My legs move on pitch, not dance floor: Sanath Jayasuriya

Last Updated: Jun 15, 2012, 13:59 PM IST

Mumbai: His leg work has been perfect on the cricket pitch but how will he fare on the dance floor, wonders former Sri Lankan skipper Sanath Jayasuriya who is appearing as a contestant on the dance reality show ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’.

"I have never been on a dance field. This is the first time I am doing something like this. But it`s a good experience for me," Jayasuriya told IANS in an interview here.

"First, I need to see what kind of dancing I will need to do because we have a culture, we have some kind of a system in our country. We are more conservative people," he said, adding that his people viewed him as a cricketer.

"Now when I am involved with these things (dancing), they are looking at me differently. So I need to be very careful."

He rarely shakes a leg but, for the show, the 42-year-old brawny cricketer will be required to groove to Bollywood, salsa, rumba, latin, contemporary and hip-hop beats with his choreographer. And Jayasuriya is just not sure he will be able to do complete justice.

"We go out and dance at normal parties. But it`s not anything close to the dance taught here. It`s totally different. My legs can move on the cricketing field, not for these dance sequences," he said.

A look at Jayasuriya`s attempt to dance proves he isn`t lying one bit. At the grand launch press conference of ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4’ here, the master blaster took to the dance floor on Madhuri Dixit`s hit number "Tama tama loge". But he couldn`t really do much apart from pointing a finger here and there.

Nevertheless, he won cheers galore - a response he hopes other viewers is expecting from all viewers.

"Like my fans support me for cricket, I hope they will support me for dance as well. The public knows I can`t dance, so I hope they will give me little bit of space because I am not a dancer," said the Rajinikanth fan, who has no plans to imitate the southern superstar`s style on the show.

Jayasuriya says there are no good dancers in the present Sri Lankan cricket team and that his contemporaries back home had a mixed reaction to his decision to participate in the show.

"My contemporaries are surprised because I am a person of a different kind. And when I say yes to these things, they get little surprised. They have mixed feelings. So some comments were good, some weren`t good, and so I was a bit worried too," he said, adding that he is undeterred by such reactions.

"I am not nervous. I am just not a good dancer, and so it will take a little time to get into my system. I feel I am stepping into something which is not in my comfort zone. But as a human being, one should try new things. As long as it is not affecting my future career, I am fine with new things," he added.