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Centurion happy to be playing after Lahore attack

Thilan Samaraweera, who was shot in the leg when gunmen attacked Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore in March, passed 1,000 Test runs for the year on Thursday and said he was glad to be simply playing cricket.

cricket Updated: Aug 27, 2009 23:35 IST

Thilan Samaraweera, who was shot in the leg when gunmen attacked Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore in March, passed 1,000 Test runs for the year on Thursday and said he was glad to be simply playing cricket.

The 32-year-old batsman spent two months on the sidelines and needed three operations on his injured leg.

“After the Lahore incident I never thought I would play cricket again so after getting 1,000 runs I am quite happy,” Samaraweera told reporters after hitting 143 on the second day of the second and final test against New Zealand.

“With three tests to go in India, hopefully I can finish strong this year,” he added after compiling his fourth hundred of 2009 and the 11th of his 54-match career.

Samaraweera has stroked 1,058 runs in eight tests this year, at an average of 88.16. Only England’s Andrew Strauss has scored more, totalling 1,071 runs in 12 matches at 56.36.

The Sri Lankan spent nearly two years out of the team after being dropped in 2006 but has come back a more positive player.

“On the 2006 England tour I was dropped,” he said after New Zealand ended the day on 159 for five in reply to the home team’s first innings 416.

“I was out for 20 months before I came back. I did a lot of things with ‘A’ team coach Chandika Hathurusingha to get my mind right and he told me to play positively.