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Sanath Jayasuriya to coach Australian club

By Bet Barter

June 4, 2021

Former Sri Lanka skipper and chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya has been appointed as the head coach of a club in Australia. The veteran will soon be joining two fellow compatriots on the ambitious side. The Australian club plays in Victoria's Eastern Cricket Association. It already consists of former Sri Lankan players like Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga. Sanath Jayasuriya's addition to the team is going to be a massive boost for them. The former will also feel comfortable working with his former teammates. His appointment as a head coach will be a perfect match for all parties involved. 

The legendary batsman Sanath Jayasuriya is set to make his cricketing comeback after serving a two-year ICC ban with a coaching stint at Melbourne club Mulgrave. He was banned in February 2019 as he breached the ICC anti-corruption code. According to a report, former Sri Lanka opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan convinced Jayasuriya to take up the job. Dilshan will also be seen playing for Mulgraves alongside former Sri Lanka player Upul Tharanga. Tharanga announced his retirement from international cricket earlier this year.

Dilshan played the role of a catalyst in the deal: Malin Pullenayegam

Mulgrave president Malin Pullenayegam talked about how his club convinced the great batsman Sanath Jayasuriya to take up the job. He disclosed that it was Dilshan who played the role of a catalyst in the deal. Dilshan had discussed the offer with Jayasuriya when they represented the Sri Lanka Legends in the Road Safety World Series. 

Talking about Sanath Jayasuriya's cricketing career, he was perhaps the most destructive batsman Sri Lanka has ever seen. The left-handed batsman was nicknamed the 'Matara Mauler' as he could maul the best of the bowling attacks during his prime. The former was simply reckless at times with his batting approach. His fierce cuts and lofted cover drives were a spectacular sighting for any cricket fan.

Jayasuriya revolutionized with this aggressive batting, and he also took advantage of the early fielding restrictions by smashing the opening bowlers for quick runs. Sanath Jayasuriya's bowling skills were more than just handy. The veteran was a canny left-arm spinner who used to rely more on pace variations than turn. Sanath Jayasuriya has represented Sri Lanka 586 times across all three formats. He has 42 international centuries to his name. He was also the player of the tournament at the 1996 World Cup, which Sri Lanka won.

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