The "Veterans and Seniors" as they call them, are cricketers who leave a mark on the game to be remembered. They are Cricketers who the growing youth look up to and want to emulate.
They are always people who you want to remember for their performances and their impact on the growing youth cricketers. Our very own Aravinda De Silva is one such cricketer we will always remember him when we think of 17th March 1996 for the innings that took us to world cup glory. He bowed down from International Cricket on a high after World Cup 2003 in South Africa. He was an inspiration to younger cricketers such as Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara during their early years in the national scene.
Leading by example is what experienced foes are expected to do. Hats off to Younus Khan who bowed out of T20 International Cricket in order for Pakistan to play a young and up coming cricketer in his position.
Did he have to do this. I don’t think as he is in his prime of his career and being the leader he had a lot of T20 Cricket left in him. His gesture has been accepted worldwide as a positive move for Pakistan Cricket. Similarly, Sachin Tendulkar has preferred to make himself unavailable for India in the same format for the same reason.
All though highly involved in the T20 format with his domestic sides as well as the IPL he has preferred to give that slot to a youngster. Sachin could have easily made the Indian T20 team for the world cup if he wanted to. The Youngsters in the likes of Ravindra Jadeja & Rohith Sharma get opportunities thanks to the veteran.
We hope Sri Lankan stars follow suit and help us build a formidable unit for the future. Sanath Jayasuriya is one such cricketer and it would nice to see him bow out of the T20 format so he gives the likes of Udawatte, Tharanga and Kapugedera chances to play in this format.
He has been a revelation for Sri Lanka from the time he was put to the top of the order and went on to become one of Sri Lanka’s most successful openers forming one of our best ever opening combinations with former captain Mavan Atapattu. We as Sri Lankans would love to remember him for all the good reasons rather than bad. His match winning knocks, crucial wickets and outstanding fielding are some things we need to remember.He seems to be struggling to get to grips of the T20 which should be a walk in the park to him and it would be the ideal time to step out and let a youngster in.
I am made to understand that he wants to help Sri Lanka win the World Cup at home in 2011 and that would make him concentrate his game only on the 50 over format . Sri Lanka also should ponder using him in the middle order who knows he might be the answer to our problems in the middle and late order acceleration in the 50 over format. The same with Chaminda Vaas his been of great service to the Sri Lankan Teams be it any format. He was left out of the T20 side for the World Cup and would sad to see our great cricketers treated in this manner.
He should also bow out of both test and T20 cricket and also fulfill his ambition of playing till World Cup 2011. Both these great cricketers have won the ultimate price of winning a World Cup and that’s an achievement very few cricketers will cherish.