BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, March 8, 2007 (AFP) – He’s 37-years-old, is the only surviving member of the 1996 World Cup-winning squad, and still opens the batting as well as turning over his slow left-armers.
Sanath Jayasauriya has been at the front-line for 17 years amassing 11,538 runs, 23 centuries and picking up 285 wickets in his 379 matches. But there’s no sign yet of a dimming of the light.
“I’m still enjoying my game and I’m playing really good cricket and the team is playing really good cricket,” said Jayasuriya, a former captain.
“We have come to the West Indies in good form. I know I have a responsibility with both the bat and the ball and I will be trying my best to perform for the team.”
The team boasts a legion of dashing players most of whom are considerably younger that senior citizen Jayasuriya.
His opening partner Upul Tharanga, a fellow left-hander, was only 11 when Sri Lanka were world champions but has formed an impressive link-up with the veteran who believes another cup triumph can help bring happiness to his troubled island home.
“I’m not thinking big runs at the moment or a big bag of wickets. I’m thinking team and how I can lift the hopes and aspiratio