Bangalore: Champions of ageism preached ODIs are form of a cricket that romances only the youth. It"s all about fresh faces, new blood and unabashed exuberance, asserted the modern day Dorian Grays.
But Jayasuriya, explosive opening batsman from Sri Lanka is proving the critics wrong day by day.
He may be pushing 40 years old but Jayasuriya, who scored 107 against India on Wednesday, showed little sign of ageing . ', The manner which Sanath keeps hitting the gaps is remarkable, ... shows how much thought is involved in his batting.
Sanath Jayasuriya recorded the 28th ODI hundred and 7th versus India. Aged 39 yrs and 212 days on Wednesday, he also becomes the oldest to score a hundred. The previous oldest being England's Geoffrey Boycott (39 yrs 51 days) who had scored 105 vs Australia at Sydney 11-12-1979. Jayasuriya was unaware about the record, but nonetheless pleased to continue performing at the highest level.
Asked whether he would continue till the 2011 World Cup, he said: "I don't know, let's see how it goes."
"Although I am getting old, if I can get more runs on the board that's the key thing," he said. "I always want to play for my country and perform. Sometimes you don't play that well and when you play well you need to get more runs on the board. That's the goal I always think of whenever I get the opportunity."
Jayasuriya, named the Man of the Match, battled the hot conditions during the innings to record the second century at the venue. "I was struggling a bit today because it was very hot outside. What I wanted to do was bat for the first 10-15 overs and then carry on for a longer period which I did," he said. "The others batted around me and put some runs on the board."
His performance, though, was the only bright spot in a disappointing start for the hosts to the five-ODI series. "India bowled really well in the morning. We knew it would seam around. Our experience was that the wicket would do a lot but it was not the case today. It would have been ideal had we got some more runs on the board. We need to field well and take those catches also."
Jayasuriya has once again prove the point that it"s not about age but ability, not number but efficacy. Those who ridiculed the creaking bones, ageing legs and thinning thatch better take note. Age is just a number people unnecessary lose sleep about. It"s a matter of the mind, it doesn"t matter if you don"t mind. It"s all about delivering the goods, and especially when you need it most.