Sanath out to prove his critics wrong
SYDNEY, Friday - Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka's batting sensation who
everyone here in Australia is yearning to see arrived in Sydney this,
morning and in a exclusive telephone link up with the writer in
Melbourne said that he is determined to hit back and prove his critics
"I have recovered from my unfortunate injury suffered in New Zealand
where I hurt my shoulder. The treatment and rest has done the shoulder
good and I am longing to get back to the middle and do my best for the
team and country', said Jayasuriya.
If he plays, and there is no reason why he should not, unless the
selectors would not like to change the winning combination that did duty
in Brisbane where we beat the South Africans, Jayasuriya should be back
in Sri Lanka colours.
Jayasuriya had a net with the team and was middling the ball as he
usually does and did not show any discomfort when bowling and fielding.
Jayasuriya's presence alone will do the confidence of the team a lot
On the previous tour here, Jayasuriya was the captain and a sudden
dip in his batting form made Sri Lanka lose the early games.
But once he struck form in Brisbane and blasted a century the team
returned to winnng ways and it was just one of those things that they
failed to enter the best of three triangular finals that time. It was on
this tour that everyone kept blaming the defeats on him.
He was so frustrated that when he got back, he offered to step down
from the captaincy. But the President of the Cricket Board of that time
Hemaka Amarasuriya prevailed on him to continue and it was only after
the World Cup where he led them to the semi-finals, that he quit the
captaincy but continued to play.
Sri Lanka scored a good victory when they upset the odds to beat
South Africa in Brisbane, obtaining the bonus point in the process and
did their chances of figuring in the best of three finals a lot of good.
If the selectors go for Jayasuriya's allround ability and play him,
he is sure to give of his best.
"I like batting on Australian surfaces. The ball comes nicely on to
the bat and timing of the shots come naturally.
On all previous tours, I have scored runs here, and I am keen on
getting out onto the centre' said Jayasuriya who has the distinction of
being the only Sri Lanka batsman to join the exalted company of a few
who have scored triple centuries. He made a big 340 against the India at
the R. Premadasa.
"I am extremely fit, and have a lot more years of cricket left in me.
My one desire is to see that Sri Lanka's cricket gets to the top in both
forms of the game. I am one who pays a lot of attention to fitness. At
the moment I am as fit as can be and I am looking forward to scoring a
lot of runs on this tour.
'Sri Lanka has never before entered the finals of the triangular
series played in Australia and if I can help the team enter the finals
this time round, it would be great' said the mauler from Matara.
From what I could gather, Jayasuriya is determined to stay fit, score
a lot of runs, take wickets and maintain his good fielding and stay in
the frame for selection for the next World Cup in the Caribbean next
year. We wish Sanath Jayasuriya the best of luck.