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Updated: April 20, 2012 20:22 IST

Ranatunga’s take on IPL his own, says Mahela

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Delhi Daredevils , Mahela Jayawadene seen during a practice session at Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi. Photo: S.Subramanium
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Delhi Daredevils , Mahela Jayawadene seen during a practice session at Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi. Photo: S.Subramanium

Delhi Daredevils vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene Friday brushed off former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga’s take on the Indian Premier League (IPL) as being his own opinion.

Ranatunga has blamed the Indian cricket board for “harming the game” through the IPL and said it would produce butchers instead of better Test players.

Ranatunga, who led the Sri Lankan team to a historic World Cup triumph in 1996, blamed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for India’s slide in Test arena.

“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 cited the example of India’s budding all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Australian David Warner, for IPL being a great platform for youngsters to get into the national side.

“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 Sri Lankan captain spoke about how he had to make changes in his own game to be successful in the shortest format of the game and how IPL helped improve his own game.

“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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I think Arjuna's opinion is correct if we consider test and one day matches. Though Sri Lanka is having brilliant players we are losing consistently . Remember what happened in last test series and one series in UK. We allowed our leading players to play IPL and forgo preparation phase for that particular series. Mahela, Sanga and all failed to come in to terms with regular format as they have been playing IPL T20 until the test series started. In my opinion if they are to give priority to IPl and neglect national duty, then they should be allowed to play IPL and not tests. We need to have a strict policy for these so called national players who value IPL more than the call for playing for national side. In near future all test playing countries would need to make stern decision wrt their national players who think IPL is more important than wearing national colours.

from:  Sanduna Guna
Posted on: Apr 21, 2012 at 21:34 IST

I fully agree with Mr,Arjuna Ranatunga and one day the gentle man's game will be in the hands of bookies and with the match fixers and the game will slowly loss its glory.Players won't play for their country instead they will be interested in playing such shorter version of the game world wide for easy money,just take the case of Gayle and Bravo of West Indies.The ICC should take note of this and do something to preserve the Gentle man's game of Cricket.

from:  V.Shanmuganathan
Posted on: Apr 21, 2012 at 20:47 IST

I totally disagree with the comment about Arjuna is envious because present generation earn money by playing IPL. Mind you he is one of the players who didn't appear in any advertisements for money.As a captain of the 1996 world cup winning team he had all the opportunity to earn any amount of money. Yes I agree T-20 or what ever game players should be in position to change their game.Please keep Arjuna away from money side.

from:  lalith Abeysekera
Posted on: Apr 21, 2012 at 17:14 IST

t20 is an evolving new version of the established game of cricket one
has to adapt oneself to change in technique and demands of the game your
reflexes also has to be sharper i see nothing wrong in going the t20 way
also mind you the t20 version has more entertainment value let us
welcome this new version of cricket

from:  r.r.rao
Posted on: Apr 21, 2012 at 16:25 IST

T20 is a creative destruction. It eliminates what is not wanted by the people.Sports and games are fun and a satisfactory factors. T20 brings much external benefits than test cricket. Arjuna Ranatunga is envious because the prsent generation earn a lot of money by playing T20. bear ranatunga your time has gone.Changing game for the changing world is the slogan now. My advice for Ranatunga is let him use bullock cart rather than speedy aircraft.

from:  dasonsargunadhas
Posted on: Apr 21, 2012 at 13:43 IST

I am agreed with Mahela. As a cricketer in modern game, you have to be adjust how to play T20,one day game and test cricket.If one player can play all three versions with good perfomance like Mahela thats the challenge for a cricketer today. As a cricketer/fan I like to watch when Mahela is playing all three versions.

from:  Sudath Goonasinghe
Posted on: Apr 21, 2012 at 09:29 IST
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