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Sri Lanka discard Jayasuriya injects new life into Marians

Shehan Jayasuriya
Shehan Jayasuriya

Chilaw Marians Cricket Club will not regret recruiting Shehan Jayasuriya not only as their new player but to skipper the side too as they ended up winning the one-day tournament but lost in the final in the T/20 tournament.

“I am very happy with my performances at the recently concluded SLC organised one-day and T/20 tournaments as I wanted to come back to the National side,” said Jayasuriya who did his best to lift the Marians to the top.

The 28-year-old gutsy player crossed over from Moors SC to lead with success.

Chilaw Marians beat NCC in the one-day final but lost to CCC in the T/20 final that showed their fighting spirits to the last delivery.

“I am very happy with my performances but we missed to complete the double with the unexpected defeat,” said Jayasuriya after the T-20 final.

Despite the fine all-round performances by Jayasuriya he was not considered for the last Indian T/20 series and the left hander was the most successful batsman in the T/20 tournament who aggregated 385 runs from eight matches at an average of 48.12.

He scored a fine century against Kurunegala YCC and two half centuries including 80 against CCC in the final. Jayasuriya is also a useful off spinner who can open the attack to apply the pressure during the power-play overs and his omission from the Sri Lanka team for the Indian series was highly questionable.

The former Prince of Wales College player Jayasuriya started his club career with Police SC and has played in 73 First Class matches scoring 4969 runs at an average of 41.40 runs per inning.

His highest score was 237 runs against Bloomfield in 2017. He has also captured 179 wickets with best figures of 7 for 22 against Ragama CC in 2017.

Jayasuriya was picked to represent a Colombo side in the Super Four Provincial tournament and scored 326 runs from seven matches and his efforts made him the player of the series that year.

He was adjudged player of the tournament in last year’s Premier one-day tournament.

Jayasuriya was first included in the national side in 2015 in a series against the West Indies and has played in 12 ODIs and 16 T/20 games.

He scored a superb 96 against Pakistan in the last one-day series and despite all these good performances was axed from the Sri Lanka team.

With the T/20 World Cup to be held in October in Australia, Jayasuriya is one of the strong contenders for a place given his all-round ability.