Sri Lankan great Sanath Jayasuriya is impressed by Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli’s commitment to the game and has also lauded Ravichandran Ashwin’s development into a high-quality all-rounder over the past few years.
“Virat is a dedicated player. He practices and trains hard before every match. He is always concentrating on his game and that is what you need,” Jayasuriya told reporters on the sidelines of a book release in Mumbai.
“He is a very professional cricketer. You have a big chance of performing well when you do all the hard work before the match,” Sri Lanka’s chief selector added.
Ashwin is now the top all-rounder in the ICC Test rankings.
“As an off-spinner, Ashwin has improved a lot and as a batsman too he is doing well which is good for India. He is bowling well and always wants to come up with new strategies which
Sri Lankan cricket is undergoing a transitional phase post the retirement of several stalwarts.
“It is very difficult to replace players like (Kumar) Sangakkara, (Mahela) Jayawardene and (Tillakaratne) Dilshan. They had experience of 15-16 years. That was a big task when they appointed me chairman of selectors (in April). I took the risk and we did well against Australia at home and won the Test series 3-0,” he said.
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