After Test pain, Jayasuriya eyes World Cup glory

CEAT Kelani Holdings Managing Director Ravi Dadlani (right) and Lanka Ashok Leyland CEO Umesh Gautham exchange the OEM agreement

Apr.11 (AFP) – Sanath Jayasuriya may have experienced only pain and disappointment in his farewell Test, but he hopes the cricketing gods will smile on him at the World Cup next year. The former Sri Lankan captain says his retirement from Test cricket will help him focus on one-dayers and he will do his best to help the 1996 champions regain the World Cup in the West Indies.

“That’s what everyone wants to win,” said the 36-year-old, who quit Test cricket after the second Test against Pakistan at Kandy early this month.

It was a forgettable match for the aggressive left-hander, who suffered a thumb injury while taking a catch and then saw his team crash to an eight-wicket defeat.

“Obviously it’s hard to think that I won’t be playing any more Tests which are more challenging,” he told AFP. “I enjoyed them, but the positive side of it is that now I can concentrate on one-dayers.”

Jayasuriya, who redefined batting in the opening 15 overs during his team’s 1996 World Cup triumph in the sub-continent, feels the current side can repeat the performance in the Caribbean.

“I feel we’ve got a good side and we need to peak at the right time,” he said.

“We need to be at le

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