Sachin deserves to surpass Lara: Mahela

Updated: 22 June 2008 17:26 IST

Sri Lankans would love to restrict Sachin Tendulkar from breaking Brian Lara's world record in the forthcoming three Test series, Jayawardene said.

Sachin deserves to surpass Lara: Mahela
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Mumbai:

Sri Lankans would love to restrict master blaster Sachin Tendulkar from breaking Brian Lara's world record in the forthcoming three Test series to be held in Sri Lanka, country's captain Mahela Jayawardane, said on Monday.

"Sachin is mere 171 runs behind Lara's aggregate of 11,953 runs and is expected to set the new mark during India's three Test series in Sri Lanka in July-August 2008.

"I would be happy to curtail Sachin with 170 runs in six innings to be played in our country," Jayawardane said at Sri Lankan Airlines press meet which roped in Sri Lankan cricketers to promote the various tourists destination of that country.

"No doubt Sachin is a great player and we have to admire Sachin's achievement in the last 19 years," the Sri Lankan captain said.

"Sachin deserves to surpass Lara's record, but breaking record won't be a big deal for the great batsman, as it would not be in his mind," ace spinner Muttiah Muralitharan said.

The great spinner said, Twenty20 is a game of fitness and there can't by any preplan for this short version of the game. While in Tests one waits and sees how the batsman reacts and of course skill should be good.

All versions of cricket should survive, the spinner said.

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