Sanath Jayasuriya

'I'd like to play for another six months'

Jayasuriya on his immediate goals, the captains and coaches he's played under, his favourite opposition and his best innings

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

December 27, 2009

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Sanath Jayasuriya plays the ball to leg side, Sri Lanka v India, Compaq Cup, 3rd match, Colombo, September 12, 2009
"One important thing that has played a big role in my success is hand-eye coordination. If the ball is in my zone, I will always go after it" © Associated Press
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Read part one of the interview here

Moving on to the 1996 World Cup - can you talk about the knock against India in Delhi?
The Delhi match was unique. When India got 275, we never expected to win. But once Kalu [Romesh Kaluwitharana] and I went after the new ball, India didn't know what was going on. My 79 came off 76 balls. It was one of the best things in that tournament, when we chased that target easily. The highlight for me was getting a lot of runs against [Manoj] Prabhakar. We made 50 in the first four overs and most of the runs I made against Prabhakar. He was one of the most difficult bowlers I faced early in my career because of the swing he could get. But on that day I felt really nice and I didn't want to stop.

What about the 82 against England in the quarter-final?
That was a must-win match. In the team meeting I raised a concern about never having faced [Phil] DeFreitas, and said I might find it difficult. Arjuna just said, "Don't worry about the names, just go out and hit."

Which are your best innings in Tests and ODIs?
In ODIs, the 189 in Sharjah against India remains the best. The next best was the 152 at Headingley, where we were chasing 322, which we got to in less than 40 overs. In Test cricket, the 213 [at The Oval in 1998] will always remain at the top, followed closely by the 148 against South Africa in Galle in 2000, where I nearly got a hundred in one session.

Interesting that you do not mention the 340 in the 1997 Test series against India. After that knock Sachin Tendulkar said, "I have not seen Don Bradman bat, but I have seen Sanath Jayasuriya. I have not seen a better batsman in my cricketing career…"
I do rate that innings very highly because I was under a lot of pressure as an opening batsman. I do remember the appreciation from Tendulkar. He is legend.

What is it about Tendulkar that stands out for you?
He is very calm, cool, and a pleasant character. It is an unbelievable experience to play alongside him in the IPL for the Mumbai Indians. His only message to me always has been "Keep enjoying and playing your game."

The one ability I would like from Tendulkar is the way he treats every player in the team the same. He understands there is no one special as that will hurt the other players. That and his calm demeanour.

Murali is another individual who has been around as long as you. What is it that makes him special?
He is a very hardworking guy, despite having gone through a rougher time than any other cricketer in this world. The outsiders always had a different attitude towards him but he took everything in his stride and became the world's No.1 bowler. His whole-hearted attitude is amazing.

What I have always admired about Murali is how he is always willing to support new young players: he points out to them how hard it is to be an international cricketer and how difficult it is to be in that position for a long period. He loves to share his insights.

Where would you place him in Sri Lankan's cricket history?
Murali without doubt occupies an important place in our country's history. But Arjuna and Aravinda worked hard to bring him to the important position he is in today in world cricket.

 
 
"I am only thinking of five ODIs at a time, and if I can perform in three out those five, I'm right on track for the next World Cup. I am trying. Obviously if the team management wants to send me a message they should be clear about that to me"
 

Tell us a bit about Aravinda.
I rate Aravinda as the best batsman ever produced by Sri Lanka. If he wanted, he could get a hundred anytime he wished, in any match, against any opposition. Not everyone can do that. In no time he could race to a half-century - that was the beauty of Aravinda.

He was very useful in my early cricketing life and I am glad I met him, Arjuna [Ranatunga], [Roshan] Mahanama, Asanka Gurusinha and Hashan [Tillakaratne] - these five were the main pillars of Sri Lanka's World Cup success in 1996.

Who are the batsmen you have enjoyed watching?
When my cricket career started, Viv Richards was on his way out of the game but he was still a delight and I loved watching him. Then came Aravinda, Brian Lara, Tendulkar, and now there is Virender Sehwag. All these have different methods to their art.

What is the difference in cricket in the 1990s and in this decade?
The game now is different. There is more technology, and the way players approach the game is different. The bowlers have a better grasp of the batsman's weaknesses and strengths, and the batsman is more aware about where the bowler is going to pitch. In one way it is more difficult now. But also, you cannot say that as a batsman I had an advantage in the 1990s.

Who were the most difficult bowlers to face?
Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne - each one of them was a difficult bowler. You can't find those bowlers now.

Recently asked who he would fancy taking on between Warne and Murali, Tendulkar said he would like to sit in the dressing room and watch them. What about you?
It is a difficult question and you cannot force me to pick one. But I would pick Murali in my team because he has a lot of variety and can bowl a lot of overs.

Earlier you said that technically you don't rate yourself highly, but that you trust your aggressive instincts. Can you explain your method of attack?
It came naturally. I was always an attacking cricketer. I never practised anything specific, but when I became an opener I needed to adjust my technique a little as I had to play straighter. One important thing that has played a big role in my success is hand-eye coordination. If the ball is in my zone, I will always go after it - I might get out, but I might also get runs. Out of 10 attempts I might get eight shots to the boundary while getting out once or twice.

I did not pick on specific bowlers. I would chase every bowler. If you want to succeed you need to take those risks.

How do you switch on and off in the middle?
I rarely switch off when I am batting or bowling. I always focus on what I'm doing. I only switch off during the over breaks.

Paul Farbrace, the former Sri Lankan assistant coach, once said that in the game against Bangladesh at the 2007 World Twenty20 in South Africa, the first ball you faced, you hit in the air and were caught. You came back to the dressing room and said, "Sorry, coach."
As an opening batsman, I had to get some runs. People had expectations from me. So I had to apologise. I do attach a lot of meaning and importance to my wicket, because if I had batted for longer, things would have been different. But having got out in the first over I had put pressure on my team. That's why, as I said earlier, I will always go for my shots and sometimes I might not pull it off.

What have been the most difficult times in your career?
There have been quite a few. But of late, when I was dropped just before the 2007 World Cup and then before the first IPL, I felt hurt. I scored a hundred and many runs in that IPL and one of the government ministers pitched in and convinced the selectors that I needed to be in the side. So I came back during the Asia Cup in Pakistan. I made two centuries and a couple of half-centuries and felt good once again.


Arjuna Ranatunga exchanges heated views with Ross Emerson, England v Sri Lanka, Adelaide, January 1999
"Arjuna always fought for the players and looked after them, and that is why the players always liked him" © Getty Images
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What about captaincy? Were you ready for it when it came?
Frankly, I had no idea. I had returned from the 1999 World Cup in England without any runs [82 in five games]. Four or five days after our return, Sidath Wettimuny, who had become the chairman of the selectors, called me at 11 in the night to inform me I'd been appointed captain. I was shocked. There were many other senior players who could have easily been appointed ahead of me. But Wettimuny said the seniors would support me. The main reason given was they wanted to groom me for the future, and since I was playing well I was ready for the job.

My biggest challenge was handling the senior players - Arjuna, Aravinda, Mahanama, Hashan. In fact, Mahanama might have expected to become captain, but he took it in his stride.

The selectors wanted Arjuna and Aravinda to only play Test cricket, as they wanted to reinvigorate the ODI side, focusing on agility and athleticism in our fielding. So the emphasis was on youth. But when our middle order was not up to the mark, I suggested to the selectors that Aravinda be brought back if he could become fitter, which he did, and it worked for a while.

I did my job for four years and then stepped down after Sri Lanka had reached the 2003 World Cup semi-finals. I enjoyed my stint. I didn't have an easy time as a batsman when I was captain, but I steadily started to get runs, and Sri Lanka started winning consistently. After the tour of Sharjah in 2003 I decided on my own to step down. I thought somebody else needed to take over.

Today you are in a position similar to the one your seniors were, where your position in the side is not secure. How do you deal with the challenge?
I am always happy. I know as long as I'm fit, I'm pro-active in the field and can hold catches, I'm still a contender. I am going through a lean patch with the bat for the moment, but I am not worried. I know my form will be back soon. Meanwhile I am fine-tuning in other areas, which will keep me busy as well as prepared.

Which teams have you enjoyed playing against?
India and Australia are highly rated teams and I have always wanted to score against these two. One innings against Australia I forgot to mention was 114 in 2006 in an ODI at the SCG. I had landed in Sydney the previous day and was coming back from injury. The flight was about 20 hours, but I went straight in and played my game. When you play the Aussies they are always tough, and when you score against them it always feels good.

What is your fitness routine?
In addition to the schedule given by the trainer, I do some extra work in physical training, weights, and then the rehab [from injury]. That has helped me stay fit for such a long time. That and the fact that I have always tried to be the best in whatever I do.

You are supposed to be highly superstitious. What are your must-dos?
I touch a spot on my helmet and both my pads before every ball. And after hitting a four or a six I have a habit of going to the middle of the pitch and tapping it. These are just habits I picked up as a youngster.

Does being religious help you?
I've followed the Buddhist philosophy for long. But I have also gone to Hindu temples, and churches. Each time I pray I just ask for happiness, and to become a mentally stronger person. In recent years I have started meditating a lot and that helps me keep cool when I make my decisions.

During the 2007 World Cup final you did not hit a six in your knock of 63. Was that a conscious decision?
I wanted to win that final. Oh, how I dearly wanted that second World Cup medal. Unfortunately Adam Gilchrist spoilt my occasion with his breathtaking innings. As for not hitting the sixes, the Aussie bowlers probably didn't bowl balls I could have taken advantage of. But I must take this occasion to thank Tom Moody and Trevor Penney, the coaches then, who put in a lot of effort to help Sri Lanka.

How did your coaches help you personally?
Dav made us the professional as I've already mentioned.

Bruce Yardley helped me, and the other spinners, with his tactics.

Just like Dav, Tom always gave personal attention to every player. He would push a youngster to the limit and make him train harder. Most youngsters performed when Tom was there.

Personally, I have always felt really nice whenever the coach speaks to me. It doesn't matter if I have played 400 or 500 matches, I'm still susceptible to mistakes. It is always about getting the little things right and it helps you if the coach can point them out. Tom did that. Farbrace did that. Whatmore was the first.

 
 
"Cricket is my life. If I did not play cricket, my life would be empty. Even if I leave the game tomorrow, I'm happy because I did my part. I sacrificed many things, trained really hard, practised really hard, to come this position"
 

You have played under various captains. Could you highlight what each one stood for or helped you with?
Arjuna always fought for the players and looked after them, and that is why the players always liked him. Marvan [Atapattu] was straightforward in getting the message to the players and I respected him for that. If he backed a player, he would back him 100%. During his captaincy years I went through a very hard period as a batsman and there was a lot of media pressure to drop me, but he stuck to me and I can never forget that. I rated Mahela [Jayawardene] very highly as a captain too.

You recently said "I just can't think of a life without cricket".
What I meant was cricket is my life. If I did not play cricket, my life would be empty. Even if I leave the game tomorrow, I'm happy because I did my part. I sacrificed many things, trained really hard, practised really hard, to come this position. But I know I can't carry on forever. That is why I left Test cricket, and the same would hold for the rest of my cricket. I'm not saying I'm going to play another few more years, but I would like to play for the next six or eight months. I will play hard and then would like to leave.

What's the biggest challenge for you now?
The biggest is to play the 2011 World Cup. Before that, the first challenge is to come out of this lean phase with the bat. I know Sri Lanka are likely to play about 30 ODIs before the World Cup, but I am not thinking that far. I am only thinking of five ODIs at a time, and if I can perform in three out those five, I'm right on track for the next World Cup. I am trying. Obviously if the team management wants to send me a message they should be clear about that to me, as they have been in the past.

Read part one of the interview here

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Posted by solangaarachchi on (January 2, 2010, 6:52 GMT)

It is sad. But we have to face the reality. Sanath is Gradually reaching the end of his carrier. Some times I feel that without Sanath the existence of entertainment in SL cricket (Oneday & 20-20) . I can't see any player in SL time who can demolish the bowlers hitting all corners of the park like Sana. Some one may argue Dishan is playing Sanath's role at the moment, But hardly I see any (except 160 against India) such great and brutal knocks from Dishan that Jayasuriya's bat delivered last two decades (189 against india, 150 odd against england, fastest fifty, Manoj prabhakar's over, Philip De petras over, Aami sohail over at Singapore) . When Sanath is at the wicket any thing possible, even chasing 300 or 400 , going at run rate over 10. I wish to play him until next world cup. But his current form is not positive sign for that. Already selectors understood it and sacked him from Tri- Nation tournament.

Posted by 210920 on (December 31, 2009, 6:04 GMT)

jayasuriya needs to bat at top order only. tharanga should be brought to one down. since tharanga is technically good, its easier to fill up one down slot. but its very difficult for sanath to adjust lower down the order. when the ball is new, its easy to time. thats what jaya has been doing. remember sachin also struggled sometimes in the middle order. when he moved up the order, there is no looking back. sanath is an important factor in 2011 world cup for srilanka. he needs to open with dilshan. tharanga playing one down will come handy for srilanka plans in the world cup. otherwise srilanka chances are slim, since other players are no way equal to sanath caliber.

Posted by ashik_ole on (December 30, 2009, 7:51 GMT)

Master of Sixes and Boundries sanath.He deal the opponents with sixes and boundries. RAISE OF SCORING MACHINE for the last two decade and never TERMINATES. HE IS A REAL TERMINATOR.

Posted by muizuzair on (December 29, 2009, 16:33 GMT)

Sanath has made Srilankan cricket proud. He has set records and he surely deserves to be treated and respected in the same way as Tendukar is reapected in India. Everyone including Sanath knows that his cricketing era is ending soon so let him step down on his own. Having one honored person like Sanath in the team is not going to damage the batting even if he fails at times.Its just that the other middle order guys should play better cricket and make Sanath's presence meaningful in the team. Bitter moments like this will certainly come to many batsman including great players like Sangakara and Mahela. I even doubt if their is any current player in the Srilankan team who after 20 years would achieve what Sanath has achieved in his career of 20years playing both test matches and 50 over limited games. (excluding T20). You and Murali will certainly remain the best ever in the history of Srilankan cricket! Bravo Gentlemen! Hats off!

Posted by Luckan20 on (December 29, 2009, 15:25 GMT)

Truly an amazing player for SL. I wish him all the very best in his life and cricket. I am not sure Sanath should bat no. 3 or open. In my opinion, he should be opening along with Dilshan or Tharanga. If Dilshan is suited to open, then Tharanga should come 1st change, followed by Sanga. Recent Indian series has been a tough one to swollow for SL fans. Any how, not very many teams have performed well in India. Its a tough place to play and unfortunately, Murali was not in form. May be both Sanath and Murali might call it a quit, it will be a huge loss, but that's life. Last of the 96 WC winning guys. Why can't SL select Vaas for an ODI series and give him a proper retirement. SL never give proper recognition to players who have contributed immensely to team.

Posted by daager on (December 29, 2009, 15:04 GMT)

A legend. That Sri Lankan side in the mid 90s and especially the world cup revolutionised the approach to the first 15 overs in a ODI, and Sanath was the leader of that. Has faded recently, but seems a very humble bloke, as do most of the sri lankans. I respect how even though his average isnt great these days, he still sticks to his guns and plays aggressive cricket.

Posted by RanjitW on (December 29, 2009, 10:32 GMT)

>> The moment of truth has finally arrived for 40-year old Sanath Jayasuriya when Sri Lankan national cricket selectors decided yesterday to drop the legendary all rounder for the forthcoming triangular series in Bangladesh also involving India. <<

See my comments above where I predicted this may happen and Jaya should retire before it happens. Now it is too late! Sorry Jaya!

Posted by SLfan on (December 29, 2009, 7:43 GMT)

Probably, Sanath might able to play even for more time period....But, he must realize that what his new role in the team ! In the last two ODIs he came to bat at no.3 position.I think, it's a good decision. Hopefully if he continued in that position, he'll be able to build steady innings while hitting 4s & 6s in the mean time.Then the batsman in the other end, will be able to play freely & also the presence of Jayasuriya in the middle will be a headache too for the opposition...But at the same time, team management should have an idea about who is going to replace Jayasuriya in the near future..Considering the current squad, Kapugedera can be a very good replacement. Not only he can play over the infield, but also he can place the ball well... It's true that he did not play well in the last tour.But, I feel that problem is not due to the lack of talent, probably due to the position he had to play.I think, he should bat up the order. It'll be interesting to test him at no.3 position.

Posted by kalso on (December 28, 2009, 6:24 GMT)

hats off to all the good work put in over the years, SL cricket owes so much to SJ &SLC is what it is, for all the good work he & many others have put in over the years. However I strongly believe it's about time that SJ retires, he doesn't seem to be understanding that he is no more the SJ - who went after the bowling.The chief selector before the Indian tour said in a press conference that 'SJ is in the team as an all rounder, any failure thereon would mean it's end of the road for him', wonder what type of a message from officials he is waiting for in order to make that decision. Seriously wish he just gracefully retires, without being dragged out of the team by force.

Posted by JogeshPanda on (December 28, 2009, 5:59 GMT)

This is a die hard Indian Cricket team fan writing to Sanath Jayasuria, Believe me as a budding school boy sanath created fear at heart with his swashbuckling innnings, '96 WC when I saw you hitting every part of Kotla I was shell socked. On the semi final day I prayed for you getting out early and I was granted the wish but in the evening you started turning the ball viciously. Then again you batted for two days continuously in a test match. Your 151 and 189 were like never ending innings. Very recently also a final came and India were at receiving end of your batting. But tell you truth as I grow the fear changed into admiration. You are one of the modern day great and yours achievements are admirable. Wish you best of luck.

Posted by CricketFirst on (December 28, 2009, 5:44 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan I have followed you from your early days. You took one of the best catches in the 1991 world cup as a youngster. And I remember how you scored centuries and double centuries leading the Sri Lanka A team in South Africa. We love the way you play and your match winning ability. However if you plan to play for 2011 world cup it is bad news for Sri Lanka cricket. I know, how Javad Miandad & Aravinda de Silva played their last world cups in their old age. I could't see a genuine Miandad or de Silva. When you have very old players in the team, it kills the team spirit. You can still score a 50 or a 100, provided that everything goes right for you on a flat track. But in between the team has to sacrifice a lot. Follow the recent examples set by some great players such as Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist and join the list of 'Greats'.

Posted by replyramdas on (December 28, 2009, 4:20 GMT)

All the best Sanath....Cant imagin the world cup without you...

Posted by Asitha on (December 27, 2009, 20:33 GMT)

This is bad time for sanath. But I sure he make match winning runs in next two games and he has to play till world cup 2011. We need to win matches. He is one of eleven at all time in Srilanka has ever produces along with Aravinda. Once he made runs no one can stop him which means Srilanka win the game comprehensively . One of a greatest opening batsman in Srilanka. Good luck go with you. Keep going sanath we like to see you in world cup 2011 and we need that cup also in pack. Wish you all the best...

Posted by HLANGL on (December 27, 2009, 19:12 GMT)

Whatever said, Jayasuriya should bat at the top order if he plays in the side. May be now he can be shifted to no. 3 making room for Dilshan & Tharanga to open. You won't find Sangakkara hitting 40-ball 90s or Mahela making run a ball hundreds under heavy pressure at a consistent basis. Then & there they'll do that but yet that may not cover even 5% of the matches they play. In 95% of time they are mere accumulators of runs consuming quite a share of deliveries before settling down & start finding the flow. So these 2 may be pushed to no. 4 & 5, Jayasuriya can be slotted at no. 03 giving him the chance to play a significant role as a batsman. All other SL batters have 70+ strike rates which are nothing but pedestrian by modern day standards. If SL need to be competitive in 2011 WC, we need Jayasuriya firing at the top order, doesn't matter he's 42 by then, we don't have no other choice among our set of players. After 2011, we must look for Bhanuka Rajapakshe, but still it's too early.

Posted by bilal313 on (December 27, 2009, 18:46 GMT)

as a pakistani.......i hav alwayz enjoyd seeing jayasuriya thrash bowlerz all around the park...i can nevr 4get his innings ov 116 against aus at the scg in the vb series in2006.and also the 125 in the final of asia cup 2008 vs ind. at the time wen dilshan wasnt as devastating as he is now... i watched sri lanka 's batting just bc ov sanath.... as a neutral observer, i think as a legend he shud retire on his own terms and on a high .unlike waqar,saqlain.hayden and sourav. jayasuriyas inclusion in the 2011 wc will only bnefit SL.

Posted by Roshini on (December 27, 2009, 18:00 GMT)

Sanath is a legendary cricketer and perhaps the best SL face the world knows. I salute his magnificient past. He was devastating when his reflexes supported his age. SL owes a great deal of gratitude to this legend for all the honor and prestige brought upon the nation. We remember the thrills he gave the cricketing public that drove all men, women and children to the edge of the viewing seats. Thats history now and we'll cherish those moments heartily. But can somebody tell me what he think of himself at 40 just because he has the ability to turn a single to a double. What he does not know is that by staying on he has virtually shut the door of a budding cricketers entry to the highest elevation. Come on Sanath give me a break the way I see you struggle in India tells me you are way past the prime. Who was that young bloke T.Perera who smashed us for 30 odd runs in 14 balls...By staying on you have deprived the world of yet another Sanath which may be just a little too late

Posted by RanjitW on (December 27, 2009, 17:53 GMT)

Yes, Jaya IS definitely the great cricketer world have seen. Sri Lanka is very thankful to his contributions to bring SL cricket to today's standard. But playing for another six months is not to be taken as granted. Jaya's age is catching up. He does not have the fire any more. Last few years have been more failure than success. You showed that a young boy like you can achieve greatness. Now is the time to gracefully retire leaving that chance to another new player. That will not only help the youngsters but also SL cricket you helped to prosper. Any other decision will tarnish your current image and you will be dropped and will have an image of a selfish player.

Posted by Marikks on (December 27, 2009, 17:26 GMT)

It is sad that Sanath is coming in to the end of his end of his career! Yes Sanath has some cricket left within him. Every cricketer has his bad patches and Sanath is going through it now. The Captain and the Administrators have to give him the confidence and tell him that he will be in the squad if he performs or not then he can get the best out of himself. Currently he is playing for his place for the next match and it is not the normal explosive Sanath we see in action. Don't forget he is a legend and deserves a bit of respect. It clearly shows that Sanath has lost confidence with Captain Sanga, and Sanga should not treat Sanath as just another player, he should be kept very closely connected with all team meetings and team decision making processes, not to go and tell him in the morning that he is not in the playing 11 today; this is not the way to handle Sanath. Sanath is the elder statement in the dressing room and should be treated accordingly. Sanath you are a legend!

Posted by Priyakand on (December 27, 2009, 12:18 GMT)

Sanath is a legend and no one deny what he has done to Sri Lankan cricket.But he seems to be unable to come to terms with reality.Afterall all the good things should come to end,All great cricketers have left when the time comes with their good names intact and simply Sanath has no life without cricket is not an excuse for hime to be in the national team.He should leave aside his personal ambitions for the betterment of the country.There are sparkiling young cricketers waiting without opportunities while sanath is clinging to his past time glory.''Sanath'' as a buddist should know all the good things should come to an end.If he is dreaming to relive his glory of 1996 world cup in 2011 world cup I think the whole team is set to an early exit.Though I adore sanath from the bottom of my heart I cannot ignore the plight of our national team if he keeps on playing.At the same time I do want to see a dignified departure of this true hero which he desreves fully.

Posted by ruwanlrd on (December 27, 2009, 12:03 GMT)

YOU CAN DO IT SANATH..... SHOW YOUR COLOURS..... MAKE 2011 WORLD CUP YOUR RUNS PARADISE.....

Posted by tallgrass on (December 27, 2009, 9:11 GMT)

Yes a typical sri lankan legend who doesn't know when to stop. For the last 2 years the selectors let upul tharanga and chintaka jayasinghe gather dust waiting for him to perform. Now he's still hanging around as a so-called all-rounder! Persisting for another 6 months would mean we waste a chance to develop a bowling all-rounder like pushpakumara, thisara perera or lokuhettige for no.7 slot. Sri lankans need to learn to play the game with their heads instead of their hearts - and our commentators too!

Posted by cook on (December 27, 2009, 8:49 GMT)

As an Aussie, it has been a pleasure watching Sanath play. He has played at such a high standard for 20 years, I just hope he gets all the accolades he deserves when he does retire. He has played in the right spirit of the game and am sure he is held in high regards by all his team mates and opponents. Congratulations mate !!

Posted by Ravi.Siriwardane on (December 27, 2009, 8:40 GMT)

Don't worry Sanath, the lean patch will fade out soon and you'll be back playing your usual game the way you wanna play it. We love to watch you play whether it's batting, bowling or fielding. Cheers!

Posted by ArUNN118 on (December 27, 2009, 8:37 GMT)

gr8 sanath... he s superb! he changd d course of d ODI game!! revolutionalised OD batting... hATS oFF!!!

Posted by zeith8411 on (December 27, 2009, 6:10 GMT)

BEING A SRI LANKAN I AM PROUD TO DESCRIBE SANATH JAYASURIYA AS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE HISTORY OF CRICKET. THE STRUGGLING THIS LEGEND EXPERIENCED IN HIS LIFE TO ACHIEVE THIS POSITION IS A GREAT LESSON FOR THE NEWCOMERS.

WHEN HE IS IN THE WICKET HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A MATCH WINNER AND ITS ALWAYS VERY INTERESTING TO WATCH HIM BATTING (RATHER I CAN SAY HAMMERING). HE IS DEFINITELY NOT A PLAYER PLAYED FOR INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE. BEST EXAMPLE IS HIS 189 AGAINST INDIA. HE CAME DOWN THE TRACK FOR A WIDE BALL AND GOT STUMPED. IF HE WANTED TO BREAK RECORD HE'D HAVE PLAYED FOR ANOTHER 6 RUNS SLOWLY AND THEN GO ON. EVEN IN PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY HE EXPRESSED THIS SAME COMMENTS.....

I ALWAYS LOVE SANATH.. TRULY NOW YOU ARE THE ROLE MODEL FOR MOST OF THE CRICKETERS IN SRI LANKA. NOBODY CAN REFUSE THAT....

Posted by sandeep.sandy on (December 27, 2009, 5:49 GMT)

Sanath a true legend.The best allrounder in the cricketing history.Sanath is my favourite cricketer.I desperately want to see Sanath play the 2011 world cup.He still has the potential to play a long and a smashing innings.Keep going Sanath.All the best wishes to you.

Posted by catalyst213 on (December 27, 2009, 2:44 GMT)

Im not Sri Lankan but im a great fan of Sanath Jayasuriya. He has served the game of cricket and his country for two decades, he's special to watch when he is going. We all enjoyed watching Sanath destroy bowling in his prime. He could still do that, i have faith that he could still damage a couple more carriers (bowlers). He stands in the same catergory of All Time GREATS as Sachin Tendulkar and Viv Richards. U certainly deserve a chance and i hope you get it. GO JAYASURIYA and smash some bowls on and off the pitch.

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    Bhuvneshwar on course for super series

Numbers Game: Only 15 times has a player achieved 300 runs and 20 wickets in a Test series. Bhuvneshwar could be the 16th

    Time to pension off the seniors?

Rob Smyth: If England are going to win nothing, history suggests it might be worth their while to win nothing with kids

'Smith's record in India is an aberration'

Modern Masters: Rahul Dravid and Sanjay Manjrekar discuss Graeme Smith's terrific record in different conditions

Losing to India

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Ridiculed Ishant ridicules England

Ishant Sharma has often been the butt of jokes, and sometimes deservedly so. Today, however, the joke was on England

Vijay rediscovers the old Monk

The leave outside off stump has been critical to M Vijay's success since his India comeback last year. Contrary to popular opinion, such patience and self-denial comes naturally to him

England seem to have forgotten about personality

They have to see a glass that is half-full, and play the game as if it is just that, a game; and an opportunity

Ishant's fourth-innings heroics in rare company

In India's win at Lord's, Ishant Sharma took the best bowling figures by an Indian in the fourth innings of a Test outside Asia. Here are five other best bowling efforts by Indians in the fourth innings of Tests outside Asia

Another battle, another defeat on Planet Al

Alastair Cook has got used to feeling of the axe hanging over him. Only his team-mates can save England now

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