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Wasn’t really surprised by Sri Lanka’s Asian Cup triumph: Sanath Jayasuriya

According to former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya, teams don’t require exceptional individuals to win T20 matches, but decent players can still contribute to team victory if they play well together.

Sanath Jayasuriya, 53, who contributed significantly to Sri Lanka’s victory in the 1996 ODI World Cup (221 runs and seven wickets), believes that the Lankans would do well in the upcoming T20 World Cup, which will have place in Australia from October 16 to November 13.

You don’t need to have outstanding players: Sanath Jayasuriya

Many pundits did not predict Sri Lanka’s victory in the recently held Asian Cup where they lost to Afghanistan in the opening match before shocking India and Pakistan to go on and win the tournament for the fifth time but opening cricket great Sanath Jayasuriya . The mad nation did not seem surprised.

Sri Lanka National Cricket Team
Sri Lanka National Cricket Team. Image credits: Twitter

“I was not very surprised. We have a good group of cricketers. It’s the right time when they peaked, you know. They lost the first game, anyone can lose a game and come back.

So, they lost the first game and realized what went wrong. They worked hard on their individual game and performed as a team. It is not necessary to have outstanding players. They are good players who did well as a team.” Jayasuriya said on Wednesday.

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The two-time top national coach of Lanka mentioned the following when talking about the strengths of the team: “They are playing good cricket. That’s all you need. If you play quality cricket, the results will come.”

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He believed it was inappropriate to draw comparisons with his renowned 1996 World Cup winning team.

“Any comparison is ruled out. As long as they play their own game, do the basics right, they will enjoy their cricket.” the 52-year-old emphasized, as he campaigned for Sri Lankan tourism at an event here.

Sanath Jayasuriya backs Sri Lanka to do well at T20 World Cup 2022

Even the “Matara Marauder” was not prepared to choose his finalists for the T20 World Cup in Australia, but was willing to support the Lankese, who must first compete in the qualifiers, in order to succeed in the main competition.

“Sri Lanka will definitely do well,” he said. “T20 cricket is a fast game, it is a team game. Our boys are playing good cricket. Whoever is doing well on that particular day will win the game.” he felt.

Sri Lanka National Cricket Team (Image credits: Getty Images)
Sri Lanka National Cricket Team (Image credits: Getty Images)

After the island nation was forced to give up hosting the recent Asian Cup, which was later held in the United Arab Emirates, due to a severe economic crisis, Sanath Jayasuriya is optimistic that high-profile cricket would return. to your country now that conditions are better.

“If you look at the last few months, things have been really good and they are getting better. It will get better. The new government is working on it. So, I hope they do the right thing (for the country) to recover quickly.

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Our tourism minister (Harin Fernando) is working very hard to make sure we do what is best for our country.” he said.

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He reiterated: “Things are fine now. No problem. Don’t take the Asian Cup as an example. It was a totally different time than now. Everything has settled in Sri Lanka now. We will host the Lanka Premier League in December. I hope the Indian will travel to Lanka to see it.” revealed.

Sanath Jayasuriya promotes Sri Lankan tourism

Sanath Jayasuriya, who has been appointed a brand ambassador for Sri Lankan tourism, took time out of his busy schedule to attend a press conference to promote tourism in Sri Lanka, which highlighted that he was putting his crisis behind him. Jayasuriya is currently in India to play in some tournaments for retired players.

Sanath Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya. (Photo: Twitter)

“Things are looking up. Everyone knows what we went through 3-4 months ago. Now, it’s time for us to rebuild the country. That’s why I joined this honorary job, it’s not a paid job. The idea is to promote Sri Lanka as a tourist destination, to help our people get out of this situation.

Since we depend a lot on tourism, people like us need to support it. People have suffered enough. Now, they need to get out of this situation. The tourism sector is the most important for my island. So I’m promoting it. We need to see the positive side of Sri Lanka now. Anyone can visit my country.

Things are going in the right direction. We need the support of the Indian media. This is very important. What happened now is history. We can’t sit back and keep talking about it. We have to move forward now.” Jayasuriya said.

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