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    20 years of Jayasuriya and Tendulkar

    I just realised that next year 2009 will be the 20th year of international cricket for these two great players. They both started out in 1989. Is there any one else who has been playing for so long? i have grown up watching them. The first time i saw them playing i was like 9 or 10 year old kid, now i am a 28 year old grown man. Time flew by
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    I've been playing cricket for 34 years this coming season, but I don't think it's quite the same level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    I've been playing cricket for 34 years this coming season, but I don't think it's quite the same level.
    I've watched youtube clips/cricinfo clips for couple of years, but i dont think it's the same level.

    No I think I watched couple(more or less) of full games on dish though.

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    20 years, sheesh. Glad the era of these two boring bastards is almost over.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sideshowtim View Post
    20 years, sheesh. Glad the era of these two boring bastards is almost over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    I've been playing cricket for 34 years this coming season, but I don't think it's quite the same level.
    wow nice, good for you mate. i gave up cricket 10 years ago, and now i have totally forgotten it

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    Well, based on my performances last year, it's arguable I've forgotten it too!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mard View Post
    I just realised that next year 2009 will be the 20th year of international cricket for these two great players. They both started out in 1989. Is there any one else who has been playing for so long? i have grown up watching them. The first time i saw them playing i was like 9 or 10 year old kid, now i am a 28 year old grown man. Time flew by
    Obviously its not all at international level but I'm fairly certain Graeme Hick made his first class debut in the mid-late 1980s and is (rather remarkably) still playing for Worcestershire this season.

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    debut matches for both:

    Jayasuriya: http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/stat...tch/65451.html

    Tendulkar: http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/indi...tch/63513.html

    they didn't do much lol

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    Akram, Younis and Imran is like an all-time pace Pak attack and playing against them and drawing the series is a big plus .... not to forget that Qadir was playing too

    iirc, Tendulkar hit Qadir for 4 consecutive 6s in a game in that series
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mard View Post
    debut matches for both:

    Jayasuriya: http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/stat...tch/65451.html

    Tendulkar: http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/indi...tch/63513.html

    they didn't do much lol
    amazing that they are still top players in the world, inspite of having been around for so long. That in itself deserves commendations. All the best to them.
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    Wilfred Rhodes' Test career spanned five separate decades (1899-1930). If Tendulkar can last into the 2010s (which is very possible) he'll manage four. Not sure if anyone else has even done that.

    Jayasuriya, of course, has already retired from Test cricket (twice) so barring another comeback (not completely OOTQ of course) he's out of that race. But his ODI career remains one of the most astonishing, and given recent form hopefully he can keep going for at least a little while longer. Myself I've still not given-up hope of him appearing in the 2011 World Cup.

    I guess I watched Tendulkar in 1990, when aged 17 he came gloriously of age in a match double of 68 and 119* at Old Trafford. I don't remember anything from 1990 - the first time I came accross him to remember the name was 6 years later as he dominated the whole 1996 series - but I probably watched it. I was 4 years old at the time. Now I'm 22. It is amazing how some cricketers last the course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Somerset View Post
    Obviously its not all at international level but I'm fairly certain Graeme Hick made his first class debut in the mid-late 1980s and is (rather remarkably) still playing for Worcestershire this season.
    yes,,,,Hick made his debut in 1983.and since then he has been going,going and going......

    i think he is currently the oldest first-class player........

    But Sachin -Jayasuriya are Oldest international players.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by sideshowtim View Post
    20 years, sheesh. Glad the era of these two boring bastards is almost over.
    If Sachin & Jayasuriya are boring,,,,,,,,,then no sport is entertaining on this EARTH.FULL STOP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Wilfred Rhodes' Test career spanned four separate decades. If Tendulkar can last into the 2010s (which is very possible) he'll match that feat. Not sure if anyone else has done such a thing.

    Brian Close played for England in four different decades, albeit sparingly.

    EDIT to add - Wilfred Rhodes actually played for England in five different decades.
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