You are one of the most important players in Sri Lankan cricket history: Muralitharan to Jayawardene

Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan has called his former teammate and latest ICC Hall of Fame inductee Mahela Jayawardene one of the game’s “great thinkers”. In an open letter, Muralitharan lauded him for his contribution not only to his country but also to world cricket. Jayawardene is one of the most important players in Sri Lankan cricket history.

“You have played such great innings and were always happy to be in the team, scoring tons of runs. There was less pressure on me to take wickets because once you got all the runs my job became easy. That is why you are one of the most important players in Sri Lankan cricket history. Champions are always very competitive. On the field, you had the ability to switch on, you were a great person to be around and play. “You were quieter than me! You know I talk a lot and there were others to talk in the dressing room but you were quiet, you focused so much on the game at that time, even when you were in the dressing room Were glued to the match.” The 44-year-old Jayawardene retired as one of Sri Lanka’s greatest players of all time, being a key member of the team. t20 world cup In 2014 and reached four other major ICC finals.

The former Sri Lanka captain was on Saturday inducted into the Hall of Fame ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup final along with former South African all-rounder Shaun Pollock and former England batsman Janet Brittin. He is the third Sri Lankan player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after another great batsman and former captain Kumar Sangakkara and Muralitharan himself.

Muralitharan wrote, “It is not just for a personal moment that you are being inducted into the Hall of Fame, it is a reward for your hard work over the years and everything you have contributed to Sri Lanka.” “All of that is taken into account when choosing who is inducted and the ICC feels it is right that you are the next Sri Lankan to be selected, to be inducted into the Hall of Fame along with Kumar Sangakkara and me.

“You have been picked because as a captain you were very successful, you delivered consistently as a batsman and then as a fielder, you took a lot more catches than anyone else. You have made everyone in Sri Lanka proud.”

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