One legend salutes another: Sanath sings praises on ~~The Master~~

Published: Monday, June 9, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Colombo: Showering accolades on batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya siad the opportunity to open with the master blaster at the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) was a 'great learning experience'.

The 38-year-old former 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 Twenty20 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 best cricketing event,'' 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."

The former Lanka skipper Jayasuriya has represented the Island nation in 110 Tests and 411 ODIs and was reinstated into the national side for the forthcoming Asia Cup tournament in Pakistan.

''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'm now back in the team and I am pleased with it - nothing will be greater than playing for your own country,'' Jayasuriya said when asked whether he would play the next World Cup.

Jayasuriya fetched $975,000 during the players' auction. The 'Matara Marauder' was the third highest paid cricketer next only to Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Andrew Symonds in the event.


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