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Monday, February 11, 2008

[Video] Sanath Jayasuriya | This is Cricket

It is not too difficult to see why, if Sanath Jayasuriya had not been a cricketer, he would have been an accomplished fencer, sallying forth towards his opponent, as he does when he dances down the wicket, with nimbleness of foot and alertness of eye. You can visualise the epee twirling dexterously in his quick hands and sense the swordsman`s acceptance of having his life hang by a string. The qualities of skill and daring form a rare combination, perhaps suited more to a gambler than a top order batsman and yet, to see Jayasuriya bat is to see a finely crafted gambler at work, sensing an opportunity and thriving on it.

Sanath Jayasuriya: radically different - 9th May 1996.

"I have not seen (Don) Bradman bat. But I have seen Jayasuriya. He played unbelievable shots, some of those out of the book too. I have not seen anybody else bat like him before" said Sachin Tendulkar.

"He does not need any luck because he has got shots all around the wicket," Tendulkar said of the left-handed Lankan phenomenon who created a world Test record partnership worth 576 with Roshan Mahanama (225) in the first of the two-Test series against India in which his contribution was 340.


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