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One of the twin pillars of Sri Lankan cricket has finally decided to hang up his boots in the longest format of the game. Mahela Jayawardene changed Lanka’s fortunes and carried forward the legacy of Arjuna Ranatunga, Aravinda de Silva. Along with his best friend and teammate Kumar Sangakkara, Jayawardene has led, Lanka to endless milestones and other memorable moments. Following are highlights of Jayawardene’s Test career © Getty Images

 

One of the most prolific run-scorer in Test history has decided to retire. Mahela Jayawardene retires from Test cricket after the Test series against Pakistan in 2014. Over the years, Jayawardene has been the pillar of Lanka’s success. He shattered numerous records and was equally effective with his captaincy. As skipper, he achieved his career-best Test score of 374 and the highest individual score by a Lankan. During the same tenure he led Lanka to numerous Test wins.

 

A player good enough to succeed on all pitches Jayawardene is a typical subcontinent batsman with wristy flicks and glorious drives. His delicate late cuts down towards thirdman leaves the bowler and the keeper amused. Technically solid, Jayawardene has played numerous marathon innings in Tests. He was the first Sri Lanka to cross the 10,000-run barrier in Tests and is sure to end in the top 10 run-scorers in Test cricket.

 

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