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Farewell Jayasuriya, Hello Perera!

Sanath Jayasuriya was rightfully given another go in this series. It was however sad to see the great batsman fail once again.

Consistency was never Jayasuriya’s forte, his style of play and the risks involved inevitably meant that Jayasuriya would fail more often than not.

There was a time in the Sri Lankan line up when his failures were overlooked. Because of his ability to blow away the opposition and win matches on his performance alone, Sri Lanka could afford the failures. Those days are long gone now and Sanath’s role has been taken up by a new generation.

Tillakaratne Dilshan’s performances in 2009 as an opener meant there was no room for an inconsistent pinch hitter.

As an ardent fan of the man, even I now see that Jayasuriya’s time in the Sri Lankan team is up.

As hard as it is to digest, ODI# 2935 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkota may be the last time we see Sanath Jayasuriya in ODI colours for Sri Lanka.

But as we bid farewell to a legend, the same ODI match has presented us with possibly one of the most hardest hitters Sri Lanka has seen in recent times.

Thissera Perera’s whirlwind 37 runs off just 14 balls today appears to have launched the young man’s career and guaranteed a place in the team, all in his very first game.

As we bid farewell to one master blaster, another appears to have been born.

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