Sri Lanka cricket legend Sanath Jayasuriya said he would love Kumar Sangakkara to go back on his decision to quit One Day Internationals after the International Cricket Council World Cup after watching his “unbelievable” batting feats during the tournament.
The Asian islanders head into their World Cup quarter-final against proteas on Wednesday at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) with Kumar Sangakkara in sensational form after becoming the first batsman to score hundreds in four consecutive One Day Internationals matches.
When Jayasuriya, now Sri Lanka`s chairman of selectors, was asked about his former team-mate during a practice session at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Monday, he replied “Unbelievable”.
He said that it is one of the rarest things you can see, him playing 4 hundreds in a row. He is fortunate to be here to see all 4 innings. He is very happy and as chairman of selectors what he wants is for him to continue his form right throughout the International Cricket Council World Cup. Sanath Jayasuriya knows he is a classic player for Sri Lanka and he also wants to continue his form.
Jayasuriya, also added that the age was not yet a barrier to Kumar Sangakkara continuing in ODI cricket.
He further said that he is still playing Test cricket but definitely he would love him to continue for a few years. Sanath Jayasuriya was asked if there was a secret to wicket-keeper batsman`s Sangakkara`s success, he said that since Sangakkara came into the team in 2000 he has been working quite hard, his wicket-keeping, his batting and he wants to improve his skills every day.
That`s what he`s doing even when he`s playing his last one-day series. He`s mentally a very strong guy and he wants to do well all the time.”
Left-hander Sri Lankan cricket legend Jayasuriya gave opposition coaches plenty of headaches, having revolutionized the art of opening a one day innings with his dynamic approach at the top of the order during the 1996 International Cricket Council World Cup.