I want to come back - Jayasuriya

By Hilal Suhaib

Sanath Jayasuriya
AFP PHOTO/Lakruwan WANNIARACHCHI.

September 22, 2010 (Island Cricket):
Now 41 years old and an MP in Sri Lanka's parliament, the man of the series from the 1996 World Cup, Sanath Jayasuriya, has been included in Sri Lanka's training sessions ahead of Sunday's squad selection for the upcoming tour to Australia.

Having being axed from the Sri Lankan ODI and Twenty20 squads in recent months, Jayasuriya has been keen on making a return to the national side. The veteran cricketer has stated that he would like to bid farewell to limited overs cricket at the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

Jayasuriya, however, only managed two half centuries in 10 matches playing for Worcestershire this past summer at the Friends Provident T20, 2010, in England. Despite averaging 26.70 for Worcestershire, the hard hitting opener showed signs of returning to the form of his glory days, smashing 16 sixers and finishing the Friends Provident T20 with a highest score of 87.

Over the last 12 months, the former captain has played just six ODIs for Sri Lanka and nine Twenty20 matches. He averaged a paltry 14.16 and 12.00, respectively, during that period.

Jayasuriya dismissed his bad form as a temporary setback in an interview with Al Jazeera yesterday.

"Every batsman goes through a rough time every two years or so. In Twenty20 and 50 overs I was going through a lean patch, but I want to come back," he said.

The Matara Mauler, as he is fondly known, was also quick to point out his rural upbringing and the difficulties he faced in his early years to perhaps justify his desire to continue playing for Sri Lanka well beyond what some consider to be his prime.

"You don't know how to explain that it's very, very rare that someone from outside Colombo gets a chance in Sri Lankan cricket," he added.

Comments

Zaharan's picture
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25 May 2010
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Sanath, it is also my wish to see you back in the team, so it is time you talk less and let your bat to do the talking.

All The Best!

SunJ's picture
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25 January 2010
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What he should do is not to waste his time giving interviews but to work hard on his game and get himself involved in domestic cricket if he wants to come back

N93_Fernando's picture
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27 January 2010
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Hope Sana finds his golden touch and shine again. Vaas has been great in County season, he can surely repeat that again.ALL THE BEST BOYS :)))
lets make it happen this time -YES WE CAN!!!!srilankaaaa <3

Zaharan's picture
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25 May 2010
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Now that both Sanath and Vaas are in training, i will not be surprised if the duo is selected to make the tour of Australia for the ODI series.

I said this considering the vast experience both of them possess plus as we know a tour down under needs experienced players.

However, their inclusion may come with a clear message, 'deliver or get out'...

Fazal's picture

Aravinda has anyway said that he wants a few experienced guys in the WC side

http://www.islandcricket.lk/news/5696060...

Randeev's picture

This is a good idea. Guys like sanath won't be out of form for too long. Mahela is not a good option to open.

Thora's picture
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21 November 2008
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I'm so happy about this news! We want you back Sunny!

lalith semaratne's picture

Sanath darling now you are a master in cricket.

Not a blaster. Give opertunaty to young boys.

Be a father to boys.

Nimal Sedera's picture

You have made lasting memories and brought fame and honour to our
motherland . It is time to have a grand farewell. Yet if you feel you could do better it is your choice and ability. Pray that you be the oldest cricketer to retire. It is not the age that makes a man to retire but the mind. We will cheer you up.

Sujan's picture
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27 December 2008
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2 weeks 19 hours

Go Sana Go !! Its been long, we've been waiting to see you in action.

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