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Jayawardene backs Avishka Fernando to become Sri Lanka’s ‘spark’
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Jayawardene backs Avishka Fernando to become Sri Lanka’s ‘spark’

Sri Lanka entered the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 tournament with a lot to prove as fans were eager to see the team making it to the semi-finals of the competition. To their dismay, defeats in crucial encounters saw the Islanders getting out of the event. Nevertheless, the biggest positive of the tournament came in form of rising batting sensation Avishka Fernando.

After showing glimpse of his brilliance against England and South Africa, the 21-year old took the next gear and scored a magnificent century against West Indies. This has motivated the country and former captain Mahela Jayawardene is no exception as he opined that Fernando can help Sri Lanka reignite their lost spark.

In his column for the International Cricket Council (ICC), the 42-year old showered heaps of praise on Fernando as he urged the Sri Lankan board to starting planning for the next edition of the mega-event. Jayawardene added that Sri Lanka needs to identify the group of players who can serve the country for a long period and Fernando seems to belong to the biggest stage. The Wadduwa born will have another opportunity to shine when Sri Lanka will take on India on July 6 at Manchester.