Islamabad, Sep 27(ANI): Former Sri Lanka opening batsman Sanath Jayasuriya, who was known for his explosive batting at the top order, has revealed he always tried to dominate bowlers while batting during his playing days by going after them.
Jayasuriya, who along with his opening partner Romesh Kaluwitharana, revolutionized One Day International batting with his aggressive tactics during the 1996 Cricket World Cup, said most of the time his approach while batting depended on how he was seeing the ball.
"It varies from player to player I guess, each batsman thinks differently, prepares differently. My philosophy was simple, If I saw a ball early in my innings that I thought I could hit the ball to the boundary I would go after it," Jayasuriya replied when asked about his philosophy while batting during an exclusive interview with Pakpassion.net.
"It did not matter whether it was the first ball of a Test match or the last ball of the day. I wanted to intimidate bowlers, to dominate the opposition bowlers, to put them under pressure early and to ensure that it was not the other way around," he added.
"I always went out to bat with a positive mindset and to play my natural game," he said.
Jayasuriya added: "However on some rare occasions when I was not seeing the ball that well I would be cautious to an extent and try to establish myself at the crease. There were occasions when you had to take your time, to settle down at the crease and to assess the situation. It all depended on how well I was seeing the ball." (ANI)