Jayasuriya looking forward to open with Tendulkar

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Mumbai, Apr 9 (UNI) Sri Lankan star Sanath Jayasuriya today said it would be a great moment in his career to open with Sachin Tendulkar, the best batsman in the world.

''I am really happy to open with him and I am looking forward to this opportunity,'' Jayasuriya told mediapersons over a teleconference from Sri Lanka today.

The inaugural DLF Indian Premier League kicks off in Bangalore on April 18.

Jayasuriya, who is currently out of the Sri Lankan team, said he was eager to use the IPL with good performances for the Mumbai Indians and stake a claim for a berth in the national team.

The swashbuckling opener said, ''I am looking forward to playing in the tournament and helping Mumbai Indians win the title.'' ''I met Sachin in Hobart during the one-day series in Australia and discussed the IPL. I always love to play for my country, but this is different with all teams having a mixture of players from various countries. I will give my best for Mumbai Indians,'' former Sri Lanka captain said.

Jayasuriya also said the Mumbai Indians have a strong team as apart from himself and Tendulkar, the team has retired South African all-rounder Shaun Pollock, Dilhara Fernando and young Indian batsman Robin Uthappa.

''We have quite a few good players in Pollock, Uthappa, Loots Bosman (of South Africa). It's going to be exciting as we would be playing against other Sri Lankan players like Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga and Muthiah Muralitharan,'' Jayasuriya said.

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