Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sanath Jayasuriya Pushing Himself Towards the 2011 WC

Well it was thought to be all over for the veteran Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya after the 2007 world cup that was held in the Caribbean. However, Sanath Jayasuriya had different plans one can suppose, which is evident from the fact that Sanath Jayasuriya is found taking to the crease even today for Sri Lanka. Aged close to 40, fans have already given it up one can guess. And what can and what will anyone expect from a 40 year old when he had made it to the record books for the wrong reasons when he became the batsman to have scored most ducks in ODI?

Yes, Sanath Jayasuriya has the maximum number of ducks in one day cricket at 34 ducks out of the 444 matches that he has played. Just a couple of months ago, Sanath Jayasuriya had given the world a hint that he would be playing in the 2011 world cup despite his age being close to 42 then. Nevermind, that Sanath Jayasuriya is one of the most entertaining batsman the world has ever seen. In fact, it was Sanath Jayasuriya who started with the big hitting especially in the 1996 world cup in that particular game against England in the world up quarter finals at Faisalabad where Sanath Jayasuriya scored a 44 ball 82.

However, if his recent performance is given a close look at, Sanath Jayasuriya is found to be just waiting for the 2011 world cup that is scheduled in the sub continent so that, Sanath Jayasuriya can bid adieu to all forms of cricket I suppose. His test career ended in December 2007 after the second test against England-which is a memorable one for Sri Lanka that saw Muttiah Muralitharan becoming the world's highest wicket taker in tests surpassing Shane Warne. Even that match can be considered a memorable one for Jayasuriya when he scored 6 consecutive fours off James Anderson at Kandy.

In the recent past, the Sri Lankan captain had a little bit of hesitation in including Sanath Jayasuriya for the games against India. And moreover, Jayasuriya didn't even look to be a decent fit for the openers' slot despite doing a fair job for Sri Lanka in that position since decades. And moreover, Sanath Jayasuriya's place in the squad was not justified not only in the series against India but also prior to that. All these despite him being at the second position number 2 when it comes to the number of ODIs played, number of hundreds scored and the number of runs scored in ODIs.Finally, it would not be a surprise even if Sanath Jayasuriya continue to play T20 cricket until the age of 50.

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