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Ranatunga's take on IPL, his own opinion: Mahela

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Published: Saturday, April 21, 2012, 12:23 [IST]
 
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Ranatunga's take on IPL his own: Mahela

New Delhi, Apr 21: Delhi Daredevils vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene on Friday felt that former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga's opinion on the Indian Premier League is his own personal view.

Ranatunga had slammed the BCCI for "harming the game" through IPL and it would produce only butchers instead of better Test cricketers.

The former Sri Lanka captain, who led his side to an emphatic World Cup triumph in 1996, blamed the BCCI for India's recent slump in Tests.

"It is his own opinion. I don't think he (Ranatunga) has been a great fan of IPL. It is completely his opinion, there are other greats who like the version. There are many who believe that cricketers have improved their game," Jayawardene told reporters.

Jayawardene proved his statement by giving examples of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Australian David Warner, who made it to the national team through IPL.

"For example, Ravindra Jadeja has launched his international cricketing career from IPL. He has improved and has gone a long way. A lot of youngsters have done the same way. It is up to the individuals," said Jayawardene.

"A batsmen like David Warner - how he has changed from the starting of T20 cricket. Now he is the opening batsmen for Australia as well. He is pretty aggressive as well. The first hundred he scored changed the whole match."

The veteran batsman also said how it improved his game in the shorter format and helped him change his style and approach.

"I had to improve my game. I had to be innovative which has helped my one day game as well, I started opening the batting even in Test cricket batsmen are scoring runs quickly," he said.

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