filled. but sanath and mavan did it exceptainally well and they carried the burden. sri lanka nor world will not reproduce another sanath. but some one in the team will take the responsibility and perform. sri lanka will win in the future as well. what i feel is now its hight time for sana say good bye in a high note in the india tour. Thank you sana

  • mrm_87 on October 30, 2009, 10:51 GMT

    i think selectors are doing their duty.Alothough hes senior if hes not performin thn his past performance shouldnt be the ONLY criteria to keep him in the team.Tharanga,dilshan will be equally effective.Youngster should get his place if hes performing at his PEAK.If sanath performs no DOUBT he will b bak in top order.I cant understand why people make such an issue when a senior players place comes under scanner dat too on the basis of performance??Eg. rahul dravid was picked for SA CT but not for IND vs AUS..i mean its ok if hes not picked.selectors felt his services were needed in SA so he got a call & for IND vs AUS dey felt his services r not required at this time so wasnt picked....No1 would say a word if same treatment is given to a junior eg Abhishek nayar,virat kohli ,pragyan ojha who are more capable for ODI but still playin musical chair for place in the team.Hence experienced vs youngster debate should be fair at the end of the day country needs performance no1 is above dat

  • HLANGL on October 30, 2009, 10:45 GMT

    At least bring in someone like Bhanuka Rajapaksha & give him some exposure. He may still fail, at least he's a very exciting young potential, by no means a slogger like Mahela Udawaththa, so that will be a good investment for the SL cricket. Ideal timing would be to continue J'suriya as an opener till 2011 WC, so that Rajapakshe may have been better shaped by then to handle the international standards. Can't see any good if they drop J'suriya now & bring Tharanga in. For gode sake, don't do it worse by dropping the great man & bringing sloggers like Udawaththa. Using him an allrouder spoiled his stats as a batsmen in the initial part of Jayasuriya's career, seems like it's heading to end in the same agony. Pretty sad, true J'suriya should have been warned over his inconsistency & but it's too early yet to drop him from openning. The only similar opener would have been Saman Jayantha, but now it's too late, he's also 35+. SL can afford to loose all other veterans in ODIs, but not this.

  • shahab.aalam on October 30, 2009, 10:41 GMT

    Jayasuria should declare his retirement at dis point of time. He is a true legend but he should follow footsteps of other cricket legends who took their retirement in graceful manner....like Gilly , Mcgrath , Martyn , Desilva , Imran Khan , Botham, trescothik etc..... But dis is a common problem in almost all subcontinent players...we cant say anything abt it..:)

  • HLANGL on October 30, 2009, 10:18 GMT

    A move by people who don't know their own ability. Jayasuriya is Sri Lanka's last remaining match winning batsman in ODIs, the version of game where you have to couple the consistency with the ability to counterattack in equal measure. He's a wonderfully attacking batsman, almost unstoppable when in song. How many matches, most importantly how many tournaments, he's single handedly won for Sri Lanka?. Forget about the '96 world cup. You'd still find dozens, '97 Asia Cup, '97 Independence Cup in india, 2000 Sharjah tournament (189 in the final), 2007 WC/Asia Cup, also a numerous bilateral tournaments. What's on the earth others, except Aravinda De Silva, have done. If this man is to retire now, it'll be the end of the road for SL in ODIs. They won't even reach semis in 2011 WC. Players like Mahela & S'kara are just accumulators of runs in most cases, 90 out of 100 their runs won't make any impact in ODIs given their rate of scoring, for sure. Good like, most of us can quit watching ..

  • Homesh on October 30, 2009, 9:52 GMT

    This type of decisions and proposals happens always in international cricket, they lose the world cup and will start selecting the team for next world cup.......Sanath, a person who can break the confidence of opponent......His performance is now in testing phase.......if Srilanka loses Sanath, then they dont have any replacement to fulfil Sanath.......

  • Crave_nz1 on October 30, 2009, 9:44 GMT

    It's funny how many people are quick to judge Sanath. And how many people that are saying he should retire have played Ineternational cricket ?? Allot of player in the S/L team have under preformerd in the past and you can not just blame it on Sanath. How many games has he won for S/L ? and havent crickters played into their 40s before such Graham Gooch and Geoff Boycott age means nothing if you still have passion for the game !! All players have gone through lean patches Dilshan only has been in form for the last 18 months, and how many chanceS did he get prior to that ?? players like Chamara Silva bought back into the side over and over again and they fail. in the recent ICC trophy it looked liked S/L had just as much trouble with the bowling and feilding so you can't blame it on one man. I believe Sanath will come back and should open. And SANATH IF YOUR READING THIS KEEP PLAYING INTERNATIONAL CRICKET WITH THE PASSION YOU HAVE PLAYED WITH FOR OVER THE YEARS !! RUNS WILL FLOW AGAIN !

  • stuartlittle on October 30, 2009, 9:06 GMT

    Is this the beginning of the end of an era? I think the signs are there. Cricket will be poorer without Sanath's explosiveness, his creativity. I think it had to happen some day, sooner or later. The only positive in this is that Sanath paved the way for Dishan's brand of batting and I hope to see a new explosive talent come into the team when he finally calls it quits.

  • DreamsNeverDie on October 30, 2009, 9:01 GMT

    This could turn out to be a blessing in disguise but the thing is that players like Sanath are not there in the team to be the anchor role.he is there to dominate and as such will fail his fair share of times.The SL selectors should not even THINK of dropping him but i thi nk the drop down the order is a wise decision.peace...

  • KiwiRocker- on October 30, 2009, 8:59 GMT

    Jaysuriya is a true legend. Surely Tendulkar is the leading ODI run scorer but Tendulkar has not won a world cup for India or has taken as many wickets as Jaysuriya or possesses an amazing strike rate as Jaysuriya. Sanath Jaysuriya is/was best ODI batsman ever!! What makes him so destructive is when he scored, Sri Lanka generally won. Sanath Jaysuriya has been closes thing to Sir Viv Richards. Amazing power and destruction. It is a poor decision by Sri Lankan selectors. Sanath Jaysuriya has a strong hold on Indian bowling and has scored heavily in India so he should definitely be part of Sri Lankan team for World cup and as an opener. Its a shame that selectors did not consider Jaysuriya's ability to score big in big matches. Surely he has failed recently but what has Tendulkar done recently? Sri Lankan selectors treat this icon of Sri Lankan cricket with great respect. Jaysuriya's modesty also made him a fine sportsman and cut above than arrogant overpaid mega stars floating around.

  • Brian07 on October 30, 2009, 8:42 GMT

    All good things come to an end. So will be the story for sanath. He cant be the sanath for ever. I think this may be his last tour. It is hard to perform under pressure or just to hit all the time at power play. It's a good move by the selectors and I m sure the Board will be happy to let go his contract.

    SL should be so proud to produce a cricketer like him. Good Luck santh

  • amilasan on October 30, 2009, 8:12 GMT

    In simple words, Over the years SriLanka team wins matches in every time Sanath Jayasuriya gets runs or gets the wickets & supports the team. He is a match winning cricketer. No doubt about that. Please think for a moment, Do Srilanka has another match winners (I mean Batsmans) other than sanath (exclude recently new looked Dilshan also)? Sanga & Mahela are great batsmans, but as the stats reveal they were not able to win matches for Srilanka single handedly. Feel free to comment & argue on this.

  • hakida on October 30, 2009, 8:12 GMT

    Is this is end note of Sanaths Chapter?????

    I got stat on few major players in the pool and comparison their last 10 innings. Mahela - 366, Sanath - 263, Upul Tharanga - 251, Sangakkara - 216, Chamara Kapu - 181. (Sanath took 10 wickets in his last 10 innings and show brilliant in fielding session)

    Who should will drop?????

  • RaghuI on October 30, 2009, 7:34 GMT

    de Mel has completely got this wrong, I think Sri Lankans are getting Cocky they should remember that their ranking are based on last few seasons where they have played only in their home. I think sanath deserved his place more than Mahela You cannot expect the same result from a 40 year old man but dont forget he is far better than many young people in their team. Everyone would be dissapointed if sanath is pressurized to bow out remember how he has bounced back post retirement.India and others would be very happy to know that Sanath will be out because he had scored massively against India....

  • Sampath_KCS on October 30, 2009, 7:29 GMT

    On Jaysuriya issue selectors would have said that to him about a year ago..There are good times & bad times..It would have been a Glorious farewell for him. Now if he fails in the Indian Tour he has to quit the game as looser..which is a sin to do against the most destructive batsman the ODI format have produced.. We as srilankans forget things very soon & no one will talk about the number of matches he single handed won for SL...On SL Cricket what we have to say is ...lets talk less & work much..That's what we did under Mahela & were able to become the runners up in ODI World Cup in 2007.

  • Sukha89 on October 30, 2009, 7:17 GMT

    I have been loving the way Jayasuriya has performed for last 6-7 years and can bet their is no on all rounder like him. I respect the Srilankan team selectors but got to past and review the record its one and only one person who has stood tall against Indian bowling attacks. Yes sometimes a player goes down hill that does not mean you slack him out or move him down the order. If that happens then their is no one who can win the game for Srilanka. Moving him down the order means you declear that you lost the match before you play its like surrending. come one guys respect the legend and let him do what he has been doing for so long. Don't try to take him rights away from him.

  • ramkip on October 30, 2009, 7:07 GMT

    Poor decision. He is the only one who can give a flying start to Lankans in the ODIs or T20s. Is there any one close to him to do the same? He can still win matches for SL single handedly. Even if he is being compared with an youngster half of his age, Sanat is still miles ahead at the moment.

  • Chathura141 on October 30, 2009, 6:39 GMT

    No. We don't wanna miss you. Sanath is greatest player in the current team and he is the best ODI player for SL (even now @ 40). Dilshan is the only man giving a good fight with him. Going to No. 4 is a good Idea. I think Mahela should come to open with Dilshan, or @ no 5. Otherwise he should have a rest & come as he is averaging around 20 over last 12 months. If someone opening with Dilshan sanga should come @ 3 and Sanath @ 4. If we can include both Maharoof and Mathews into the team, It'll be great.

  • HLANGL on October 30, 2009, 6:09 GMT

    A ridiculous & irrational move to say the least. I'd love to see this team keeps on loosing if the selectors & the senoir set of players including the newly appointed captain Kumar Sangakkara, are to make such moves to address their inability as a team. True. With the inclusion of Jayasuriya at the top of the batting line up, Sri Lanka is always taking chances, but rightly so. Sometimes he would fail, but all such lean periods had ended up with floods of runs in the past. Just take years 2006-2007, when he was first dropped at the age of 37. He bounced back remarkably. In general, he would fail in 6-7 matches out of 10. But can win the rest 3-4 single handedly. Just take the last Asia Cup in 2008. Who else can do this in the SL lineup ? Mahela, Sangakkara ??? Damn rubbish ... Their runs are just numbers, won't make much impact to at least 1 game out of 10. Pls address the real issue, SL as a team is over-dependent on Jayasuriya. That's why his failure means the failure of the team.

  • HLANGL on October 30, 2009, 6:06 GMT

    A ridiculous & irrational move to say the least. I'd love to see this team keeps on loosing if the selectors & senoir set of players including the newly appointed captain Kumar Sangakkara, if they are to make such moves to address their inability as a team. True. With the inclusion of Jayasuriya at the top of the batting line up, Sri Lanka is always taking chances, but rightly so. Sometimes he would fail, but all such lean periods had ended up with floods of runs in the past. Just take years 2006-2007, when he was first dropped at the age of 37. He bounced back remarkably. In general, he would fail in 6-7 matches out of 10. But can win the rest 3-4 single handedly. Just take the last Asia Cup in 2008. Who else can do this in the SL lineup ? Mahela, Sangakkara ??? Damn rubbish ... Their runs are just numbers, won't make much impact to at least 1 game out of 10. Pls address the real issue, SL as a team is over-dependent on Jayasuriya. That's why his failure means the failure of the team.

  • shivashekar on October 30, 2009, 5:57 GMT

    Cheap thing from the selectors i must say.Jayasuriya is one of the best opening batsman in the history of ODI cricket. They cannot dictate terms to a person who has scored more than 13000 runs and taken more than 300 wickets. He is a person who can be called a true "All rounder".

  • cricmaniac100 on October 30, 2009, 5:56 GMT

    As an all out sri lankan supporter id say that this is the BEST decision the sri lankan cricket board ever made. This would bring out the real sanath whether he is still a devastating batman like he used to be or he has lost his mojo. Having sanath in the team is like a gamble he scores we win or we dont the Opening position in limited overs cricket is very important but all sanath does it give a catch to 3rd man or score a 100(which comes about every 20 games) he needs to be more responsible while he bats or has to leave it to someone else other teams actually like sanath (when he is not in form of course) because he gives them an early wicket almost all the time hes so predictable you bowl fast and wide on a legnth hell mistake it for a short one and hit it straight down 3rd mans throat. Sanath is my favorite player and i hope that this move only makes him a better player like what happened to dilshan they dropped him and he started scoring.

  • zak123kaif on October 30, 2009, 5:54 GMT

    Good work done by srilankan selectors to apply some pressure on jayasuriya because at age of 40 one cannot maintain the same reflexes he used to do 10-15 years earlier at fast bowlers.however jayasuriya can still make good use of batting powerplay and thats the reason why i think they have decided to keep him lower in batting order and as an allrounder.

  • lucyferr on October 30, 2009, 5:39 GMT

    It would have been helpful if this article had been accompanied by a year-by-year table of SJ's domestic & ODI batting & bowling figures.

  • GemsBond on October 30, 2009, 5:05 GMT

    This is a very-2 good decision to play Sanath as an all rounder.They can still utilize his hard hitting skills in batting power play in the end of innings. It will reduce pressure of Sanath as he need not to worry to make partnerships an settle the innings he can play freely as before in the last overs.SL can use him as an late opener after 34 overs when mandatory bowling change is made.One more good thing is that at least SL selectors are open with their seniors not like India who picks and drops them frequently and insults them.

  • beejaytee on October 30, 2009, 5:01 GMT

    @maxgilli - in season 2008, he averaged 47.5 at a strike rate of 111.5! That's five years after you thought "his time was over". He still averages above 30 with the bat, is a great fieldsman (better than many younger players), and is economical and takes wickets as a bowler! What do want from the man? Should he captain? Coach? Does anyone other than Dan Vettori qualify to play international cricket in your eyes?

  • carbandpunk on October 30, 2009, 4:54 GMT

    I have been waiting for this to happen and I think that this is a great decision. Jayasuriya is a legend and an amazing all-rounder but its very risky to have two aggressive opening batsman because if they both get out early it puts a lot of pressure of sanga and jayawardene... and out of the openers dilshan has been doing better. Tharanga has been comparitively consistant and i think he deserves a permanant spot opening the batting. I think our ideal team should be 1. Dilshan 2. Tharanga 3. Sanga 4. Jayawardene 5. Samaraweera 6. Jayasuriya 7. Matthews 8. Thushara 9. Kulasekera 10. Mendis 11. Murali. If a batsman fails then Kandamby should take the spot and if a bowler fails then Lasith Malinga should take the spot. I have been watching Kaushal Silva since the Royal-Thomian games and i have great respect for his cricket abilities but i don't think he is needed in the one days and 20-20s. I think he should play test though, P Jayawardene has been given way too many oppurtunities...

  • Fawad.Saiyed on October 30, 2009, 4:47 GMT

    Poor Decision by the selectors.He had been a Legend of short version of the game and should be treated with respect.He still is fit and committed individual so must be given chance to get out of the bad patch he is facing now.Once back in form he still can be one of most devestating opener in world cricket.

  • mysay on October 30, 2009, 4:44 GMT

    The biggest failures in the Sri Lankan squad is Sanath, Sangakkara & Ajantha Mendis. Sanath needs to be given just one more game, that pressure would perhaps make him perform, if he can't then he might as well walk out graciously without waiting for the axe. Sangakkara should be stripped off captaincy and should be given back to Mahela. Sanga is plainly failing to walk the talk. Ajantha should be dropped as India have no difficulty reading him, I think Rangana or Loku should take the trip instead. The opening pair should be TM & Sanga.

  • Sumeet.Gupta on October 30, 2009, 4:43 GMT

    LOL.....as an India supporter......i'll be more than happy to see Sanath depart. However, as a cricket lover, his retirement/dropping will be a sad day in cricket. This guy is still amazing, still fit and still more consistent than Jayawardena and Sangakkara. And a suggestion for SL selectors - if you want to bring back Sanath in form, schedule a match against India :-)

  • Eranga_Abey on October 30, 2009, 4:39 GMT

    When we compare last few innings ( last 12 innings )between Mahela and Jaya there is not much difference.But Jayasuriya has been so important because of his wonderful fielding and bowling and his match wining THINKING.But when Mahela's batting is fail there is no more contribution or support to the team interm of match winning.So Jayasuriya is still pressious for Sri Lanken Team.He should continue till next world cup at least.What Sri Lanken team now should consider is consistant batsman for replace of Mahela's Place.

  • Kart_in_Quartz on October 30, 2009, 4:25 GMT

    Agreed Jayasuriya's form is a concern of late. However he has an excellent track record against India. And even recently with his last century as the oldest player ever has come against India. He has proved this time and again, no matter what the conditions are.

    Giving a middle order role and as an all rounder is fine, but ideally they should pursue him in the opener's slot at least for the upcoming series v India. Moreover the Indian conditions suit him well. He can later be judged for his position in the team after the Indian tour, for subsequent series. Selectors or maybe Kumar, do consider this point before the final say.

  • rustom_deboo on October 30, 2009, 4:06 GMT

    sanath jayasuriya cannot be displaced from his opening slot...hes a legend in that position and should be retained there. i bet you hes just a few knocks away from a big one. age hasnt caught up with him.

  • Madushan on October 30, 2009, 4:01 GMT

    The selectors had made a timely decision, it's true that Sanath Jayasuriya has rendered a yeoman to services to the country and the cricketing world, but when you take his age into consideration what i feel is that he is depriving an opportunity for another youngster to take his place. When you take his form after world cup 2007 its not that convincing and does not justify for him to hold a permanent position in the team, his scoring pattern has been a half century after failing in 6 or 7 matches. Mahela Udawatte can be the ideal replacement for Jayasuriya as he has been scoring well in the domestic scene & in the Sri Lankan "A" team, but I'm not sure as to why they drafted Upul Tharanga back into the side. It is true that he performed well in the Pakisthan ODI series at home, he has a problem of coping up against the moving ball. If he has rectified that error it would be worth to give him an opportunity.

  • 7477 on October 30, 2009, 4:00 GMT

    if Jayasuriya needs to get back to form it has to be against his favorite opposition India with whom he's renowned to score very heavily against. hence, he should open at tear apart the mediocre bowling attack of India as there is no bounce whatsoever to trouble him. if he fails this time around then the selectors should not persist him for the tri series & give Udawatta/Rupasinghe or Chandimal a chance to show off their prowess. this is the best & the last opportunity for him to perform or back his bags. even in recent domestic circuit he has failed miserably & was not even called upon by his club side to roll his arm over signaling the end of an era of a sheer match winner. but i still believe if Tharanga fails in the first 2 one dayers Jaya will be reinstalled as an opener & he should thrive on it. knowing how well he has faught back over the years i think he could still spring a surprise or two.

  • amilasan on October 30, 2009, 3:57 GMT

    Selectors are really irrational in Sri Lanka Cricket. I am telling this not because I am a Sanath Jayasuriya lover or fan. All people around the world knows what a fantastic player, what a power hitter and what a fabulous player to watch.Selectors don't watch the cricket matches instead they go their private trips. I like to tell them watch a cricket match where Jayasuriya plays and get even 60 - 70 runs and then nothing is there for the other batters. And watch how many fans are worried when Jayasuriya gets out early in the innings. I think Jayasuriya is a player who should be used in the top order, not in the middle order because if he plays good 10 overs, the team will be hugely benefited by him and others just have to play a decent inning to get a huge total. Jayasuriya was recently below par. Yes Its true, but you never knows when he comes to run quickly, the opposition will be out of the control of the match. I wish Jayasuriya to show his ability & his coulors even at a age 40.

  • Hashwanth_26 on October 30, 2009, 2:47 GMT

    I don't know why selectors all over the world treat players like this. This is just atrocious way of hurting a player. They should not come up with such statements. They will appreciate him when he performs well and says that he is a great contributor of Sri Lanka but when he fails they hit back hard at him. This is not the way of treating a player like Jayasuriya. If they want, they can personally tell Sanath to retire instead of making such senseless statements in media.

  • Dishanstc on October 30, 2009, 2:46 GMT

    Well sanath can blow any attack apart in his day,but the truth is that you can't expect the hand/eye coordination to be the same as they were in his late 20s or 30s during the era as Asantha De Mel Metioned he could win us game every once in three occassions he walks out to bat,having said that we all know how he plays against India and knowing the fact that he could repeat that with a little bit of luck on the low slow indian wickets,at end I will have to say that selectors have gone in the right direction, he is a legend at the twilight of his career,all the best sana do it again.

  • carbandpunk on October 30, 2009, 2:44 GMT

    I have been waiting for this to happen and I think that this is a great decision. Jayasuriya is a legend and an amazing all-rounder but its very risky to have two aggressive opening batsman because if they both get out early it puts a lot of pressure of sanga and jayawardene... and out of the openers dilshan has been doing better. Tharanga has been comparitively consistant and i think he deserves a permanant spot opening the batting. I think our ideal team should be 1. Dilshan 2. Tharanga 3. Sanga 4. Jayawardene 5. Samaraweera 6. Jayasuriya 7. Matthews 8. Thushara 9. Kulasekera 10. Mendis 11. Murali. If a batsman fails then Kandamby should take the spot and if a bowler fails then Lasith Malinga should take the spot. I have been watching Kaushal Silva since the Royal-Thomian games and i have great respect for his cricket abilities but i don't think he is needed in the one days and 20-20s. I think he should play test though, P Jayawardene has been given way too many oppurtunities...

  • kalso on October 30, 2009, 2:43 GMT

    agree with dr.ac, when a human reaches a certain age the reflexes go down - naturally. Sanath being 40 yrs - it is fair to say that he is not the same Sanath.J, he use to be, in the 96 WC. It is high time either SJ realizes this- on his own or selectors show him the door. Its high time for SJ.

  • Hashwanth_26 on October 30, 2009, 2:42 GMT

    This is not a smart move by the selectors. Jayasuriya is a kind of player who use the initial overs of the innings with the hard ball but using him in the middle-order is an nothing kind of move because right now they're having a very good middle order batsmen with Kandamby and Mathews contributing well with Sangakkara and Jayawardene at no.3 and no.4 respectively. So the middle order is set. It's just because Sanath is not performing well in some ODI's recently, they should not disturb set middle-order. I think their batting is strong. Probably selectors should concentrate on bowling more because their bowlers are bit inconsistent these days, with pace bowlers bowls well in some matches and fails miserably in another.

  • rohanbala on October 30, 2009, 1:54 GMT

    Both vk6848 and PremasiriS viewpoints are spot on.. Some players in the Srilankan team have enjoyed extended stay despite faring badly over a short period of time, while in the case of Sanath Jayasuriya, the selectors need to look at his utility value as a bowler as well, apart from the starts he gives his team many times. It is hoped that the selectors will not dump Sanath like what they did in the past to good players like Roshan Mahanama and Marvan Athapattu.

  • Manush on October 30, 2009, 0:04 GMT

    Well, he had his days glory and lived long with his achievements & performance alone and it is time now for him to give way to younger player. Sri Lanka a small adjacent neighbour seem to have plenty of talents and should salute and say good bye to this veteran.India is yet to learn this lesson and live in sentiments only

  • RomanNoseJob on October 29, 2009, 23:36 GMT

    How has he failed against india. in the 7 matches he has played against them this year he has a ton, a 98, and a couple of 30s, it's great but it's not bad.

    Anyway the problem is not that jayasuriya is not as good as he used to be, it's that he's currently the second best ODI opener sri lanka have. Udwatte has failed every time he's been given an oppertunity and tharanga hasn't done much better. The test openers look similarly clueless.

  • Deenesh on October 29, 2009, 22:50 GMT

    The Sri Lankan selectors are being very hard on Sanath. With the pressure of performing to survive, the chances of him doing extrordinarily well are slim. Sanath needs to be given what Tendulkar has right now. both aging batsmen hoping to play one more world cup, Tendulkar is paired with one the world;s most destructive batsmen to open the game. His job is mainly to see the new ball off and get a good partnership. If he does well, good for him, if he fails, Dhoni and Gambhir will anchor the innings, and Yuvraj along with whoever bats at seven will finish it off. There is very little pressure. Contrast that to Jayasurya, who everyone still expects to score at 120 strike rate. Does tendulkar still score as fast as he once did? With age, he has had to temper his approach. the same should have been done for Jayasurya, but instead his board expects a super batsman who can smash 125 off of 85 balls. It's a miracle he survived this long with those coditions anyway. Good luck Sanath.

  • Samarawickrawickrama on October 29, 2009, 21:38 GMT

    Another Blunder, this is just the same joke they perform against Marvan. How can you say Upul Tharanaga will open the innings till world cup when he has failed miserably. This is what happen in last world cup where Upul failed but kept on playing ignoring Marvan and what happen to players like Mahela Udawatha. The selectors should respect Sanath, he is no ordinary player. He is THE BEST ODI PLAYER IN THE WORLD. A LEGEND, Form is temporarily but class is permanent .He will bounce back like rubber ball. So many tried to put him out but failed. This can be a blessing in disguise as there is another power play, and Sri Lankans doesn't have power hitters at the end. but if Upul is playing then on whose place, are they dropping Kandamby or Tilan, who have done well.

  • ravimeesala on October 29, 2009, 20:58 GMT

    Jayasuriya, the name itself creates fear in the opening bowlers and their line and length. Lots of openers are failing to contribute continuously for their team. It is almost unreasonable to ask them perform consistently. How ever, with legendary Jayasuriya, all the opponents want them not to be in the opener spot. He should be in the front place even if he is in bad form.I could not digest to drop him below the order. He is not 20 year old youngster to test him. If he fail consistently, he will step down and retire. I've seen very few matches where he failed totally with bat, ball and fielding. I know the next step is to leave him out like all other legends were traeted in the past.

  • Priyantha_Gunaratna on October 29, 2009, 20:49 GMT

    The hesitancy to drop Sanath is due to absence of a batsman who can be relied upon to deliver full quota or near full quota of overs with success in terms of containment and wicket taking in a match on a regular basis. Dilshan is a good part timer at times but does not fall into this category. What about Thilan? Why his bowling skills are not made use of? He did extremely well in ODIs initially as a bowler. Even won a Man of the Match Award for his bowling in an ODI in Australia. He has a fantastic record as a bowler at first class level. Unless there is an injury preventing him from bowling he should resume bowling now for the benefit of the team.

  • RajithaS on October 29, 2009, 20:35 GMT

    So here we go again. The selectors are calling for the great ones head. And look whos calling, the hedging expert. Sanath Jayasuriya is a National Asset. A world Heritage if i may say so. Hes 40. True hes abit old. But who cares, the man scored a hundred when he was 39 which was a couple of months ago. I remember Mahela scoring a hundred recently, but other than that who has scored a ODI hundred for SL? I think Sanga hasnt scored a ODI hundred since June 2008. So where does that leave Sanga? Just because the guy is old, why drop him? Mr.De Mel says that they expect Sanath to win SL a match once in every 3 games. I suppose they must be expecting Sanga to win SL a match once in every 30 games then cos the last time he scored a hundred was waaaaay back last year. What has Upul Tharanga done enough to replace Sanath Jayasuriya?

  • barani_sachin on October 29, 2009, 20:35 GMT

    How dare the selectors ask him to play lower the order. Is it a way to treat a veteran player. This is absurd.

  • triniandy61 on October 29, 2009, 20:02 GMT

    I think Sanath have serve his time.Go when people remember how great you were rather than struggling to perform.Take exit like gilchrist,lara,Inzaman,fleming.They could have carried on but did the right thing.In the coming years there will be too much cricket.Let the youngsters in now.Srilankan cricket is at a alltime high.Your cricket have come a long way.To keep this way you need to start looking for talent.Just look at talent that was on display during the CLT20 competition.

  • Vansan on October 29, 2009, 19:33 GMT

    Sad but Sanath should leave international arena as a player and go for duties as coach, Sri Lanka can find openers but i would bet none will go on achieveing as sanath have done already. He is 40, he should become some coach and make a profession on such areas

  • Baundele on October 29, 2009, 19:25 GMT

    This is a bad thinking from the SL management. It is a lie that Jayasuriya is not performing. He is doing pretty well; even in the last month he has scored a 79 balls 98. This shows, he is as hungry as ever, he is as effective as before. He is fit than many internal players who are in their 20s. De Mel is creating unnecessary fuss to ultimately drop him. Bad for SL cricket, as well as for World cricket.

  • Rajesh. on October 29, 2009, 18:58 GMT

    Asantha de Mel is one confused man.............

    And, whether Srilanka like it or not Jayasuriya still remains their biggest match-winner even at this age on par with Murali. Perhaps his inconsistency has something to do with insecurity........

  • Humas14 on October 29, 2009, 18:11 GMT

    Sri lanka'n selectors should not have a hard nut to crack.Dilshan and Sanath are going in a very good form.with sangakara in at no.3,and Mahela at no.4 sri lanka are a very strong batting side.Even Kapugedara,Kandamdy,Samaraweera and Angelo are going in a very good form.Sri lanka should prefer keeping playing Sanath as in conditions like India he would be even a handy bowler.

  • vk6848 on October 29, 2009, 18:00 GMT

    Let me tell you- if the other teams of the world want one man out of SL team, that would be Sanath Jayasuriya, even now. And no, there isn't anyone waiting in the wings who can do a better job than Sanath at 40 (sad for sri lanka) - and then there is his bowling and catching; and the joy and grace. It will be a crime to make him bat low; a worse crime to drop him. This excuse that SL batsmen failed to score because they were not in settled position is hogwash. Jayawardena was failing miserably but hung on by giving up captaincy, and then started scoring again- if it was results he should have gone long ago.

  • dr.achandra on October 29, 2009, 17:54 GMT

    I think it is a good move for Sanath to bat in the middle order. At the age of 40, it is natural for a batsman to lose a bit of reflexes and the hand eye coordination, which is very important for an opening batsman to counter fast bowling from Steyns, Bonds, and the Lees. Jayasuriya has been no exception to this and I am pretty sure Sanath would have realised this. It is obvious that he has slowed down on the field as well. I would say that the ideal position for Sanath to come in is No. 5. Dilshan, Tharanga, (left/right combo), Sanga, Jayawardene, Jayasuriya, Kandamby .... the batting order (especially the middle order) looks much more balanced this way.

  • chandau on October 29, 2009, 17:47 GMT

    aahhhh here we go again. the hedging expert coming out with his cricketing expertise. how many runs did DE MEL score and how many wickets did he take during his forgettable career of how many tests and ODIs???? the issue now is that there is no proper single replacement for sanath. if he is dropped we need an opener and a leg spinner. either way our batting or bowling is going to be short, not to mention the fielding of course. what have the so called replacements done in the past?? tharanga has a strike rate of below 80; udawatta is a very poor sanath clone if people still keep calling him that; dilruwan never scored did he?? warnapura, vandort and now para have not been tried in ODIs. only way out may be is for mahela to open with dilly. while we are on the subject, how many has sanga and mahela scored during the last 10 months?? KKchicks.. have u watched any cricket lately? how many in the team can give something in 3 aspects? i count dilly & angelo + sanath (may be maha) cheers

  • sri_lankan_cricket_star on October 29, 2009, 17:38 GMT

    i think the only reason he doesn't retire now is because he wants to retire after the next world cup

  • Maxgilli on October 29, 2009, 17:37 GMT

    Cany somebody explain why he is still playing. I thought when SL lost badly in the 2003 World Cup that his time is over and he will be retiring soon. But he is still playing. Is there any logic in this...Or is there some other reason other than cricket which has found him a place till now..somebody please throw some light...

  • nawwabsahab on October 29, 2009, 17:28 GMT

    i think he should play last 2,3 games and as soon as he slams a good score like above 70,80 he should retire. He still has the guts but now it not worth proving to a moron sub continental selector approch. No selection team across subcontinent have guts to promote a veteran or even has anything in their minds like "how to manage an aging star".

  • Nadeem1976 on October 29, 2009, 17:27 GMT

    This is not surprizing to see a great player being asked to play lower down the order. What SL knows that Sanath always give 100% either battling ,bowling or fielding. Age does not matter but form does mater.

    I think Sanath will generiously accepts this offer and play as allrounder and help and try to win WC for SL 2011.

    Like Sachin , Sanath is gold, and SL need that gold magic to work in WC in sub continent. So let the great player play down the order and play as all rounder.

    Keep it up 40 years old young man.

  • Ganes.V on October 29, 2009, 17:23 GMT

    Jayasurya any day is one of the best opening batsmen cricket has ever seen. He is the one who changed the face of one day cricket initially. There were blasters like Srikkanth for India but Srikkanth did not do what JS did for SL. We should agree. Now regarding whether he should retire gracefully or he should try to retain his place in the team is the matter in consideration. I would say that just because JS did not perform well in the recently concluded series against Ind and NZ, he should not be told that he would be picked up on performance alone! He is a free flowing player who should be allowed to play his natural game. There would be a few failures in between but my belief is that he still has it in him.He should be allowed to go on his own rather than WARNING him that his performance is being scrutinized etc! This is the least SL cricket can do for JS who has contributed half of his life lived so far- for the country!

  • PremasiriS on October 29, 2009, 17:17 GMT

    Not only Jayasuriya all other seniors who have failed time after time from the beginning of the year 2008 have to be removed or should be asked to bat lower down in the batting order. The future of our Cricket is more important than few greedy individuals. If we don't pick our deserving young players as they do in Bangladesh & other countries, we may have got beaten by almost every team in another 3 years time. Shaquib, Mortaza, Musfiqur of B'desh who've started their international careers as teenagers have become world celebrities by now, hence It is a real crime to keep out our youngsters, those who've maintained consistency from their teen age. By the way, Mathews isn't just an all-rounder, he is the best and the most complete batsman of the whole lot. He & Kahusal should be considered as front-line batsmen & allowed to bat either at no. 3 or 4 positions. Jayasinghe like Angelo is another clean hitter and technically very sound player who has been deprived his place for a long time.

  • nidulislam on October 29, 2009, 17:15 GMT

    That is really a bad idea to put Jayasurya in the middile or lower order, if they are keeping him in the team than they should use his best and we all know where he is best......we went 2 see himas a opener,,,,,

  • Philip_Gnana on October 29, 2009, 17:14 GMT

    What took them so long? Glorying in the past these past few months. I hope Sunny will stick to the T20 format. We need to blood the youngsters in rapidly. Positive approach here. I hope no one takes this matter up politically... no more politicking please. Let the cricketing establishment run cricket. SL has done well taking in to account the number of changes the board has had. We are fortunate that the players did their bit during politcal turmoil in the board.

    I will question the widom in trying to play him lower down the order when the ball is softer.... that will not be a good idea at all.

    Let cricket remain with the cricketers. Sports Ministry should refrain from interfering in all sports. Full Stop...

    Philip Gnana, New Malden, Surrey.

  • azitabhajit on October 29, 2009, 17:09 GMT

    it's really unfair to expect that he will win one in three game for srilanka..... his performance in view of his place should not be rated on the basis of what he has done in the past....... he should sacked of his place only if there is no one in the srilankan team who in performing worse than him........ which certainly isn't the case.

  • slchinthy on October 29, 2009, 16:59 GMT

    this is a bad decision. if u see the last few scores of sanath he averages better than kumar sangakkara and his strike rate is over hundred. he scored match winning 98 against india recently. he is normally a agressive batsman who always go for big shots so the chance is greater for getting out. in last icc trophy only dilshan and mahela scored runs. if they want to remove sanath they should as well remove sangakkara who only managed a fifty recent innings. sanga is a moderate batsman and still cant atleast win a match for the country recently? why remove best atackin batsman of srilanka giving false reasons? ashantha de mel does it again ruining sl cricket

  • Thiru.Cumaran on October 29, 2009, 16:56 GMT

    No use of Jayasuriya retiring....Upul Tharanga is worse than him...at least Jayasuriya can be handy with the ball as well, unlike tharanga, who is useless with the bat and ball.....just bowl outside off-stump to Tharanga, Ishant & Co!

  • sumithocs on October 29, 2009, 16:55 GMT

    So why not having Dinesh Chandimal or Amal Athulathmudali in team? Upul Tharanga got lot of chances before this. He doesn't seem get his rythm again. I think STILL Jayasuriya is better than Tharanga. Instead of both Chandimal or Amal will be fixed the opening slot surely. Give youth people chance like PAK having Aamer and India having Sharmas(R & I)

  • Priyantha_Gunaratna on October 29, 2009, 16:38 GMT

    We need a batting allrounder for the balance of the team and preferably a spinner in that position in sub continent wickets. At the moment there is no one suitable for that position other than Jayasuriya. If you look at history, Jayasuriya has dropped down the order when his form has dipped in more than one occasion. His bowling has not suffered so far as it was witnessed during last tri nation final against India and against NZ in the Champions Trophy. But continuos failure at the top of the order has hurt them team. In fact we need a match winning contribution from one of the top four in every match. They need to raise their averages from current low thirties to high thirties. Otherwise middle order will always be performing resuce act rather than playing their natural game.

  • tallgrass on October 29, 2009, 16:32 GMT

    Upul Tharanga as a future opener??? This is ridiculous! He has crap technique against moving ball. The batting order is the problem. There's no versatility there - 2 attackers followed by two accumulators (Sanga / Mahela) followed by 2 grinders (Thilan/Kandamby). Similar pairs - whats the point? Forget 1996 and switch to a bottom heavy batting order - Dilsan/ Kapu, Thilan / Mahela, Sanga/ Kanda. We need a good hitter down the order like Lokuhettige or Chintaka Jayasinghe. Kapu is in there for a lack of a better option - I'd rather put my money on his technique over tharanga and udawatte. And Chanaka Welagedara needs to replace Dhammika Prasad

  • v_eshwar on October 29, 2009, 16:30 GMT

    I agree that Sanath Jayasuriya is a great cricketer, but this is the time to retire and give way for youngsters. At 40, he might bat well and also bowl, but fielding is a key department where definitely he will fail. For a good SL team to form for the next world cup, I think Sanath should retire after shining well in this India series.

  • mohitbhartia on October 29, 2009, 16:25 GMT

    just resting on his past laurels ..... nothing to prove of late that he deserves his spot in the team.. retire gracefully or be thrown out ... he should learn from Chaminda Vaas' situation right now.... Selectors dropped him and now he can't get into the team despite his great record....

  • ratchamal on October 29, 2009, 16:24 GMT

    sanath jayasuriya if u reading this i have one thing to say it's time for you to leave ODI cricket i'm nt nsulting you.i'm saying that the time has come to leave this Sri Lankan side gracefully like Aravinda and many others did dont get me wrong you are a legend and your career will be never forgotten

  • tinzon on October 29, 2009, 16:23 GMT

    I agree to 'kkchicks'.

    Sanath is not longer a hard-hitter opener like before. Now when he plays I don't have the thought to see him play a good innings with some pretty good huge sixes. Well played Sanath but it's time to retire with honour. Sri Lankan team needs a new opening pair to accompany the new Sanath (i.e Dilshan).

  • Flemy on October 29, 2009, 15:58 GMT

    That is really a bad idea to put Jayasurya in the middile or lower order, if they are keeping him in the team than they should use his best and we all know where he is best at i.e.opening the batting.its better to have him as a opener or not have him at all.

  • kkchicks on October 29, 2009, 15:55 GMT

    Isn't it time that he retires gracefully before being thrown out? He is hogging someone's place and not delivering anything extra to SL team. He should be retiring immediately as he is by no means a match winner or fierce opener he once was.

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  • kkchicks on October 29, 2009, 15:55 GMT

    Isn't it time that he retires gracefully before being thrown out? He is hogging someone's place and not delivering anything extra to SL team. He should be retiring immediately as he is by no means a match winner or fierce opener he once was.

  • Flemy on October 29, 2009, 15:58 GMT

    That is really a bad idea to put Jayasurya in the middile or lower order, if they are keeping him in the team than they should use his best and we all know where he is best at i.e.opening the batting.its better to have him as a opener or not have him at all.

  • tinzon on October 29, 2009, 16:23 GMT

    I agree to 'kkchicks'.

    Sanath is not longer a hard-hitter opener like before. Now when he plays I don't have the thought to see him play a good innings with some pretty good huge sixes. Well played Sanath but it's time to retire with honour. Sri Lankan team needs a new opening pair to accompany the new Sanath (i.e Dilshan).

  • ratchamal on October 29, 2009, 16:24 GMT

    sanath jayasuriya if u reading this i have one thing to say it's time for you to leave ODI cricket i'm nt nsulting you.i'm saying that the time has come to leave this Sri Lankan side gracefully like Aravinda and many others did dont get me wrong you are a legend and your career will be never forgotten

  • mohitbhartia on October 29, 2009, 16:25 GMT

    just resting on his past laurels ..... nothing to prove of late that he deserves his spot in the team.. retire gracefully or be thrown out ... he should learn from Chaminda Vaas' situation right now.... Selectors dropped him and now he can't get into the team despite his great record....

  • v_eshwar on October 29, 2009, 16:30 GMT

    I agree that Sanath Jayasuriya is a great cricketer, but this is the time to retire and give way for youngsters. At 40, he might bat well and also bowl, but fielding is a key department where definitely he will fail. For a good SL team to form for the next world cup, I think Sanath should retire after shining well in this India series.

  • tallgrass on October 29, 2009, 16:32 GMT

    Upul Tharanga as a future opener??? This is ridiculous! He has crap technique against moving ball. The batting order is the problem. There's no versatility there - 2 attackers followed by two accumulators (Sanga / Mahela) followed by 2 grinders (Thilan/Kandamby). Similar pairs - whats the point? Forget 1996 and switch to a bottom heavy batting order - Dilsan/ Kapu, Thilan / Mahela, Sanga/ Kanda. We need a good hitter down the order like Lokuhettige or Chintaka Jayasinghe. Kapu is in there for a lack of a better option - I'd rather put my money on his technique over tharanga and udawatte. And Chanaka Welagedara needs to replace Dhammika Prasad

  • Priyantha_Gunaratna on October 29, 2009, 16:38 GMT

    We need a batting allrounder for the balance of the team and preferably a spinner in that position in sub continent wickets. At the moment there is no one suitable for that position other than Jayasuriya. If you look at history, Jayasuriya has dropped down the order when his form has dipped in more than one occasion. His bowling has not suffered so far as it was witnessed during last tri nation final against India and against NZ in the Champions Trophy. But continuos failure at the top of the order has hurt them team. In fact we need a match winning contribution from one of the top four in every match. They need to raise their averages from current low thirties to high thirties. Otherwise middle order will always be performing resuce act rather than playing their natural game.

  • sumithocs on October 29, 2009, 16:55 GMT

    So why not having Dinesh Chandimal or Amal Athulathmudali in team? Upul Tharanga got lot of chances before this. He doesn't seem get his rythm again. I think STILL Jayasuriya is better than Tharanga. Instead of both Chandimal or Amal will be fixed the opening slot surely. Give youth people chance like PAK having Aamer and India having Sharmas(R & I)

  • Thiru.Cumaran on October 29, 2009, 16:56 GMT

    No use of Jayasuriya retiring....Upul Tharanga is worse than him...at least Jayasuriya can be handy with the ball as well, unlike tharanga, who is useless with the bat and ball.....just bowl outside off-stump to Tharanga, Ishant & Co!