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I learnt a lot from Sachin: Jayasuriya

Colombo, Jun 8 (UNI) Showering accolades on Sachin Tendulkar, Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya hailed the opportunity to open with the master blaster at the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) saying, he had ''learnt a lot'' from the batting maestro.

The 38-year-old former Sri Lanka skipper played for Mumbai Indians under Sachin's captaincy and hammered an unbeaten second fastest century, in addition to five half centuries in the Twenty-20 tournament.

''I found that even after being in the game for a long time I still had a lot to learn by talking to Sachin. His cricket knowledge was amazing,'' Jayasuriya said in an interview with local private radio 'Hiru FM'.

''He (Sachin) is a great human being and an excellent captain.

Myself and Dilhara (Fernando) were able to learn a lot from him,'' Jayasuriya said.

He also described the IPL as ''the best tournament in the world''.

''The Indian Board had organised it superbly. IPL is now the world's number one,'' he said, adding that it had provided the youngsters ''the chance to talk to some of the great international players, share their experiences and learn from them''.

Jayasuriya, who retired last year from Test cricket, has represented Sri Lanka in 110 Tests and 411 One Day Internationals and was reinstated into the national side for the forthcoming Asia Cup tournament in Pakistan.

When asked whether he would play the next World Cup, Jayasuriya said he would do his utmost for the country.

''There is a lot of time to go before the next World Cup, so I am not able to say anything about playing in that. I am now back in the team and I am pleased with it - nothing will be greater than playing for your own country,'' Jayasuriya said.

Jayasuriya became the third highest paid player of the IPL, next to India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Australia's Andrew Symonds when he was sold for 975,000 dollar at a players' auction in Mumbai earlier this year.


Story first published: Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 13:14 [IST]
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