Lankans have all the ingredients to win - Sanaâ€™s mother
Presidentâ€™s call made the change:
CRICKET: Breeda Jayasuriya, the proud mother of dashing opener Sanath
Jayasuriya said that the Sri Lankan team has all the ingredients to beat
Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup final on Saturday.
Breeda (64) who has followed the game and his sonâ€™s performances
during the past sixteen years believed that the Sri Lankan team has all
the resources to crown themselves as the World champions for the second
She was of course little concerned about Sanathâ€™s failure in the
semifinal match but was confident that the left
hander will fire all cylinders in the all important final in
Barbados on Saturday.
She did inquire from Sanath and also discussed that rare dismissal in
the semifinal fixture over the phone. But she said that Sanath just
wanted to forget that match and start a new innings with the intention
of winning the World Cup once again.
In fact Sanath Jayasuriya now require only 58 runs to complete 12,000
runs in one day internationals.
Indiaâ€™s Sachin Tendulkar is the only batsman ahead of him with a
tally of 14,847 runs. In the present World Cup tournament Jayasuriya has
amassed a total of 484 runs at an average of 44.88.
The thirty seven year old veteran has two centuries and one fifty to
his credit with a top score of 115. In addition Jayasuriya needs just
three more sixes to surpass Ricky Pontingâ€™s record of 29 sixes in the
current World Cup tournament.
Breeda Jayasuriya also recalled with great emotions her sonâ€™s heroics
in the 1996 World Cup tournament. It was in this competition that Sanath
emerged as one of the Worldâ€™s most uncompromising strikers of the ball
with his style of pinch hitting during the first fifteen overs of the
Short in stature but powerfully built, his cuts and pulls with
awesome power and his brutal bat wielding
certainly have destroyed many bowling attacks on many occasions.
Jayasuriya has also emerged as an extremely effective and canny left
arm spinner especially in one day internationals where his stock leg
stump deliveries are mixed up with clever variations in pace.
Breeda Jayasuriya recalled Sanathâ€™s young days where she even
sacrificed her occupation to transform her son into an outstanding
She said that it has been a long hard journey since then combined
with happiness, joy and sometimes even great disappointments.
In fact it seemed all over for the master blaster and his position in
the side was more vigorously debated and a one day slump prompted
several pundits to call time on his career which forced him to retire in
Breeda Jayasuriya said that she was totally against Sanath retiring
at this stage as she believed there was at least five more years of
cricket left for her son.
She said that it was really difficult to convince Sanath but
certainly things began to change with the intervention of President
It was at this stage that Sanath Jayasuriya began to rethink about
his career and the rest is now a part of history.
He bounced back in typical form in the one day series against England
while demonstration he has a few more miles left on the clock.
Jayasuriya certainly did not let down his fans as he helped Sri Lanka
make a historic five nil clean sweep in the one day series scoring 322
runs with two centuries at a fantastic average of 64.40.
He also made his presence felt in the VB Series in Australia while
compiling 293 runs including one century and a fifty at an average of
36.62. His appearance in Saturdayâ€™s final could probably be his last
outing in a World Cup tournament.
Even then his sparkling batting will be remembered for a long time
having being a genuine entertainer throughout the World. He still holds
the record for the fastest fifty (17 balls) in one day internationals
and also scored the fifth fastest century (48 balls) in one day
Jayasuriya made his one day international debut in December 1989
against Australia at Melbourne and is the only batsman to score more
than 150 runs on four occasions in one day internationals.
He made his test debut against New Zealand in Hamilton in 1991 and is
currently Sri Lankaâ€™s highest run getter.
One of the finest moments in his career was when he was named Wisden
Cricketer of the Year in 1997.