Wednesday, June 30, 2010
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Just days after Sanath Jayasuriya
"On Friday night Sanath Jayasuriya played an unbelievable innings against us, the world-class player that he is," said Hall.
"He took that game away from us and we really didn't have an answer to the way he was hitting the ball.
Jayasuriya mainly contributed in the Royals win smashing
Saturday, June 26, 2010
IN A SPIN: Sanath Jayasuriya shows his value with the ball before leading Worcestershire to a convincing nine-wicket victory over Northamptonshire with 87 at New Road.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
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Left out of the Sri Lankan squad for the Asian Cup, one of the greatest one day international careers could well have reached the end of the road. Andrew Hughes looks back at the career of Sanath Jayasuriya.
Sanath Jayasuriya is confident he can help his new Worcestershire team-mates turn around their FP t20 campaign.
Speaking on his arrival at New Road, the Sri Lanka star was looking forward to getting into the action in the home game against old rivals Warwickshire.
"Unfortunately, the boys have not done well in the last few matches, so we need to do well in this one," he said.
"If you enjoy your cricket, then you will perform. So, I hope the boys will come out and play their natural game."
After an encouraging win over Yorkshire Carnegie in their opening game of the T20 this season, Worcestershire have since lost four successive matches.
Jayasuriya has arrived at New Road as a replacement for the Australian all-rounder Steve Smith whose international commitments meant his stay with Worcestershire was a brief one.
The Sri Lanka star is a keen fan of the T20 format and feels it has become increasingly important to the top players.
"If you look at the IPL, it is a big tournament in India and the boys have been playing really good cricket," he told BBC Hereford and Worcester.
"At the same time the cricketers can earn some good money.
"T20 has a big role to play at the moment as far as the players are concerned," he said.
Jayasuriya is of the view that players are starting to adapt to the shortest form of the game and the different skills that are needed to be successful in T20 cricket.
"Basically, it is a batsman's game but it is sometimes tough for the batsmen, too," he said.
"The bowlers are getting sharper and they need to bowl yorkers really well.
"So the bowlers are getting sharper and they are improving every day," he added.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Sanath Jayasuriya walks back after his dismissal during a charity cricket match between Indian Bollywood actors and Sri Lankan cricketers during the three-day International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards events in Colombo on June 4, 2010. Bollywood actors have flocked to Sri Lanka for the June 3-5 IIFA awards and surrounding events being held in Colombo. Percy Abeysekera is seen behind Jayasuriya holding the Sri Lankan flag and escorting him back to the pavilion in his customary style. The flag wielding Percy has escorted batsmen off Sri Lankan grounds for over three decades and has secured his own place in Sri Lankan Cricket history.
Source: Island Cricket
WORCESTERSHIRE captain Vikram Solanki has been sidelined for up to four weeks with an injury to his pelvis.
Solanki is expected to be replaced at the top of the Royals’ batting order by new overseas signing Sanath Jayasuriya.
The Sri Lankan legend is expected to arrive tomorrow and is likely to go straight into the side for Friday’s derby clash with Warwickshire Bears (4.40pm) at New Road.
The arrival of the 40-year-old could not have come at a better time for director of cricket Steve Rhodes following three successive Twenty20 defeats.
“With no Vikram in the side we have got an ideal international class opening batsman to come in who can also bowl some left-arm spin,” Rhodes said.
“Sanath might be the shake-up we need with the batting and give us some sparkle.
“I think Sanath himself will admit that he has got something to prove, having been left out of the Sri Lankan set-up for the Asia Cup.”
The experience of Jayasur-iya will be vital to the Royals following the loss of Solanki, but also the departure of Australian leg-spinning all-rounder Steve Smith.
Sanath Jayasuriya has been dropped from Sri Lanka's Asia Cup squad by the new selection panel headed by Aravinda de Silva.
The 40 year old veteran who is also an MP in Sri Lanka's parliament has been out of form and has only managed to score more than 50 runs once in his last 16 ODI matches. Twenty20 cricket has been no better for Jayasuriya, his last half century was back in June 2009 during the ICC World Twenty20 in England.
Speaking to the press on Jayasuriya's omission, Aravinda de Silva said: "We left Jayasuriya out on form."
Sri Lanka's Mystery Spinner, Ajantha Mendis, has also been dropped. With just five wickets in his four games at the recently concluded tri-series in Zimbabwe, the ineffective Mendis has been replaced with the inclusion of left arm spinner Rangana Herath.
Herath played his last ODI for Sri Lanka in 2004 but has been a regular in Sri Lanka's Test side.
Muttiah Muralitharan, meanwhile, has made a return to the side after a groin injury he picked up during the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean and resumes his role as vice captain.
Centurion from the recently concluded Zimbabwe tri-series Dinesh Chandimal and all-rounder Thissara Perera will miss the Asia Cup having been selected for an A-team tour to Australia.
Dinesh Chandimal, Chamara Kapugedera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thilina Kandamby, Jeevan Mendis and Farveez Maharoof were originally named in a Sri Lanka A-team squad for a tour to Australia in June.
However, Kandamby and Maharoof have since been included to the Asia Cup squad. While Chamara Silva and Thissara Perera have been named as their replacement for the A-team tour to Australia.
Squad: Kumar Sangakkara (captain/wicket-keeper), Muttiah Muralitharan (vice-captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Farveez Maharoof, Chamara Kapugedara, Nuwan Kulasekara, Chanaka Welegedara, Lasith Malinga, Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Thilina Kandamby.
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi is all praise for Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya, who has been showing him around in this capital city.
"Well, ever since I have landed here, I have bonded really well with Sanath. We have been hanging out together and he is showing me around. He is great company and I am having the time of my life here," said Vivek.
There was a charity cricket match between Bollywood celebrities and the Sri Lankan cricket team here on Friday as part of the ongoing International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards event and Vivek dropped in to cheer both sides.
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Bollywood actor Sunil Shetty, left, and Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan chats as Sanath jayasuriya looks on during a charity cricket match between IFFA XI and Sangakkara's XI as part of the three-day long International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, June 4, 2010. Some of India's top movie stars converged in Sri Lanka on Thursday for Bollywood's annual roadshow despite calls to boycott the event because of the alleged killing of Tamil civilians during the final stages of the country's decades-long civil war.
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Kumar Sangakkara, current captain of the Sri Lankan Cricket team, opined that the IIFA 2010 Awards, that would be held in Colombo, is a “big opportunity” to promote Sri Lanka in Bollywood and building a better relationship between two countries.
He said to a media, “Bollywood is a great hit in
and all over the world. I think everyone in the world has sat up and taken notice of how big Bollywood is, how attractive it is and how talented the stars are.” Sri Lanka
Kumar Sangakkara who is also the captain of Preity Zinta's IPL (IPL) team, Kings XI Punjab, said that Bollywood actors’ presence will create lots of excitement among the people of
. Sri Lanka
Sangakkara, who is a wicket keeper and left handed batsman is also a big Bollywood movie fan. He first saw Mani Ratnam’s super hit movie,
, which stars Arvind Swamy and Manisha Koirala. His other favorite movies are- Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in Bombay , Monsoon Wedding, Water. Sangakkara likes these films because they carry a message. India
Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Sahrukh Khan are the favorite Bollywood actors of Sangakkara. He also likes Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah. He also likes Bollywood actresses. Sangakkara would like to see Aishwarya Rai Bachchan perform in IIFA 2010.
The IIFA Awards 2010 will take place in
starting from Colombo June 3, 2010 to June 5, 2010. In between, there will be a friendly cricket match between Indian celebrities and Sri Lankan cricketers. The money collected will be used in rehabilitating former LTTE child soldiers. A village for 100 families will be built. The children will be re-educated, rehabilitated.
Sanath Jayasuriya, another Sri Lankan all-rounder cricketer, said, “It's a big opportunity to promote
among the film fraternity here. Sri Lankans are very big fans of Bollywood and the film industry is very popular in Sri Lanka ,……Sri Lankans are looking forward to this big event. It's nice for our country and good for the relations between the two countries.” Sri Lanka
Jayasuriya saw few Shahrukh Khan movies on local channels. He likes Shahrukh Khan very much and never misses his movies.
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