Island Cricket

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The next Sanath Jayasuriya?

by Hilal

This season has already unveiled the next Murali, could Mahela Udawatte be the next Sanath Jayasuriya?

Everything about this 22 year old Anandian oozes positive confidence , As a 19 year old school boy in the 2005 inter school tournament Udawatte became the first school boy cricketer to reach 1000 runs, he went on to plunder a score of 153 against St. Benedict's College in the same season.

Udawatte averages 39.40 in his 5 ODI appearances for Sri Lanka. Whilst his overall strike rate of 71.63 may not reflect the likes of another Jayasuriya just watching Udawatte at the top of the order and the intent behind his stroke play may give you a sign of things to come.


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