Jayasuriya 'hurt' by Sangakkara?

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Sanath JayasuriyaSanath Jayasuriya spoke with the Deccan Herald recently and the old fellow is still pretty bitter at being left out of the World Cup 2011 squad. Not only is he bitter, but he really lets his feelings be known about a certain current player in the team, who he feels was instrumental in ending his career in such a unglamorous fashion.

“It was disappointing not to play in this World Cup,” Jayasuriya concedes in a chat. “People like the then chairman (Aravinda de Silva) said the team picked for the competition was the best team that could have been selected. Yes, I am disappointed personally for not having played in the World Cup, and I know it was very disappointing for the Sri Lankan people when the team lost in the final.

“At the interval, we all felt the team had a great chance of winning the title. When you have 270 on the board in a Cup final, it is as good as having the game in your hand. But I don’t think the defence of that total was planned properly, and I feel the bowlers were not used properly.”

After having a go at Aravinda de Silva, he says "the bowlers were not used properly", which sounds like him taking a swing at either Kumar Sangakkara, who was the captain at the time, or the former coach Trevor Bayliss. But the murky water settles a little later, as he is referring to a current player.

“These are the people you have played with for a long time. Sometimes, when people who you have played with hit you in a different way, it becomes hard to digest. They have their own articles to write, and if they have something to say about you, they don’t do it straight up but go in a roundabout way in their criticism. That hurts. That’s something I will never do. But I have played enough and been around long enough to be able to take it in my stride. I feel if you want to make a point, come out in the open and make it directly,” he continues, leaving no one in any doubt which current players he is talking about though he pointedly chooses not to come up with names.

Who do you think the MP is referring to? In my opinion, it sounds like he's having a go at Sangakkara. What do you think?


Anonymous's picture

Sanga is great captain. But he shldnt have messd with the veteran

ranjanrodrigo's picture

Sanga and Aravinda were right in sacking Sanath. Does Sanath have a god given right just because he is a puppet MP stooging to the politicians to get into the team? What were his performances in last 2 years apart from Provincial cricket which was played after team was selected? He shud have been sacked 2 years ago. He is now a commentator also due to influence and keeps murdering the queen.
If Santh played we would no have come to even the semi finals. H was a joke after WC in playing just 1 match and retiring.

Ranjan Rodrigo, Sydney

Theena Kumaragurunathan 's picture

*Yawn* So he is implying that including him in the WC squad would have made that the best possible squad? In the form he was in? Wow, how delusional.

Arjuna's picture

We wouldn't make finals if uncle play the WC. Short & Sweet- Uncle open & fail while best batman UT out of the team.

Anonymous's picture

By saying that 270 was a good total he cant blame anybody to loose the world cup and left him out of the side as he played to the team as a batsman. Anyway we don't wanna see any kind of a conflict between these two giants. We love them both and please Sanath! Don't bring politics in to this! please please please.

V.C.L.'s picture

The only thing Sanath could have possibly added to the World Cup team is more firepower to the middle order. Fortunately, we did not require the services of the middle order much at all during the tournament - our top 4 fired pretty much every game.

However, Sanath was performing in domestic cricket as an opener, one which we really did not need as Dilshan/Tharanga was easily the best opening partnership of the tournament.

In short, its really just sour grapes from Sanath. If he was smart he would've retired after the 2007 World Cup, or even after his comeback to win the 2008 Asia Cup. People will remember him for trying to stay on for longer than he should have.

Anonymous's picture

@ Mr. Ranjan...!

Spot on Sir...! You are absolutely right...!

He is keep murdering the queen with his English & some people question about Arnolds abilities to do the commentary...!

If Sanga involved in Sanath's exclusion, it was the right thing do at that time.

Sanath is so greedy did not even let a new player to get the opportunity at the Champions League.


ramesh's picture

sanga was right

Sakala Bujang's picture
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Bloody hell, Sanath is really an idiot to think he could actually make the final squad for the world cup. He is old. He cannot bat like he used to, and instead of being active in the SLC as an adviser/ coach he is just standing round and complaining. What a disgrace.

Anonymous's picture

Funny - While he criticizes those who make their criticisms "straight up" and rather, in a "roundabout way," by being passive aggressive in his interview and not mentioning any names, he is clearly not being straight up with his criticisms. Good job.

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