Monday, 4 June 2012

Sanath Jayasuriya's Final Test Inning

It was only a few day back when I was talking about the next set of retirements (stating the obvious I might have been). I spoke too soon, as yesterday morning there was rumour that Sanath would be retiring at the end of this first test against England. I also read that there was a rumour that the selectors had offered Sanath the opportunity to retire rather than be dropped from the test team as his performance in the last 16 tests have been poor. In any case by the end of play it was official. Sanath Jayasuriya had just played his final test innings and he did it in classic Jayasuriya style. He required 65 runs to bring his test avg back above 40. Sanath answered his critics with a smashing 78 in 106 balls consisting of 10 fours (6 of which came from a single Jimmy Anderson over) and 1 six. If you missed it check it out, if you saw it watch it again.

He is probably the most explosive and influential batsman Sri Lanka has ever seen. In world cricket people believe he invented the attacking style of cricket seen in the modern game. Although he is still part of the ODI team it can't be long before he quits this too. All I know is that his boots are huge and there isn't anybody with big enough feet at the moment to replace him.

Last days of Sanath

Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya
Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya ( )

Why do I get the feeling that Sanath will retire from the one day form of the game as well in 2008? He has failed to get to double figure too often recently. Fair enough that most of his recent games have been in Aus against Aus and they know how to cramp him up but that is no excuse. These days it just doesn't seem like he has enough juice in him to field for 50 overs and then bat. And by juice I'm not refering to his fitness level alone, also his enthusiasum and motivation also seem to suffer. He has also just been dropped from the one day tour of the West Indies which is not a good sign.

Even if he does not fire the mere fact that he is in the line up does give the rest of the team a boost and psycological advantage. Who else is there to take his place? There is no obvious choice in my opinion. There are no players who have been groomed to take his place. Tharanga is not a one day opener, That blitz in Eng was a combination of luck on his part and poor form from Eng. Dhilshan has already been promoted and Chamara Silva isn't consistent enough. Mahela and the selectors have a serious issue, I'm sure they are more than aware of. The question is what can they do about it?!

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