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Chamari Atapattu’s dedication is greatly appreciated — Sanath Jayasuriya

Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara are Chamari Atapattu’s heroes. “Love Sanath Jayasuriya’s aggressive batting,” she said at the end of the first round of Women’s T20 Challenge in the UAE.

Interestingly, men’s team former national captain Sanath Jayasuriya had gifted her a cricket bat a couple of years ago. “I just saw her practicing at nets in Sri Lanka. Like me, she is also a left-hander. Then I just went up to her and said, I will give some equipment since I realized when she was practicing, she was hard-working,” Jayasuriya, speaking exclusively over the telephone from Sri Lanka, said.

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