Digital Desk, New Delhi. Former captain Mahela Jayawardene has heaped praise on Prabhat Jayasuriya, saying the spinner has made an extraordinary start in Test cricket and is hopeful that he will do well for Sri Lanka going forward.
The 30-year-old Spur made an impressive start to his Test career. He took three or more wickets in each innings so far and also received the ICC Player of the Month award for July 2022.
Jayasuriya, who made his debut in the Galle Test against Australia last month, took 12/177 wickets, becoming the first spinner after Muttiah Muralitharan and Rangana Herath to take 12 or more wickets in a Test. He continued his fine form against Pakistan. He took 17 wickets in the series, including two five-wicket hauls. Jayasuriya has made a stellar start to his career with 29 wickets in three Tests so far.
Jayawardene said in the ICC review, he has played a lot of first-class cricket and he has a lot of experience. They have never got the opportunity before. Obviously Rangana Herath had been dominating for a decade.
Lasith Embuldeniya did well on his debut as well. And Praveen Jayavikrama also bowled well. So, he had to wait for his opportunity. Over the years, Prabhat has been really consistent. The selectors have put a lot of faith in him.
Jayawardene believes that Sri Lanka will benefit more from giving him a chance for the next few years.
The Sri Lankan legend said, he can be even better, as he is a natural bowler. He has played a lot of cricket and understands the game. So he can do better in foreign countries as well.
He further said, so I am sure that he will do well for Sri Lanka in the future.
Sri Lanka are at number three in the ICC World Test Championship after the Pakistan series and a place in the final next year will not be easy. On this the former captain said that it will be really difficult for Sri Lanka.
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